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Brooklyn Community Board 8 General Meeting Notice

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DATE: Thursday, February 12, 2015

PLACE:  Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue  (Corner St. Marks Ave) Brooklyn, NY  11213

TIME: 7:00 PM

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  1. Roll Call
  1. Acceptance of Minutes
  1. Correspondence
  1. Action Items:
  • Executive Committee
  • Housing/ULURP
  • SLA and Sidewalk Café Review Committee
  1. Honorable Genine D. Edwards, Supreme Court Justice Civil Court of NYC
  1. Ms. Celeste Farmer from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will make a presentation on Mental Health Awareness.
  1. Report from the following committees:
  • Aging
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment/Sanitation
  • Health
  • Parks
  • Public Safety 
  • Transportation Committee
  • Youth & Family Services
  1. Old Business/New Business
  2. Acknowledgement of Elected Officials/Agency Rep
  3. Public Comments/Announcements
  4. Adjournment

           

           

“421a: Fix It or End it” Policy Proposal by Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD)

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With 421a and Rent Laws set to expire in June 2015, the City and the State are at critical moment. Will we put the public benefit of affordable housing before the private profit interests of real estate developers? Our government officials have the opportunity to send a clear message about our priorities by strengthening the rent laws and reforming 421a so that they serve and protect our communities’ local affordable housing needs.

Today, ANHD released our 421a Policy Reform Proposal, posted online  HERE. In this report, ANHD outlines the how the 421a Developer’s Tax Break could be completely revamped in order to become a true affordable housing tool that meets the needs of local neighborhoods instead of a billion dollar boondoggle for real estate developers.

ANHD calls to:

  • Require that 421a developments make at least 25% of apartments affordable available at 30% AMI level, to serve the 1/3 of New Yorkers struggling the most with housing costs.
  • Require on-site affordable apartments in every neighborhood.
  • Make all affordable apartments permanently affordable.
  • Prohibit double-dipping when 421a is used in conjunction with other affordable housing subsidies.
  • Promote mixed-income communities by ensuring the fair and equal treatment of all tenants.
  • Ensure that 421a rules are transparent and adhered to by creating a compliance fee to fund the enforcement of tenants’ rights and program rules.

It’s long past time to re-evaluate the 421a Developer’s Tax Break. The City and the State cannot allow such a flawed and outdated program to continue.

Either we Fix the 421a Developers’ Tax Break, remaking it into a true affordable housing program that meets the affordable housing needs of local New Yorkers… or we End it. The current 421a program’s paradigm cannot continue. We cannot afford to subsidize luxury real estate that is unaffordable to average New Yorkers.

Download the full 421a Tax Break: Fix it or End it.

Read more on 421a in ANHD’s 421a Developer’s Tax Break Analysis.

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Upcoming Events

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State of the District Address by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Thursday, January 29, 6:30pm
Long Island University
Paramount Theater
RSVP: (718)237-2211

​Washington Ave. Botanic Block Association (WABBA) invites you to “Expiration of the NYS and NYC Rent Laws/Regulations”
Friday, January 30, 6pm – 8pm
1000 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Special Guests: Elected Officials, Division of Homes & Community Renewal (DHCR), and Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)

Community Board Membership Application For 2015

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For those interested in renewing their Community Board membership or becoming a member, please find attached the community board new member and reappointment applications for 2015.

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications has been extended to February 15, 2015.  The applications can also be downloaded from www.brooklyn-usa.org.  It is also suggested that you print hard copies of the applications for distribution at your CB office.

Please note that community board membership is now open to individuals starting at age 16.

FINAL CB New Member Application 2015

FINAL CB Reappointment Application 2015

A Letter from the Mayor re: Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

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Dear Friend,

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are missing out on anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 in tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Tax Credit. About 25% of eligible working families fail to claim their money – money families need to help pay for daily necessities – because many people don’t know about these programs.

Our fellow New Yorkers need information on how to get these credits and how to get free tax preparation and financial counseling to make the most of their refund – and YOU can help make it happen. Please forward this message widely  to your community and share online here!

ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS IS HOSTING THE FIRST EVER PHONE-A-THON TO LET OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS KNOW ABOUT REFUNDABLE TAX CREDITS.

YOUR TWO HOURS WILL HELP A FAMILY MAKE ENDS MEET.

DATE: Saturday, January 31, 2015

TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

PLACES:
A location in every borough! Click here for locations.

Register now to volunteer!

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Spread the word about January 31 on Twitter or Facebook and use #GotMyRefund! Follow the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) on Twitter (@NYCDCA), Like us on Facebook, and share important information, ask questions, or let us know how DCA is working for you. Be sure to tag us @NYCDCA.

Thank you in advance for your support, and we hope to see you on January 31st!

Two Architects Exhibit at FiveMyles

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Depthforms

DepthForms

January 17 – December 21, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, January 17, 5-8pm

An exhibition of work by Alex Cornelius and Yu Nong Khew

Khew and Cornelius explore, both as architects and artists, the cities of Ms. Khew’s Southeast Asian upbringing. In DepthForms they take these cities in addition to New York as the subject matter for an investigation of the contrasting phenomena of depth and flatness, using 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and 2.5-dimensional methods of representation to question our conception of urban space. The two artists now live in Singapore.

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Gallery Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 1-6pm
Directions: Take 2, 3, or 4 trains to Franklin Avenue. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin. Walk ¾ block to 558 St. Johns Place. FiveMyles is within easy walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum.

Agenda for Next CB 8 General Meeting

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DATE: Thursday, January 8, 2015
TIME:  7:00 PM

PLACE:
Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
727 Classon Avenue  (between Park and Prospect Places)
Brooklyn, NY  11238

1. Meeting Call to order

2. Roll Call

3. Acceptance of Minutes

4. Correspondence

5. Action Items:

A) SLA and Sidewalk Café Review Committee
B) Transportation Committee
C) By-Laws Committee

6. Report from the following committees:

  • Aging
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment/Sanitation
  • Health
  • Parks
  • Public Safety
  • Youth & Family Services

7. Old Business/New Business

8. Acknowledgement of Elected Officials/Agency Reps

9. Public Comments/Announcements

10. Adjournment