New York – Filipino American community leader Juliet Payabyab has been appointed by the president of the Borough of Queens Sharon Lee to be an official member of the Community Board (CB) starting May 31, 2020.
The Community Board is the official municipal body which advises elected officials and government agencies on matters affecting the social welfare of the district. They advise on matters concerning service delivery, city budget process, land use planning, long-range planning, and community advocacy.
In a press release, Payabyab said that aside from this new appointment, she also serves as a member of Astoria’s Budget Participatory Committee that creates proposals for approval of special projects that range from $1 to $5 million. Payabyab is also a member of the Advisory Council of State Assemblyman Brian Barnwell.
According to Payabyab, her long years of service in her district that covers Astoria, parts of Long Island City and in Woodside have been recognized through Lee’s appointment.
She has full knowledge of Astoria being a resident for 44 years and has coordinated with some local projects with the Councilman Costa Constantinidis.
After retiring from Merrill Lynch/Bank of America in NY, Payabyab went back to school to teach English as a Second Language to immigrants.
In the Fil-Am community, she has been president in various organizations such as PACEC and United Mindoro, and as chairperson of Philippine Independence Day parades.
Payabyab also initiated a fitness program called ‘Walk Run at your Own Pace’ summer activity in Astoria Park which is participated by community leaders in the last three years. This program was supported and participated in by Consul Arman R. Talbo of the Philippine Consulate in New York since it started in 2018.
(Photos and press release by Juliet Astoria)