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GENERAL BOARD MEETING COMMUNITY BOARD #9

Meeting Minutes For Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Present: Benigno Cuevas, Brandon Ganaishlal, Daniel Porro III, Dwayne Gathers, Felipa Manaiza, Henry Pelayo Jr., Jaime Feliberty, Jennifer Ellison Lackard, Juan Torres, Justin Westbrook-Lowery, Linda Brown, Loretta Masterson, Mohammed M. Mujumder, Nicholas Himidian Jr., Nicole Washington, Rogier F. van Vlissingen, Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins, Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave, Sarwar Jahan, Sharan Fernandez, William Rivera (DM)

Excused: Arthur Walker, Sabrina Ladson

Absent: Helen Foreman-Hines, Venus Williams

Meeting start time: 7:05pm

Note: The District Manager addressed the audience and asked them to please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and the moment of silence.

Public Session

1. Ms. Jasmine Sanchez, an Outreach Coordinator for Catholic Charities Home Base was the first guest speaker. Ms. Sanchez announced to the audience that the organization provides multiple services and she listed them. Ms. Sanchez announced that the organization is based at Blackrock and Castle Hill Avenues.

2. Mr. Tyron McLamb, PSS Circle of Care, was the second guest speaker. Mr. McLamb announced to the audience that he his organization provides another service to caregivers of the elderly. This service will cover things that medical insurance does not cover. He is looking for a space to deliver this service so that residents do not have to travel far. Mr. McLamb announced that there was several locations in the Bronx.

3. Mr. Phil Derasmo, the Executive Director from NYHLA, was the third guest speaker. The program launched December 2015. The organization provides free to low cost legal services for homeowners. Mr. Derasmo said NYHLA is stationed at the Bronx Housing Court and they give information to low-working class who come seeking information from housing court.

4. Mr. Walter Nestler, a public member, was the fourth guest speaker.

Note: Mr. Walter Nestler was not present at the meeting. The Chairperson moved on to the next guest speaker.

5. Ms. Pamela Stewart, from the Citywide Council on Special Education, was the fifth guest speaker. She said that the Council is made up of thirteen (13) members, eleven (11) of which are voting members. She announced that the Council is having a town hall meeting with Chancellor Carmen Farina.

6. Mr. Mohammed M. Mujumder, the First vice Chair, was the sixth guest speaker. Mr. Mujumder invited the audience to a Ramadan event.

Note: The Chairperson asked for a motion to go into the Business Session. Ms. Linda Brown put a motion on the floor to go into the Business Session. Ms. Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous. The motion was passed.

Business Session

Note: The Chairperson asked for a motion to approve the April 2016 General Board Meeting Minutes. Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr. put a motion on the floor to approve the April 2016 General Board Meeting Minutes. Ms. Linda Brown seconded the motion.

Note: Before the vote, a Board Member asked if it was possible to receive minutes before the meeting so that they may be read ahead of time. The District Manager said that he has been doing that and will check to make sure all Board Members’ emails are correct.

Note: The vote was unanimous. The motion was passed.

1. Ms. Margarita Luna, from Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda’s Office, was the first representative speaker. Ms. Luna announced to the audience that she is the Assemblyman’s Chief of Staff and that she had several announcements to make. She announced a program that helps residents receive attorneys in regards to foreclosure. She also announced the summer reading challenge for kids. She said that the pamphlets have been sent to all the schools in the district. Lastly, she announced the fire alarm distribution, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office, at Holy Family Church.

2. Mr. Andy Toledo, from the Borough President’s Office, was the second representative speaker. Mr. Toledo announced that the Borough President will be sending out letters in regards to re-appointment and new appointment as Board Members starting the week after the General Board meeting. Mr. Toledo also announced two events that the Borough President was hosting. The first was a Ramadan event and the second was a Caribbean Heritage Month event.

3. Mr. Jason Cintron, from Councilmember Annabel Palma’s Office, was the third representative speaker. Mr. Cintron announced the Councilmember’s Third Annual Job Fair at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club on Randall Avenue. He said that there will be many organizations at the fair.

4. Mr. Ramon Cabral, from Congressman Jose E. Serrano’s Office, was the fourth representative speaker. Mr. Cabral announced that the Congressman submitted a bill to the Republicans and Congress in order to come up with a solution to Puerto Rico’s debt. Mr. Cabral

also announced the re-naming of the Morrisania Post Office and that several elected offices will be there.

5. Mr. Antirsan Ortiz, from Assemblyman Marcos Crespo’s Office, was the fifth representative speaker. Mr. Ortiz announced that he will be taking Ms. Taisha Guy’s place since she moved on to better her career. Mr. Ortiz announced that the Assemblyman has been working on several bills to be passed. He also announced an event sponsored by the Assemblyman as well.

District Manager’s Report

The District Manager reminded the audience of the 43rd Precinct’s Neighborhood Coordination Officers program (NCO). The program consists of two police officers handling issues in the community in different sections. The District Manager said that he has met with the Comptroller’s Office in regards to increasing the Community Board budget. He said Board 9 is the largest Community Board but receives the same funding as every other Board in the City. He also wants the technology to be upgraded because he said that other Boards have more advanced technology in the office. The District Manager announced that he is negotiating with the landlord and DCAS to get a bigger office space to move into within a year. He said he attended a town hall meeting at Harding Park. It was coordinated by Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. He said that other local Elected Officials were present and that the meeting was good. They discussed plans and the future of Harding Park. The District Manager has been regularly doing site visits throughout the district to make sure everything is running smoothly. The District Manager announced that staff evaluations have been conducted and that he has met with the Executive Committee to discuss. He announced Parks without Borders and that the Commissioner of Parks asked that the District Manager be the speaker for the unveiling of the project. The District Manager announced that the Board will continue to do monthly field trips and that they will mostly likely the weekend after the general board meeting.

Nominations Committee

Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal announced that he, alongside Mr. Benny Cuevas and Mr. Mohammed M. Mujumder, were in charge of the Nominations for the positions of Chairperson and 2nd Vice Chair. The District Manager gave a brief excerpt from the By-Laws and explained the nominating process. The District Manager said that he will go around and ask all the eligible candidates if they would not like to run so that he may cross of the name and move forward with those who do. The District Manager read off the names of the Board Members that were eligible to run and wanted to move forward with nominations. They were Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr., Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave, Mr. Jesse Mendoza, and Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal.

Note: The District Manager opened the nomination floor for the position of Chairperson. Ms. Sharan Fernandez nominated Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr. for the position of Chairperson. Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal seconded the nomination. Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr. accepted the nomination.

Note: Mr. Dwayne Gathers nominated Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal for the position of Chairperson. Ms. Sharan Fernandez seconded the nomination. Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal denied the nomination.

Note: A Board Member nominated Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave for the position of Chairperson. Ms. Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins seconded the nomination. Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave denied the nomination.

Note: Mr. Justin Westbrook-Lowery put a motion on the floor to close nominations for Chairperson. Mr. Dwayne Gathers seconded the nomination. The vote was unanimous. The motion was passed.

Note: The District Manager opened the nomination floor for the position of 2nd Vice Chair. Ms. Felipa Manaiza nominated Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave for the position of 2nd Vice Chair. Ms. Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins seconded the nomination. Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave accepted the nomination.

Note: Mr. Dwayne Gathers nominated Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal for the position of 2nd Vice Chair. Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr. seconded the nomination. Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal accepted the nomination.

Note: Ms. Loretta Masterson nominated Mr. Jesse Mendoza for the position of 2nd Vice Chair. Ms. Nicole Washington seconded the nomination. Mr. Jesse Mendoza declined the nomination.

Note: Mr. Justin Westbrook-Lowery put a motion on the floor to reopen the nominations for the positon of Chairperson. Ms. Sharan Fernandez seconded the motion. The vote was 19 Yays and 1 abstention. The motion was passed.

Note: Ms. Jennifer Ellison Lackard nominated Mr. Jesse Mendoza for the position of Chairperson. Mr. Dwayne Gathers seconded the nomination. Mr. Jesse Mendoza accepted the nomination.

Note: Mr. Justin Westbrook-Lowery put a motion on the floor to close the nominations for the position of Chairperson. Mr. Dwayne Gathers seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous. The motion was passed.

Committee Reports

1. Land & Zoning Committee – Mr. Mohammed M. Mujumder, Chairperson

Note: The Chairperson of the committee tabled the report. Minutes were submitted.

2. Youth & Education Committee – Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr., Chairperson

Note: The Chairperson of the committee tabled the report. Minutes were submitted.

3. Public Safety Committee – Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal, Chairperson

Note: The Chairperson of the committee tabled the report. Minutes were submitted.

4. Social Services Committee – Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave, Chairperson

The Chairperson of the committee took the opportunity to thank everyone for their help and support at the Senior Citizen’s Symposium. He said that he would like to see more Board Members at future functions and that it is imperative to work together outside of the meeting rooms.

Note: The Chairperson submitted the minutes.

5. Planning Committee – Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr., Chairperson

Ms. Hannah Fleisher gave an update to the audience about what she was doing since the last meeting. She has been hosting stakeholders meeting and focus group visioning sessions. She says that she will host three (3) more focus group vision sessions within the district’s public libraries.

Note: The Chairperson submitted the minutes.

6. Parks Committee – Mr. Jesse Mendoza, Chairperson

Mr. Mendoza announced that the committee will be meeting in July with the Parks Department in order to discuss the final plans for Blackrock Playground. He said he will send an email out to the Board Members sometime before the meeting as a reminder. Mr. Mendoza also said that he will be hosting an event at the amphitheater at Soundview Park in regards to Stopping the Violence.

Note: The Chairperson asked for a motion to adjourn the General Board Meeting. Mr. Justin Westbrook-Lowery put a motion on the floor to adjourn the May 19th 2016 General Board Meeting. Ms. Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous. The motion was passed.

Meeting adjourned: 8:11pm.
 

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