Longtime CB1 Staffer Is Honored

Community Board 1 former District Manager Paul Goldstein, who hired Lucy Acevedo in the early 1980s, congratulates her during a surprise proclamation presentation at a CB1 meeting. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

If you’ve ever called the office of Community Board 1 in the last three decades, there’s a good chance that the voice at the other end belonged to Lucy Acevedo. For her “dedication well beyond her job description,” Acevedo was surprised at Tuesday evening’s full board meeting with a proclamation by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer that declared Tuesday, June 26, “Lucia Acevedo Appreciation Day.”

“She is as dedicated as she is efficient and detail-oriented,” Andrew Chang, Brewer’s representative to the board, read from the proclamation. “She is a no-nonsense person who has earned the respect of those she has worked with at the community board and throughout the city government.”

Chang noted that Acevedo has served five CB1 chairs and attended “approximately” 363 full board meetings. To which current chair Anthony Notaro remarked, “She’s a saint.”

Acevedo, a longtime Coney Island resident, started in the CB1 office in 1983 as a 17-year-old intern and was hired, two years later, by then District Manager Paul Goldstein who recently returned to the board as a member.

“The one person I really want to thank for all these years is Paul Goldstein,” Acevedo said in her brief remarks.

The proclamation “whereas” that may best have expressed Acevedo’s contribution to the community, also received a hearty, knowing laugh: “Although Lucy Acevedo has stated emphatically for the last 33 years that, ‘I don’t know anything, I only work here,’ she has for over 30 years known everything.”