the upper west side's community education council (cec) got a new, high-profile member after the recent elections: noah gotbaum, the 45-year-old son of labor leader victor gotbaum and stepson of public advocate betsy gotbaum. the younger gotbaum was elected as one of the nine members of the council, with 14.6 percent of the votes. two years ago, gotbaum's wife died in an arizona airport during a disruptive incident. the vote, open to all public school parents, was something of a straw poll. leaders of the parent teacher association retained the power to make appointments to the council, but they did consider the results in making a decision. the elected parents will begin their two-year term on july 1, 2009 and serve through june 30, 2011.