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Uptown Pols Honor Community Leader

By Nigel Chiwaya | February 27, 2013 11:16am

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Uptown's elected officials pulled out all the stops to honor a longtime community leader Tuesday night.

Pamela Palanque-North, the former chairwoman of Community Board 12, was lauded for her decades of service to Northern Manhattan, earning proclamations from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmembers Robert Jackson and Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Denny Farrell.

"When you're the leader of a community group, the buck stops with you, and it's not always a glorious job," said Jackson. "And that's why we appreciate you so much and what you've done."

Palanque-North served as chairwoman of the community board from 2009 until February. She became a member of the board in 1998 and previously worked as president of the West 167th Street Block Association.

Palanque-North now serves as the board's treasurer, and said that she looks forward to helping out in the new position.

"I look forward to working with everyone in a new role where I can sort of hang out and give some people hell," Palanque-North joked.