Meet The Team

Executive Director

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Cindy Vourderis

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.

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 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.

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Matthew Morowitz

Commercial Revitalization

Program Manager

Matthew Morowitz comes to the Alliance for Coney Island from an eclectic mix of experiences in the urbanism field. In addition to holding a master's degree in urban design, he has previously worked with neighborhood-focused organizations, public art, and urban archaeology here in NYC. He is excited to bring all of his knowledge and experiences to Coney Island, as well as learn from and develop relationships with the people in this neighborhood, to help facilitate the revitalization of the community

Meet The Board

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Steve Cohen

Chairperson

Vice President,

Brooklyn Cyclones

Alessandro Zamperla 

Vice-Chairperson

President,

Luna Park in Coney Island

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Bruce Miller

Treasurer

Senior Director of Company Operations,

Nathan's Famous

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Nino Russo

Secretary

Co-Owner,

Gargiulo's Restaurant

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Dennis Vourderis

Co-Owner,

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

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James Fitzsimmons

Executive Director,

Coney Island USA

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Samuel Moore

Executive Director,

Coney Island YMCA

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Craig Piper

Interim Director
New York Aquarium

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Allen Newman

General Manager 
Seaside Park

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Chris Durosinmi

Assistant Director, Government and Community Affairs

New York Aquarium

Tracee Zamperla

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility 
Central Amusement International

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Denos Vourderis

General Manager

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Michael Russo

Co-Owner,

Gargiulo's Restaurant

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Samantha Previtera

General Manager,

Nathan's Famous

Meet The Ex-Officio Members

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Hon. Antonio Reynoso

Brooklyn Borough President

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Hon. Ari Kagan

Council Member, 47th District

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Andrew Kimball

New York City Economic Development Corporation

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Community Board 13