DATE: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Concern for Independent Living
151 Rochester Avenue (Corner St. Marks Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11213
1.Welcome & Meeting call to order
3. Carlmasis Johnson, Director of Community Outreach and Partner Engagement at NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board will make a brief presentation on police misconduct and knowing your rights during a police stop, question or frisk.
4. Public Hearing call to order
Public Hearing Item:
Public Comments on city agency responses to Community Board 8’s Preliminary Capital and Expense Budget for Fiscal Year 2015. (Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person).
5. General Meeting Call to order
6. Acceptance of Minutes
8. Action Items from the following Committees:
*SLA & Sidewalk Café Review
9. Report of Committees:
Career Building & Job Development
Youth & Family Services
10. Old Business/New Business
11. Public Comments/Announcements
Please note: The order of agenda items are subject to change.
Elections for the Crow Hill Community Association Executive Board took place on Tuesday, February 18th and all five candidates were elected. After election results became official, outgoing president (and founding member) Evangelyn Porter gave the new board her blessing along with some words of wisdom. The remainder of the old Board that were present then joined her to take a photo with the new Board.
The following Saturday, February 22nd, the new Board met to choose officers. Frank Esquilin was voted in as President, Paul Carson was voted in as Vice President, Josh Thompson was voted in as Secretary, Joanna Crispe was voted in as Treasurer, and Constance Nugent was voted in as Project Manager. Please join us in wishing the new Board the best and thanking all those before us who made the Crow Hill Community Association such a strong and successful entity.
UPDATE: Due to a winter storm, the January meeting was canceled. We will not hold the board election at our regularly scheduled February meeting.
The board election will occur at our meeting on Tuesday,
January 21 February 18. In an election, every dues-paying Member in attendance can place up to seven votes on the ballot. (Or in this case, because there are only four candidates, you can place up to four votes.) The candidates with the most votes will be elected as board members. Members may authorize another person to act as a proxy.
The results will be announced by the conclusion of the meeting.
To be eligible to vote:
To be a member eligible to vote for the board or to be a board candidate, you must pay your dues at the meeting on
January 21 February 18.
Please download, print, and fill out this membership form to accompany your dues. (We will also have these forms available to fill out at the meeting.)
Dues are $30/year for a family, $125/year for merchants, $20/year for students and seniors 60 years and over.
“I moved to 302 Eastern Parkway two years ago, and have really enjoyed getting to know my neighbors through my involvement with CHCA. I participated in the planning and facilitation of the two Town Hall meetings last spring, and have been attending both CHCA and workgroup/committee meetings regularly since then. My professional background is in nonprofit organizational capacity building, so I naturally tend to take on more process focused roles, and could potentially serve as secretary or treasurer if elected to the Board. I am interested in community engagement and outreach, and how CHCA collaborates with other organizations working locally. I am motivated to join the CHCA Board for the opportunity to learn from the experienced and longstanding community leaders involved, continue to develop relationships within and contribute to this community which I have grown to love and think of as home.”
“I have lived in the community for 28 years and have been involved in a number of different things with Crow Hill. I would like to run for the board because I think it’s time for a change. I am particularly interested in accountability and transparency in Crow Hill.”
Constance Nugent Miller
“I became active with Crow Hill after seeing my neighborhood drastically changing. I participated in outreach for all the town hall meetings. What motivated me to run for a board position was because I wanted a broader view of opinions and ideas to be brought to the table for discussion. I also wanted to incorporate a larger cross section of the community to volunteer and participate in building our new community. My promise to my community is one of openness and willingness to work with all groups of people. My slogan is: Diversity, Collaboration & Community.”
“My time living among the Crow Hill community has been relatively short, but I recognized that this was a special neighborhood almost immediately. I enjoy what it is today, but it is the rich history that gives it such a unique character. As a member of the Crow Hill Community Association Board, I want to help build on the accomplishments of those who worked tirelessly before me and help make this a neighborhood in which everyone feels comfortable.”
On November 15, thirteen elected officials representing residents of communities near Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project came together to demand a new agreement for affordable housing at the site as a condition approving Forest City’s proposed sale of a majority interest in the plan to a foreign developer.
The representatives called for a court-ordered study of alternatives to be completed to make sure Brooklynites and the people of New York State get the best deal possible for their tax dollars. And they called for representative oversight of the project going forward to make sure this time promises are kept.
Now it’s your turn. Sign this online petition to speak up with more than a dozen local elected officials in demanding Governor Cuomo not allow Forest City to take its money out of Atlantic Yards without real guarantees that the promises it made for hundreds of millions in public subsidies will be kept.
Dear Governor Cuomo:
Forest City Ratner promised the people of Brooklyn 2,250 affordable apartments at the Atlantic Yards project in exchange for hundreds of millions in public subsidies. Then it pushed back completing that housing for 25 years. Now Forest City wants to pull its money out of the project by selling a majority interest to a foreign developer.
That’s an outrage to thousands of families in danger of displacement, and it’s a raw deal for the taxpayers of New York State.
Brooklyn’s elected officials have said the State should allow the sale only if there are new guarantees for affordable housing to be delivered when originally promised and appropriate oversight to make sure they’re enforced. I agree, and call on you to direct the Empire State Development Corporation not to let the deal move forward until those conditions are met.
At our meeting in November, the by-laws were accepted by the CHCA membership. They final version as accepted is below, and will live on our website under About Us > By-laws.
Thank you to everybody who submitted feedback on our by-laws! The board has made edits to the by-laws based on the questions and suggestions submitted. You can read the updated by-laws below.
During our November meeting, there will be time allotted for any questions about the by-laws. At the end of this time, the board will request that a motion to accept the by-laws be made. If the motion is made and seconded, the by-laws will be adopted.
If adopted, the by-laws will be posted on our website in final form.
The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as Senior Apprentice.
If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you.
Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the academic year. See the tier descriptions for more information and application links. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due December 4. More information here.
Who: Kids of all ages! March in your costume!
When: Sunday, October 27, 3PM
Where: Walt Shamel Dean North Community Garden, 1096 Dean St.
Bring: Costumes, noise-makers, instruments
Questions? 917-838-2421 or email@example.com
Please help us to support these merchants. They recognize that having sidewalks and streets that are free of litter is good for their business, their customers, and our community.
Interested in becoming a “Keeping it Clean” Merchant? FILL OUT THIS FORM.
|Mike Perry Studios||designer, artist||925 Bergen St, Suite 308|
|Kelso Bistro||bar and restaurant||648 Franklin|
|Owl & Thistle General Store||gift store||720 Franklin|
|Lily & Fig||bakery and tea shop||727 Franklin|
|Little Zelda||coffee shop||728 Franklin|
|Wedge||cheese shop||728 Franklin|
|Cool Pony||vintage clothes, etc||733 Franklin|
|HAD Associates||accountant||737 Franklin|
|739 Franklin Ave||bar and lounge||739 Franklin|
|wino(t)||wine shop||796 Franklin|
These merchants participate in one of these 3 programs:
- Adopt-a-Basket Program: Merchant(s) choose a public trash basket to adopt. DSNY provides plastic liners and the merchant(s) remove and replace the liner whenever it’s ¾ full, leaving the tied liner next to the basket.
- Sponsor-a-Basket Program: Merchant(s) sponsor — that is, buy via DSNY — a new-styled public trash basket, like one next to Bob & Bettys. The merchant(s) can contribute directly towards a basket or can raise money via customers/events/etc.
- “Keeping it Clean” Block Program: Merchants work together to regularly clean & monitor their block. Each block decides how it works together. For example, merchants could commit 1 staff hour a week to clean the sidewalks of participating merchants.
What “Keeping it Clean” Merchants Are Up To
|Adopt-a-Basket||Franklin & Park SW corner||1 merchant interested, wants to share responsibility with others.|
|Sponsor-a-Basket||Franklin & Bergen NW||1 merchant||$X raised|
|Sponsor-a-Basket||Franklin & Park NW||2 merchants||$X pledged|
|Sponsor-a-Basket||Franklin & St Johns SW
Franklin & Eastern SW
|1 merchant||$X pledged|
|Block Program||Franklin btw Bergen and St Marks||1 merchant (interested, needs others)|
|Block Program||Franklin btw Park & Sterling||7 merchants (active)|
|Block Program||Franklin btw St Johns & Eastern||1 merchant (interested, needs others)|
How CHCA Promotes & Supports “Keeping it Clean” Merchants
- Recognizing “Keeping it Clean” merchants on its website.
- Passing out a flyer listing “Keeping it Clean” merchants at each monthly meeting and at other local events.
- Issuing press releases at least twice a year listing “Keeping it Clean” merchants and activities.
- Providing merchants with a framed certificate to hang.
- Keeping merchants supplied with free, laminated “No Flyers” placards for their customers.
- Providing merchants with donation boxes for customer to contribute to Sponsoring-a-Basket at the merchant’s corner of choice.
- Managing email lists to allow “Keeping it Clean” merchants, and individual Block Programs, to communicate with each other and with CHCA.
How YOU Can Promote & Support “Keeping it Clean” Merchants:
- Patronize these merchants.
- FILL OUT THIS FORM (not yet active) to donate funds to help Sponsor-a-Basket or volunteer to help Adopt-a-Basket.
- Do your part to keep our neighborhood free of litter. See DSNY flyer.