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FULL BOARD MINUTES
Date:
November 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: UNITAS, 830 Southern Blvd. Bronx


The regular monthly meeting of Bronx Community Board #2 was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2013 at UNITAS 830 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10459, in accordance with the time and place set forth in a public notice.

Members present:
Ralph Acevedo
Barbara Alicea
Dr. Ian Amritt
Stephanie Afum
Joyce Campbell – Culler
Alexa Campos
Antonio Centeno
Mildred Colon
Robert Crespo
Altagracia Cruz
Julia Cruz, LMSW
Paula Fields
Alexi George *
Twana Gilliard Green
Jerry Grace
Melissa Lomba
Barbara Lopez
Luis Marrero
Cedric McClester
Ivette Melendez
Jannie Pressley
Larry Robinson
Israel Rodriguez
Olga Rosario
Charlie Samboy
Peter Jose Serrano (Health Summit)
Richard Sherman
Pastor Reggie Stutzman
Maria Torres
John Udo Okon

*Arrived after roll call
**Left before final roll call

Excused members
John Calderone
Dr. Richard Izquierdo
Roland Lopez

Members absent
Lytza Colon
Wilberto Colon
Patrick Delices
Jesse Harris
Rev. Moses Oladosu
Marta Rivera
Ray Serrano
David Sosa, Esq
Sterling Tanks
Dashawn Williams

Staff Present: Rafael Salamanca, Jr., District Manager Cynthia Baez, Community Associate

Oneida DeJesus, Community Assistant

Community Board #2 Officers

Dr. Ian Amritt, Chairperson

Robert Crespo, 1st Vice Chair

Julia Cruz 2nd Vice Chair,

Paula Fields, Treasurer

Ralph Acevedo, Secretary

Bronx Community Board #2

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Dr. Ian Amritt Rafael Salamanca, Jr.

Chairperson District Manager

The regular monthly meeting of Bronx Community Board #2 was held on Monday, November 18, 2013 at UNITAS – 830 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10459, in accordance with the time and place set forth in a public notice.

I. PUBLIC SESSION

* Dr. Amritt welcomed the community board to UNITAS and apologized for re-scheduling the Board’s meeting date to a Monday for this month.

* Mr. James Dike, Marketing Outreach Director for Acacia Network, spoke briefly on the services they provide. Mr. Dike also spoke on new primary care services being provided at 915 Westchester Avenue. Dr. Amritt advised Mr. Dike to attend the next Health Committee to provide the Board with more information.

* Deputy Inspector Philip Rivera spoke on increase in felony assaults and stated the numbers from Riker’s Island were back dated. He also briefed the board on a rape that occurred in which there is an on-going investigation with the 40th Precinct.

* Deputy Inspector Rivera informed the board of the shifting of Impact Officers to patrol details, which now allows for more patrol enforcement throughout the community with more sector patrols. He reminded the Board of the upcoming holiday season and plans to have additional patrols in the commercial locations throughout the district.

* Antonio Centeno stated there was a shooting around Tiffany Plaza and would like the Deputy Inspector to follow-up.

* Mr. Roberto Crespo asked for a briefing on the incident that occurred at the Hookah Lounge located on Southern Blvd. Deputy Inspector Rivera stated it was determined the Hookah Lounge did not provide security as was stated on the stipulations with the letter of support provided by the Community Board and will follow-up.

* Ms. Lela Martinez, Staff for State Senator Diaz, spoke on a recent incident that occurred with a staff member of Senator Diaz involving plain clothes Police Officers conducting stop and frisk by Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue. Ms. Martinez stated the Officers were very rude and cursed at the staff member. Ms. Martinez stated this occurred maybe 2-3 weeks ago, in the afternoon between 4PM - 5:30PM. Deputy Inspector stated he does not have plain clothes officers at that time and will have the Precinct’s Community Affairs Officer follow-up with Ms. Martinez for more information.

* Dr. Amritt congratulated Deputy Inspector Rivera on completing the New York City Marathon in 4 hours and 2 minutes.

* Deputy Inspector Rivera announced the Precinct will have its 911 Memorial trip to the World Trade Center on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Community members will meet at the 1035 Longwood Avenue and will need to contact the Community Affairs office prior to attend.

II. BUSINESS SESSION

A. ROLL CALL- Quorum was established.

B. ADOPTION OF MINUTES – A motion to approve the minutes was made by Mr. Robert Crespo and seconded by Mr. Charlie Samboy. All were in favor motion was carried.

C. CHAIRMEN REPORT – Dr. Ian Amritt, Chair (see attached)

Dr. Amritt appointed Rev. John Udo Okon as Chair of the Food Pantry Taskforce.

D. DISTRICT MANAGER REPORT – Mr. Rafael Salamanca, Jr., District Manager (see attached)

E. BOROUGH PRESIDENT REPORT – Ms. Aurea Mangual (see attached)

III. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a. Housing & Land Use Committee (7 Minutes)

Ms. Joyce Campbell-Culler, Chairperson

Resolution (1):

A motion to write a letter of support to Evangelistic Communities Outreach supporting the concepts and principles for the proposed use of block 2718, lot 48/50. Bronx Community Board #2 supports the revitalization and rebuilding of the site for community to use and to sustain its historical significance.


Motion was rescinded and sent back to committee.

Resolution (2):

A motion to write a letter of support to MHANY Management supporting the concept of the development of the 700 Manida Street location which includes the transfer of real-estate property by the United States Department of Justice.


A motioned was made by committee and seconded by Mr. Charlie Samboy. All were in favor with the exception of 2 – No Votes and 2 – Abstentions. Motioned passed.

b. Franchise, Licensing & Permits Standing Committee (see attachment)

Mr. Robert Crespo, Chairperson

Resolution (1):

A motion to write a letter to the New York State Liquor Authority requesting that Mr. John McCaskill On-Premise License Application be Approved (Gold N Gold Enterprises – 405 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474) with the following ademed stipulations:


1- Gold N Gold will not convert their on-premise liquor license to a Topless Entertainment License.

2- Gold N Gold will not convert into a Topless Entertainment establishment.

3- Gold N Gold will not operate as a Bikini Bar Establishment.

4- Bronx Community Board #2 reserves the right to request that the NYSLA revoke Gold N Gold on-premise liquor license if stipulations are not followed.

A motioned was made by committee and seconded by Ralph Acevedo. All were in favor with the exception of 3 – No Votes and 1 – Abstention. Motioned passed.

Resolution (2):

A motion to write a letter to the New York City Consumer Affairs requesting that Mr. John McCaskill Caberet License Application be Approved (Gold N Gold Enterprises – 405 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474) with the following stipulations:


1- Gold N Gold will not convert to a Topless Entertainment establishment.

2- Gold N Gold will not operate as a Bikini Bar Establishment.

3- Bronx Community Board #2 reserves the right to request that the New York City Consumer Affairs revoke Gold N Gold caberet license if stipulations are not followed.

A motioned was made by committee and seconded by Ralph Acevedo. All were in favor with the exception of 2 – No Votes and 1 – Abstention. Motioned passed.

Resolution (3):

A motion to write a letter to the New York State Liquor Authority requesting that Ms. Colleen M. Hunter On-Premise Liquor License Appliation be Approved (N & D Restaurants, Inc a.k.a Red Lobster – 925 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx, NY 10459) with the following stipulations:


1- Red Lobster will comply with City and State ordinance of Security

2- Will Attend the December Economic Development & Municipal Services and discuss:

a. 200 – 225 Job openings and Tranings

b. Security and Security Cameras

3- Incident log book must be kept and available for NYPD

4- Bronx Community Board #2 reserves the right to request that the NYSLA revoke N & D Restaurants, Inc a.k.a Red Lobster on-premise liquor license if stipulations are not followed.

5- Will not serve alcohol to anyone visiable intoxicated

6- Letter of approval will not be provided until after Red Lobster meets with the Economic Development & Municipal Services committee in December 2013 and an agreement is made in regards to hiring local residents within Bronx Community Board #2 and the Bronx overall.

7- Owner will sign agreement to above stipulations.

Motion was sent to Economic Development and Municipal Services Committee for follow up of employment opportunities.

Motion (4):

A motion to write a letter to the New York State Liquor Authority requesting that Ms. Graciela Ortega Beer License Application be Approved (Huitlacoche Restaurant, Inc – 1015 East 163rd Street, Bronx, NY 10459) with the following stipulations:


1- Hours of Operation:

a. Monday thru Thursday – 9AM to 10PM

b. Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 9AM to 11PM

2- Licensed Security Guards be provided during the following hours of operation:

a. Thursdays – 7PM to 10PM

b. Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 7PM to 11PM

3- Incident log book must be kept and available for NYPD

4- Two (2) exterior security cameras will be added

5- Bronx Community Board #2 reserves the right to request that the NYSLA revoke Mr. Wedge on-premise liquor license if stipulations are not followed.

6- Will not serve Beer to anyone visiable intoxicated

7- Owner will sign agreement to above stipulations.

A motioned was made by committee and seconded by Ralph Acevedo. All were in favor with the exception of 1 – Abstention. Motioned passed.

c. Economic Development / Municipal Services Committee (see attachment)

Ms. Maria Torres, Chairperson

Resolution (1):

A motion to write a letter the Department of Transportation requesting a Stop sign and street markings on the following locations:


* Hall Place and 165th Street

* Hall Place and the Entrance of Horse Shoe Park

A motion was made by Committee and seconded by Mr. Charlie Samboy. All were in favor, motion was carried.

Resolution (2):

A motion to write a letter the Department of Transportation requesting a 3-Way Stop sign and street markings on the intersection of Bryant Avenue and Lafayette Avenue.


A motion was made by Committee and seconded by Mr. Charlie Samboy. All were in favor, motion was carried.

Resolution (3):

A motion to write a letter the Department of Transportation requesting a Stop sign and street markings on the intersection of Dawson street and Rogers Place.


A motion was made by Committee and seconded by Mr. Charlie Samboy. All were in favor, motion was carried.

d. Education Committee

Mr. Richard Sherman, Chairperson
& Youth Services

Mr. Larry Robinson, Chairperson

e. Health & Human Services / Environmental Committee (see attachment)

Mr. Antonio Centeno, Chairperson

f. Special Events / Public Relations Committee (see attachment)

Ms. Marta Rivera, Chairperson

IV. OLD BUSINESS

* Mr. Robert Crespo asked for an update on the DOT traffic pattern proposed changes on Longwood Avenue. Mr. Salamanca will follow up with DOT.

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V. NEW BUSINESS

* Mr. Roberto Crespo requested that the owners of Pulse Hookah Bar and Lounge, 1010 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY 10459, return and give an update as a result of recent police activities, selling alcohol without a license and security plan.

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

* Mr. Richard Sherman announced the Education Council Meeting for School District 8 is held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, at I.S. 131 off of Story Avenue.

* Mr. Rev. John Udo-Okon announced World of Life church will have a food pantry on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10am.

* Mr. Roberto Crespo announced the NY Yankee grant will be available starting January 1st and the application can be downloaded at www.yankeefund.org.

VII. ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Ms. Altagracia Cruz and seconded by Mr. Charlie Samboy. All were in favor, meeting was adjourned at 9PM.

Respectfully submitted by Mr. Ralph Acevedo, Secretary of Bronx Community Board #2.

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