Andrew Rothman passed away on December 24, 2014, at a much too early age. We served together as members of Community Board 11 for a number of years.
I was always impressed by the amount of time and effort that Andy contributedtoward his duties as a board member. When any land use issue came up, he always visited the site, researched the property in question on the internet, and composed many well thought out and pertinent questions for the applicant when the case was heard at committee level and when it came before the full board.
Andy always had maps, zoning regulations and other material at the ready when a case was heard.
His point of view always reflected the interests of the neighborhoods that are part of the community board and he always expressed himself in a positive and non-confronting way.
Andy also was co-chair of the Aviation Committee of the board along with Joan Garippa. They worked with groups like Queens Quiet Skies and leaders Janet Mceneaney and Bob Whitehair to lobby for the reduction of air traffic noise and pollution over our communities.
This fight continues, but it is now missing one of its most prominent voices of advocacy.
More than anything else, Andy was a good friend. He always had a smile, he always expressed concern for others and he always cared deeply for his community. He was a fighter for Bayside and beyond. I will miss him greatly. May he rest in peace and may his family be comforted in their sorrow.