CB 8 Meeting Notice – May 2016



DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016
PLACE: Union United Methodist Church
121 New York Avenue (corner of Bergen Street)
Brooklyn, NY  11216 (LOCATION CHANGE)
TIME: 7:00 PM

1. Meeting Call to order/Roll Call
2. Acceptance of Minutes
3. Elected Officials/Public Comments/Announcements
4. Ms. Elizabeth Canela for Forest City Ratner Companies will speak on the affordable housing lottery for 461 Dean Street
5. Action Items:

  • Housing/ULURP Committee
  • SLA and Sidewalk Café Review Committee

6. Report from the following committees:

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

7. Old Business/New Business
8. Adjournment

            Please note:  The order of agenda items are subject to change.



DATE: Thursday, April 14, 2016
PLACE: 1000 Dean Street (between Franklin and Classon Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY  11238
TIME: 7:00 PM

1. Welcome & Meeting call to order
2. Roll Call
3. Acceptance of Minutes
4. Correspondence
5. Acknowledgement of Elected Officials and Elected Official Representatives
6. Ms. Zehra Kuz from Pratt Institute will give an update on the Institute’s findings regarding the watershed with regard to climate change
7. Ms. Marlies Talay from the Crown Heights Mediation Center will make a presentation on Legal Hand
8. Mr. Kevin Xeureb from NY Presbyterian Burn Center will make a presentation
9. Hearing to remove Ms. Opel Richards  according to CB8’s By-Laws (Section 5.5c)
10. Action Items from the following Committees:

  • Housing/ULURP
  • Parks
  • SLA & Sidewalk Café Review

11. Report of Committees:

  • Economic Development
  • Education and Youth
  • Environment/Sanitation
  • Health
  • Public Safety
  • Seniors
  • Transportation

12. Old Business/New Business
13. Public Comments/Announcements
14. Adjournment



 Please note:  The order of agenda items are subject to change.

February, 2016

Elected officials or representatives present:

  • Matthew Pitt from Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo’s office
  • Evette Lopez from Assemblyman Walter Moseley’s office


Frank proposes reaching out to Friends of Crown Heights to ask if they would be a local pick-up/drop-off spot for electronics to be taken to Best Buy for e-cycling.

Affordable Housing Applications for 461 Dean Street

Information on how to apply is on our website.


  • Our finances are always available for request.
  • We have money to fund or sponsor projects in the community.

Updates and Reminders from Laurie Cumbo’s office

  • 2nd Annual Shirley Chisolm Women of Excellence Awards – 6PM on 3/18/16 at Borough Hall. People can RSVP at 718-284-4700 or hamilton@nysenate.gov
  • Celebration of African American History – Saturday, February 27 from 12pm – 4pm
  • Mobile Care Clinic at 250 Kingston Ave – Thursday, March 31st from 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Trailblazers Event at Medgar Evers College (1638 Bedford Avenue, 2nd Floor) – Thursday, February 25th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Two Bills Passed This Year – Intro 952 and Intro 49

Updates and Reminders from Walter Moseley’s office

  • Job Fair
  • State of the District – 6pm to 8pm Monday, February 22nd at St. Joseph’s College
  • Black History Month Event – Film Screening on Monday, February 29th from 6pm-8pm at the Brooklyn Public Library
  • Black History Month Essay Contest – Top writer will be awarded at film screening
  • Student Cabinet – last Friday of each month for high school students.
  • Seniors 60 and Over looking for assistance can call 718-596-0100

Updates from Rusty Zimmerman on the Free Portrait Project

  • Thank You to Crow Hill for sponsoring event at Local Bell’s
  • Next event this Thursday at Happy Lucky #1 Art Gallery from 8pm-11pm
  • Another event will take place on Thursday, March 17th at Berg’n Beer Hall from 5pm to 8pm
  • Will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum starting in March
  • Partnering with Weeksville Heritage Society on an Oral History Project
  • Started a Parade Committee for a parade down Eastern Parkway on the way to the final exhibition. Those interested can reach out to wearecrownheights@gmail.com.


With a majority of members present (10 out of 13), Executive Board elections were held. The results of those elections are as follows:

  • Frank Esquilin will stay on as President and Josh Thompson will stay on as Secretary.
  • Keisha Jacobs, who came on as interim Vice President after Paul Carson stepped down to deal with a family emergency, will remain as Vice President.
  • Similarly, Rusty Zimmerman (he of the Free Portrait Project), will continue to serve as the CHCA Community Liaison, after taking over for Connie Nugent Miller, who also stepped down due to a family emergency last year.
  • The duties of the Treasurer will now be split between Keisha and Josh as Joanna Crispe, our Treasurer for the last two years, chose not to run again.

Agenda for Thursday’s CB8 General Meeting



DATE:   Thursday, March 10, 2016
PLACE: Calvary Community Church
1575 St. John’s Place  (Corner Buffalo Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY  11213
TIME:      7:00 PM

1. Welcome & Meeting call to order

2. Roll Call

3. Acceptance of Minutes

4. Correspondence

5. Forest City Ratner Companies will make a presentation on the affordable housing lottery at 461 Dean Street

6. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will give an update on the Zika Virus

7. Ms. L. Joy Williams, President Brooklyn Chapter of NAACP will give an update

8. Acknowledgement of Elected Officials and Elected Official Representatives

9. Action Items from the following Committees:

  • Housing/ULURP
  • SLA & Sidewalk Café Review
  • Transportation

10. Report of Committees:

  • Economic Development
  • Education and Youth
  • Environment/Sanitation
  • Health
  • Parks
  • Public Safety
  • Seniors

11. Old Business/New Business

12. Public Comments/Announcements

13. Adjournment 

 Please note:  The order of agenda items are subject to change.



All Families with Children Born in 2012 Can Apply Starting Today, Online at nyc.gov/prek, Over the Phone, or In Person at a Family Welcome Center 

Applications Open a Month Earlier Than Last Year – Giving Families More Opportunities to Find the Right Program

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña visited Bambi Day Care Center in Brooklyn today to announce the opening of 2016-17 Pre-K for All applications. All New York City families with children born in 2012 are eligible to apply starting today, and the first round of applications closes March 4. There are enough free, full-day, high-quality seats to meet the demand of every four-year old in New York City, and this year, a record 68,500 students enrolled in free, full-day, high quality pre-K. To make the enrollment process even easier, the Department of Education has moved up the application timeline. Families are now able to apply a month earlier than last year and will receive offer letters a month sooner.

“Pre-K is critical year where students learn new vocabulary, experiment with science and make new friends. I’m proud that we have enough full-day seats for every four-year old in New York City. We are putting more students on the path to success than ever before. I urge all families with four-year olds to go online, call or visit a Family Welcome Center to apply,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

“Children in full-day pre-K develop the skills they need to be successful not just in kindergarten, but for the rest of their academic career,” said Deputy Chancellor for Strategy and Policy Josh Wallack. “Families should know that all our programs are held to the same high standards and that quality is our most important priority. I encourage all families to review the directory, visit pre-K programs and apply to the programs that best meets their needs and the needs of their student.”

All New York City families with children born in 2012 are eligible to apply to pre-K for the 2016-17 school year. This includes children with disabilities and children whose home language is not English.Families can complete the single application process online at nyc.gov/prek, over the phone at 718-935-2067, or in person at a Family Welcome Center. The single application allows families to list up to 12 full-day pre-K programs – including DOE district schools and DOE-run Pre-K Centers and NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) – ranking programs of interest in order of preference. The online application is translated into all nine of the DOE’s languages, and families can submit an application over the phone or in person in over 200 languages. Families interested in half-day, 5-hour NYCEEC pre-K programs or charter school pre-K programs should contact those programs directly to apply.

The DOE has also continued to identify a variety of language supports offered at certain programs. Twenty-seven pre-K programs have been designated as Dual Language (DL) and nearly 200 pre-K programs are designated as Enhanced Language Support (ELS).

The earlier application process will give families more time to prepare for the transition to pre-K, and allow pre-K programs to pre-register students and make waitlist offers before the end of the school year. A second round of applications will begin the first week of May and will feature any newly awarded Fall 2016 pre-K programs; families will be able to explore new options and apply to more programs of interest.

To guide families through the application process, the DOE will host information sessions in every borough between January 27 and February 3. Details and times below:

Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 pm
Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
500 East Fordham Road
Bronx, 10458

Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 pm
Clara Barton High School
901 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, 11225

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00 pm
JHS 167 Robert F Wagner
200 East 76th Street
Manhattan, 10021

Monday, February 1 at 6:00 pm
Forest Hills High School
67-01 110th Street
Queens, 11375

Staten Island
Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm
Staten Island Technical HS
485 Clawson Street
Staten Island, 10306

To explore their options, families can access a variety of resources. Families are encouraged to use the 2016 Pre-K for All Directory available on the pre-K website in ten languages. The Pre-K Directory contains detailed admissions information and updated program lists. Families are also encouraged to use the online Pre-K Finder for the latest information and program updates, with helpful mapping tools to help families plan their programs. Enrollment specialists will also be available to help families throughout the process to ensure they find a program that best fits their child’s needs.


Contact:  Chancellor’s Press Office (212) 374-5141