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Marshall names members to boro General Assembly

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announced last week the creation of a community council charged with opening and maintaining a dialogue among the borough’s various ethnic, religious and racial groups.

Marshall, who laid out the groundwork for the Queens General Assembly during her inauguration speech last year, appointed 42 members to the committee who were selected from each of the borough’s community boards. She said the creation of the assembly is a tangible way of formalizing Queens’ reputation as being the most ethnically diverse county in the country.

“This group reflects my firm belief that building relationships across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality and sexual orientation will have a positive impact on developments in our borough as a whole,” she said.

Members of the general assembly will attend monthly meetings and attend cultural heritage events both in and outside their communities, Marshall said. She said the members will then report back to the assembly on their experiences and what they learned about other cultures, traditions and beliefs.

Marshall said the appointees include longtime residents and recent immigrants who have served on their community board or other civic, religious and cultural organizations. She said the group had its first official introductory meeting in February and plans to meet again March 19.

“This group will share cultural experiences, resolve differences and most importantly work together to make Queens an even more friendly and livable place,” Marshall said.

The following people were appointed to the Queens General Assembly. Their names are followed by the groups with which they are affiliated:

Community District 1:

Demetrios K. Demetrios, Advisory Committee for Federation of Hellenic Societies

Richard Khuzami, Community Board 1

Carol Wilkins, NYCHA Tenants Association

Community District 2:

Joyce Moy, Advisory Committee for Small Business Development Center at LaGuardia Community College

Aida Bartolome, Community Board 2

Joanne O’Connell, Emerald Isle Immigration Center

Community District 3:

Kewulay Kamara, Advisory Committe for Census Bureau and Badenya

John Park, Advisory Committee for the Korean American Community Empowerment Council

Norma Jimenez, Community Board 3

Community District 4

Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), Advisory Committee for the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center

Lucy Schilero, Community Board 4

Community District 5

Daniel Abreu, Advisory Committe for the GLHS Adult Education Program

Dan Passantino, Community Board 5

Community District 6

Nahum Kaziev, Advisory Committee for the Educational Center for Russian Jewry

Hing Wah Lai, Community Board 6

Sirpuhi Mark, Armenian Cultural Center

Community District 7

Roger Sanjek, Advisory Committee for the Anthropology Department at Queens College

Millicent O’Meally, Community Board 7

Yang Hee Hahn, Korean Community

Community District 8

Morshed Alam, Advisory Committee for the Bangladesh-American Friendship Association

Rabbi Avraham Schechter, Community Board 8

Tariq Hamid, Ahmadiyya (Muslim community organization)

Community District 9

Madhulika Khandelwal, Advisory Committee for the Asian-American Center at Queens College

Latchman Budhai, Community Board 9

Monsignor Robert J. Thelen, Nativity Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Community District 10

Mala Desai, Advisory Committee for the Northern Queens Health Coalition

Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, Community Board 10

Harbachan Sing, Sikh American Friendship Club

Community District 11

Katie Bracken, Advisory Committee for the NYC Human Rights Commission

Laura James, Community Board 11

John Hong, Korean American Culture and Heritage Association

Community District 12

Jean Phelps, Advisory Committee for the Women’s Center at York College and NAACP

Tracey Bowes, Community Board 12

Bisram Rajkumar, American Sevashram Sangha

Community District 13

Anita Segarra, Advisory Committee for the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

Bess DeBetham, Community Board 13

Dino Dominguez, Ecuadorian Sportswriters Association

Community District 14

Paul Engel, Advisory Committee for the Flushing Jewish Community Council and Queens Counseling Services

Harvey Gordon, Community Board 14

Sarah Colson, Arverne Civic Association

Reach reporter Alex Davidson by e-mail at or by phone at 1-718-229-0300, Ext. 156

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