After 16 years of serving on Community Board 11, Melvyn Meer’s application for reappointment was turned down in April. And nobody has told him why.
“Nobody has given me a reason for nonappointment,” Meer, the board’s former Education Committee chairman, told the Chronicle. “The only thing I have is a letter from the borough president and it says ‘Unfortunately, at this time I am not able to appoint you for the next term.’”
When applying for reappointment, community board members submit a form to their local Council member. The borough president ultimately decides whether they are appointed and is not required to provide an explanation for her action.
In Meer’s case, the Council member with whose consultation the appointment was made is Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Last year, Vallone supported a controversial proposal to create a high school where the Bayside Jewish Center currently is. The plan was abandoned after community outcry forced Vallone to ultimately oppose it.