Last week, Councilman Peter Koo swore in the new board of directors for the Flushing-based civic association. Maureen Regan will take over as president for Don Capalbi for a two-year term.
Capalbi was tapped to lead the civic in 2009 after a period of dormancy. Regan said he will still be heavily involved with the group as president emeritus.
But Regan hopes to steer the civic association in a less-political direction. Capalbi is an aide to Congresswoman Grace Meng.
“We hope to have more town hall-style meetings to hear the concerns of local residents,” she said, adding that each meeting might also focus on a social service project, such as packaging meals for home-bound seniors.
Regan said the neighborhood, which is the entrance to Flushing from the Horace Harding Expressway, poses a number of difficult challenges given its density and diverse population, including traffic congestion and litter.
“But we still want to advocate for more open space and focus on quality-of-life issues,” she said.
Specifically, Regan said the civic will advocate for the local library, push for more social service programs, and even work toward installing a “Welcome to Flushing” sign.
Regan founded the nonprofit Green Earth Urban Gardens, which among other things hosts gardening workshop for special needs kids at the Quaker House in Flushing. She has also worked on several projects in conjunction with the Queens Botanical Garden.
Rounding out the new board of directors is vice president Shirley Gilbert, secretary Cody Hermann, co-secretary Polly Chea, interim treasurer Al Rankins, and co-treasurer Sue Jen Hu.