New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New Community Board 8 Members Nominated by Council Member Kallos and Appointed by Borough President Brewer

New York, NY - Four new active neighborhood leaders join Community Board 8 after being nominated by Council Member Ben Kallos and appointed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Manhattan’s 12 community boards are local organizations each composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms.  Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities — the most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods.
"More than a thousand people applied to be a member of one of Manhattan's 12 community Boards, the most we've ever had," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "I’m excited that so many Manhattanites want to be involved, even though that made the job of selecting members tougher than it’s ever been. I'm delighted that these four new members are joining CB 8.”
“We are looking for our city’s best and brightest with strong ties to the neighborhood to serve on our community boards. I am proud to nominate a neighborhood association founder, union organizer, parent and resident that will bring expertise in law, labor, public policy research, and finance that Community Board 8 needs to make decisions on land use and other complex issues before the board,” said Council Member Ben Kallos who previously served on Community Board 8. “Thank you to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for an open process that has encouraged hundreds to apply with an impressive group interview process as well as all the applicants and appointees for their service to the community.”
Council Member Kallos’ nominations and Borough President Brewer’s appointments were:
Valerie S. Mason a native New Yorker born and raised in Astoria Queens. Valerie is a graduate of New York City’s public schools who later attended Barnard College and received her J.D from Duke University. Now a partner in a New York law firm, Valerie also serves on the Board of Women’s Prison Association and Home, as a Trustee of The Brick Church, and as founding President of East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association. Residing in the Upper East Side, Valerie is a wife and a mother.
“I am very excited to be joining Community Board 8 and to work with my fellow board members to do our best on behalf of all our neighbors,” said Valerie Mason.

Rebecca Lamorte moved to the Upper East Side four years ago and, after falling in love with Yorkville, she and her dachshund Forrest are excited to call it home. A graduate of Fordham University, Rebecca is an advocate for working New Yorkers and has worked for the last six years on labor issues affecting the middle class. Rebecca currently works with the Laborers union at their labor-management fund (GNY LECET) where she focuses on public policy, legislation and issue-based campaigns. Rebecca also serves as the Chair of the New York State Young Democrats Labor Caucus. When she is not working or volunteering her time, Rebecca enjoys taking her dog for walks in Carl Schurz Park and visiting the many art museums in the district. 

"I am honored to have been appointed to serve on Manhattan's Community Board 8," said Rebecca Lamorte. "From transportation access to land use and keeping the area affordable, I'm eager to get to work on improving the neighborhood I call home."

Kimberly Selway is a user experience architect from Hopewell Junction, New York. After graduating from Villanova University in 2008, she moved to New York and has been living on the Upper East Side for the past five years. She is an active member of Crossfit Metropolis in East Harlem and ran the NYC Marathon in 2013. 

“It's an amazing honor and a privilege. I love living in this neighborhood, so having the ability to make it better through this forum is a great opportunity,” said Kimberly Selway. 
Adam Wald loves New York’s history, people, and its ever-changing landscape. He is a commercial real estate appraiser, familiar with nearly every block and development in the neighborhood. A proud father of two daughters, he is grateful for the neighborhood's parks, schools, and community. Adam has lived on the Upper East Side for 12 years.
"I am raising two daughters in the neighborhood and am invested in its future. Joining the community board will allow me to apply my professional knowledge to the neighborhood's best interest. I am especially looking forward to engaging with local stakeholders to shape and improve the area I have called home for over a decade,” said Adam Wald.

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