A Resurgent Coney Island:
The Alliance for Coney Island

As we continue our efforts to build a thriving environment for our vibrant community, we appreciate any feedback you may want to share, as well as any questions you may have!

Email: info@allianceforconeyisland.org

Phone: (718) 594-7895

Fax: (718) 676-0179

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Meet The Team

Alexandra Silversmith

Executive Director

Alexandra Silversmith is the Executive Director of the Alliance. Ms. Silversmith's past experience includes working with the New York City Economic
Development Corporation where her projects spanned a variety of neighborhoods including Coney Island, where she helped incorporate and form the Alliance for Coney Island and worked on Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

Cindy Godla

Events, Marketing

& Public Relations Manager

Cindy wears many hats within the organization. She is charged with overseeing our Marketing efforts, promotions and programming within the Amusement District as well as being the Public Relations Manager for the Alliance for Coney Island. With her strong organizational skills, attention to detail, creative imagination and "get the job done" attitude, she has earned a reputation for excellence. A native Brooklynite, her many years spent in Coney Island has given her a deep appreciation for the history,  and is passionate about the revitalization of the community.

 Melanie Hirsch

Outreach & Development Manager

As the Development and Outreach Manager, Melanie Hirsch comes to the Alliance via state government including senior positions with several elected officials and as Director of Mediation Services for the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal. As a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, she is excited to be part of the continuing redevelopment of Coney Island, specifically partnering with residents and community stakeholders in the commercial revitalization of Mermaid Avenue.

Ariel Montrose

Bookkeeping, Communications & Office Assistant

Understanding the value of building equitable communities, Ariel chose to intern at the United Nations, working for the former Zambian Ambassador after graduating from Vassar College, as well as the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to build upon her passion for community organizing. As a Brooklyn native, Ariel continues to build upon her passion to contribute by working at the Alliance for Coney Island!

Meet The Board

Steve Cohen

Chairperson

Vice President,

Brooklyn Cyclones

Alessandro Zamperla 

Vice-Chairperson

President,

Luna Park

Bruce Miller

Treasurer

Senior Director of Company Operations,

Nathan's Famous

Nino Russo

Secretary

Co-Owner,

Gargiulo's Restaurant

Dennis Vourderis

Board Member

Co-Owner,

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Dick Zigun

Board Member

Artistic Director,

Coney Island USA

Samuel Moore

Board Member

Executive Director,

Coney Island YMCA

Allen Newman

Board Member

General Manager,

Ford Amphitheater

Jon Forrest Dohlin

Board Member

Vice President & Director,

New York Aquarium

Michael Bogdan

Board Member

Asset Management,

iStar

Meet The Ex-Officio Members

Hon. Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President

Hon. Mark Treyger

Council Member, 47th District

James Patchett

New York City Economic Development Corporation

Community Board 13

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