Suites 11A & 11B
Bronx, New York 10457
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MINUTES OF COMMUNITY BOARD
Held on Tuesday, FEBRUARY 26, 2013
BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse & East 165th Street
Ms. Kathleen Saunders, 1st Vice Chair, Presiding
Ms. Ramatu Ahmed, Mr. John Howard Algarin, Ms. Naimah Bilal,
Ms. Beverly Bond, Mr. Felix Camero, Mr. Maynard Charles, Ms.
Ernestine Davis, Ms. Brenda Dawson, 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, Bishop Earl McKay, Ms. Marie
McCullough, Dr. Karie Nabinet, Mr. Ebrahim Dawda Ndure, Mr.
Bourema Niambele, Mr. Barry Nissen, Ms. Rockyatu Otoo, Mr.
Michael Rendino, Mr. George T. Robinson, Sr., Ms. Lilliam
Rosa, Ms. Kathleen Saunders, Ms. Mary Sears, Mr. Jackson
Strong, Ms. Shelly Wilson, Mr. Oshrie Zak, Ms. Grace Zarate.
Ms. Evelyn Arauz, Mr. Emmanuel Cabrera, Mr. Omar O. Ortiz,
Ms. Martha Reyes.
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.
Mr. Angel Santana, representing NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano
Mr. Victor Pichardo, representing NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera
Mr. Yves Filius, representing NYS Assemblywoman Vanessa
Mr. Martin Munoz, representing NYC Councilwoman Helen D.
Ms. Miriam D. Tabb-Bronx Museum of the Arts, Ms. Evelyn
Rivera-President 11 West 172nd Street Tenants Association,
Ms. Zonia D. Ortiz-resident, Ms. Marilyn Ramos-resident, Mr.
Oscar Alvarado-resident, Ms. Ellen Harvey-Concourse Village
Inc., Ms. Flo Canada-Concourse Village Inc., Mr. Enrique
Colon-CASA New Settlement Apartments, Mr. Doug
Apple-Samaritan Village, Inc., Ms. Deirdre
Rich-Rees-Samaritan Village, Inc., Mr. J.
Hollywood-Samaritan Village, Inc., Mr. Ravi
Ramporsard-Aguila, Inc., Ms. Arlene Hall-Grand Concourse
Academy Charter School, Ms. Rubina Torres-Vargas-HB Bronx
NRP, Ms. Elizabeth Bennett-Sheldon Lobel, P.C., Mr. Fedrico
Colon-NAICA, Mr. Uche Onyeukwu-Volunteers of America
University Family Residence, Ms. Sabrina R. Ford-Charter
School for Science Literacy, Ms. Esther Mosley-Gospel
Mission Pentecostal Church, Ms. Aiyanna Spellman-Gospel
Mission Pentecostal Church, Ms. Beverly Curtis-Gospel
Mission Pentecostal Church, Mr. Julio Pabon-South Bronx
Community Association, Mr. Jarbai Ajamu-resident, Ms. K.
Jordan-resident, Ms. Sonja D. Gracy-resident, Ms. Betty
Crawford-President 44th Precinct Council, Mr. Matthew
Perlman-NY City News Service, Ms. Chrelle Silvera-resident,
Ms. Gabriela Silverno-Community Member; Mr. Dwayne
Evans-Volunteers of America, Mr. Rick Miller, Ms. Lillian
Gwyn-Concourse Village, Inc., Mr. Henry Wilkenson- Concourse
Village, Inc., Ms. Elise Sabatel-Concourse Village, Inc.
Ms. Killian Jordan – Request for the Board to work with our
elected officials to stop considering the proposals of the
placement of so many shelter facilities in our community.
“Though they are very much needed, they do not all have to
be right here”. Madame Chair commented that the Board has
approached that issue on several occasions but have not been
totally successful; but need everyone’s support so that we
can put a halt on all of the shelters that are coming within
Mr. Enrique Colon, Outreach
Coordinator for CASA – Campaign for reforming Housing Court on March 15, 2013
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Mr. Julio Pabon of South Bronx Community Association – community’s concern over
parking availability when the Yankees are playing; noise and parties have
stopped at billiards place after 16 summonses issued; beautify the community by
painting murals where once there was graffiti – need artists and paint to
beautify areas in need; Mayoral Election Forum – Resurrection United Methodist
Church, 158 Street and Elton Avenue, March 9, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Welcoming remarks and announcements by Ms. Kathleen Saunders, 1st Vice
The Chair welcomed everyone
and asked for a moment of reflection for the passing of Pastor Wendell P.
Jackson. As a Board, we will continue the work that he has started and we are
going to work very hard to continue those things.
Invocation and Pledge of
Allegiance led by Bishop Earl McKay.
Review/Correct/Adopt of General Board Meeting: Motion was made by Mr. Robert
Garmendiz and by Mr. Barry Nissen to approve the General Board Meeting minutes
for January 22, 2013 with corrections. All were in favor with one abstention.
The Motion was duly carried.
Review of the Community
Board’s Register of Capital and Expense Budget Priorities:
Several of the members questioned the order of the priorities and the District
Manager reminded all that these were discussed last October 2012.
The community board, through committee should look at the district as a whole
and select areas that it wants to do development projects. Projects such as
implementing a rezoning initiative. When we have projects presented to us, we
need at that time, mention what is it that we want to have in the community. We
also have to be careful about what restrictions we ask for because we can lose
The Department of Youth &
Community Development does not do development projects. The board can commission
a study on youth services in the community and see what their needs are.
Question was asked, what is the impact of a yes or no vote in moving these
priorities forward? Do they need to be discussed further? DM’s response is that
it is a charter mandate to discuss these priorities in order to respond to the
Parks committee put a list
of requests for six capital issues that have not been finished. Some have been
ongoing for 20 years. The Parks committee Chair would like to approach the Parks
Department to partner with the Parks committee in order to formulate the
projects further and then approach the elected officials to sign on and ask them
for a five-year plan to finish these projects. How can the committee proceed?
The Board will have to wait until June and revisit in October when it can be
added to their “wish list”. The community boards opted to meet as a whole and
not do individual consultation. DM will advocate going to the old system and
meeting individually with the Bronx’s parks commissioner. Everything we have
requested from the Parks Department has the same answer. “They do not have
sufficient funds” and their recommendation is that we speak to our elected
officials. The elected officials also receive this same response and are present
in these meetings and therefore aware of the issues and requests.
Can the Borough President meet with the Board and give us better understanding
of this issue of budgeting? Mr. Rodriguez advised, that the district managers as
a group have requested to the Borough President for additional training for
board members regarding their responsibilities since some members are not clear
with the process and need training in budgeting. BP’s office understands the
issue and is working on the best approach to figure out what would be the best
time and mechanism to provide training for a better understanding what the
members do or is required of them. As the final step, the documents will be
reviewed by Mr. Rodriguez and he will provide a statement to the preliminary
budget and it will be sent to the office of Management & Budget, the elected
officials and to the Bronx Borough President.
The Chair of the Nominating Committee, Ms. Beverly Bonds explained that as a
result of the Community Board’s current vacancy, it has to be filled pursuant to
Article 5, Section 3 of the By-Laws. Ms. Bond placed a motion that Ms. Kathleen
Saunders be the Interim Chair until June’s election. It was seconded by Mr.
Oshire Zak. The vote was unanimous and the motion duly carried. An additional
vote was placed in motion by Ms. Bonds for the Second Vice-Chair. The two
nominees for this seat are Ms. Mildred James and Ms. Martha Reyes. After a vote
of 24 to 5 with two abstentions, Ms. James is the new Second Vice-Chair.
Presentation: Mr. James
Hollywood, Samaritan Village at 170th Street and University Avenue. A 152
person facility that houses individuals for drug treatment. They are proposing
to renovate the existing building and add outpatient services for the community
as well as health and wellness programs. They want to continue serving the same
amount of persons but new regulation requires changing from bunk beds to
individual beds. The upgrade will be funded by a state grant. The request for a
Letter of Support is to upgrade from 152 bunk beds to 152 individual beds for
their treatment facility project. Motion was moved by Mr. John Howard Algarin
and seconded by Ms. Shelly Wilson. All were in favor except for four in the
negative and three abstentions. The motion was carried.
Report by the Offices of
the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr.
• Statement from the Bronx
Borough President on the passing of Chairperson Pastor Jackson
• Ongoing process of interviews of new applicants as community
members. The re-appointment requests have been received.
• Statistics on the decrease of murders in the Bronx. It is the
lowest since 1963.
• The BBP is against the proposed closing of the Post Office at
149th Street and Grand Concourse. Bronxites do not want this
landmark building demolished.
• New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS) Board of
Trustees passes a resolution requiring an analysis of any system
investments in gun manufacturing companies.
• Comptroller Liu rejects $91 million contract for homeless
• Celebrated Black History and Dominican Heritage. Next month there
will be a celebration of the Irish heritage.
Reminder by board member of the issue of the debris collecting at
the Court house on Morris Avenue. Ms. Mangual stated she will refer
to Mr. Wilhelm Rhonda of the Borough President’s office.
Report by Local Elected
Officials or their representatives.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office represented by Nivardo Lopez
• Condolences on behalf of
the Mayor’s Office.
• Mayor’s final State of the City Address can be found online at
• Planned completion of several infrastructure projects.
- Second phase of the water tunnels
- First subway expansion in Manhattan—7th train extension.
• Report in May and June by the Mayor’s Special Initiative Building
and Resiliency. This report will focus on how the City can better
address and prepare for future storms; how to protect the core
infrastructure of the City; and how to protect and rebuild the
waterfront. There are various meetings taking place within inflicted
areas and will meet in the Bronx in March.
• Graffiti Free NYC – A program to combat graffiti wherever it is
found. All anyone needs to do is call 311 and report graffiti. A
notice is then sent to the property owner who then has 30 days to
consent through a signed waiver that he is allowing the city to
clean up or to let the city know that he is okay with it. This
waiver is only signed once. The program is available all year round,
but for best results the weather should be around 50 degrees or
after late March
NYS Senator Jose M.
Serrano represented by Angel Santana
• Sadden to learn of Pastor
• Sponsoring a resolution to the Senate along with Assemblywoman
Vanessa Gibson honoring Pastor Wendell Jackson on Thursday, February
• Stop the phasing of PS 35 at 750 Concourse Village West; support
for new principal, Hernandez to implement his initiatives.
• Honoring of Hon. Helen Diane Foster, Richard R. Buery, Jr. and
Hon. Donald A. Miles during the Senator’s celebration of Black
• Sedgwick Library, March 21, 2013, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Gibson’s Office represented by Mr. Yves Filius
• Deep regards for the
passing of Pastor Jackson.
• Introduction of the Dream Act Bill.
- Benefits more than 925,000 New Yorkers which allows immigrant
students to be eligible to receive scholarships, financial aid, TAP
and other private scholarships.
• Amendment to raise the minimum wage to $9.00.
• Public Hearing on March 8, 2013 – Statute of Limitations
applicable to sexual abuse against minors. 250 Broadway, NY, NY at
• Black History celebration on February 28, 2013 at the Bronx Museum
of the Arts at 5:30 pm
Councilwoman Helen Diane Foster represented by Martin Muñoz
• Black History celebration
on Thursday, February 28, 2013 with Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson at
the Bronx Museum of the Arts at 5:30 pm.
• Currently a decision hasn’t been made whether to support the
Samaritan Village project.
Senator Gustavo Rivera represented by Victor Pichardo
• Condolences for the
passing of Pastor Jackson
• Supporting of the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour.
• Free tax preparation on February 28, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
and March 26, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Senator’s office. Call
ahead to RSVP.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES- HOUSING & LAND USE-
MUNICIPAL SERVICES & EDUCATION - PARKS- YOUTH SERVICES
Economic Development Committee- No Report. Investigating the parking
garage where the hotel was going to be built. The committee wants to know from
the Borough President and all the elected officials why it is not open. They
were advised it was a BOEDC decision, however, Marlene Cintron of BOEDC that the
hotel will not be happening.
Municipal Services & Education Committee- Mr. Julio Pabon of the South
Bronx Community Association presented to the committee the difficulties that the
residents of this area are affected by the lack of parking or inability to park
in their communities as a result of games and/or events that occur at Yankee
Stadium. The committee is asking for a vote to explore and start the process of
a residential parking permit. The motion was made by Ms. Mildred James and
seconded by Mr. Jackson Strong. All in favor with one no and one abstention. It
was clarified by the Chair that there is a lot of involvement with this process
with DOT and anyone having an objection to this that they should attend the
committee meetings in order to have a clear understanding. It was suggested by
the District Manager, Jose Rodriguez to have the committee meet and draft a
resolution on residential parking and have the Board office request that DOT and
other city agencies be present at a later date to discuss a residential parking
Housing & Land Use Committee- Sheldon Lobel, P.C. requests a Letter of
Support for an application at 81 E. 161st Street for variance of existing third
floor which is currently vacant to be changed from residential to commercial
use. It is a narrow and irregular 2000 square foot area. Motion carried by
Bishop McKay and seconded by Mr. Walter Harris. The voting was unanimous. The
motion was carried.
Parks and Recreation Committee- Meeting next month with Councilwoman
Foster’s office. Thank you to Ms. Mildred James for joining the Parks and
Youth Services-. Mr. Johnson from Community Board 3 and provided a status
update on the C Ball League. A Community Board Athletic League that competes in
various sports. The target is males and females ages 7 to 18. Also includes
spelling bees and leadership type games. First meeting is March 15, 2013 with
all the Chairs of all the boards. Anyone that has any great ideas or wants to
attend a meeting can stop by the third Thursday of every month. Youth Day this
year will be in honor of Pastor Jackson.
Health & Human Services Committee – Veterans of America located at 1075
Webster Avenue is requesting a renewal of their Letter of Support to continue
services. Mr. Barry Nissen made a motion and Ms. Frances Hudson-Marrow seconded
it. Motion was carried with three abstentions.
Announcements Mr. John Algarin announced that he met informally with
Municipal Services Committee and Pastor Jackson to discuss a sky walk across
161st Street. He is currently speaking to BBP office and the idea is moving
Meeting adjourned at
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