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Big changes ahead for Community Board 2

An era is ending at Community Board 2, the neighborhood advisory group that represents Hunts Point and Longwood in matters ranging from block parties to housing developments to the city budget.

District Manager John Robert, assistant District Manager Andrea Eisner and board chair Roberto Garcia all announced at the board’s March meeting that they will be stepping down from their present positions. The trio will be taking 57 years of experience on the board with them.

Garcia has served as board chair in a voluntary capacity for six years, while Eisner and Robert, both of whom are city employees, have worked out of the local district office on East 163rd Street off Southern Boulevard for 31 and 20 years, respectively.

“This is going to be a major void for the community board,” Garcia told the board meeting in the Casita Maria building on Simpson Street.

“We’re going to have to pull together,” he continued, adding that the board had accomplished much in recent years, including “new parks,” and “thousands of units of housing.”

“Guys, we cannot go back, we cannot go back” Garcia exhorted the other members. “We have to continue our focus and strength that we have.”

Like many other board members, long-time board member Olga Espinoza, seemed stunned by the news.

“You haven’t been here that long,” she told Robert.

“Twenty years,” Robert answered.

“That’s nothing!” said Espinoza.

Robert and Eisner will continue working through June.

The application process for Robert’s replacement as district manager will begin on April 15th. Applications will be accepted for 30 days, then a search committee comprised of board members will review the applications and recommend a selection to the larger board in June. The board will then vote on the choice.

The new district manager will be responsible for hiring a new assistant district manager to replace Eisner.

A nominations committee will recommend Garcia’s replacement, who will be a member of the current community board. The full board will then make the final decision.

A version of this article appeared in the April issue of The Hunts Point Express.

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