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CB 9 selects new leadership officers

Jim Coccovillo elected board chairman

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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:15 am, Thu Mar 21, 2013.

Community Board 9 held elections for a new leadership team Tuesday night at its March meeting in Ozone Park, including a new chairman to replace outgoing Chairwoman Andrea Crawford, who stepped down after three years as head of the board.

Jim Coccovillo of Woodhaven, chairman of CB 9’s Public Safety and Consumer Affairs Committee — the panel that deals with liquor licenses — was unanimously elected the board’s new chairman and will begin his term in April. He had no opposition.

“I think Jim is going to serve and represent this board with honor,” Crawford said after the vote was taken.

Former chairman and current Second Vice Chairman Ivan Mrakovicic of Richmond Hill was elected first vice chairman and Crawford was elected second vice chairwoman. Raj Rampershad of Richmond Hill was elected executive secretary, replacing the outgoing Clark Whitsett, also of Richmond Hill.

The election results Tuesday night were preliminary and a final official vote will be published in the board’s March minutes.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) also spoke at the meeting, fielding questions about redistricting, which gave his district a larger share of CB 9 than the previous lines, and rezoning. He announced that the Department of City Planning will move forward with the rezoning of Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.

“This will be the final rezoning of this administration,” he said, adding that he hopes to have the plans finalized and voted on by the end of the year.

Kate Mooney, representing Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), announced that money had been allocated for the reconstruction of Mary Whalen Playground on Park Lane South and 79th Street in Woodhaven and she said more than 100 trees will be planted by the city in CB 9 next year.

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