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Possible transition may come early at CB 12

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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:12 pm

Adrienne Adams will remain as chairwoman of Community Board 12 until at least Nov. 7, when she squares off against Republican Ivan Mossop in the election for the 28th City Council District.

But she told members of the board on Wednesday night that her unbroken string of  attending CB 12’s general meetings, dating back to her appointment by the late Borough President Helen Marshall in 2009, will come to an end next month.

 The Rev. Edward McKay, the board’s first vice chairman, is expected to preside on Oct. 18 at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, with Adams saying on a streamed video of the board’s Sept. 20 meeting and in a phone conversation with the Chronicle on Thursday night that she would be unable to attend.

And, with Adams’ Democratic Party holding a massive advantage in enrollment within the district, McKay is considered very likely to take over leadership of the board officially at the Nov. 15 meeting .

Winners in the other 50 council seats, along with the mayor, comptroller and public advocate, will be sworn into new terms on Jan. 1, 2018.

 The winner in the 28th District race on Nov. 7 will be sworn in the next day to fill the vacancy created with the criminal conviction of former Councilman Ruben Wills  on corruption charges back in July.

Wills is now serving a two-to-six year prison sentence.

Questioned by a board member, Adams said CB 12 does not have a mechanism to hold a special election among members.

“I was re-elected last year, and would have  one year to go on my term,” Adams said. “Under our bylaws, Rev. McKay would automatically become chairman.”

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