Grassroots Campaign Afoot to Remove Susan Stetzer from CB3 District Manager
Clearly, someone has a personal vendetta against Susan Stetzer, the longtime district manager of Community Board 3.
Several wheat-paste posters surfaced on street surfaces around the neighborhood this week, demanding “Susan Stetzer out now” and to “clean up CB3.” The action appears part of a larger (anonymous) campaign to educate the neighborhood about the toxicity of CB3 and to “clean house.”
Allegations of corruption and shady dealings under Stetzer’s decades-long leadership are nothing new. The atmosphere is what inspired some board members to resign over the years. In addition, most recently, some activists claim that the local advisory body controls Zoom to silence opposition to certain agenda items. (Without the accountability of a room full of people, it’s easier to dismiss dissent.)
Meanwhile, the website advertised on the pasters lists the following, and explains the process for district manager removal:
For nearly 2 decades, CB3 ‘s district office has concentrated power by grooming leadership and recycling pliant board and committee chairs, and meddling in board elections and public meetings.
Punitive measures are taken against the public or board members who dissent or question information or tactics by the district manager or from members of the entrenched leadership.
The concentration of power at CB3 has effectively silenced citizens, stifled public participation, prevented a diversity of views, and stopped real progress and representation from happening.
It takes an uncompromised and courageous community board member to call a board vote to remove the district manager and a majority of the appointed members to vote yes.