Tuesday June 10th is the date of the full Community Board 8 meeting at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church located at 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway, and the meeting begins at 7:30 PM. On the agenda is the election of officers and committee chairs to Community Board 8.
As Vice-Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee I have been asked why I did not go for the position of Chair of the committee. My answer was that the Vice-Chair does not always make the best candidate for the Chair's position.
An article on the election can be found in the Riverdale Press about the two candidates who are running for Chair of Community Board 8. One is the current Vice-Chair and the other is the current Traffic and Transportation Chair. One thing odd in the Riverdale Press article however is that the Chairman of Community Board 8 Bob Fanuzzi is stated to have thrown his support behind the Vice-Chair. By stating that he is behind the Vice-Chair, the board chair can no longer be impartial if he is to conduct any part of the election for Chair of CB 8. I also wonder at the end of this Riverdale Press article why they spoke to one of the members of the nominating committee.
While Bob Fanuzzi will no longer be Chair of CB 8 he will still be a member of its Executive Committee as the past Chair of the board, but it is stated that he is running to become chair of the Environment and Sanitation Committee. One has to wonder why he is keeping someone else off the Executive Board and just what Mr. Fanuzzi's motive is.
In the last three years under Bob Fanuzzi's leadership of CB 8 it is obvious that he and his Vice-Chair have not involved people from Kingsbridge and Marble Hill. Why else would the Riverdale Press write that the Vice-Chair of CB 8 wants to "involve more residents of those neighborhoods in CB 8's activities." The Vice-Chair is also listed in the Riverdale Press article as saying that she reduced the number of days for alternate side parking throughout CB 8, and creating network events for small businesses. I guess the articles that said former CB 8 Chair Anthony Cassino and Brad Trebach were the ones who got the alternate side parking changed were wrong. I am not going to go into the networking with small business and leave that to the conflict of interest board.
Since CB 8 Chair Bob Fanuzzi has publicly come out in support of the current Vice-Chair by name in the Riverdale Press article I will now state that I have been amazed of the job Mr. Dan Paderncht has done as Chair of Traffic and Transportation. He is hard working, thoughtful, and has reached out to all parts of the community board and other committee. That is why I know that Dan Padernacht is the best candidate for chair of Community Board 8. As a member of CB 8 I will be voting for Dan Padernacht for chair of Community Board 8.
I will also be running from the floor for Chair of the Environment and Sanitation Committee against former Croton Filtration Monitoring Committee Chair Bob Fanuzzi, because he has done a lousy job as chair of the CFMC allowing over 150 trees to be cut down at the Jerome Park Reservoir by the DEP.
If anyone has said to you that I am voting for the vice-Chair of CB 8 Maria Khury to get their vote, they are lying, because I am voting Dan Padernacht for Chair of CB 8.