“I have overseen many projects too numerous to mention here and worked with four borough presidents, dozens of legislators, commissioners, district managers and their staff,” Carey wrote in her resignation letter earlier this month. “In my 35 years of service to this great city, with very little exceptions, I loved every minute.”
The resignation announcement comes a little over a year after some members of the board tried to remove Carey from the position, citing her inefficiency and unreliability.
Instead, the board voted to put Carey on a six-month probation and ordered her to undergo training to improve her qualifications for the job.
For many, Carey has been a staple of the community for decades. Councilman Eric Ulrich, a former CB9 member and longtime friend of Carey, said Carey was a “superb public servant.”
“Mary Ann was a strong voice for safer streets, better public transportation, historic preservation and never wavered in her commitment to serving others. While she will be sorely missed, I know she will remain actively engaged in the community she served for so many years,” Ulrich said.
In a statement released by CB9, Chairman Ralph Gonzalez thanked Carey for her years of work and dedication.
"I congratulate Mary Ann on her much-deserved retirement,” Gonzalez said. “She has done so much for our community, and for so long. It's difficult to imagine anyone truly filling her shoes.”
The search process for a new district manager will be announced at the next board meeting.