Suites 11A & 11B
Bronx, New York 10457
FAX: (718) 294-7870
MINUTES OF COMMUNITY BOARD
Held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse & East 165th Street
Ms. Kathleen Saunders, Chair, Presiding
Mr. John Howard Algarin, Ms. Evelyn Arauz, Ms. Naimah Bilal,
Mr. Felix Camero, Mr. Maynard Charles, Ms. Brenda Dawson,
Ms. Desiree Joy Frias, Mr. Winston George, Mr. Walter
Harris, Mr. Ray Henry, Ms. Frances Hudson-Marrow, Ms.
Mildred James, Ms. Latoya Joyner, Ms. Nurys Laureano, Mr.
Mohammed Mardah, Bishop Earl McKay, Ms. Marie McCullough,
Ms. Connie Morales, Mr. Bourema Niambele, Mr. Barry Nissen,
Ms. Rockyatu Otoo, Mr. Alexius S. Phoenix, Ms. Martha Reyes,
Mr. George T. Robinson, Sr., Ms. Lilliam Rosa, Ms. Kathleen
Saunders, Ms. Michelle Strayhorn, Mr. Jackson Strong, Ms.
Shelly Wilson, Dr. Grace Zarate.
Ms. Sarah Gale, Mr. Robert Garmendiz, Mr. Ebrahim Dawda
Ndure, Mr. Michael Rendino, Ms. Mary Sears, Mr. Oshrie Zak.
Ms. Ramatu Ahmed, Mr. Jabari A. Ajamu, Ms. Beverly Bond, Mr.
Emmanuel Cabrera, Mr. Gregory A. Delts, Mr. Omar O. Ortiz.
Mr. José Rodriguez, District Manager
Ms. Lynne Thompson, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Elizabeth Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Senior Secretary
Mr. Nivardo Lopez, representing Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Ms. Aurea Mangual, representing Bronx Borough President
Ruben Diaz, Jr.
NY State Senator Hon. Jose Marco Serrano, 28th District
Mr. Angel Santana, representing NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano
Ms. Rachel Ferrari, representing NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera
NY State Assembly Hon. Vanessa Gibson, 77th District
Ms. Wendy Gallegos, representing NYS Assemblywoman Vanessa
Rev. Dr. James Fairbanks, representing NYC Councilwoman
Helen D. Foster
Mr. Trevon Frasier, representing NYC Councilwoman Maria Del
Ms. Miriam D. Tabb-Bronx Museum of the Arts, Ms. Ariela
Heilman-resident, Ms. Teresa Wright-Resident, Mr. Julian
Kenney-NYC Department of Probation, Ms. Wanda Ellis-Post
Graduate Center for Mental Health, Ms. Margaret Fleesak-NYC
Public Library, Ms. Chelse A. Phillips-Claremont Park
dog-owners, Ms. Maria Centeno, Mr. Michael Davies, Mr.
Bharat Parekh, Mr. Dhiraj Patel-NYC Department of Design &
Construction, Ms. Hilary Mitchell Brueck-NY City Lens, Mr.
Douglas Best-Resident, Mr. Phil Neckles-Resident, Ms.
Constance King-Resident, Mr. Napoleon Black-Resident, Ms.
Louvenia Mojica-Resident, Mr. Patrick Wall-DNA Info., Mr.
Enrique Colon-CASA New Settlement Apartments, Ms. Chrelle
Silvera-Resident, Ms. Evelyn Rivera-President 11 West 172
Street Tenants Association, Mr. E.M. Burse-CJU, Ms. Brianna
McGurron-NY City News Service, Mr. Oliver Morrison-NY City
News Service, Ms. Teresa Arroyo-NYC Housing Preservation &
Development, Mr. Mohamed Diary-Glory Car Service, Ms. Betty
Crawford-President 44th Precinct Council, Mr. Frank Grande-AECOM,
Ms. Margaret Tuitt-Resident, Mr. Paul Philps-NYC Department
of City Planning Bronx Office, Mr. Erick LaScaibar-Resident,
Ms. Alicia Simmons-Housing Bridge, Ms. Fay Swavy-Church of
God Prophecy, Ms. Arlene Hall-Waisburd-Grand Concourse
Academy Charter School, Mr. Shawn Cargil-NYC Department of
Parks & Recreation, Mr. Keith Kalb-NYC Department of
Transportation, Mr. Jorge Batista, Mr. Mark Mazzella, Msgr.
Donald Sakano-Highbridge Community Development Corporation,
Mr. Salem Yakas-SLCE, PO Roger Bennett-NYPD 44th Precinct,
Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) C140044 PQX –
Artsbridge Senior Housing, Ms. Theresa Arroyo, HPD and Msgr.
Donald Sakano – Highbridge Community Development Corp.
HPD is seeking Community Board 4 approval for the
reacquisition of this parcel of land and approval for
disposition to the Highbridge Community Development Corp. of
the new acquired site. The project is at 1446-1458 Plimpton
Avenue. It is a 61 unit senior housing plus a community
facility that will house a community children’s choir known
as Highbridge Voices. The entrance for the senior housing
will be on W. 172nd Street while the community facility will
be on Plimpton Avenue. The units will be for persons 62
years of age who meet 50% of the average median income.
Income maximums are: 1 person $30,000 and 2 persons $34,000.
Eight parking spaces are available for the residents. The
site will include a landscape cultural garden with an
outdoor performing space. The site will integrate an
intergenerational program involving the seniors and the
children. Bishop Earl McKay motioned that the Community
Board grant approval of reacquisition and disposition for
development to Highbridge Community Development Corp. The
motion was seconded by Ms. Martha Reyes. After the vote, 26
were Yes and 3 Abstentions. The motion passed.
Ms. Miriam Tabb – Bronx Museum of the Arts. “Welcome back to the Museum”.
Upcoming opening events – Poetry, Readings & Conversations, Children Events,
1040 Lounge & Coquito Masters. All events are free.
“Market Day Café”, Ms. Ariela Heilman – The Café will be opened every Tuesday at
Joyce Kilmer Park next June 2014 and it will have the tables and chairs that we
requested. An article appeared on 9/7/13 in the World Street Journal about the
future of The Bronx Post Office at 149th Street and Grand Concourse.
Mr. Enrique Colon, Outreach
Coordinator for CASA. A series of workshops will be offered from October to
June. The first workshop, “Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Tenant” is on
October, 19, 2013 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at 35 Marcy Place. A legal clinic is
also offered in conjunction with all workshops.
Welcoming remarks and
announcements by Ms. Kathleen Saunders, Board Chairperson.
The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm. Pursuant to Chapter 70 Section
2800 of the City Charter the actions and procedures of Community Boards and
their committees are governed by the applicable provisions of the City Charter
and New York State Open Meetings Law (OML, Section 100-111 of the New York State
Public Officers Law) and Freedom of Information Law (FOIL, Section 84-90 of the
Public Officers Law). Each Community Board shall meet at least once each month.
Community Board 4 shall meet every fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month. This
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 the meeting is at The Bronx Museum of the Arts at
1040 Grand Concourse.
Invocation and Pledge of
Allegiance led by Bishop Earl McKay.
Review/Correct/Adopt of General Board Meeting: Motion was made by Ms.
Frances Hudson-Marrow with corrections and seconded by Ms. Desiree Joy Frias to
approve the General Board Meeting minutes for May 23, 2013. Another motion was
made by Mr. Winston George with corrections and seconded by Mr. George T.
Robinson, Sr. to approve the General Board meeting minutes for June 25, 2013.
Both sets of minutes were approved. The Motions were duly carried.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES- HOUSING & LAND USE-
MUNICIPAL SERVICES & EDUCATION - PARKS- YOUTH SERVICES
Economic Development Committee- Glory Car Service requested a Letter of
Support for the renewal of license for their Taxi Car Service. Mr. Nirvardo
Lopez of the Mayor’s Office explained to the community board after a question
was placed as to the honking by the cabs when trying to hail passengers off the
street. Mr. Lopez explained that the City Legislature passed a law last year
authorizing the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission to issue about 18,000 permits
for a new class of outer borough taxis. The requirements of these cabs who are
the only ones allowed doing street hails are that they must be painted apple
green, have the NYC taxi logo, use NYC cab system and a light atop the vehicle
which displays their availability for pick up. This will reduce honking as a
nuisance. They are like yellow cabs with the exception that they are painted
green and are not allowed to pick up at airports or central business districts.
Any taxi just painted green and lacking marking or the light atop the vehicle is
not authorized to pick up street hails. However, those not fitting NYC
legislature requirements can pick up passengers that call. Motion for the Letter
of Support as previously stated was made by Mr. Barry Nissen and seconded by Ms.
Shelly Wilson. After a vote, the motion was approved to grant a Letter of
Support to Glory Car Service.
Municipal Services & Education Committee- See Presentation – RWX018 –
168th Step Street.
Housing & Land Use Committee- See Public Hearing – ULURP application
C140044 PQX ArtsBridge Senior Housing.
Parks and Recreation Committee- The Committee outlined a list of tasks
that they are undertaking.
- Create a Conservancy of private and non-profit group that would dedicate its
attention to our parks within the Capital District.
- Budget for a Parks Administrator who can help the private funding to assist
with restoration and beautification of our parks.
- Equal access to tennis courts for local children by requiring permits to be
acquired online or Central Park.
- Pursuing the use of Parks personnel & Park Enforcement Police to reduce litter
in the parks.
- Proposing to meet with key Parks Department individuals and elected officials
to explore the process of appropriation of funds to better understand it.
Youth Services-. No Report.
Health & Human Services Committee – No Report.
Presentation: RWX018 – 168th Step Street – Reconstruction of the East
168th Step Street, Ms. Maria Centeno, Department of Design and Construction.
The DDC proposes to redesign and reconstruct the steps that are located at 168th
Street that service Clay and Teller Avenues. The sandstone is decaying. There is
poor drainage, broken railings and open joints. They propose to replace the
lighting at the steps as well as coping stones, the steps and modify the plaza.
The construction will take approximately 15 months commencing in 2014 and the
completion in 2015. It will be funded by the City. The City will maintain the
upkeep of the steps after completion of the project. Ms. Brenda Dawson of the
Municipal Committee motioned for a Letter of Support for the reconstruction of
the East 168th Step Street and seconded by Ms. Desiree Joy Frias. All were in
favor. The motion was duly carried.
Report by CB#4 District
The District Office coordinated a community clean-up project during the past few
months. Thanks to TK Singleton and Moses from ECS. The areas targeted were 161st
Street and 174th Street underpasses. We had successful movie nights at Joyce
Kilmer Park – The Lorax and Madagascar III. Thanks to Mr. Shawn Cargil of the
Parks Department. There were over 1000 participants who came to both movie night
events. Over the summer we had an advertisement of a gentlemen’s club on the
bill board at 161st Street over the Burger King which was against what this
community is trying to accomplish. With the help of the company, the media and
this community board we were able to get it removed. This community has worked
hard to change any negative mindset. I am also working with the 161st Street
BID, EDC and hopefully with the new administration we will be able to create a
District Assessment to develop strategic planning for our community. Currently I
am attending Borough Consultation with some agencies to discuss community needs,
agency policies and fiscal constraints. The consultation format is
individualized for the needs of community boards. It visits three formats:
individualized meetings, group meetings and individualized capital intensive
meeting where we discuss how to run capital projects and budget service issues
usually involving DOT, DOP & DDC.
Report by the Office of
the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. – Ms. Aurea Mangual
● Annual Bronx DiVA Spa, October 7, 2013 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Contact
718-537-5268 for further information.
● 19th Annual Tour de Bronx, October 27, 2013
● Bronx Borough President’s office has provided about $23 million in capital
funding to Bronx organization as part of the FY2014 capital budget allocations.
● Introduction of Gun Offender Registry Legislation along with Councilman
● Supports the City Council in their override of the Community Safety Act Veto.
● Celebrated Ecuadorian Culture at The Rotunda at 851 Grand Concourse, September
● Bronx Council for Veterans – Public Forum, October 4, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00
pm @ 234 E. 149th Street.
Report by Local Elected
Officials or their representatives.
NYS Senator Hon. Jose M. Serrano
● Joined CASA with tenants of 888 Grand Concourse to demand landlord
● Participated in 7th Annual Teen Fair, “Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action” in
● Celebrated 40th Anniversary of Roberto State Park.
● Urging Congress to restore the protection of the Voting Rights Act.
● Joined 40th Precinct for National Night Out.
● Free mammogram screening for the 29th Senate District.
● Better wages for fast food workers
● Annual Bronx Dominican Parade
● The Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair
● Co-Sponsored with Councilman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Summer Youth Fair in the
NYS Senator Gustavo
Rivera represented by Rachel Ferrari
● Affordable Care Act & State Health Exchange Forum, September 27, 2013 from
10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 4422 Third Avenue.
● Special Education Resource Expo and Lecture, October 7, 2013 at the Bronx
Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
● Housing Forum at Monroe College, October 12, 2013 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Vanessa L. Gibson
● Increased opportunities for higher education – CUNY & SUNY, HEOP, TAP.
● Minimum Wage Bill passed.
● Fourth Annual Summer at the Subway on the B, D & 4 lines.
● Increased education by 4% of state budget.
● Highbridge Green Middle School opening – an environmental school with green
● Acknowledged 5000 graduates in District 9.
● Passed Bill for pilot project for Speed Enforcement cameras. Twenty cameras
have been placed around schools.
● Thanks to the Board, District Manager, Chair and all Community Board members.
● Helen D. Foster on September 24, 2013 was appointed by Gov. Cuomo to serve as
Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights.
Councilwoman Helen Diane
Foster’s Office represented by Rev. Dr. James Fairbanks
● September 25, 2013 first day of Councilman Foster’s as the new Commissioner of
Division of Human Rights as appointed by Governor Cuomo.
● Poverty must be eliminated in the South Bronx.
● The Bronx is the youngest borough in the country and has more community
organizations than any other place in the USA.
Report by NYPD 44th
Precinct – Officer Roger Bennett
● Recently got married.
● Many cell phone stores have been targeted throughout the City such as Metro
PCS and cash has been taken.
● New Captain in Precinct 44.
● Two Explorers are moving on to other areas of Enforcement.
Ms. Martha Reyes – Recommends that since the Flu Season is in effect, get your
flu vaccine. Many places offer the vaccine for free.
The Department of Probation
through their NEON program is offering free music classes to all ages. These
classes and some concerts are sponsored by Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Rockyatu Otoo – NY
Council for Humanities at Casita Maria, 928 Simpson Street on September 25, 2013
at 9:00 am.
Mr. John Howard Algarin –
Parks Committee acquiring a trolley to visit all the parks in CB4. Everyone is
invited to explore the needs of the parks.
Newly appointed Board Members are required to join a committee. Please see the
Board Chair if you have not yet selected a committee.
Meeting adjourned at 8:38 pm.
and submitted by Ms. L. Rosa
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