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Iannece will stay on CB 11, run for re-election as chair

Jerry Iannece said he will run for another year as Community Board 11’s chairman at the board’s March 1 meeting and if elected will continue to push for more northeast Queens rezoning and the completion of a ravine project along Northern Boulevard.

Iannece, who first served as CB 11’s chairman from 2002-07, was re-elected in March 2009 as the board’s leader. At CB 11’s Feb. 2 meeting, he said he planned to run again and so far is unopposed.

“I’ll continue to do the work I’ve been doing,” he said. “We need to finish rezoning [Bayside]. We have a brand new group of Council members and I’m not sure they know everything that’s going on. But I’m going to finish the job I’ve been doing for years.”

He said he was opposed to proposed changes to zoning on Northern Boulevard and that he wants to see a massive project that will upgrade sections of the Oakland Lake and Ravine.

“The city is looking to rezone a part of Northern Boulevard, which is something I’m fighting very hard against,” he said. “I want to make sure they are not reclassified to commercial zones.”

The vote for the board’s chairman will take place at the end of the meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at MS 158 at 46-35 Oceania St. in Bayside. Board member Bernard Haber will lead the meeting.

The board covers Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston and a small section of Flushing.

Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e-mail at nduke@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260-4566.

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