Chad Marlow Challenging Incumbent Gigi Li for CB3 Chair Position

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 at 5:03 am by


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Chad Marlow of CB3, Photo: The Villager

Gigi Li is fighting for her seat as Chair of Community Board 3. A cloud of controversy has followed her four years in the position, the latest of which being accusations from other members of racial insensitivity. The challenger – Chad Marlow – will look to knock off Li next month in her second-term re-election bid.

Marlow could be a good fit for CB3. Anyone who attends the CB3 subcommittee meetings can attest to his level-headedness. For example, during the media shitshow surrounding the Beastie Boys Square application or the Chinatown Bus situation on Canal Street.

The Villager has the scoop on the upcoming election.

It would mark the first time since 2007 — when former chairperson Dominic Berg was challenged for the board’s leadership by then board member Barden Prisant — that there has been a contested election for this position.

Marlow is a former president of the Village Independent Democrats political club who, for the past 10 years has served on four different community boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is currently senior policy adviser with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

He said his main reason for running was simply to “improve the functioning of our board and restore its reputation with our community.”

“The past 18 months have been challenging ones for C.B. 3,” he said, “and this June’s election is an opportunity to give the board a fresh start — to turn a new page with new leadership.”

He added that, during a seven-month period, from October 2013 to April 2014, “the Manhattan borough president has had to intervene three separate times in the functioning of our board because we have gone so off the rails.”

Marlow, however, did allude to the racial bias controversy, stating, “I will ensure that our board operates in a manner that is democratic, transparent and inclusive.”

Marlow further said that if elected, he had no plans to seek a replacement for C.B. 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer — the board’s top staffer — as part of the sweeping changes he has in mind.

“I think that when Susan is at her best, she is the best district manager in New York,” he said, “and I’ve seen a lot of them.

“Sure, there are some areas that need to be fine-tuned and tweaked,” he added, “because, as much as the board needs some changes, the operating officers also need some changes.”

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