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New Chairperson Martha Taylor of Community Board 8.

After 25 years of service to the Queens Community Board 8, former chairman Alvin Warshaviak passed on the torch to new chairwoman Martha Taylor, as board members voted in favor of her position.

The board elected her along with the remaining slate of executive officers at Wednesday night’s meeting at the Hillcrest Jewish Center on Union Turnpike. The vote was almost unanimous, with very little opposition to Taylor’s election.

Assemblyman David Weprin of District 24 presented the new chair with an official assembly proclamation and jokingly congratulated her on “another unpaid job.”

“Well if it weren’t that I miss out on Warshaviak so much, I could say that it’s an honor. It’s hard work and I really enjoy this community board very, very much and I shall look forward to keeping it in the great tradition that it has,” said Taylor, who has served the board as second vice chair for over 20 years.

Other board members were also elected for the following positions: Stanley Weinblatt, first vice chair; Seymour Schwartz, second vice chair; Michael Hannibal, third vice chair; treasurer Harbachan Singh; and secretary Carolyn Baker-Brown.

Community Board 8 services the neighborhoods of Briarwood, Flushing South, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills and Utopia.

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