Queens borough president announces new appointments for seven Community Education Councils

CEC 24 members and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza at March 2 town hall.
File photo Angélica Acevedo/QNS

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee announced the appointment of Queens parents to fill vacant positions across seven of the borough’s Community Education Councils (CECs).

CECs are responsible for advising and commenting on educational policies as well as providing input to the city’s Schools Chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy. They are part of the New York City school governance structure and tasked with overseeing the elementary and middle schools within their respective community school district.

“We received a substantial number of applications to fill these seven vacancies,” said Lee. “All 14 borough president appointees have my confidence and trust in their experiences, perspectives and abilities to strengthen the ‘Borough of Families.’ CECs are designed to be the formal voice of community input and insights into sharping our school system. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has deeply disrupted the education and lives of our kids. On this critical road of recovery and rebuild, such voices are needed now more than ever.”

The borough president’s office received 65 applications to fill the seven vacant seats across the borough’s 14 CECs. Following a multi-week application period this summer, Lee has announced appointees for CEC 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30.

The seven appointees will serve the remainder of the two-year term that concludes at the end of June 2021.

CEC 24 (which covers Corona, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood and Sunnyside) will welcome John D’Amico.

CEC District 25 (covering Flushing, Beechhurst, College Point, Murray Hill, Whitestone and Willets Point) will welcome Anne Marie Kanable and Brooke Stergion-Abady.

CEC District 28 (covering Jamaica, Briarwood, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park) will welcome Rajwinder Kaur.

CEC District 29 (covering Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, St. Albans, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Hollis and Rosedale) will welcome Rochelle Carter.

CEC District 30 (covering Long Island City, Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside) will welcome Dani Marr and Charles Park.

CEC appointees must each be a New York City resident and either live, own or operate a business within the community school district they seek to serve.

The duties of CEC members include attending monthly public meetings; visiting schools to see what educational needs those schools have; review their district’s educational programs and assess their effect on student achievement; approve zoning lines; and submit capital plans to the Schools Chancellor after holding public hearings on their district’s capital needs.

For more information on CECs, see NYS Educational Law Section 2590-e and Section 2590-b: www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-councils.

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