CB3 Member Accuses Chair Gigi Li of Alleged Racial Insensitivity
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Gigi Li at Pier 42, May 2013
There is apparently some concern over racial diversity amongst the rank within Community Board 3. A faction of members are reportedly taking Chair Gigi Li to task over alleged racial insensitivity in appointing leaders. Under the bylaws, the Executive Board is comprised of non-elected members chosen by Li herself. This infighting is the latest in a string of problems that have bubbled to the surface during her two-year reign.
CB3 member Ayo Harrington penned a scathing letter last week, voicing concern that Chair Li has “consistently and regularly failed to appoint any Black or Latino members of our community board as the chair of a committee, subcommittee, or task force.” The claim bascially asserts that these two major racial groups are being freezed from the higher levels of participation.
The bone picked is also somewhat personal. Harrington sheds light on the instance last year when the chair of the Human Services, Health, Disability & Seniors/Youth & Education Committee resigned. She reportedly asked to be the replacement due to significant experience in education, but was turned down.
Full letter below: