Gentile: I didn’t boot Cassara over the bike lane!

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A city councilman who opposes a bike lane on Bay Ridge Parkway flat-out denied that he booted a lane supporter from Community Board 10 this week in a spat over the controversial cycle route.

The denial came on Wednesday night, two days after initial reports that Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) declined to reappoint longtime CB10 member Bob Cassara after the two clashed over Cassara’s vehement pro-lane stance.

“Change on the board is good,” Gentile told us after an otherwise unrelated hearing over a pedestrian plaza plan that he supports. “Bob has been on the board for a while. The fact that he was [pushing for] the bike lane was circumstan­tial.”

Circumstantial, perhaps, but also part of a long history of Cassara displeasing Gentile — not that the councilman would specify exactly how Cassara had failed.

“There are things Bob has done that do not reflect what I think a community board member should do,” said Gentile. “This has been over a long period of time.”

Cassara had no idea what Gentile meant by that.

“I have no clue,” he said. “If he had a problem, don’t you think he would say something to me? I haven’t butted heads with him; we’ve been on the same wavelength.”

The scorned velocipede activist added that Gentile was bent on hand-picking a community board that doesn’t reflect a changing community.

“The community is changing, but the board isn’t changing,” he said, referring to the needs of newer Ridge residents.

Cassara will be replaced by June Johnson, a former CB10 member, a current member of the Bay Ridge Community Council and representative on the local Community Education Panel for state Sen. Marty Golden, Gentile’s longtime area rival.

Updated 2:07 pm, June 9, 2011
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Hank says:
Was Cassara the only Board Member who wasn't reappointed?
June 9, 2011, 12:24 pm
jerry from coney island says:
CB 10 is just like CB 13. Worthless. They are just puppets to Gentile. Anyone who disagrees with the Councilperson in hiCB is thrown off.
Gentile is a bully just like Recchia is in my CB 13.
If you differ with the Council member in anyway you are history.
June 9, 2011, 12:57 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Stand up Vincent, . . .oh wait, you are standing up.
June 9, 2011, 1:14 pm
Howard says:
Isn't this the same guy who sent out a mailer last week taking a photo op with Justin Brannan a character who strapped the Virgin Mary with a bomb?

Oh that's right Brannan looted his life savings, to give Vinny, G. a check, and poof, his political mentor lobbyist Joanne Seminara puts him on the board, while good members of are community like Cassara, and Harriet Rosenberg disappear.
June 9, 2011, 1:24 pm
Brian from Bay Ridge says:
Can somebody explain to me why Bob Cassara is removed, and political stooges Justin Brannan and Scott Klein missed recent CB 10 meetings?
June 9, 2011, 1:25 pm
Carlos from Dyker Heights says:
Must be because there members of lobbyist, Democrat district leader, Joanne Seminara's extreme leftist, Democrat club?

The deal is you give Joanne money or support her crazy views, you too can be on political board, I mean community board 10.

While your at it, she will even let you miss CB 10 meetings to organize partisan, political rallies.
June 9, 2011, 1:27 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Gentile via Twitter: "Cassara is not my member."
June 9, 2011, 1:49 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
Gentile: Cassara didn't want my member, so he's out.
June 9, 2011, 3:49 pm
rosenberg fan from shore road says:
You know, I think I recall getting a mailing from the last city council election from Bob Capano who was Gentile's opponent. He attacked Gentile for removing board members like harriet rosenberg because they disagreed with him. Guess capano was on to something.
June 9, 2011, 10:58 pm
Janet from Holland says:
Would love to see that little Italiano in a hot pair Of boots - and nothing else
June 10, 2011, 9:58 am
Jaded from BR says:
Aren't blue hair and bifocals the requirement for sitting on CB10?
June 10, 2011, 2:48 pm
Justin from BR says:
Or strapping the virgin mary with a bomb?
June 10, 2011, 9:32 pm

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