Jannie Armstrong, Virginia Bird, Claudette Coles, Margarita Espinosa,
Frank Franz, Cheryl Holt, Marie Howse, Sara Logan, Thomas Murray, Rosa
Peraza, Wendy Rodriguez, Lissette Torres and Perquida Williams.
Annette de Jesus, Diana Diaz, Maria Garcia, Roger Gomez, Yesenia
Graciani, Cindy Ibarra (arrived after the roll call attendance was
taken), Magdamari Marcano, Yvonne Murphy, Floretta A. O’Brien, Dolores
Steele (arrived after the roll call attendance was taken), Abdul Malik
Talib and Magdalena Vega.
Elected officials’ representatives
Nick Simpson, representing Senator Jeff Klein
Katrina Asante, representing Senator Gustavo Rivera
Shirley Sanandres, representing Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda
Albert Alvarez, representing City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera
I. CALL TO ORDER
The March 13, 2013 meeting of Bronx Community Board #6 was held at Community
School 211, which is located at 1919 Prospect Avenue, Bronx, New York, and was
called to order at approximately 6:40 p.m. by board Chairperson Wendy Rodriguez.
The meeting’s invocation was delivered by Father Librado Godinez, the pastor of
St. Thomas Aquinas Church which is located at 1900 Crotona Parkway, Bronx, New
III. COMMUNITY PERIOD
The following individuals requested to speak as part of the meeting’s Community
Ms. Betty Gonzalez-Soto, principal of Community School 211
Ms. Gonzales-Soto welcomed us to her school and thanked us for our ongoing
support of the school’s students and faculty.
Mrs. Martha Clanton-Thurman
Mrs. Clanton-Thurman informed us that she resides in a local Housing Development
Fund Corporation (HDFC) cooperative that is in danger of being returned to City
ownership. She lamented that many HDFC cooperatives have failed and asked us for
advice on how she may form a coalition that will work to preserve the city’s
remaining HDFC properties.
Ms. Lucy Torres of the Union Community Health Center
Ms. Torres informed us of several upcoming health promotion activities that the
Union Community Health Center is sponsoring. One of the activities is an
Occupational Therapy Event that will be held in April 2013. The Union Community
Health Center is located at 260 East 188th Street, Bronx, New York.
Mr. Kenny Agosto of the Bronx Park East Community Association
Mr. Agosto informed us that the Bronx Park East Community Association is
co-sponsoring a community forum on the subject of guns and violence on Friday,
March 15, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at 612 Allerton Avenue, Bronx, New
York. The forum will be hosted by Mr. Gary Axelbank of the cable television show
Ms. Gail Nation of the Bronx River Art Center
Ms. Nathan informed us that the center’s staff is conducting art classes and art
exhibitions at various locations throughout the Bronx while its building is
being renovated. She also distributed brochures that provided information about
the center’s current schedule of low-fee art classes. Additional information
about the center’s programs may be obtained by telephoning its administrative
office at (718) 589-5819.
IV. BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT’S REPORT
A copy of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz’s report for the month of March
2013 was included in the meeting’s reading materials and distributed to all
V. ELECTED OFFICIALS’ REPORTS
State Senator Jeff Klein
Senator Klein was represented by Mr. Nick Simpson who informed us that the
senator has been working with his colleagues in Albany to raise New York State’s
minimum wage. He also informed us of several community activities that the
senator is sponsoring; they include an Easter holiday celebration and a
homeowners’ forum on the subject of emergency efficiency.
State Senator Gustavo Rivera
Senator Rivera was represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms. Katrina Asante,
who informed us that the senator and city Comptroller John Liu are co-sponsoring
a community meeting regarding the New York City Police Department’s “Stop and
Frisk” policy. Ms. Asante also informed us that on March 26, 2013 the senator’s
office will offer his constituents free assistance with the preparation of
federal and state income tax forms. Individuals who wish to take advantage of
this service are asked to telephone his office in advance in order to make an
appointment. The telephone number to the senator’s office is (718) 933-2034.
Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda
Assemblyman Sepulveda was represented by Ms. Shirley Sanandres who informed us
that the assemblyman is co-sponsoring several tax seminars. The seminars are
free of charge and will be held on March 16 and March 23. Ms. Sanandres further
informed us that the grand opening of Assemblyman Sepulveda office at 1923
Westchester Avenue will be held on March 23.
City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera
Majority Leader Rivera was represented by his Chief-of-Staff, Albert Alvarez,
who informed us of the process that non-profit organizations must follow in
order to apply for discretionary funding from the New York City Council. Funding
applications and additional information on the application process may be
obtained from the council’s website.
VI. DISTRICT MANAGER’S REPORT: Ms. Ivine Galarza
Ms. Galarza’s district manager’s report included, but was not limited to, the
|● Ms. Galarza thanked Assemblyman
Sepulveda for nominating her to receive the Assemblyman Louie Nine
● An update on the Fordham Plaza
reconstruction project was included in the reading materials that
were distributed for this meeting.
● As a result of a meeting that
Ms. Galarza and Economic Development Committee Chairperson Yesenia
Graciani had with the commanding officer of the 48th police
precinct, a motion has been added to the community board’s agenda
calling upon the board to disapprove street activity application for
events that are proposed for locations within the precinct’s
anti-crime Impact Zone. However, applications for religious events
will be exempt from this restriction.
● A motion is also on the agenda
that calls upon the relevant New York City agencies to prohibit
major events at Fordham Plaza while the plaza and its surrounding
area is undergoing reconstruction.
● The community board’s proposed
intergenerational “Adopt a Senior, Mentor a Youth” project is on
hold until such time as a meeting is held with Ms. Annette de Jesus,
chair of the community board’s Senior Citizens Outreach Committee,
to discuss the project in greater detail.
● The community board’s proposed
Women’s History Month project is also on hold pending the receipt of
biographies and photographs from each of the community board’s
● The meeting’s reading materials
also included an update on the Department of Transportation’s pilot
project that sends an alert to drivers when a parking space becomes
available in the Belmont/Little Italy commercial area.
● Bronx Community Board #6 will
commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Happy Land Social Club Fire
on Sunday, March 23, 2013 with a memorial mass at St. Thomas Aquinas
Church. The mass will be followed by a vigil at the site of the
Happy Land Memorial monument.
VII. PUBLIC HEARING ON NEW YORK CITY’S
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014.
The community board’s public hearing on New York City’s Preliminary Budget for
fiscal year 2014 was opened and immediately closed inasmuch as no one registered
to present testimony.
VIII. ROLL CALL ATTENDANCE
A roll call attendance was taken verifying the presence of a quorum of thirteen
(13) members. Board members Cindy Ibarra and Dolores Steele arrived after the
attendance was taken and, therefore, are considered to have been absent for the
IX. COMMITTEES REPORTS
Youth and Education Committee: Ms. Perquida Williams, Committee
Ms. Williams informed us that the Youth and Education Committee did not meet
during the month of February 2013. She also informed us that the committee is in
the process of planning a “pizza party” for the youth participants and adult
leaders who were involved in its January 18, 2013 “Youth Peace Conference.”
Health and Human Services Committee: Mr. Thomas J. Murray,
Mr. Murray reported on the business that was conducted at the Health and Human
Services Committee’s meeting of March 5, 2013. At that meeting, the committee
discussed St. Barnabas Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Mobil Mammography Unit
(van). The committee also discussed a joint project being conducted by the
Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council. The aim of the project is to
devise a plan for how New York City’s municipal agencies may more effectively
respond to tragedies such as Hurricane Sandy.
Parks and Recreation Committee: Ms. Margarita Espinosa, Committee
Ms. Espinosa reported that the Park and Recreation Committee met on Tuesday,
March 5, 2013 to discuss the community board’s plans for commemorating the 23rd
anniversary of the Happy Land Social Club Fire. She informed us that anyone who
wishes to volunteer to help during the commemoration ceremony may telephone the
community board’s district office at (718) 579-6990.
Transportation Committee: Ms. Cheryl Holt, Committee Chair
Ms. Holt reported that the Transportation Committee met on March 7, 2013 at
which time it entertained a presentation from representatives of the Bronx Zoo
regarding the Zoo’s proposed Intermodal Transportation Facility. At that same
meeting the committee also received a presentation from representatives of the
New York City Department of Transportation regarding the city’s plans to
implement a Select Bus Service route along Webster Avenue. Lastly, the committee
met with representatives of the New York City Fire Department and its union who
asked that the committee recommend that the full community board issue a letter
supporting the co-naming of East Tremont Avenue, between Vyse and Daly avenues,
after Fire Lieutenant Patrick J. Sullivan who recently passed away due to a
World Trade Center 9/11 related illness.
Law Enforcement Committee: Ms. Claudette Coles, Committee Chair
Ms. Coles reported on the business that was conducted at the February 26, 2013
meeting of the 48th Police precinct’s community council. She also informed us of
the council’s schedule of upcoming meetings and announced that the council will
conduct its annual fundraiser (The Car Show) on May 26, 2013.
Housing & Land Use Committee: Ms. Sara N. Logan, Committee Chair
Ms. Logan reported on the business that was conducted at the Housing and Land
Use Committee’s meeting of March 7, 2013. During that meeting, the committee
considered a request from Housing Options & Geriatric Association Resources (H.O.G.A.R.)
for a letter supporting its plan to develop 50 units of permanent supportive
congregate housing for Bronx residents who are living with HIV/AIDS. The
committee chose not to recommend issuing the support letter inasmuch as
H.O.G.A.R. does not know, at this time, where the proposed residence will be
X. ADOPTION OF MOTIONS
1) A motion to adopt the minutes of Bronx Community Board #6’s meeting of
February 13, 2013 was made by Mr. Murray, seconded by Ms. Espinosa and
unanimously adopted by a voice vote.
2) A motion to issue a letter to City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera
requesting that he introduce legislations that will result in East Tremont
Avenue, between Vyse and Daly avenues, being co-named in honor and memory of New
York City Fire Department Lieutenant Patrick Sullivan, who passed away due to a
9/11 World Trade Center related illness, was made by Ms. Virginia Bird, seconded
by Ms. Williams and unanimously adopted by a vote of 13 in favor, zero opposed
and zero abstentions.
3) A motion to issue a letter supporting the Bronx Zoo’s Intermodal
Transportation Project was made by Ms. Holt, seconded by Ms. Jannie Armstrong
and unanimously adopted by a vote of 13 in favor, zero opposed and zero
4) A motion to issue a letter in support of the Fordham Road District Management
Association’s (aka the Fordham Road BID) plans to expand its boundaries to
include Fordham Plaza, and to partner with the New York City Department
Transportation with regard to the plaza’s overall administration, was made by
Ms. Holt, seconded by Ms. Logan and unanimously adopted by a vote of 13 in
favor, zero opposed and zero abstentions.
5) A motion to adopt a policy wherein the community board will not recommend
approval of any street activity that is proposed for a location within the 48th
police precinct’s anti-crime Impact Zone, and where only one street activity
will be permit per day, was made by Ms. Logan, seconded by Ms. Bird and
unanimously adopted by a vote of 13 in favor, zero opposed and zero abstentions.
The Impact Zone extends from:
|a) East 180th Street from Bathgate
Avenue to Boston Road;
b) Lafontaine Avenue from East Tremont Avenue to East 180th Street;
c) Crotona Avenue from East Tremont Avenue to East 180th Street;
d) East 181st Street from Bathgate Avenue to Crotona Avenue; and
e) East Tremont Avenue from Lafontaine Avenue to Crotona Avenue
Following the vote, community resident Jose
Padilla voiced his objection to the motion. He stated that it possibly
discriminates against certain segments of our community.
Ms. Galarza emphasized that the ban is temporary and will apply to new
activities (activities that were not previously held) and that religious
activities will be exempt.
6) A motion to issue a letter to the New York City departments of Transportation
and Small Business Services requesting that they not permit any special events
to be held at the Fordham Plaza Mall while the mall and surrounding area are
undergoing reconstruction as part of the Department of Design and Construction’s
Fordham Plaza Reconstruction Project was made by Ms. Holt, seconded by Ms.
Logan, and unanimously adopted by a vote of 13 in favor, zero opposed and zero
There being no other business to discuss, the March 13, 2013 meeting of Bronx
Community Board #6 was adjourned at approximately 8:05 p.m.