Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NYC Mayoral Districting Commission Appointment


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced seven appointments to the Districting Commission, which also includes eight members appointed by the Speaker and Minority Leader of the City Council. The Districting Commission meets once every ten years following the decennial census to redraw the City Council’s district lines to address population shifts within the five boroughs. The Districting Commission will submit a plan to the City Council for new Council district lines in accordance with criteria defined in the City Charter and the final submission will include a total of 51 City Council districts.

Our esteemed Brother Oscar Odom III from Xi Phi Chapter was selected as one of the seven Mayoral appointments.

Bro. Odom III is the former First Deputy Sheriff of New York City. His career in law enforcement spans a quarter-century, having held numerous assignments within the NYPD, including patrol officer, Police Academy instructor, and detective. Odom was the director of Public Safety at the MetroTech Business Improvement District, and currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Division at ASA College in Brooklyn, having held similar positions at other area academic institutions. Odom served in the U.S. Army, has a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a law degree from CUNY School of Law, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education. Odom is a resident of Brooklyn.

Fatherhood Initiative Recognition

Please congratulate Brother Dominick Boyce for being recognized by the New York City Council  for his work on the Fatherhood program.

Alan Farrell (l) & Bro. Dominick Boyce

Alan Farrell is the head of the Mayor's fatherhood program here in New York City.

Also congratulations should go out to Brother Thabiti Boone in being recognized for his leadership in working on the Fatherhood Initiative on behalf of the Fraternity and the White House and the Chi Rho 3rd Annual Father's Day Program this Saturday.

Finally, kudos to the Brothers of Chi Rho Chapter, under the leadership of Brother Jason Calihan, for putting on an excellent father's day program.