November 9, 2021 By Christian Murray
Community Council 2 elected a new president Thursday evening along with a list of other leaders from its executive council.
Morry Galonoy, who was appointed to Community Council 2 in May 2020, was elected president, while four other members were also elected to the 5-person council. executive counsel. All presented themselves without opposition and received unanimous support from the members.
Frank Wu, from Long Island City, was elected 1st Vice-president; Lisa Deller, from Sunnyside, 2nd Vice President; Kat Bloomfield, of Woodside, treasurer; and Rosamond Gianutsos, of Sunnyside, secretary.
Galonoy, who has lived in Woodside for 15 years, has served on the environment, land use, technology and budget committees since being appointed to the board. He is a small business owner working in digital media and branding and is an adjunct assistant professor at the Parsons School of Design.
Galonoy said he plans to prioritize outreach to the board. He said he wanted to work closely with immigrant communities in the district and digitize council records so that they are more accessible to the public.
“We live in one of the most diverse communities in the country,” Galonoy told the board ahead of the vote. “I think our diversity is our strength and it makes Queens and our District an amazing place to live and work …. I will prioritize increasing engagement and access between the board. and our large and diverse community. ”
Galonoy said he also wanted to make sure board members and the community are comfortable voicing their opinions.
“CB2 must be a safe space for all voices to be heard, even those with which we do not agree,” he said.
Galonoy replaces Deller, who did not stand for re-election as president.
Deller, who was first appointed to the board in 1998, said it was time for a new generation of members to take the lead. She said she wanted to stay on the executive committee to help the new management with their transition.
Community Board 2, according to Deller, has undergone significant changes over the past two years. Since 2019, nearly half of the 50-person board has changed, with more than a third in the past year alone.
Many board members did not attend an in-person meeting, which typically takes place at Sunnyside Community Services on 39th Street on the first Thursday of each month. Board meetings have been held via Zoom since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020.
Longtime member Sheila Lewandowski, who was 1st vice-president, did not stand for re-election to the board of directors. She plans to stay on the board and also help guide the new leadership.