BY SAM RAPPAPORT
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has appointed Ozone Park resident and long-time community activist George Russo to the Queens Library Board of Trustees.
“George Russo has long demonstrated his commitment to public service and to the communities and families of Queens,” Katz said. “His experience will be a valuable addition to the board, which is entrusted with governing our borough’s great public library system, and we thank him for his service.”
Russo has been a vocal member of Community Board 10—which serves Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach and South Richmond Hill—since 2012. From 1980 to 1990, Russo was a member of Community Board 9. He was also a member of the Community School Board for city School District 27 from 1983 to 1989 and served as that board’s president in 1986.
“As someone who has devoted much of his life to furthering civic causes, I am thankful that Borough President Katz has appointed me to Queens Library’s Board of Trustees,” Russo said. “I am committed to using my legal and public service experience to ensure that Queens Library is governed with transparency and fiscal soundness. We are committed to continuing to provide quality service to the Queens residents who rely upon Queens Library’s vast catalog of books and other media and on its many educational, cultural and community programs.”
Russo acted as an assistant district attorney with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office from 1983 to 1985, after which he moved into private practice, where he focused on real estate transactions and business and criminal matters. Since 2002, he has been a managing partner of George Russo and Associates, PC.
Currently, Russo is the co-chairman of the Intra-Community Civic Association and is chairman of the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, where he has served as a board member since 2001 and as its president from 2007 to 2014.
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