“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Grace Belkin, who served as the district manager of Bronx Community Board #8 from the board’s inception in 1977 until her retirement in 2006.

“Grace was always a strong advocate for her community. Her decades of hard work and tireless advocacy at the community board helped to make the Northwest Bronx a better place to live, and her loss will undoubtedly have a deep effect on the thousands of people whose lives she directly touched during her years of service. On behalf of the people of the Bronx, our prayers go out to her family in their time of mourning,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.