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Ho, ho, ho: Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis hands out toys to members of the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison at last year’s toy drive.
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Prospect Heights

A big cheer for Bernell K. Grier, who has been tapped as the new executive director at Impacct–Brooklyn. Grier will be taking the reigns on Dec. 5 when long-time executive director Deborah Howard steps down on Dec. 30.

Chairman David Hanzel said of the appointment, “We are delighted to have Bernell Grier, whose 30 years of experience in community development, banking, and nonprofit management encompass the skills and talent that our board was seeking. With her passion for creating affordable housing opportunities for New York residents, plus solid nonprofit management and community development experience, we are confident she will help us grow strategically in meeting our vision for all of Central Brooklyn.”

In her new position Grier will lead the community development corporation serving Central Brooklyn in furthering its mission of preserving affordable housing and promoting businesses development, job creation, and resident leadership.

Prior to her appointment, she served as director and vice president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Program as well as Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City as the chief executive officer and chief operating officer.

Grier shared her commitment and excitement and said, “I have long supported and admired the work of Impacct–Brooklyn, having served on its board in the late 1990s. I am truly honored and excited to return as leader of this advocacy group and am committed to preserving affordable housing and building strong, vibrant neighborhoods in Central Brooklyn.”

Impacct–Brooklyn, formerly known as Pratt Area Community Council, is a community development corporation founded in 1964 to help residents build flourishing communities in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights.

Standing O says “Welcome and good fortune.”

Impacct–Brooklyn [1000 Dean St. at Bergen Street in Prospect Heights, (718) 522–2613].

Borough wide

Toy drive

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge) will once again be hosting her holiday toy drive to benefit local children. Toys collected will be donated to various local organizations across the 64th Assembly District, which includes Staten Island.

“We’re so fortunate to experience such a tremendous display of generosity in our community every year, and the toys we brought to the children are met with great happiness and appreciation. Together, we can once again support our local organizations and bring joy to many children this holiday season,” the assemblywoman said.

Donors are encouraged to drop off unwrapped toys until Friday, Dec. 16 at the following locations:

• Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 8401 Ridge Blvd.

• Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, 414 80th St.

• Dimitrios & Georgia Kaloidis Parochial School, 8502 Ridge Blvd.

Nicole Malliotakis district office [7408 Fifth Ave. at 75th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 987–0197].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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