|Sometimes, nice guys finish first!|
The Q will happily share the outcome of tonight's elections at Community Board 9, but in the lead-up to the vote, I've just learned that longtime chair, Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, has decided not to run for a (I dunno 30th?) term. Dwayne Nicholson and Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales are running for the position. Other Executive Committee positions are being contested by relative newcomers, yours truly included.
Should be an interesting evening at the CB. Will let you know how things turn out. All CB9 meetings are open to the public, and start at 7PM at MS61's auditorium, 400 Empire Blvd at NY Avenue.
I've gotten to know Jake fairly well over the past few years. We had coffee last winter, and he took me on a private tour of the Chabad neighborhood on and around Kingston and Eastern Parkway, spiritual home to the movement. You could see how proud he was of the enclave and his role within it. He's a super guy and a great leader in his community and beyond. He continues to serve as a chaplain in the army, one of the few "exemptions" to the beard rule! It may be time for a change, but it's always good to reflect on the many good things he's done for the community. Thanks Jake!