Taking place from November 14th, 2014 through January 18th, 2014, SHOP LOCAL CB8 is an initiative by the Economic Development Committee of Community Board 8 to promote shopping locally in North Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Weeksville,

Click here for more info.


Wednesday, November 19th: Emergency Town Hall


On Thursday, October 9th 2014, 20-30 unsupervised students from local schools began a terrifying brawl outside a quiet Coffee shop on Vanderbilt Avenue b/t DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues (after school hours). Local business owners tried, desperately, to intervene but were met with profane language from students. 911 was called.

Come and join the conversation and help us to keep our neighborhood safe.

When: Wednesday, November 19th from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: P.S 20, 225 Adelphi St Brooklyn, NY 11205

Guests will include:

  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • City Council Member Laurie Cumbo
  • Kicey Motley of the NYC Mayor’s Office
  • Local School Principals.

For more information, call (917) 353-2990

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton Announces Change in Marijuana Policy

Persons May be Issued Summonses for Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses in Lieu of Arrest

Today the NYPD outlined a new policy pertaining to the enforcement of low-level marijuana possession offenses.

This new marijuana summons policy allows police officers to issue Criminal Court summonses, in lieu of arrest, to people found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, 25 grams or less, in a public place open to public view—that is not burning, and is consistent with personal use.

Beginning November 19th, the NYPD will summons eligible people who possess small amounts of marijuana (25 grams or less) with the lesser included violation of unlawful possession of Marihuana (Penal Law 221.05) rather than charge them with the misdemeanor crime of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree, subdivision one (Penal Law 221.10(1)).

People will not be eligible for a summons if they have an active warrant, they are wanted in connection with an active investigation, they are charged with another fingerprintable offense, or they have no proper identification.

Officers will issue summonses in the field unless conditions warrant processing at a Department facility.

In all cases, the marijuana will be seized and vouchered.

In the first 10 months of 2014, the NYPD has received approximately 23,000 911 or 311 calls from New Yorkers complaining about the sale or public smoking of marijuana in their neighborhoods. This is almost a 30% increase over last year. The new summons policy reflects the distinction New Yorkers make between the more significant crimes of smoking and dealing, and possession of small amounts of marijuana.

“Make no mistake, marijuana is still illegal in New York City. People smoking marijuana in public will continue to be arrested. But possession of small amounts, with certain exceptions, is not considered a high enough level of offense to merit the time and resources the Department spends when arresting people, or the potential associated consequences of criminal justice involvement for the arrestees,” Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said.

“This new policy will reduce unnecessary arrests for minor marijuana possession and put an end to an era where many of young New Yorkers were being arrested and saddled with criminal records for minor violations,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Today’s action is the latest in a series of steps Commissioner Bratton and I have taken to rebuild the relationship between the NYPD and the communities they serve. We are also enhancing public safety with this new initiative by directing police resources towards more serious crime, and not wasting officer time processing unnecessary arrests.”

Over the next days before the policy takes effect, the Department will release a new internal Operations Order detailing the procedure, and a training video to be shown at roll-call training sessions.

This policy was developed after consultation with all five District Attorneys, the NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor and the Courts.

CB8 General Meeting



Thursday, November 13, 2014

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
856 Pacific Street (near Vanderbilt Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY  11238

7:00 PM

  • Meeting Call to order
  • Roll Call Acceptance of Minutes
  • Ms. Jeneen Johnson from NYC HRA Child Support will make a presentation on child support enforcement information.
  • Ms. Cara Lacey from Liro Group and Mr. Shane Ojor from the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection will make a presentation on Bioswales, Storm Water Greenstreets, and other storm water management measures.
  • Correspondence
  • Action Items:

Housing/ULURP Committe;
Parks Committee;
SLA and Sidewalk Café Review Committee

  • Report from the following committees:

Economic Development
Public Safety
Youth & Family Services

  • Old Business/New Busines
  • Acknowledgement of Elected Officials/Agency Reps
  • Public Comments/Announcements
  • Adjournment

Free Civil Legal Services


The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Courts’ Access to Justice Program that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers in need. Private meeting rooms and technology inside the vehicle enable it to function as a full-service office.

The vehicle will be stationed at: 1700 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

To Make an Appointment please visit the office of Council Member Laurie Cumbo on November 21, 2014 from 10am to 3pm.

For more information, please call 718-260-9191 ext. 2

Time for a Better C Train


Riders Alliance

We can make the C train faster and more reliable!

Riders Alliance members have been working with our local elected officials and the MTA to get better C train service. Join them at their next strategy meeting to help us decide our campaign’s next steps:

Strategize for Better C Train Service 
Wednesday, November 19th @ 6:30 PM
Brooklyn Movement Center
375 Stuyvesant St (at Decatur)


Brainstorm with your neighbors and fellow riders for faster and more reliable C train service! There will be dinner served, so sign up on their website or reply to this email to let them know you’ll be attending.

Proposed Ballot Propositions

Below is a listing of the statewide ballot proposals which will be voted on at the General Election this year – Tuesday, November 4th. A summary of each of the proposition appears below, along with a link to a file containing the question as it will appear on the ballot, the abstract summary as well as the full text of the resolution responsible for each proposal.

Proposal One – Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure

Abstract: The purpose of this proposal is to reform the process of establishing new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years. If the proposal is approved, a redistricting commission will be established to determine lines for legislative and congressional districts, subject to adoption of the commission’s plan by the Legislature and approval by the Governor. Under the current provisions of the Constitution, the Legislature is the entity responsible for establishing these lines.

The proposed amendment would amend sections 4 and 5 and add a new section 5-b to Article 3 of the State Constitution. The new section 5-b would establish a redistricting commission to determine lines for state legislative and congressional districts. Each decade beginning in 2020, a 10-member redistricting commission will be established. Eight members will be appointed by the four state legislative leaders and the remaining two members will be appointed by the eight legislatively-appointed members. These remaining two members cannot, in the preceding five years, have been enrolled in either of the two major political parties in New York State.

The proposed amendment would establish qualifications for the members of the commission. They must be registered to vote in New York. They cannot be the spouse of a statewide elected official, of a member of the United States Congress, or of a member of the State Legislature. They cannot be or have been within the preceding three years a member of the New York State Legislature, United States Congress, or a statewide elected official; a state officer or employee or a legislative employee; a lobbyist registered in New York; or a political party chairman. The proposed amendment would require that, to the extent practicable, appointments to the commission reflect the diversity of the residents of New York and result from consultation with outside groups.

The proposed amendment would establish principles to be applied in creating districts, which must be drawn consistently with the requirements of the federal and state constitutions and federal statutes. These principles include:

  • No district lines may result in the prohibited denial or abridgement of racial or language minority voting rights. Districts cannot be drawn to have the purpose of or result in the denial or abridgement of such rights.
  • To the extent practicable, districts must contain as nearly as may be an equal number of inhabitants. The commission must provide a specific public explanation for any deviation that exists.
  • Each district must consist of contiguous territory and be as compact in form as practicable.
  • Districts cannot be drawn to discourage competition or for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring incumbents or other particular candidates or political parties.
  • Maintenance of cores of existing districts, of pre-existing political subdivisions, and of communities of interest must be considered.

While preparing its redistricting plan, the commission must hold at least 12 public hearings throughout the state. The public must be notified of the hearings and be able to access and review the commission?s draft redistricting plans, relevant data, and related information before the first public hearing. The commission must report the findings of the public hearings to the Legislature when the commission submits its redistricting plan.

The proposed amendment would establish voting requirements for the commission. To send a redistricting plan to the Legislature, seven out of 10 commission members must approve a plan. If the Legislature is controlled by one party, then the seven favorable votes must include that of at least one member appointed by each of the four legislative leaders. If control of the Legislature is split between the two major political parties, then the seven votes must include that of at least one member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one member appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate. If seven members of the commission cannot agree on a redistricting plan, then the commission submits the plan or plans that received the most votes, along with a record of the votes taken.

The commission must submit its redistricting plan for the Assembly and the Senate in one bill and the Legislature must vote upon that single bill without amending it. If the plan does not pass the Legislature and get the Governor?s approval or a veto override, the commission must submit another plan. If the second plan does not pass the Legislature and get the Governor?s approval or a veto override, the Legislature can amend the second plan as it deems necessary. The Legislature?s amended plan must comply with the same principles the commission?s plan was subject to. When an amended plan is approved by the Legislature, it is presented to the Governor for action.

The proposed amendment would establish the following voting requirements for the Legislature to approve a redistricting plan:

  • If the Speaker of the Assembly and the Temporary President of the Senate belong to different political parties and the required commission members approved the redistricting plan submitted to the Legislature, then at least a majority of the members elected to each house of the Legislature must vote in favor of the plan to approve it.
  • If the Speaker of the Assembly and the Temporary President of the Senate belong to different political parties and the required commission members did not approve the redistricting plan or plans submitted to the Legislature, then at least 60% of the members elected to each house of the Legislature must vote in favor of a plan to approve it.
  • If the Speaker of the Assembly and the Temporary President of the Senate belong to the same political party, then at least 2/3 of the members elected to each house of the Legislature must vote in favor of a plan to approve it.

The proposed amendment would establish a 60-day deadline by which a court must decide a petition challenging an apportionment plan and would provide the Legislature with an opportunity to correct any legal problems that a court finds with a redistricting plan.

The proposed amendment would create a bi-partisan staff to perform the commission’s duties and would provide for appropriations for the commission?s expenses.

Proposal Two – Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills

Abstract: The purpose of this proposal is to allow electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at least three days before the Legislature votes on it. Under the current provisions of the Constitution, this requirement can only be satisfied by distribution of a physical printed copy.

The proposal would amend section 14 of Article 3 of the State Constitution. It would provide that a bill will be considered ?printed and upon the desks? of members of the Legislature if, first, it is set forth in a legible electronic format by electronic means, and, second, legislators are able to review the bill in the electronic format at their desks. The proposal would establish that a bill is set forth by ?electronic means? when it is sent between computers or other machines designed to send and receive information, the receiving legislators can print the bill if they choose, and the bill cannot be changed without leaving a record of the changes.

Proposal Three – The SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014

Abstract: The purpose of this proposal is to authorize the creation of state debt and the sale of state bonds in the amount of up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) to provide money for the single purpose of improving learning and opportunity for public and nonpublic school students in New York.

This proposal would allow the State to borrow up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000). This money would be expended on capital projects related to the design, planning, site acquisition, demolition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or acquisition or installation of equipment for the following types of projects:

  1. To acquire learning technology equipment or facilities including, but not limited to Interactive whiteboards, Computer servers, and Desktop, laptop, and tablet computers;
  2. To install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities;
  3. To construct, enhance, and modernize educational facilities to accommodate pre-kindergarten programs and provide instructional space to replace transportable classroom units; and
  4. To install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses.

The State Legislature would be authorized to make the bond proceeds available to fund the cost of approved capital projects undertaken by or on behalf of school districts for these purposes.

The proposal also would allow the State to refund the debt to take advantage of lower interest rates if the opportunity arises. To accomplish this, the proposal authorizes the State Comptroller to issue additional state bonds in sums up to or exceeding the amount of the bonds initially issued to refund, to advance refund, or otherwise to repay part or all of such bonds prior to the scheduled dates of their maturity.

Alternate Side Parking Public Hearing


Community Board 8 is hosting a public hearing seeking public comments on the proposal to reduce street cleaning days throughout the district.  Currently, the Dept. of Sanitation cleans the street 4 times a week and the reduction will scale the cleaning to twice a week.  Please come out and let your voice be heard.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, please email your comments to  Please indicate the neighborhood that you live in and whether you are for or against the proposed change. Please put ASP in the subject line.

Click here for more information or contact Community Board 8 at 718-467-5574.