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CB 9 chair demands do-over after vote to keep board member


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

The problems keep coming for Community Board 9.

James Coccovillo, the board’s chair, wants a do-over after a recent vote to keep on board member Sam Esposito.

At the November meeting, Esposito called for a public vote in order to avoid the board going into executive session to call for his removal. Coccovillo obliged, and Esposito was saved with a 34-10 vote.

Esposito was the subject of rumors within the group after he clashed with three other members. He was accused of being anti-Semitic, but said he “isn’t anti-anything.”

Late on November 18, Coccovillo distributed a press release, unbeknownst to the majority of the board, stating the last meeting did not adhere to CB 9’s bylaws and the issues raised then will therefore have to be dealt with again in December.

“I would not have known about it had I not seen it on Twitter,” said one board member.

The chair met with members of the borough president’s office, who confirmed Coccovillo “wrongfully allowed CB 9 bylaws to be bypassed, a fact that needs to be rectified to sustain the confidence and trust of the board as well as the public.”

Esposito maintains his innocence and said the problem lies within his support for District Manager Mary Anne Carey, who Coccovillo attempted to remove from the board in June.

“[Coccovillo] did so without the knowledge of any other members of the board,” Esposito said. “He restlessly continued on his quest to harass and intimidate the staff from the time he became chair until now. What we are doing is protecting these girls who have worked tirelessly through the years.”

Consideration for the removal of Esposito from CB 9 will be addressed again at the December 10 meeting.

 

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Community Board 9 district manager says she’s willing to work with probation committee


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Mary Anne Carey says she is not holding any grudges.

The longtime district manager of Community Board 9 has been placed on six months’ probation after a battle with the board’s executive committee, which came to the brink of ousting her.

There was speculation about the board voting to remove Carey at its June 11 meeting, during which members went into executive session. This forced the public, the media and Carey to wait outside as the board had a nearly hour-and-a-half discussion on removing the tenured manager.

In the end no vote was taken, a source close to the board said. Members instead decided to put Carey on probation until December.

A committee will be set up to monitor Carey’s management of the board office.
Carey said she is planning to stay put until she believes she can no longer serve the board.

“At this point, I’m certainly going to work with the committee and do whatever they want us to do,” she said. “When I’m ready to retire, they will be the first to know.”

She said some members of the board approached Carey earlier this year and suggested the 30-year manager retire amid allegations of mismanagement in the board’s office.

The complaints included a perceived lack of communication and dated technology in the office.
Carey, addressing this criticism, said her office got little funding and was not able to keep up with what seems like constant updates.

“Any kind of training, nobody’s told us we need any kind of training,” she said. “We can’t spend $10,000 or $15,000 to get somebody to program the computers. Nothing can be done overnight.”

Alex Blenkinsopp, one of the members who planned to vote Carey out, said his colleagues on the board changed his mind. He added he believes changes will be made for the better of the board.

“We’ve come 30 years with her,” he said. “We can afford to give her another six months. I’m confident that everyone will be on the same page about what needs to be done and that all CB9 members will be aware of whether those goals have been met.”

 

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