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GENERAL BOARD MEETING COMMUNITY BOARD #9

Meeting Minutes For September 24th, 2015

Present: Arthur Walker, Benigno Cuevas, Brandon Ganishlal, Daniel Porro III, Dwayne Gathers, Felipa Manaiza, Helen Foreman-Hines, Jaime Feliberty, Jesse Mendoza, Juan Torres, Kyheim S. Paul, Linda Brown, Loretta Masterson, Michael Beltzer, Mohammad Mujumder, Nicholas Himidian Jr., Nicole Washington, Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave, Rogier F. Van Vlissingen, Sabrina Ladson, Sarwar Jahan, Sharan Fernandez, Venus Williams, William Rivera (DM)

Excused: Deborah Oguamah, Edison Aponte (Resigned), Fernando Otero (Resigned), Henry Pelayo Jr., Jacqueline Torres, Jennifer Ellison Lackard, Justin Westbrook-Lowery, Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins

Note: Meeting was called to order at 7:10pm.

Note: There was a recording error, therefore, unable to transcribe public speakers and some of the business session. Minutes transcribed with notes provided by the District Manager.

Public Session

Note: List of guest speakers provided, however, due to a recording issue, what each individual speaker presented could not be transcribed.

1. Ms. Claire Garon, Program Coordinator from Leake and Watts, was the first guest speaker. Presentation was about introducing Soundview Family Resource Center.

Note: Ms. Garon was not present at the meeting. The Acting Chair moved on to the next guest speaker.

2. Ms. Amy Malave, Founder of Isabel’s Empowering Queens, was the second guest speaker. Presentation was about a program for teen girls.

3. Mr. Ikuna Hasangkaj, Director of Rain Senior Options, was the third guest speaker. Presentation was about meals on wheels.

Note: Mr. Hasangkaj was not present at the meeting. The Acting Chair moved on to the next guest speaker.

4. Ms. Tanya Willis, from the Soundview Public Library, was the fourth guest speaker. Presentation was about the library’s re-opening and Sunday hours.

5. Ms. Patricia Murphy, a community member, was the fifth guest speaker. Presentation was about the Parkchester merchants.

6. Ms. Nicole Minichillo, from Walk for the Water, was the sixth guest speaker. Presentation was about an upcoming event for the organization known as Walk for the Water.

Note: Ms. Minichillo was not present at the meeting. The Acting Chair moved on to the next guest speaker.

7. Ms. Amy Cabrera, District Manager of Halloween Spirit, was the seventh guest speaker. Presentation was on spirit of children, accepting donations for children of Bellevue.

8. Ms. Barbara Jones, President of Crisis & Community Organization, was the eighth guest speaker. Presentation was on current activities and outreach.

Note: The Acting Chair, Mr. Mohammad Mujumder, placed a motion in to go into the Business Session. The motion was seconded. The motion was passed.

Business Session

Note: The Acting Chair placed a motion in to accept June 2015’s General Board Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded. The motion was passed.

Note: Due to a recording error, the reports from several representative of Local Elected Officials was unable to be transcribed.

1. Evelyn Garcia (MOIA) – Representative from Hon. Bill deBlasio, NYC Mayor

2. Elvin Garcia (CAU) – Representative from Hon. Bill deBlasio, NYC Mayor

3. Margarita Luna – Representative from Hon. Jeffrey D. Klein, NYS Senator

4. Taisha Guy – Representative from Hon. Marcos A. Crespo, NYS Assemblyman

5. Lettisha Teasey – Representative from Hon. Luis Sepulveda, NYS Assemblyman

Chairperson’s Report

Note: The Chairperson verbalizes report. Did not include written report.

District Manager’s Report

Note: The District Manager submitted a summary report and verbalized his report.

Committee Reports

1. Nominations Committee – Mr. Jesse Mendoza, Chairperson

The nomination committee presented their findings to the full board. There discussion between the board members and the nominations attendance committee in reference to their findings. Two motions were passed.

Note: Mr. Michael Beltzer put in a motion to remove Board Member, Ms. Deborah Oguamah, for unsatisfactory attendance. This was recommended by Nominations and Removal Proceedings Committee. The motion was seconded by Mr. Brandon Ganaishlal. There were 18 YAY, 2 NAY, 3 ABSTENTION. The decision was unanimous. The motion was passed.

Note: Mr. Michael Beltzer put in a motion to remove Board Member, Mr. Kyheim S. Paul, for unsatisfactory attendance. This was recommended by Nominations and Removal Proceedings Committee. The motion was seconded by Mr. Nicholas Himidian Jr. There were 13 YAY, 1 NAY, 8 ABSTENTION, and 1 RECUSE.

Note: Mr. Mohammade Mujumder, Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave, and Mr. Rogier F. van Vlissingen were nominated for the vacant position of Chairperson.

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

Note: The Chairperson tabled his report.

3. Land and Zoning Committee – Mr. Mohammad Mujumder, Chairperson

Note: The Chairperson tabled his report.

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

The Board voted in favor of the White Plains Road Traffic calming modifications proposed by the Public Safety Committee. A letter from the Board will be sent to NYC DOT requesting these modifications.

5. Social Services/Housing Committee – Rev. Dr. Sidney Hargrave, Chairperson

Note: The Chairperson tabled his report.

6. Parks Committee – Mr. Jesse Mendoza, Chairperson

Note: The Chairperson tabled his report.

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

Note: The Chairperson tabled his report.

8. Operations/Executive Committee – Mr. Mohammad Mujumder, Chairperson

Note: Board went into the Executive Session, Board voted to table the District Manager’s evaluation topic till October’s General Board Meeting.

New Business

Note: There was no New Business items to announce on the agenda.

Note: The Acting Chair put in a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was passed.

 


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