Participatory Budgeting Meeting Tomorrow


Participatory Budgeting is coming to Brooklyn’s City Council District 35, home to Crow Hill. Below is a letter from Council Member Laurie Cumbo, who is responsible for bringing PB to our District:

Dear Friend,

I am proud and excited to launch Participatory Budgeting in the 35th Council District. This process will be an incredible opportunity for the community to come together to discuss how they would like to spend $1 million dollars within the community. The success of this endeavor can only happen with your assistance. I want to make sure that the diversity of the District is incorporated every step of the way and I certainly need your support.

One of my goals for Participatory Budgeting is to identify new leaders and or the next generation of leaders. Your leadership throughout Brooklyn is undeniable and I would be so honored if you would participate in this process and also bring a new leader to the table to serve as a Delegate to the Participatory Budgeting Process to represent different neighborhoods, segments of the community (i.e., schools, art and culture, transportation, etc.) and the many voices of the neighborhood. Please let me know the name of the person that you would like to become a part of this process and a short paragraph about their professional affiliations and relevant work within the community.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at Medgar Evers College, Nadeen Lawe Activity Center, 1650 Bedford Avenue 2nd floor, Room B2024 Brooklyn, NY 11225 from 6:30PM – 9:30PM. All of the relevant information pertaining to the responsibilities of a delegate as well as the upcoming meetings is attached for your reference. It is important to note that all delegates would be required at all three meetings and or workshops. 

I look forward to your response by the close of business on Thursday, September 4.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Legislative and Budget Director, Drew Gabriel at (212) 788-7081 or

Yours in Partnership,
Laurie A. Cumbo
Member of the New York City Council



The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) is the direct link between the Mayor and New York’s communities. CAU organizes participation in key mayoral initiatives at the community level through direct contact with community boards, organizations, and city residents.  CAU plays an active role in public events across the five boroughs and in connecting to New York’s diverse communities.

Interns will gain experience in government and community organizing while working side by side with senior office staff to carry out the Mayor’s key initiatives across New York City.  Internships with CAU will provide an opportunity to assist with and attend many government and community events and get an inside look at New York City government. Ideal candidates will be highly reliable and motivated, independent, sociable, and comfortable in high pressure situations. This is a perfect opportunity for students focusing on areas such as public affairs, public policy, and political science.

Multiple internships are available.  Based on skills and interests, internships may be designated to focus on key constituency or program areas.  Full time and part time internships are available (min 15 hours/wk).  All internships are unpaid; will complete paperwork necessary for student to receive available college credit.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting Borough Directors and Deputy Commissioners with community engagement and organizing, including meetings, presentations, public activities.
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships and opportunities around major issues, in neighborhoods, or with key constituencies.
  • Planning, preparing for, and attending meetings and events, logistics coordination, and event promotion.
  • Preparing and researching background documents; briefings, summaries
  •  Providing overall administrative and project support
  • Assisting with the development of social media outreach and communications.
  •  Help build and maintain constituent tracking systems, databases.
  • Maintaining event calendars and databases, logistics coordination, and event promotion
  • Assist with correspondence and constituent case management.

Preferred Qualification and/or Skills:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, communication, and analytical skills;
  • Ability to deal with a diverse constituency and work productively under pressure, both as an individual and part of a team;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and general internet research
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments, including the ability to manage time and work independently, while paying close attention to details in the process of accomplishing tasks and problem solving;
  • Ability to work with all levels of staff, inside and outside of the city and other governmental and non-governmental agencies and/or organizations
  • Proficiency in a language other than English highly desirable.

- A strong ability to conduct online research and a confidence in navigating social media platforms

Please send resume and cover letter to

The Great Escape – Family Day of Relaxation, Health and Wellness: “Igniting the Creativity in You”

Attached is the flyer mentioned at the last General Meeting, which includes the Crow Hill Discount, for the Living Your Best Life Now Series Event on Sunday July 12, 2015Event Flyer

As we mentioned at the meeting, Crow Hill will sponsor 5 attendees, who will be selected on a first come/first serve basis. Please let us know if you are interested by sending us an email to

More information can be found at

CB 8 Meeting Notice


DATE: Thursday, June 11, 2015
PLACE: Concern for Independent Living
151 Rochester Avenue (between Prospect Place & St. Marks Ave)
Brooklyn, NY
TIME: 7:00 p.m. SHARP

1. Welcome

2. Roll Call

3. Meeting Call to order

4. Acceptance of Minutes

5. Correspondence

6. Mr. Jim Mutton, Director of NYC Operations at Concern for Independent Living will give an update on the construction of 1522 Bergen Street.

7. Mr. Richard Farrell, Chief Assistant District Attorney from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit will make a presentation on Real Estate Scams.

8. Ms. Kristia Beaubrun, Communications Director at Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo’s office will give an update on their new online resource service.

9. Ms. Elana Bulman, Program Manager from Solar One will give a brief presentation on Here Comes Solar.

10. Action Items from the following Committees:

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

11. Report of Committees:

  • Economic Development
  • Environment/Sanitation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Public Safety
  • Seniors
  • Youth & Family Services

10. Old Business/ New Business

11. Public Comments/Announcements

12. Adjournment

Meeting Regarding Stroud Playground


Please be advised that there will be a meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 727 Classon Avenue (bet. Park & Prospect Places), Brooklyn, N.Y. at 6:00 p.m to discuss the design for Stroud Playground. 

All interested parties are urged to attend.

Fellowship Opportunities



The Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY creates and assists the growth of community-based initiatives and runs leadership trainings in the complex world of New York’s New Diversity

The Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY welcomes applications for the following 2015-16 programs:

We Are The Bronx Fellowship (WATB)
The Northern Manhattan Fellowship
The Queens Fellowship
We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship (WAAB)

The Center for Community Leadership’s borough-based Fellowship programs connect mid to senior level professionals with fellow leaders and experts in the non-profit world. During these 9-month professional development training programs, Fellows will have the opportunity to hone their networking, community-building and leadership skills, as well as build relationships with other organizations and professionals in their borough.

To apply please visit:
We Are The Bronx Fellowship (WATB)
The Northern Manhattan Fellowship
The Queens Fellowship
We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship (WAAB)

Affordable Housing for Rent


ELH Mgmt. LLC, the managing agent for NIA JV Project is pleased to announce the marketing of the newly rehabbed projects in Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant.

14 rehabilitated units are available at 177 Rogers Avenue and 96 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights and 295A Bainbridge Street and 233 Ralph Avenue in Bed Stuy.

The deadline to apply is May 13, 2015.

To request an application, mail a Post Card to:

P.O. Box 23970
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11202

or download from

Completed applications must be returned by regular mail only (no priority, certified, registered, express, oversized or overnight mail will be accepted). Applications will be selected by lottery; applicants who submit more than one application will be disqualified.

Click here for more information.