Chad Marlow Challenging Incumbent Gigi Li for CB3 Chair Position

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

 

This image has been archived or removed.

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.”

Recent Stories

Broad Daylight Bike Theft Outside Luxury Condo on Orchard Street

Thieves are becoming more brazen on the Lower East Side. Case in point, this bike thief on Orchard Street in broad daylight. A resident captured video of this man clipping a lock at 11:30am outside the luxury condo building at 196 Orchard Street on Sunday morning. The thief used an angle grinder to cut the […]

‘Cock’ Fight at CB3 Over Rivington Street Club

The Cock fight appears to be heating up. A large, vocal contingent of Hell Square residents is diametrically opposed to the bar moving into the former home of Fat Baby on Rivington Street. At issue is the business itself, which has come under fire in recent years from Second Avenue residents for being an unruly […]

Thirty Years Around the Block: The Story Behind the Clayton Patterson x Supreme Collaboration

Neighborhood documentarian Clayton Patterson has a new collaboration out now with Supreme. The question is, how did I connect with Supreme? It is a story that took about thirty years to get around the block. Just about all of the connections were through the streets of the Lower East Side. Here is how it happened; […]

Chinatown, SoHo, and NoHo Stand in Protest Against City’s Proposed Rezoning

Chinatown finds itself caught in a squeeze play with mega-towers set to loom over the Two Bridges neighborhood to its east and the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo to the west. As it turns out, Mayor de Blasio’s 11th-hour rezoning plan for the city’s historic districts will also include large swaths of Chinatown. Yesterday, a […]

The ‘Plus Pool’ Might Soon be a Reality off Two Bridges Coastline

More than ten years in the making, a daring pool pitch is a lap closer to reality in the East River. Just in time for a slate of new luxury skyscrapers. The so-called Plus Pool (stylized +POOL), that intriguing self-filtering swimming pool, will park in the Two Bridges neighborhood in the not-so-distant future, according to […]