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Jane McGroarty Is New BHA President

On Tuesday, June 8th, Jane Carroll McGroarty became the new President of the BHA, succeeding Tom van den Bout, who served for three years in the position.

Jane has been a Brooklyn gal since 1977—her love affair with the borough began when she met her future husband, a Flatbush native, while attending Barnard College. A chance stroll around the Heights one evening convinced the couple that this was the place for them, though it took several years and a detour to Los Angeles before that dream became a reality.

Jane's involvement with the Brooklyn Heights Association began when she became a member in the early 1980s, and she was invited to join the board in the 1990s. For most of her tenure on the Board, she has been the BHA's transportation "guru," a wise and widely respected local voice on all issues pertaining to traffic and transit in the Heights and beyond. Now as the newly elected President, Jane's major responsibilities will include working with officials to see how the 2010 census will affect possible Brooklyn Heights' redistricting, and spearheading a resident permit parking program to increase the number of available parking spaces.

The purpose of the BHA, she says, is "to serve the people who live in Brooklyn Heights, and keep our neighborhood as we love it ... a great place to live and raise our children." You can often find Jane working near her home on Joralemon St., giving tours on Heights history, or rooting for the Cyclones in Coney Island.

Jane Carroll McGroarty has lived in Brooklyn Heights for over 30 years, and has been a member of both the BHA and Brooklyn's Transportation Committee. She is an architect who has lent her expertise to the New York Institute of Technology; Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility; and the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Jane holds an undergraduate degree in history from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. She is married to ophthalmologist James McGroarty, M.D., and is a proud mother and grandmother.