By Mark Hallum
Susan Seinfeld received recognition from the community on Monday at the last meeting she would attend as district manager of Community Board 11.
Councilmen Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) offered her a plaque in honor of her 13 years of service to the community. The much-loved leader of the district has been known for her approachability and fair attitude toward the issues facing the neighborhoods she has served.
“The job of district manager, and all of you who serve on the community board know this, is one of the toughest jobs in government,” Grodenchik said. “I dare to say that it is in some ways tougher than being mayor of the City of New York, because as mayor you have power, you can order around commissioners. District managers have to survive on their own wiles and it is a very difficult job to get city bureaucracy to move in the direction that you want it to.”
Vallone acknowledged Seinfeld’s ability to guide projects and team efforts with efficiency.
Seinfeld said she would remain involved in the community and enjoyed serving, but looks forward to being able to focus on family.
She was honored the following night at the 111th Precinct’s Medal Day Awards ceremony, where she was presented with the Community Service award.
Seinfeld’s last day as district manager will be June 30.
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