Koppell dumps community board housing chair
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By Adam Wisnieski
“What it says to me is that Ruben Diaz Jr. does just what the Ben Franklin Club wants him to do, and if you’re not a member of the club, you’re not going to be reappointed,” Mr. Scheinbach told The Press last year.
John DeSio, communications director for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. responded to questions about Mr. Durham’s removal from the board by releasing a statement.
“Community board appointments are made at the discretion of the borough president, in consultation with the local City Council members. We have a long internal process. In the end, we make the selections based on how we believe people will represent both our office and their respective communities,” it said.
As it stands, community board members are at the mercy of those who appointed them. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has tried to change that by instituting an independent panel made up of good government groups, non-profit organizations and community-based organizations. Still, the BP’s office and City Council members have final approval.
In the Bronx, the final decisions are completely up to the BP’s office and City Council members nominate half the members.
A complete list of Community Board 8 appointments and reappointments was released on Tuesday.
The board’s four new members are Martin Galvin, Dana Lennon, David Kornbluh and Paul Ellis. Colleen Hanley did not reapply.