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  • CRB Citizen Review Board
     201 E. Washington St., Suite 705 • Syracuse, N.Y. 13202 • (315) 448-8750 • Email:

  • Board Members Appointed by Term
    Mary Nelson Mayor January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019
    Mae Carter Mayor January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2018
    Peter McCarthy Mayor January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020
    Dana Natale 1st District Councilor January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2018
    Open 2nd District Councilor Open
    Lori Nilsson 3rd District Councilor January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018
    Ruth Kutz 4th District Councilor January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020
    Herve Comeau 5th District Councilor January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019
    Clifford Ryans At-Large Councilors January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019
    Hatisha Holmes At-Large Councilors January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018
    Open At-Large Councilors January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018 
    Ruth Kutz was born in Washington, D.C. but has lived in Syracuse since she was nine except for college and a few years afterwards. She is a Clinical Social Worker, currently in Private Practice. She has been very active in the Democratic Party as a Ward Chair and working on numerous campaigns. She has always been interested in the work of the CRB and is delighted to have the opportunity to serve.
    Herve Comeau  recieved a B.A in English Literature from Florida State University in 2008, a JD from Cornell Law in 2013, and an MFA from Syracuse University in 2017. He is a recipient of the Cornelia Carhart Ward fellowship and the Robert Menschel fellowship. He is currently the Pro Bono Immigration Coordinator at the Volunteer Lawyer Project of Onodaga County in Syracuse, NY. He serves on the advisory board of the NY Civil Liberties Union, and on the Long Range Planning Committee of VLP.
    Peter McCarthy is a former District Data Coordinator at the OCM BOCES Central New York Regional Information Center. His former positions include central office administrator for data and planning, staff development specialist, and special education teacher.
    Mae Carter , a personal-line insurance professional currently employed by OneGroup. She is a graduate of Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders (NTL) through the Gifford Foundation and GC2, an organization started by the Gifford Foundation that also works with Syracuse University's South Side Initiative Office. Ms.Carter has also served on the YWCA Board and the Board for the Southside Community Coalition.
    Dana Natale has been a resident of the City of Syracuse for 27 years. She has worked in the affordable housing field for all of that time, with the last 18 years as manager of a building for the elderly and disabled in the University area. While her children were growing up, Dana was an active volunteer for Eastwood youth sports. She graduated with her A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies in April 2017. She has always been fascinated by our legal system and sees the Citizens Review Board as an exciting and innovative way to participate in that system and serve the community she loves.
    Mary Nelson is the founder of the Annual Youth Day BBQ and the President/CEO of The Mary Nelson Youth Center, a 501(c3) Not-for-Profit Agency. Mary began organizing the Back to School BBQ in 2002, as part of an effort to reduce violence in her neighborhood. Along with providing school supplies, she treats children and their families to a barbeque, which facilitates the community coming together in peace and showing love for another. In 2009, Mary Nelson's Youth Center was opened and continues to offer-Education, Health Career Services and free breakfast, lunch and dinner to all needy families in her community. Mrs.Nelson is presently a Full-Time employee at Upstate Medical University in the Department of Radiology.

    CRB Staff:

    Ranette L. Releford MPS, Administrator
    Betty Pearson, Typist II