Ferrara elected first female CB11 chair as she prepares to primary Velázquez


Bernadette Ferrara, who plans on challenging Councilmember Marjorie Velázquez in the June Democratic primary, became the first woman elected to chair Community Board 11 last Thursday, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest.

Ferrara, who is president of the Van Nest Neighborhood Alliance, defeated board member Richard Reynoso for the position.

It is unclear how many board members knew Ferrara had plans to run for City Council at the time she was elected chair, and representatives of CB11 are on a different page than the Bronx Borough President’s Office about whether she will need to step down if she gets on the ballot.