Community Board 11 Tackles Various Issues

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

Community Board 11 came together for the first time with its new executive board this week, using its April meeting to go over a variety of topics.

Taking place on April 7 in MS 158’s cafeteria, the meeting was marked with resolutions and disagreements; announcements and adversity, as a mix of controversial and celebratory topics were taken on.

Alim Gafar speaks at CB11’s April meeting about his role in looking at overcrowding in the City’s schools. Photo by Joe Marvilli

Alim Gafar speaks at CB11’s April meeting about his role in looking at overcrowding in the City’s schools. Photo by Joe Marvilli

One of the biggest arguments centered on Henry Euler’s request for a resolution stating the board’s disagreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio over affordable housing. The Mayor had mentioned that he is considering converting illegal basement apartment so they are up to code and can be sold as affordable housing.

Euler and the majority of board members said that while they do support affordable housing, allowing these conversions would undo all of the effort the community boards put into rezoning their neighborhoods to preserve their characteristics.

Chris Petallides argued that the conversions could alleviate the growing homeless problem in the City. Andrew Rothman countered that there should be more affordable housing for those in poverty, but they should be built, not illegally converted.

In other news, board member Alim Gafar was named by Chancellor Carmen Fariña to a School Leaders School Space group. The assembly has been put together to look at overcrowding in schools throughout the City. While the role is strictly advisory, Gafar said he was encouraged by the selection of members in the group.

Paul DiBenedetto mentioned that tickets are now available for the Bayside Historical Society’s 50th anniversary gala, taking place at 7 p.m. on May 3. Tickets are $75 or $85 and must be reserved by April 18. Those interested can call (718) 352-1548 for more information.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.