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NEWRA Elects New Officers for 2010-2011 Term

New NEWRA Officers: President Stephanie Hogue (2nd from right), Vice-President Victor Brogna (left), Treasurer Sanjoy Mahajan (center), Secretary Nicole Rafter (2nd from left), Sergeant at Arms Jim Salini (right).
New NEWRA Officers: President Stephanie Hogue (2nd from right), Vice-President Victor Brogna (left), Treasurer Sanjoy Mahajan (center), Secretary Nicole Rafter (2nd from left), Sergeant at Arms Jim Salini (right).

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) elected a new slate of officers at its Annual Meeting on October 14, 2010. For the 2010 – 2011 term, the new officers are:

President:  Stephanie Hogue, Henchman Street
Vice President: Victor Brogna, Commercial Street
Treasurer: Sanjoy Mahajan, Jackson Avenue
Secretary: Nicole Rafter, Prince Street
Sergeant of Arms:  Jim Salini, Charter Street

The election was held by voice vote after the Nominations Committee, chaired by Victor Brogna, presented its recommended officer selections. There were no additional nominations from the floor. Each term is for one year and NEWRA officers can hold an office for two consecutive years.
Prior to the election, 2008-2010 President Mark Paul said “NEWRA’s achievements are impressive.” He recalled the Mayor’s testimony of NEWRA as a true civic organization. He raised the concern that the neighborhood is becoming an entertainment district and recognized NEWRA’s efforts in support of the people that live here.Reviewing some accomplishments, Mark recognized the work of NEWRA’s committees including Clean Streets, Zoning, Licensing & Construction and the newly formed Parks and Open Spaces Committee. He encouraged members to become involved in a committee, saying that “if you care about Fleet St. then you should care about Unity St.” Some specific accomplishments noted:

Following the election, Vice-President Victor Brogna (and former President in 2006-2008) said he was “filling-in” as Vice-President and would gladly step aside should another member indicate interest in becoming vice-president. Another vote would then be taken by the membership. Francine Gannon complemented Victor for taking the position and suggested he also be “Counselor in Residence” noting his legal help on many items including the research he did regarding the legal occupancy of upper Commercial St. in reference to the Segway operation.

Sue Benveniste also spoke in support of Victor’s contributions to the neighborhood and thanked all the officers for volunteering their time and energy to the organization.

Additional information can be found at www.newra.org.

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