RBA Elects 2018 Board of Directors


The past Wednesday, the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) held its second annual membership meeting, a public meeting intended to engage the community in celebrating the RBA’s achievements and to set goals for the year ahead.

Another outcome of the annual meeting was the nomination and election of the 2018 board of directors. The 2018 RBA Board is as follows: Yarden Flatow, Board Chair; Lana Meli, Vice Chair; Rachel Krieger, Secretary; Michael Gliner, Treasurer; Erin Silvers; Dominique Cannelongo; Ruth Gilwit; James Otton; Jaime Schultz; John Cori; Marc Scala; Samantha Cintron; Mara Valentino; and Galit Tsadik.

The meeting also featured a presentation on Rockaway ConneX, a new technology project that the RBA will roll out in the next few months.

Prior to the meeting, former NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh toured the peninsula, visiting Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to reconnect with new and old Rockaway businesses. Walsh, who currently is a host on 1010 WINS-AM, was instrumental in assisting businesses on Beach 116th in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and business owners remember him fondly as a major emotional support during that traumatic period.

Walsh made visits to Cuisine By Claudette, Mazzone Hardware, Zingara Vintage, Fat Cardinal Provisions, and Uncle Louie G’s, among others. In a heartwarming moment, the former commissioner beckoned over a group of middle-schoolers leaving the library, and purchased Uncle Louie G’s ice cream for the baffled kids. The RBA looks forward to continuing to work with Walsh to bring big changes to Rockaway.

A theme throughout the evening was the breaking down of invisible walls: east versus west, old guard versus new guard (in local leadership as well as local business), and between the various commercial corridors. The community celebrated the work that the RBA has done to lessen these issues.

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