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New president at the helm of the BRCC - Arlene Keating in charge

Refining existing programs rather than reinventing the organization is the paramount goal of the new president of the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC).

Arlene Keating, who assumed the office in June after a late May election, told members of the 58-year-old group, gathered in the community room at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, that she proposes reinvigorating the council rather than altering it.

“Our member organizations, both old and new are the foundation that holds and maintains the council as the extremely vital and vibrant organization that it is,” Keating remarked during a brief speech.

“Please know that it is not my intention to change the council,” she stressed. “Rather, the board and I look to improve upon certain council projects, and to research other areas where the council can materially participate and look to make better without it being necessary to change or eliminate anything the council is presently doing.

“Personally, I like to follow the philosophy, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Keating added. “But I also believe that when an opportunity presents itself, the time may be just right to update, revitalize, reenergize and in certain cases, economize.”

Keating told her listeners that, as BRCC’s president, that she would work with other local groups such as the 68th Precinct Community Council, Community Board 10 and the Dyker Heights Civic Association on efforts “That are mutually beneficial to the community as a whole.

“We can and will all work together to resolve issues and conditions that require our attention,” Keating concluded.

Keating’s words undoubtedly fell softly on the ears of some council members who were less than delighted with prior changes that had roiled the group. In particular, there had been grumblings over some of the alterations imposed by Keating’s immediate predecessor, Bob Cassara, who served as the council’s president during its 57th year.

Cassara, himself, had acknowledged the rocky road the council had trod under his leadership during the June dinner dance at which he passed the gavel to Keating.

During that event, Cassara had treated his listeners to his own version of “Thanks for the Memories,” telling them, “Thanks for the memory/ Of all the things I had to try/ We didn’t always see eye to eye/ My term is over and now it’s finally time to say goodbye.”

“Bob has tilted at many windmills,” another BRCC past President, Peter Killen, had told his listeners on that occasion.

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