Monday, April 13, 2009

Deputy Boro President Steps Down For Race by Joseph Orovic - Queens Tribune

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In a precursor to her City Council run, Karen Koslowitz switched offices from Deputy Borough President to Director of Community Boards.

Photo caption:
Karen Koslowitz, shown here with Tony Bennett and Borough President Helen Marshall.

The move clears any conflict Koslowitz would have faced during her run for Forest Hills’ 29th District Council seat, according to a decision from the City’s Conflicts of Interest Board.

In her new office, Koslowitz will serve as a liaison between the borough’s community boards and Borough President. She’ll also suggest agenda items for the Borough Board and Borough Cabinet meetings and process applications for appointment to community boards.

The switch also removes Koslowitz from Borough President Helen Marshall’s executive staff; she can no longer preside over land use meetings and can no longer represent Marshall on the New York Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees.

She’ll also take a sizable pay-cut of $10,000 to $146,000.

According to spokesman Dan Andrews, the Borough President will not fill Koslowitz’s former position.

Koslowitz already held the 29th District’s Council seat once before and was term-limited out in 2001. She has held the Deputy Borough President’s office since.