CB 9 chair and district manager say they’ve mended relationship

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By Sarina Trangle

Community Board 9 Chairman James Coccovillo and District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced they had put their differences aside with help from the borough president’s office during the board’s Tuesday meeting.

At the January meeting, Carey said she had contacted her union because she thought Coccovillo was harassing her following a poor performance review.

Coccovillo, who was not present at last month’s meeting, read a statement thanking Borough President Melinda Katz’s team for helping him and Carey reach a resolution.

“Mary Ann and I have agreed to put all past issues and concerns behind us and that it is the CB 9 community issues and concerns that we are here for,” Coccovillo read.

After applause from board members, Carey said she felt confident that the two had worked through their problems.

“If I made a statement, statements that were inappropriate, if I said anything that offended the board or the chair, I apologize,” she said.

Later in the meeting, Carey said she wanted to reiterate that she was sorry.

“Some of the comments I made were not completely accurate,” Carey said. “Hopefully, that is satisfactory and, if you want any more, I will apologize more.”

Coccovillo responded, saying “longtime coming, Mary Ann.”

Katz is expected to attend CB 9’sMarch meeting, when the board is scheduled to elect new officers.

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at strangle@cnglocal.com.

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