Dea. Ernest Dawkins
Evang. Patricia Dyson-Johnson
Ernestine Graham Wright
Rev. Bruce Rivera
Rev. Monte Witherspoon-Brown
Etta F. Ritter
John W. Dudley
Rev. Idus A. Nunn, Jr
Dave Dominick Reid
Rev. Joel M. Bauza
Wilbert Tee Lawton
Councilwoman Vanessa L.
Sen. Gustavo Rivera
President’s Office - Andy Toledo
NYC Comptroller’s Office - Scott Stringer , Joel R. Rivera
Senator Ruben Diaz’s Office - Rev. Samaris Gross
Sr. Mary Elizabeth, St. John Chrysostom School
Sr. Maureen, St. John Chrysostom School Sen. Gustavo Rivera
All Other Guests Names on File Latoya Matthew
Call To Order
Ms. Gloria Alston, chairperson at Bronx Community Board Three, called
the meeting to order at 6:06pm.
Rev. Bruce Rivera led us in prayer.
Community Concerns/Exchange of Information
At this time, there were no community concerns or exchange of
Ms. Gail Gadsden, secretary, called the roll and a quorum was
Members Requesting to be Excused
Rev. Idus A. Nunn, Jr.
Dave Dominick Reid
It was motioned and seconded to excuse the following member(s):
Rev. Idus A. Nunn, Jr.
Dave Dominick Reid
All in Favor Motion Carried
Amendments to the Agenda
There were no amendments to the agenda.
Approval of Minutes of
It was motioned and seconded to approve the minutes of the prior meeting
held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 with the necessary
corrections, if there be any.
All in Favor Motion Carried
Sr. Mary Elizabeth Mooney, Principal, St. John Chrysostom School
Rev. Bruce Rivera, 2nd Vice-Chairperson of Bronx Community Board Three,
introduced Sr. Mary Elizabeth Mooney, principal at St. John Chrysostom
School, to those in attendance.
Sr. Mary Elizabeth Mooney came before the General Board to request a
letter of support for the re-naming of Hoe Avenue between East 167th and
Home Street to “Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Place” in celebration of
the 100th Anniversary of St. John Chrysostom School. Sr. Mary Elizabeth
stated that St. John Chrysostom School was established in 1914 to
educate the children of the South Bronx.
St. John Chrysostom School is a Catholic school community of faith and
learning. St. John Chrysostom School is situated in an economically
disadvantaged neighborhood where violence, substance abuse and gang
proliferation exists. Students who attend St. John Chrysostom School are
taught to rise above their circumstances through determination and faith
which strengthens them through their adversities. St. John Chrysostom
School embraces the nonviolence of Jesus as central in all they do and
they accept the need to teach peace values and skills. Regardless of the
chaotic society outside their walls, they strive to build an ordered
world. Respect and self-discipline is fundamental in establishing a
environment that is a safe and caring place of learning.
Sr. Mary Elizabeth concluded by stating that “What greater work is there
than training the minds of the young”. The Dominican Sisters of
are requesting that favorable consideration be made in their request to
rename Hoe Avenue between East 167th and Home Street to “Dominican
Sisters of Sparkill Place”.
At this time, questions and comments were entertained and answered
satisfactorily. Ms. Gloria Alston requested that a motion be made:
It was motioned and seconded approve a letter of support for the
re-naming of Hoe Avenue between East 167th and Home Street to
“Dominican Sisters of Sparkhill Place”
ALL IN FAVOR
Mr. Dudley requested that Mr. Yves Filius find out the timeline when
street re-naming requests are entertained by the City Council and inform
Community Board of said information.
State Senator Gustavo Rivera Report
Ms. Gloria Alston, chairperson of Bronx Community Board Three,
introduced State Senator Gustavo Rivera to those in attendance. The
Senator Gustavo Rivera thanked those in attendance and provided a brief
overview of what his office is undertaking at this time, not limited to
Community Centers Offering Free Tax Preparation Assistance in State
Senator Gustavo Rivera’s District & the Surrounding Areas
. NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera launches Legal Clinics/Workshops
. Senior Appreciation Day scheduled for Friday, May 16th at Monroe
College, more information will follow
. $143 billion State budget passed
. Universal Pre-K secured $300mil starting in September 2014; this
provides 52,000 available spots for students
. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors)
legislation has not passed yet.
Councilwoman Vanessa L. Gibson Report
Mr. Yves Filius, chief of staff for Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, stated
that the Councilwoman was hosting a “Vision Zero” event this evening
between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Councilwoman Gibson is hoping to lower the
number of deaths due to pedestrian accidents and decrease the local
mile per hour speed limit from 30 to 20. Mr. Filius noted that all are
invited to the Vision Zero event afterwards.
Mr. Yves Filius distributed the following flyers:
. News…From Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson which provides a listing of
the Community Council meeting dates, times and location
for the month of April.
. News…From Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson pertaining to the following
● Council Member Gibson Takes the Lead on Traffic Safety
● Council Member Gibson Co-Sponsors Legislation to Assist Families in
● Council Member Gibson Supports Diversity in Our Schools
● Our Families Win Rental Subsidy Victory with the Help of Council
. Council Woman Vanessa L. Gibson & Martin Luther King Jr. Resource
Center for Nonviolence, present their 2nd Annual “FREE Job Fair”
on Thursday, April 17th from 10:00am-2:00pm at Harriet Tubman Charter
School, located at 1176 Franklin Avenue
Mr. Filius concluded by stating that the Councilwoman has an open ear to
diversity in schools and that she supports an “Halal lunch menu” in
schools for those who have religious beliefs.
Ruben Diaz, Jr.-Borough President’s Report
Mr. Andy Toledo, representative from the Bronx Borough President’s
Office, provided the following report for the month of April, not
limited to the
. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Council Woman Vanessa L.
Gibson & the Martin Luther King Jr. Resource Center for
Nonviolence, present their 2nd Annual “FREE Job Fair” on Thursday, April
17th from 10:00am-2:00pm at Harriet Tubman Charter School,
located at 1176 Franklin Avenue
. The Banknote building located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx
is the Bronx Incubator for Technology. The BankNote Builiding can
eventually house up to 400 entrepreneurs who will be able to set up shop
and turn their ideas into a reality.
Senator Ruben Diaz’s Report
Rev. Samaris Gross, representative from Senator Ruben Diaz’s Office,
stated that the Senator sends his regards and would like for his
to feel free in contacting his district office if he can be of
. Senator Ruben Diaz will provide a “free” bus trip to Washington, D.C.,
protesting his support of ‘Traditional Marriage” on June 9, 2014.
Please contact the Senators office if further information is needed.
Scott M. Stringer, NYC Comptroller’s Report
Mr. Joel Rivera, representative from the NYC Comptroller’s Office,
introduced Mr. Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller to those in
Mr. Scott Stringer stated that he is the City’s Chief Financial Officer,
responsible for providing an independent voice to safeguard the fiscal
health of the City, root out waste, fraud and abuse in City government
and ensure the effective performance of City agencies to achieve their
goals of serving the needs of all New Yorkers.
Mr. Scott Stringer came before the community at-large to provide a brief
update on his first 100 days in office, not limited to the following:
. The NYC Pensions are in good standing and letters were sent to twenty
of the Funds’ largest holdings, asking them to disclose
performance figures on their supplier diversity programs.
. On January 2, 2014 an “engagement letter of audit” was sent to the New
York City Housing Authority.
. The Comptroller’s Office is looking to revamp the $116 billion
“procurement process”. The Comptroller’s Office is looking to secure
2.7% of the procurement contracts go to women and minority owned
businesses. The women and minority owned business are certified
however, they are not obtaining any contracts. Agencies will begin to be
graded to ensure they are following the procurement policies
. There is a disparity in “Arts Education” and the Comptroller’s Office
will work with the Department of Education to hire more “art teachers”
and to re-instate arts and crafts in public schools.
. The Comptroller’s Office will look to increase the 59 community
boards’ budgets. The 59 community boards have not received an increase
in their budget for approximately 20 years. Mr. Stringer hopes that this
will allow for an “urban planner” to be hired.
. Mr. Scott Stringer announced a reform to City management of
Information Technology (IT) contracts, wherein the consulting
will be required to submit timesheets.
Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate’s Report
Rev. Bruce Rivera introduced Mr. Timothy Tapia, representative from the
New York City Public Advocate’s Office, to those in attendance. Mr.
Timothy Tapia stated that Ms. Letitia James is the first African
American women to hold the NYC Public Advocate position.
Mr. Tapia provided the following report:
. At the time of this meeting, Ms. Letitia James was attending a meeting
regarding co-located charter schools in district schools. Ms. James
is not in favor of this because this procedure pushes out the special
needs children within the school.
. Public Advocate Letitia James wants all NYC public school kids to
receive free lunch, regardless of their parents income. Ms. James is
requesting that additional monies be made available in the city budget.
District Manager’s Report
FISCAL YEAR 2015 STATEMENT ON THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET
Mr. John W. Dudley, district manager distributed the FY2015 Statement on
the Preliminary Budget to those in attendance.
Bronx Community Board Three held its public hearing on the NYC FY 2015
Preliminary Budget on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:00 pm at the office of
Bronx Community Board Three, 1426 Boston Road. This hearing served as an
opportunity for community based organizations, residents and community
groups to speak on recommendations for both capital and expense funding
priorities which affect the residents of Bronx Community
District Three and the city at-large. These comments were incorporated
into Bronx Community Board Three’s Statement on the Preliminary Budget
which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget.
The district manager noted that the Preliminary Budget is completed in
January, the Executive Budget is completed in April and the Adopted
Budget is completed in June. FY’2015 Statement on the Preliminary Budget
is as follows:
An analysis of the FY’ 2015 Preliminary Budget and Financial Plan of the
City of New York reflects a budget forecast of $73.7 billion for FY’
Fiscal Year 2015 is projected to have a deficit of $1.8 billion dollars
which is anticipated to be balanced using $1.8 billion of surplus
accumulated in prior years (forecast revenues have increased between
fiscal years 2014 and 2015 by $1.8 billion according to the February
Financial Plan for the FY 2015 Preliminary Budget).
The FY’ 2015 Preliminary Budget - February 2014 Financial Plan, projects
budget gaps in the outer years as follows due to revenue and expense
budget changes. Revenue changes during the period from FY 2014 through
FY 2018 show increases in tax revenues forecast and in Universal Pre-
K and After School Program revenues anticipated to be generated.
FY’ 2016 - $1.059 billion budget gap projected. This gap is reduced from
the gap of $1,472 billion projected in the Nov. 2013 Plan.
FY’ 2017 - $ 530 million budget gap projected. This gap is reduced from
the gap of $ 951 million projected in the Nov. 2013 Plan.
FY’ 2018 - $ 370 million budget gap projected. This gap is reduced from
the gap of $ 1,091 billion projected in the Nov. 2013 Plan.
According to the November 2013 Financial Plan, the revenue projected for
FY’ 2014 from real estate and personal income taxes totaled $45.8
The February 2014 Financial Plan projects tax revenue increases of $890
million, accounting for a revised FY’ 2014 total of $46.7 billion from
$45.8 billion (Nov- 2013 Plan).
These increases are shown as follows:
Property Tax - $171 million
Personal Income Tax - $339 million
Business tax - $6 million
Sales Tax - $54 million
Transaction Taxes (i.e. real property transfer and mortgage recording
taxes) - $310 million
Other taxes - $10 million
The FY’ 2014 Financial Plan also reflects further increases in the above
areas which would account for projected increases to the FY’ 2015 budget
in the amount of $594 million. An additional personal income tax
increase to fund pre-K and After School programs in the amount of $530
will account for an increase in the FY’ 2015 projected tax revenues from
$47.8 million to $48.9 million.
In the analysis of the FY
2015 Preliminary Budget and Financial Plan (Feb. 2014), the following
new initiatives have been identified as part of Mayor de Blasio’s
progressive agenda for New York City:
NYC Dept. of Investigation: Create a NYPD Inspector General
Social Services: HASA Rent Cap, Municipal ID, Public Outreach for
Immigrant Services Training Coordinator
Homeless Services: Auburn and Catherine Street Shelters and Security
Youth and Community
Development: Increase Funding for Runaway and Youth Development Programs
Consumer Affairs: Implement and Enforce Paid Sick Leave
FY’ 2015 PRELIMINARY BUDGET ANALYSIS – EXPENSE BUDGET BY AGENCY
NYC DEPT. OF AGING
The FY 2015 Preliminary Budget for the DOA proposes that the $19.2
million agency budget be baseline.
Bronx Community Board Three supports the city administration in its
efforts to baseline this budget amount to include funding restorations
services as follows:
Case Management - $5.5 million
Transportation services for seniors - $2 million
Senior Center Rent - $1.5 million
Senior Center Programs - $3 million
Social Adult Day Care Centers- $400k
Extended I & R service programs - $1 million
Borough Presidents discretionary funding - $4.1
NYC DEPT. OF BUILDINGS
Bronx Community Board Three applauds plans by the city administration to
maintain current levels of funding for the agency headcount for
inspectors but supports the need for additional inspectors to expedite
DOB complaints received related to illegal conversions or uses contrary
zoning and/or the verifiable certificates of occupancy for many
properties in the district. This funding commitment will allow the
department to not
only sustain but to expedite its current inspection schedules and filing
turnaround time periods.
Bronx Community Board Three also supports the mayor’s proposed plan to
have the department more accurately assess construction costs to
increase revenue during the permit filing phase.
Bronx Community Board Three FY 2015 Expense Budget request # 5 –
103199402E - Provide for additional inspectors Bronxwide
to address issues of owner non-compliance with the NYC Administrative
Code and zoning requirements
NYC DEPT. OF EDUCATION
Bronx Community Board Three is pleased to see that the FY 2015
Preliminary budget makes allowances for restoration of FY 2011 executive
plan PEGs on training opportunities for parent volunteers by $347k in
FYs 2014 –FY 2018. These expense funds will improve parent opportunities
education in the areas of parent responsibilities in line with school
governance and accountability.
Board Three supports FY 2015 Preliminary budget funding restorations of
Nov 2013 Plan PEGs on professional development by $1.2 million for FY
2014 – FY 2018.
Board Three approves increased funding for FY 2015 for universal full
day Pre-K at public schools, DOE CBOs and ACS CBOs in the amount of
$340 million for FY 2015. This funding is projected to increase through
FY 2018 and is expected to fund the cost of hiring 904 new pedagogical
and 43 civilian staff. The administration also proposes a funding
commitment of $201 million to expand Pre-K capacity by approximately
In effect, the Pre-K plan would require CBOs and public schools to
convert 27,241 half day seats to full day and another 13, 845 new seats
to enable all 73, 250 four year olds to access high quality Pre-K.
Bronx Community Board Three also supports the city administration plans
in the FY 2015 Preliminary Budget-Feb. 2014 plan) to increase funding
capacity and capital investment in our schools from $11.22 billion
dollars to $12.8 billion dollars. The Capacity program includes funding
million) for the construction of 38, 754 total new seats in the New
Capacity Program (31,754 seats), Pre-Kindergarten initiative (2,100
seats) and the
Class Size Reduction program (4,900) seats.
Funding for the Capital Investment and Mandated Programs totals $8.4
Board Three also supports the February 2014 plan to include $400 million
to remove all Temporary Certificates of Occupancy citywide. This removal
would depend in part on the city’s ability to create new seats as the
principal’s ability to surrender the space.
Board Three supports city administration plans to include $133 million
to upgrade existing athletic fields, as well as the School Security
Enhancement program, technology improvement program and mandated program
for projects which require attention due to local law or city agency
Bronx Community Board Three is pleased that the NYS budget for education
aid to NYC is expected to total $21.9 billion in School year 2015, an
increase of $807 million from school year 2014, with additional funding
expected in FY’ 2016 for School Aid in the amount of $853 million.
NYC FIRE DEPARTMENT
Bronx Community Board Three approves of plans by the city administration
to restore $43.6 million to the personal services budget to maintain the
operations of 20 fire companies and retain 505 firefighter positions
Other expense budget actions approved by the board include the
Restoration of fire alarm dispatcher headcount (36 civilians) to reflect
the continued modified protocol for the unified Call Taker initiative (UCT)
EMS service level maintenance – increase of 43 civilian positions - $2.1
NYC DEPT. OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
Bronx Community Board Three supports the actions of the city
administration to restore $4.1 million in FY 2014 and $4.8 million in FY
2015 which were targeted for elimination in the November 2013 Plan.
These funding restorations will restore staffing at the community based
mental health provider sites ant the Tremont immunization clinic.
Board Three also supports the need for a multi-service, 24 hour animal
shelter with spay and neuter clinic services in the Bronx.
Board Three supports the following actions:
Funding restorations of $4.3 million in FY 2015 for mental hygiene
contracts including work readiness programs and care coordination.
Funding restorations of 10 Full time positions to staff the 3 existing
immunization clinics: Tremont, Corona and Fort Greene
Funding restorations of 4 fulltime positions to conduct field
investigations, HIV partner notification, data collection and
Funding appropriations of $127k (NYC) and $55k (NYS) funding for NYC’s
new enterprise licensing and permitting system. This system entitled
Accela will aim to improve customer service and streamline licensing and
permitting processes citywide.
Funding appropriations of $310k in NYC funding and $6k in NYS funding to
reform the city’s restaurant inspection system. Modifications through
program will allow for the creation of a citywide ombudsman office, the
creation of a food service advisory board, the development of an
code of conduct and the development of a consultative inspection program
for food service establishments.
NYC DEPT. OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Bronx Community Board Three applauds the city administration for
increased funding in the amount of $190 million for after school
programming for middle school students. Starting in September 2014, an
additional 62,791 middle school students will have the opportunity to
attend free after school programs. This expansion would serve to double
the current service levels and enhance current OST programs, increasing
hours of operation.
Bronx Community Board Three supports the action of the city
administration to provide funding in the amount of $12 million for adult
literacy. This funding represents an increase of $5.5 million from FY
2014. More participants will be serviced.
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Bronx Community Board Three supports FY 2015 Preliminary budget DOT
allocations in the amount of $13 million dollars for roadway
coordination and administration, an increase of $275k from FY 2014.
Bronx Community Board Three also approves of DOTs FY 2015 Preliminary
budget allocation of $64 million for bridge maintenance, repair and
operations and most importantly, the need for increased funding
appropriations for roadway repairs to street bed locations adjoining
defective concrete bus pads, as well as longstanding defective concrete
bus pads and bases.
Bronx Community Board Three also supports a recommendation of the Bronx
Borough Board, that NYS DOT be advised to commence a
comprehensive review of the Cross Bronx Expressway, which has a
longstanding history of being the site of traffic congestion affecting
adjacent Bronx communities including Bronx Community District Three. NYS
DOT should pay special attention to issues surrounding air pollution and
chronic illnesses affecting residents as a result of the degree of
congestion which exists.
Bronx Community Board Three asks for continued support for its FY 2015
budget request #10 related to the need to provide enhanced street
at Southern Boulevard from E. 174 St. to Freeman St. at the “underside”
of the elevated IRT #’s 2 and 5 train lines.
NYC DEPT. OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Bronx Community Board Three continues to advocate for its capital budget
requests for FY 2015 as follows:
Priority 2 –Tracking code 103200206c – New construction of park at Site
32 Melrose Commons URA
Priority 5 – Tracking code 103201101C – Renovation of Ball fields 4 and
5 in Crotona Park
Priority 6 - Tracking code 103199506C – Develop recreational play area
at Hoe Avenue between Home and Freeman Sts.
Priority 8 – Tracking Code 103201102C – Renovate Playground 5 (Hill and
Dale Playground) in Crotona Park
Priority 9 –Tracking Code 103199504C – Reconstruct Comfort Station
within Crotona Park at E. 171 St. and Fulton Avenue
Bronx Community Board Three supports FY’2015 expense budget
recommendations for the appropriation of $2.4 million to fund the
maintenance and repair of Parks Dept. bridges
Bronx Community Board Three also supports furtherance and continued
capital commitments for the following projects in NYC Council District
Estella Diggs – Phase II (Borough Pres and Council discretionary funds)
- $1.193 million
Jackson Forest Community Garden – Phase II-Construction of water service
and new sidewalk pavement - $176k
Jardin DeLa Familia – Reconstruction of sidewalk, installation of
perimeter fence and new water supply at garden - $200k
Jackson Forest Community Garden – reconstruction of fencing, landscaping
and drainage - $508k
CES 134 COMMUNITY GARDEN – reconstruction of fencing, landscaping and
drainage - $525k
FY’ 2015 PROPOSED PROJECTS
Little Claremont Park – Phase I - park reconstruction to include new
play equipment, safety surfacing , fencing, spray shower,
benches and landscaping; Phase II – reconstruction of the garden area
with fencing, landscaping and water
Bronx Community Board Three supports the recommendation of the Bronx
Borough Board to expedite the design and construction of Melrose Park
Site 32 at Melrose Avenue and E. 159 St. which is expected to serve as
the central park for the Melrose neighborhood separating Bronx Community
Districts Three and One.
Bronx Community Board Three requests funding in the FY’ 2015 budget to
increase PEP officer assignments in Bronx County and for staff to
administer recreational program activities at various regional area
parks or those with high rates of utilization by youth and young adults.
NYC POLICE DEPARTMENT
Bronx Community Board Three supports the city administration in its
recommendation to appropriate funding in the amount of $1.2 million for
expansion of the Community Affairs Bureau outreach efforts and
participation at events.
Bronx Community Board Three has since 1985, continued to advocate for
increased expense funding to the NYPD-NYCHA division (PSA 7) for
additional patrol officers for surveillance and patrol of the Claremont
Village developments of Morrisania/Webster Houses, Morris Houses and
Houses, the largest NYCHA cluster of developments in the nation (over
20,000 families) –FY’ 2015 Expense budget priority #3. Since NYCHA has
been relieved of its obligation to provide over $70 million annually to
the NYPD to fund patrol services related to NYCHA developments, it is
imperative that the FY’ 2015 budget retain funding for this purpose.
Board Three supports the FY 2015 Preliminary budget funding
recommendation ($3 million) to create an independent inspector general
at the NYPD for the purpose of bringing police and community together
through the oversight of department policies and procedures (i.e. Stop
NYC DEPT. OF SANITATION
Bronx Community Board Three advocates for additional funding in the FY
2015 Preliminary budget to address issues related to sanitation policing
and enforcement of illegal dumpout occurrences and violations of the NYC
DOHMH code related to ‘pooper scooper” compliance.
NYC DEPT. OF HOMELESS SERVICES
Bronx Community Board Three supports the city administration’s position
to restore funding in the amount of $9.1 million
to house small families with children in shared, apartment style units.
Bronx Community Board Three is pleased that the city administration has
increased funding for FY’2015 to $1.2 million baselined through 2018,
shelter medical services. This increase will serve to maximize
re-imbursement from NYS.
Bronx Community Board Three is pleased that the city administration has
baselined (FY 2015-2018) funding in the amount of $4.38 million for a
temporary, subsidized employment initiative for adults in the shelter
Bronx Community Board Three supports city administration efforts to fund
an initiative meant to maximize NYS re-imbursement for street homeless
programs by $1.329 million in FY 2015 through 2018.
Bronx Community Board Three supports city administration efforts to
restore $1.08 million in funding for FY’2015 through 2018, to reduce
contracted shelter providers’ security budgets.
Bronx Community Board Three supports the city administration in its
recommendation to appropriate additional funding in the amount of $8.12
million from FY’ 2015 through 2018, to support shelters which house
homeless adults, due to the adults census which shows an average of 10,
180 in January 2014.
Bronx Community Board Three is also requesting that the city
administration maintain current funding levels for homeless outreach
services to assist organizations such as Bronxworks conduct proper
outreach services, should these contracts be reduced.
NY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bronx Community Board Three expresses its support for the retention of
the current level of service for branch and research libraries in FY
Bronx Community Board Three advocates for continued support for funding
for technology improvements and upgrades to the Morrisania Library for
self-check, VoIP Phone System, PC’s and Printers , at a cost of
Bronx Community Board Three also supports funding commitments to the
Morrisania branch in the amount of $7million for HVAC replacements for
the remaining units, electrical upgrades, elevator replacement and ADA
compliance for interior space.
Bronx Community Board Three also supports plans by NYPL to renovate the
entire cellar of the Morrisania branch except the boiler room, fuel tank
room and elevator machine room, to create additional offices or work
rooms, one of which would provide space for a 600 square foot OST room.
By-Laws and Membership Committee
Rev. Bruce Rivera stated that Ahmadou Diallo did not resubmit his
re-appointment application; therefore, the board does not have to
entertain him in the removal process.
Ms. Valerie Bailey, chairperson of the By-Laws and Membership Committee,
stated that the By-Laws and Membership Committee recommends the removal
of Shirley Conyers due to three consecutive unexcused absences from
board and/or committee meetings in accordance with the By-Laws,
Article III, Sec. 4-4C, which governs the necessary actions in removing
Correspondence was sent via registered mail to Ms. Shirley Conyers on
March 12th, requesting that she contact the board regarding this action.
At this time, Ms. Bailey requested that a motion be made as follows:
It was motioned and seconded to approve the removal of Shirley Conyers
due to three consecutive unexcused absences from board
and/or committee meetings in accordance with the By-Laws, Article III,
Sec. 4-4C, which governs the necessary actions in removing
ALL IN FAVOR
Mr. John W. Dudley stated that the Bronx Borough President has commended
Bronx Community Board Three for their due diligence in ensuring that a
quorum is established. Board members have an obligation to attend board
and committee meetings monthly and if they are unable to meet this
obligation they need to resign.
Health & Human Services Committee
The Health and Human Services Committee along with the New York
University Leadership Institute for Black Nurses will be hosting a
Enhancement Educational Session on Thursday, April 17th from 12noon
-2:00pm at Mid Bronx Plaza located at 1441 Boston Road. All are welcome
to attend. Committee members were reminded to wear their tee-shirts and
bring at least one guest.
The Education Committee will be hosting a “Safety First Forum” on
Thursday, April 17th from 6:00-8:00pm at Boricua College located at 890
Washington Avenue, 4th Fl. All are welcome to attend.
Mr. Thomas Haskin, representative from the Bronx Music Heritage Center,
distributed “The Maxine Sullivan Women in Jazz Series Part II” Cellist
Akua Dixon & Quartette Indigo on Saturday, April 12th, 6:00pm at 1303
Louis Nine Blvd, all are welcome to attend.
Ms. Juanita Hamilton informed those in attendance that Ms. Rita Jones
was currently in the hospital.
Ms. Hamilton requested that all those born in the month of April stand
and be acknowledged. The committee members sang Happy Birthday to the
***Ms. Gloria Alston requested to be excused for the May General Board
meeting due to her being honored by State Senator Gustavo
Rivera, in Albany.
Dea. Ernest Dawkins led us in prayer.
There being no further business to discuss, this meeting was adjourned
at approximately 7:55 p.m.