Suites 11A & 11B
Bronx, New York 10457
FAX: (718) 294●7870
MINUTES OF COMMUNITY BOARD
General Board Meeting
Held on Tuesday, MARCH 25, 2014
BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse & East 165th Street
Ms. Kathleen Saunders, Chair, Presiding
Ms. Ramatu Ahmed, Mr. Jabari A. Ajamu, Mr. John Howard
Algarin, Ms. Naimah Bilal, Ms. Beverly Bond, Mr. Maynard
Charles, Ms. Brenda Dawson, Ms. Desiree Joy Frias, Mr.
Robert Garmendiz, Mr. Winston George, Mr. Walter Harris, Mr.
Ray Henry, Ms. Frances Hudson-Marrow, Ms. Mildred James, Ms.
Nurys Laureano, Mr. Mohammed Mardah, Ms. Marie McCullough,
Ms. Connie Morales, Mr. Ebrahim Dawda Ndure, Mr. Bourema
Niambele, Mr. Barry Nissen, Mr. Michael Rendino, Ms. Martha
Reyes, Mr. George T. Robinson, Sr., Ms. Lilliam Rosa, Ms.
Kathleen Saunders, Mr. Jackson Strong, Ms. Shelly Wilson.
Mr. Gregory A. Delts, Ms. Latoya Joyner, Bishop Earl McKay,
Ms. Rockyatu Otoo, Mr. Alexius S. Phoenix, Dr. Grace Zarate.
Ms. Evelyn Arauz, Mr. Felix Camero, Ms. Sarah Gale, Ms.
Michelle Strayhorn, Mr. Oshrie Zak.
Mr. José Rodriguez, District Manager
Ms. Lynne Thompson, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Elizabeth Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Senior Secretary
Mr. Angel Santana, representing NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano
Ms. Gloria Cruz, representing NYC Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito
Ms. Wendy Gallegos, representing NYC Councilwoman Vanessa
Ms. Genesis Aquino, representing NYC Councilman Ritchie
Ms. Miriam D. Tabb- Bronx Museum of the Arts, Mr. Muhammed
Suleman- resident, Ms. Anita Antonetty- resident,
Ms. Evelyn Rivera- President 11 West 172 Street Tenants
Association, Mr. Jorge Sierra- Bronx LGBTQ Community
Services Center, Ms. Fay Swavy- Church of God Prophecy, Mr.
Tom Glacken- Glacken’s Bar & Grill, Ms. Betty Crawford-
President 44th Police Precinct Council, Ms. Reena Hunter-
resident, Mr. Alim Zamir- resident, Ms. Wanda Ellis-Post
Graduate Center for Mental Health, Ms. Yosara B. Trujillo-
resident, Ms. Gladys Melchior- resident, Mr. Eduardo
Guadalupe- resident, Mr. Alex Mercedes- Excellent Car
Services, Mr. Camilo Bencosme- Excellent Car Services, Ms.
Ruth Franco- Excellent Car Services, Ms. Sharonne Salaam-
resident, Ms. Alisha Malone- resident, Ms. Arlene Hall-Waisburd-Grand
Concourse Academy Charter School, Mr. Enrique Colon-CASA New
Settlement Apartments, Mr. Isidro Suriel- NZ Estrella
Restaurant & Bar Corp., Rev. Verdell Mack- Mack NYC 2014,
Mr. Randy Yang- Organizing for Action, Ms. Mary Dierickx-
Mary B. Dierickx Historic Preservation Consulting, Mr. Kevin
Delgado- Lily’s Café, Mr. Marjo Benavides- 811 Walton Avenue
Owners Corp., Mr. Paul Philps- NYC Department of City
Planning Bronx Planning Office, Ms. Helen Oliver- resident,
Ms. Dawn Campbell- PTA The Family School, Mr. Ernest
Serrano- resident, Ms. Norma Torres- resident, Mr. Nick
Madio- Yankee Bar & Grill, LLC, Mr. Chris Grove- NYC
Department of Citywide Administration Services, Ms. Sherrise
Palomino- Bronx Works, Ms. Nicole Dacosta- Bronx Works, Ms.
Priscilla Valenzula- Bronx Works.
Jorge Sierra, volunteer and member of Bronx LGBTQ Community
Service Center. He was present to introduce this new program
in our community. Currently they have no location but are
partnering with other establishments to use their
facilities. Programs include: Youth Group for ages 12 – 24
years on Fridays from 4 pm to 5 pm. An LGBTQ Clinic meets on
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6 pm to 8 pm;
and a Women’s Group that will be starting in April. For more
information contact their website at blog.LGBTQcenter.org or
Community Resident concerned about a tree in front of her property at 1652 Weeks
Avenue. The roots are overgrown and are lifting the sidewalk and interfering
with the street wires. Some of the wires are fusing into the trees which with
exposed roots and high winds may knock out power in the area. She has contacted
both Con Edison and the Parks Department and both have stated that it is not
their agency’s issue. Her request is to have the issue rectified with the roots
and the wiring. The Community Board will follow up and assist.
Enrique Colon, Outreach
Coordinator for CASA.
a) “2014: Year of the Rent Freeze”, Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:30 am meet at 35
Marcy Place. Rally & Press Conference, 9 am to 10 am at 1 Centre Street.
Metrocards and breakfast will be provided.
b) “An Unbalanced Scale: Injustice Prevails”, presentation and discussion about
Justice in the Bronx Housing Court on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 from 10 am to 12
pm at 1510 Jerome Avenue. RSVP Susanna at 718-716-8000 or
c) “Know Your Rights: Education and Legal Clinic, Saturday, April 12, 2014 from
11 am to 2 pm at 35 Marcy Place. RSVP Pablo at 718-716-8000 X 243.
Alex Mercedes, Owner of Excellent Car Service. He came before the Board to
express his thanks for all the community support for their business.
Welcoming remarks and
announcements by Ms. Kathleen Saunders, Board Chairperson.
With the completion of the
Public Session, the Chair called the meeting to order at 6:35 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, March 25, 2014 the meeting is at The Bronx Museum of
the Arts at 1040 Grand Concourse.
Invocation and Pledge of
Allegiance led by Mr. Jose Rodriguez.
Motion to Review/Correct/Adopt of General Board Meeting: None at this time.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES- HOUSING & LAND USE- MUNICIPAL
SERVICES & EDUCATION - PARKS- YOUTH SERVICES
Economic Development Committee- Estrella Restaurant, 1470 Jerome Avenue came
before the Committee for new application for liquor, wine and beer license. Mr.
Michael Rendino motioned to grant Letter of Support for liquor license. It was
seconded by Mr. Jackson Strong. The vote was as follows, 15 Yes, 4 No and 9
Abstained. The motion was carried. Mr. Michael Rendino motioned for Letter of
Support for liquor license renewal for Glacken’s Bar & Grill, 135 E. 149th
Street an establishment that has been in business for the past 78 years. The
motion was seconded by Ms. Mildred James. The vote went as follows, 23 Yes, 0 No
& 5 Abstained. The motion was carried. A motion was made by Mr. Michael Rendino
to grant a Letter of Support for a full liquor license to Yankee Bar & Grill
LLC, 844 River Avenue. The motion was seconded by Ms. Desiree Joy Frias. The
vote was, 23 Yes, 0 No & 5 Abstained. The motion was approved. Lastly, Lilly’s
Café, 53 E. 167th Street request for a Letter of Support for the renewal of wine
& beer license was made by Mr. Michael Rendino and seconded by Ms. Desiree Joy
Frias. With a vote of 23 Yes, 5 No & 0 Abstentions. The motion was carried.
Municipal Services Committee- No Report.
Housing & Land Use Committee- The owner’s representative for a landmark status
property at 1005 Jerome Avenue is requesting a Letter of Support to replace
existing windows that are a landmark violation. Because most of the windows are
not in good shape, the Owner would like to replace all of them. However, in
order to do so they must match the approved permit which states that they are
aluminum grey so that they look like the original except that instead of wood it
will be aluminum. The motion was made by Barry Nissen to grant a Letter of
Support to replace all the windows at 1005 Jerome Avenue to meet Landmark
Preservation Commission’s requirements. Ms. Martha Reyes seconded the motion.
After a vote, there were 24 Yes, 2 No & 2 Abstained. The motion was carried.
Parks and Recreation Committee- The Committee is seeking completion of the
fencing around Joyce Kilmer Park and enhancement of sidewalks. Funding for this
project is $750,000 and it will be provided by the Bronx President’s Office and
NYC Council. The project is to commence in 2015. It was one of the items
included in the Capital Budget Request. Ms. Naimah Bilal seconded the motion.
The vote for approval was unanimous. The motion was carried. In addition, the
Committee Chair announced that free movies will be presented in the park this
summer. Information will be provided at a later time.
Youth Services & Education- No Report.
Health & Human Services Committee – No Report.
Presentation: Affordable Care Act Education Outreach, OBAMA CARE, Randy Young,
Organizing for Action. Deadline for enrollment is March 31, 2014. Every state
has the option of creating its own market place. New York’s website is
www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov . Determination is based on income and household.
a) If you are a below a certain income, you qualify for Medicaid
b) If you make too much for Medicaid you qualify for private insurance with
i) Public health insurance – Medicaid; up to 133% of federal poverty line
ii) Private insurance with financial subsidies; tax credits for 134% - 400% of
federal poverty line.
iii) Private insurance at full cost; greater than 400% of federal poverty line.
There are three ways to apply: online, in person or by calling.
●Income determination is based on projected income for the year.
●Dental plan has to be purchased separately.
●If you don’t have health insurance and you do not apply you will incur a
penalty of 1% of gross income or $95 whichever is greater. This amount will
increase per year until it tops at 2.5% or $695 whichever is greater by 2016.
All family members must get health insurance or the family will be penalized.
●If one has Medicare or an existing health insurance through an employer, there
is NO need to purchase.
●If insurance through employer and out of pocket is greater than 9.5% then you
need to apply.
●Children covered until 29 years old in New York if filed as a dependent on
●Pre-existing conditions are covered.
●Coverage cannot be denied, regardless of health.
●Undocumented persons are not eligible.
For more information: 855-355-5777 or nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
Presentation: Disposition of City-Owned Property—CEQR# Type II – 1337 Jerome
Avenue (Block 2856, Lot 51), Department of Citywide Administration Services (DCAS),
Chris Grove, Senior Planner. This property is one of many inventoried by DCAS.
It has been vacant since summer 2013. The request is for disposition of 1337
Jerome Avenue. The motion was made by Ms. Martha Reyes and seconded by Ms.
Lilliam Rosa to grant DCAS’ request for disposition of City owned property CEQR#
Type II located at 1337 Jerome Avenue approval to sell. The vote was 28 Yes and
1 No. The motion carried.
Report by CB#4 District Manager: None at this time.
Report by the Office of the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr.
• Borough President Diaz launches “Respect Our Block” poster contest.
• BP Diaz delivers fifth “State of the Borough” address on February 20, 2014 at
Hostos Community College.
• Releases Annual Development Report.
• Irish Heritage Month Celebration, March 13, 2014, 12 pm to 3 pm, Rambling
House, 4292 Katonah Avenue.
• Women’s History Month Celebration, March 20, 2014 at 10:00 am, NY Botanical
Garden – Garden Terrace Room.
Report by Local Elected Officials or their representatives.
NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano represented by Angel Santana
• DREAM Act Legislation which would allow immigrant students the choice to gain
a higher education did not achieve enough votes to pass.
• Tragic explosion in East Harlem.
• Support for Universal Pre-K.
• Advocates for raising the NYS minimum wage.
• Introduced bill (S6490) to end the corporate tax credit for employers who pay
workers the minimum wage.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark●Viverito’s Office represented by Gloria Cruz
• Office is located at 116th Street but in the process of locating one in the
• Construction jobs through BEST Academy, a green collar job training program.
For more information contact, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-400-5431.
• Volunteer Cares
Councilwoman Vanessa L. Gibson’s Office represented by Wendy Gallegos
• Vision Zero Town Hall meeting on March 26, 2014 from 6 pm – 8 pm at John Jay
College, 524 W. 59th Street.
• Women History Month, March 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm at William Hodson Senior
Center, 1300 Webster Avenue.
• Job Fair, April 17, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Harriet Tubman Charter
School, 1176 Franklin Avenue.
• New listing for Community Council. (See handout)
Councilman Richie Torres’ Office represented by Genesis Aquino
• Vision Zero Town Hall meeting on Safety, April 1, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm at
Bronx Library Center Auditorium, 310 Kingsbridge Road.
• Grand Opening and Inauguration Ceremony, April 9, 2014. 718-842-8100
Report by NYPD 44th Precinct – Officer Roger Bennett
Officer Bennett was not present. However, the District Manager, Mr. Jose
Rodriguez announced that Officer Bennett was the proud father of a baby boy.
Dawn Campbell – PTA Treasurer at The Family School, 1160 Sheridan Avenue. She is
seeking Community Board 4 support for the school. The school has two separate
building that houses 1200 students and it has only one safety guard to overlook
the entire site and the students. The uneven distribution of safety guards in a
largely populated school does not make sense. If the guard is summoned for an
issue the front door is left unguarded. The Board advised to provide contact
Meeting adjourned at 8:25
Prepared and submitted by
Ms. L. Rosa.
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