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CB 10 members elect new executive board

Braton re-elected, some races competitive

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:29 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

There were some changes last week in the executive board of Community Board 10.

The board held its election of officers for the 2014-15 term at its meeting last Thursday night in South Ozone Park. Chairwoman Betty Braton of Howard Beach and Treasurer Isabel Van Putten of South Ozone Park were elected unopposed, but there were competitive races for first and second vice chairpersons and executive secretary.

Second Vice Chairman John Calcagnile of Howard Beach, the winner of a competitive race in January to fill the spot vacated by Ron Rufkin, who passed away in December, was elected first vice chairman, defeating the incumbent, Sean McCabe of Ozone Park, by a vote of 24-15.

Some members have been upset that McCabe, who works nights, has often missed monthly meetings due to his work schedule. Braton said McCabe, who chairs the Budget Committee, was working to change his hours so he can make the monthly meetings and noted that he has been active in other ways, including chairing Budget Committee meetings.

“Keep in mind that a lot of work that goes on in this board goes on outside of these meetings,” Braton said.

McCabe, who has served on the board since age 19 and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, did win a competitive race to replace Calcagnile as second vice chairman, securing 18 votes, defeating Donna Gilmartin of South Ozone Park, who received 17 votes and Romeo Hitlall of South Richmond Hill, who garnered two votes.

In the race for executive secretary, Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone of Howard Beach defeated the longtime incumbent Nellie Santiago of Lindenwood 20-18.

CB 10 member John Cavanagh only voted in the first vice chairman election because he had to leave the meeting for work.

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