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New leaders for Upper Union Street district

The Upper Union Street Business Improvement District has announced its recently elected board and officers.

Marie DeBrocky, owner of Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, was elected chair. She will replace outgoing chair Christopher DiCocco, of DiCocco & Associates. Peter Musler, owner of Musler’s Fine Women’s Wear, was elected vice chair. He will replace outgoing vice chair Rosemary Prock, owner of Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery. Maureen Gebert, a community volunteer and founder of Stockade Walking Tours, was elected secretary and Lisa F. Tamburello, of Trustco, was elected treasurer.

The following new board members were elected: Joe DiFilippo, owner of JD Computer Systems; Tim (Rocco) Zabin, of Gershon’s; and Madelyn Thorne, the City Council’s appointee.

Other board members include Ray Feurstein, chief of the Schenectady County Auxiliary Police Force, Anthony Kaczmarek of Sondra’s Fine Jewelry, photographer Brian Burt representing the neighborhood, and Melissa Kelly, branch manager of AAA Travel. Gregg Kelly, of Northeastern Fine Jewelry, was appointed to fill an unexpired term.

Three long-term members — DiCocco, Prock and Peter Dorgan, branch manager of First Niagara — are leaving the board due to term limits.

The BID includes about 90 businesses along Union Street between Garner Avenue and the Niskayuna town line at Van Antwerp Road. It sponsors special events, beautification, street scape and facade improvement projects.

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