Sixteen-Year-Old Appointed to Community Board 8 by Council Member Ben Kallos

Six accomplished new members include high school student, tenant leader, public health physician 
  New York, NY— Council Member Ben Kallos today announced that he has appointed six new members to Community Board 8 Manhattan: Zoe Markowitz, David Menegon, Glen Pandolfino, Loraine Brown, Peter Patch and Dr. Katherine LaGuardia. The new members make up more than 10% of the community board.
 
Council Member Kallos introduced Resolution 115 with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in support of allowing 16- and 17-year-olds on Community Boards, and it passed the City Council with widespread support. That led to the passage of a law in Albany sponsored by Assembly Member Nily Rozic and State Senator Andrew Lanza allowing teenagers to join their community boards.
 
“Dynamic, talented and driven, these new community board members bring energy and a fresh perspective. I look forward to working with them on the issues of importance to our neighborhood and New York City. I am also proud to welcome the newly eligible 'teens on board,' laying the groundwork for a lifetime of civic participation,” said Council Member Ben Kallos.

The following new members were appointed to Community Board 8 Manhattan:
 
Zoe Markowitz is a 16-year-old student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS), newly eligible for the community board following the successful passage of a City Council resolution introduced by Council Member Ben Kallos and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to allow teens to join their local community boards, followed by legislation on the state level. Zoe founded “Students for Sensible Gun Laws” at her school after being appalled by the wave of gun violence sweeping the nation. She also volunteers weekly with not-for-profit organization DOROT, which aims to bridge the gap between seniors and young people, serving on the DOROT Next Generation Teen Council Board. 
 
David Menegon is a three-year public member of the Transportation Committee on Community Board 8, leading him on a path to becoming afull member. He has been a longtime member of the 79th Street Neighborhood Association and 86th Street Association, Treasurer for Gotham Humanitarian Foundation and President of 92 Yorkville Housing Co-op. He is an Iraq war veteran and a member of the US Army Reserve. He recently retired from his job at the Xerox Corporation.
 
Glen Pandolfino has been a New York City public school teacher for over a decade. At the High School for Environmental Studies (HSES) where he teaches social studies, Glen teaches AP courses such as Macroeconomics and also focuses particular energy on working with at-risk students. As a union representative, he has also been a voice for teachers and parents in his community. At HSES, he is part of the School Leadership Team; School -Wide Crisis Intervention Team; Professional Development Team; School Safety Team; and the Survey Team.  
 
Loraine Brown is the President of the 334 East 92nd Street Tenants Association and a member of the NYCHA Resident Advisory Board. As a tenant advocate, activist and volunteer, she has served as board member for various organizations including American Cancer Society and NAACP. She presently serves as a Budget Delegate for District’s 5 Participatory Budgeting Committee, helping facilitate the participatory budgeting process.
 
Peter Patch is an Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics at CUNY, School of Professional Studies, and a career coach for Veterans in transition following their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is active in vital community programs, including Community Resources for Justice, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and Youth at Risk. He also served as a member of the Peace Corps.
 
Dr. Katherine LaGuardia is a Public Health physician on the faculty at Mt. Sinai and a Special Advisor at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the granddaughter of former Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. She trained as an Ob/Gyn at Cornell and received her MPH from Columbia. She has served as co-founder and chair of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Foundation, a Yorkville-based NGO dedicated to sustainable development and the legacy of our former mayor. As a member of the Carl Schurz Park Association and the 84th Street Association, she also has deep involvement in the betterment of her own neighborhood.
 
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