Bed-Stuy Community Board Elects New Officers

By Paul DeBenedetto on December 3, 2013 9:49am 

 Tremaine Wright is the new chair of Brooklyn Community Board 3.
Tremaine Wright is the new chair of Brooklyn Community Board 3.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Brooklyn's Community Board 3 elected five new officers on Monday, including a board chair to officially replace now-District Manager Henry Butler.

The board, which serves most of Bedford-Stuyvesant, elected treasurer and interim chair Tremaine Wright to replace Butler, who in August stepped down as chair to accept a paid position as the board's district manager.

Wright, who has served 10 years on the board and also owns Common Grounds Cafe at 376 Tompkins Ave., said she was excited for the opportunity to take the board into the future.

"I believe I'm poised to help move this board forward," Wright told the crowd at Monday's board meeting.

In addition to Wright, the board elected education chair Oma Holloway to first vice chair, longtime board member C. Doris Pinn to second vice chair and Waleed Cope to treasurer.

The board also elected as their new executive secretary Kimberly Hill, who received a round of applause after an emotional nomination acceptance speech that included a story about her grandmother, who she said always kept her door open because her neighbors were "family."

"I will continue the excellence of Community Board 3," Hill said, "and continue to remind us all that neighbors are our community, and an extended member of our family."

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