Jan. 21, 2015 By Michael Florio
Community Board 1 held its annual elections last night and the same long-serving leaders were re-elected yet again.
The election was held during last night’s monthly board meeting– and Vinicio Donato, the chairman, and five other executive board members all ran unopposed.
The election began when Lucille Hartmann, District Manager of Community Board 1, announced toward the end of meeting that the executive board was up for re-election.
Hartmann then asked the board for nominations. Just one board member spoke up, putting forward the motion to re-elect the existing six members.
There were no other nominations so the current executive board members were quickly voted in.
“Thank you, on behalf of the rest of the [executive] board members, for having faith in us,” said Chairman Vinicio Donato, who has held been the chair since 1979.
Meanwhile, many of the other long-serving executive board members were voted in again.
These included first vice chair George Stamatiades, second vice chair Norma Nieves-Blas; and executive secretary and consumer affairs chairman Joseph Risi Jr.
These three executive board members have been on the board since the 1980s.
The Community Board holds the executive board elections every January.