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Letter from Mayor de Blasio For Future Generations of New Yorkers


What’s your big idea for the future of New York City, friend? 

Every four years, New York City updates PlaNYC to make sure that we’re building toward a future that’s resilient, sustainable, and makes sense for the lives of all New Yorkers. 

This year, we’re making equity a lynchpin of PlaNYC — and we’ve made the process more inclusive than ever before. Every New Yorker has a voice in this plan and can participate in building our city’s future. 

What’s your vision for New York City in the years and decades to come? Take this survey now to let us know. 

Your idea could be about anything: from the environment to jobs to education to affordable housing to transportation. 

You have the power to shape the future of our city if you speak up — for yourself and for future generations of New Yorkers. 

Leave your mark on the future of New York City. Take the survey now: 

Thank you, 

Bill de Blasio

Invitation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams


Dear Community Residents:

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first of three marches conducted by civil rights activists in 1965 from Selma, Alabama, to the state’s capital of Montgomery – marches that helped lead to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams invites you to march in partnership with him this Saturday, March 7, over the Brooklyn Bridge, symbolizing the famous crossing of the Edmund Pettis Bridge.

The theme of the march is “Selma is Everywhere,” memorializing our shared commitment to civil rights, racial equality and progressive reform. We are planning to gather at 10:30 AM on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge, followed by a kickoff press availability at 11:00 AM and the step-off at approximately 11:30 AM. We will be marching to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where we will gather to watch President Barack Obama’s address to the nation from Selma.

If you would like to be part of this important event, we ask that your organization make a commitment to bring at least ten marchers with you, so we can build this unity message in partnership.

Please e-mail Stefan Ringel, Communications Director for Borough President Adams, at as soon as possible if you wish to be part of the promotion of this event, including mention on a flyer, as well as to let us know how many marchers you will be bringing.

Upcoming Community Board 8 General Meeting


When: Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

Where:  Calvary Community Church - 1575 St. John’s Place  (Corner of Buffalo Avenue) Brooklyn, NY  11233

1. Welcome

2. Roll Call

3. Meeting Call to order

4. Acceptance of Minutes

5. Correspondence

6. Presentation on the renovation of 77th Precinct Annex Office—Stable Building, 563 Grand Avenue. The two-story stable building is attached to the Annex that was not renovated in 1997 along with the main building. The renovated building will be used for additional office space.

7. Action Items from the following Committees:

  • SLA & Sidewalk Café Review
  • Transportation
  • M1-1

8. Public Hearing Item:

Public Comments on city agency responses to Community Board 8’s Preliminary Capital and Expense Budget for Community Board 8′s Preliminary Capital and Expense Budget Fiscal Year 2016. (Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person).

9. Ms. Claudette Agard, member of the Coalition for Educational Justice, will speak on community schools

10. Report of Committees:

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

11. Old Business/New Business

12. Public Comments/Announcements

13. Adjournment

Save the Date: March 17, at 705, “Teaching and Talking About Race With Children”



Teaching and Talking about Race with Children : A Dialogue with Parents and Educators 

Discussing issues of race and racism with children can feel challenging for many adults in caregiving roles, especially when speaking with the very young. It is a challenge that can be met if we embrace the importance of preparing the next generation to live in and foster an equitable multiracial society, and connect with others to share perspectives, resources and tools. Please join us for an evening of honest and open dialogue centered on this critical aspect of community life.

Panelists are:

Rachel Ehrlich – Moderator and Diversity Educator
John Gentile – Diversity Educator
Martha Haakmat – Diversity Educator
Delia Hernandez – Diversity Educator

Rachel Ehrlich is an anti-bias educator. She attended Hampshire College and received a B.A. in Urban Studies from New College of California. She has an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Smith College and a M.A. in Social Justice Education from UMass Amherst. She is working toward a PhD in Urban Education at the CUNY Grad Center. Her dissertation focuses on educational policy, teacher’s unions, and racial and class inequity. She regularly consults with public and private school teachers/administrators on social justice education, diversity, and inclusion. At the Fieldston Ethical Culture School she is the chair of the Ethics Department 6-12th grades, a College Counselor, and teaches courses focused on power and social justice. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife Jill, son August, and bulldog Gilda.

John Gentile is originally from Washington D.C. and attended Georgetown Day High School. He is a graduate with honors from Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York City. He is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion consultant focusing on whiteness, white identity development, and white privilege. He has worked with many prestigious educational institutions and organizations including The Trinity School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Riverdale Country School, The Town School and The New School in New York City as well as the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, California, Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio  and Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He has lead workshops, facilitated dialogues and affinity groups, trained faculty, and has been featured as a keynote speaker.  He has also presented at the Critical Analysis of Race in Learning and Education (CARLE) Institute and the Immigrant Justice Corps in New York City. He has been a faculty member for the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference since 2009. He is a founding faculty member of the National Diversity Directors Institute  at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.  He was the recipient of The Princeton Prize for Race Relations in 2007.

Martha Haakmat has taught and led in New York City independent schools for the past 27 years.  Currently the Head of School at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Martha has been a lower, middle and upper school educator and has held administrative positions such as Diversity Director and Middle School Head.  Martha has served as an independent school trustee and has been a member of various committees for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).  She was also the founder and director of Educators for Growth and Empowerment (EDGE), a diversity consulting team that presented in schools and conferences nationwide.  Martha has three daughters who are being educated in the independent school system.

Delia Hernandez worked as a teacher and administrator in NYC independent schools for twenty years before moving on to her current role as Lecturer in the Education Program at Kjngsborough Community College. She is working toward a PhD in Educational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center where she is exploring the impact of race, ethnicity and class on the development of teacher identity. Delia is a Park Slope native with two sons, ages 7 and 10, and a sweet puppy named Coco.


When: 3/17/15 @ 6:30

Where: PS 705 Auditorium (443 St. Marks Avenue)

Brooklyn Community Board 8 General Meeting Notice


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