Barry Spitzer, a Borough Park resident and deputy chief of staff to Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), was elected Tuesday evening as Community Board 12 district manager. Mr. Spitzer’s election is also considered a milestone, since he’s the first Hasidic Jew to serve as a district manager in the city of New York.
Chairman Yidel Perlstein recommended Mr. Spitzer as the board’s only candidate.
Mr. Spitzer, who has worked with Councilman Greenfield since he announced his run for council in 2010, was elected in an unanimous vote.
Outgoing district manager Wolf Sender was recently appointed by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson as his Jewish liasion.
“Community Board 12 made an outstanding selection in Berri Spitzer as the next District Manager,” Councilman Greenfield told YWN. “Berri is one of the hardest working, most dedicated and sincerest people I know. I am confident that he will do great things for the community.”
Other candidates interviewed to fulfill the job of Sender, were Fred Kreizman and Aaron Tyk. Kreizman previously served as assistant Commissioner for Community Outreach in Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s administration. In the first five years of Bloomberg’s tenure as Mayor, Kreizman served both Brooklyn Director and Citywide Director of Community Outreach.
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)
The District Manager is hired by the Community board, not elected. The District Manager is a paid professional serving the volunteer Board with a salary of $65,000 -$75,000 annually. The deadline for applications was March 20th so this was a quick decision, which I would assume was voted on by the full board at an open meeting.