Ken Lowy joins CB 2

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Kenn Lowy, who recently took a leave of absence from the Independent Neighborhood Democrats after the political club endorsed conservative Democrat John Heyer for the upcoming 39th District City Council primary, was officially appointed to Community Board 2 last week.

Lowy has been an active member of the CB 2 Transportation and Public Safety Committee for several years. Both positions are unpaid.

“I’m pretty happy because I can now add my two cents in,” said Lowy, who was able to make resolutions and vote as a committee member, but was unable to even add discussion when the same matter came to a full board vote.

Lowy, who has lived in “Brownstone Brooklyn” for the past 20 years, the last 12 in Brooklyn Heights, said he also plans to run for Assembly member Joan Millman’s seat when she retires.

Others appointed to the board by Borough President Marty Markowitz, some with recommendations from City Councilmembers Letitia James and David Yassky includes Kay Casanova, Thomas Conoscenti, Michael Epstein, Terrance Knox, Jesse Strauss, Alejandro Varela and Siobhan Watson.

Casanova has lived off−and−on in Boerum Hill and Fort Greene since the early 1960s, and works in the banking industry, She also teaches workshops on personal financial management to teens and adults for the National Urban League.

Conoscenti became a CB 2 resident more recently, having moved to Fort Greene two years ago. He has a graduate degree in city planning and volunteers with the DeKalb Avenue Merchant Association and. He also worked with the Fort Greene Association to secure a retail space for a new independent book store in that neighborhood.

Epstein, of Fort Greene, is on the board of directors of Transportation Alternatives – an organization that advocates for bicycling, walking and public transit.

Knox has lived in University Towers for six years and has a Master of Business Administration degree. He also volunteers as a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.

Strauss is a Brooklyn Heights attorney and also was an urban fellow in transportation policy in the mayor’s office in 1999−2000.

Varela is a resident of Fort Greene and has a Master of Public Health degree. She has been involved with the public safety task force created by James and volunteers with a collective that provides child care while parents access assistance at various not−for­profits.

Watson holds a graduate degree in city planning and has worked since September with the environmental protection and sanitation committees of the New York City Council.

Each of the city’s 59 community boards is made up of 50 unsalaried members who serve in staggered two−year terms.

Community boards are independent city agencies that provide local review of land use and other applications, the city budget and municipal service delivery.

CB 2 serves Boerum Hill, Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Farragut, Fort Greene, Fulton Ferry Landing, Vinegar Hill and Wallabout, and the industrial park in the former Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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