Millman Supports Appointment of Shirley McRae to City Planning Board

December 19, 2007
Brooklyn – Today Assemblywoman Joan Millman provided testimony to the New York City Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections in support of the appointment of Shirley McRae as the Brooklyn Representative to the New York City Planning Commission.

The appointment is pending confirmation by the Committee and the full Council. The Commission oversees and approves all land use matters in the City and is comprised of five members representing each of the five boroughs, seven members appointed by the Mayor and one member appointed by the Public Advocate.

Testimony Submitted to:
The New York City Council Committee on
Rules, Privileges and Elections

Submitted By:
Joan L. Millman
Member of Assembly, 52nd Assembly District

Re: Appointment of Shirley A. McRae to the New York City Planning Commission

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. As the Assemblymember for the 52nd Assembly District, representing Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, and Park Slope, I have had the honor to work with Shirley McRae for many years. I am proud to add my voice to the chorus of support for her nomination to be the Brooklyn Representative to the New York City Planning Commission.

I first met Shirley when she was a member of Brooklyn Community Board Two and watched as she took on increasing responsibility culminating in her selection to be the Board Chair. Her tireless service as Chair for the last five years has been exemplary. As many of you know, Community Board Two includes downtown Brooklyn, which has undergone a transformation in both commercial and residential development. That work alone has fully prepared her to be a member of the City Planning Commission. But Shirley has done so much more for her community, for Brooklyn and for the entire City of New York.

Shirley has been a member of the executive board of directors of the Atlantic Center Homeowners’ Association since its inception, and served as the board’s president for the last seven years. She is also a member of the Central Fulton Street Business Improvement District Steering Committee, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the board of directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition.

Her dedication to Brooklyn and our city is unquestioned. I know she will carry out her duties on the City Planning Commission with the same dedication and sense of purpose that she has given to everything she has done in her life.

I know this Committee and the City Council will easily recognize the talents and skills she will bring to the City Planning Commission. I urge you to quickly approve her appointment. Thank you.