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)

Dept. of Finance To Host Notice of Property Value Workshops

The Department of Finance has scheduled evening and day session Notice of Property Value workshops in each of the five boroughs.  This is an opportunity for property owners to meet with representatives from the Department of Finance and the NYC Tax Commission to:

  • Ask questions about your property’s Market and Assessed Values.
  • Learn how to dispute your property’s Assessed Value.
  • Learn how to get your property description changed (for example, the number of units in your building or square    footage).
  • Learn about tax benefits and how to apply for them.

Please visit our website for a complete listing of dates, locations and times from our calendar:

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/about/finance-calendar.page#february

Reminder:  The deadline for the Homeowner Tax Benefits Application is fast approaching.  The application must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2015 in order for eligible homeowners to receive benefits beginning July 1, 2015.

The External Affairs Outreach Unit’s phone number has changed.  Our new number is 212-602-7004.

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