Upcoming Community Board 8 General Meeting


When: Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

Where:  Calvary Community Church - 1575 St. John’s Place  (Corner of Buffalo Avenue) Brooklyn, NY  11233

1. Welcome

2. Roll Call

3. Meeting Call to order

4. Acceptance of Minutes

5. Correspondence

6. Presentation on the renovation of 77th Precinct Annex Office—Stable Building, 563 Grand Avenue. The two-story stable building is attached to the Annex that was not renovated in 1997 along with the main building. The renovated building will be used for additional office space.

7. Action Items from the following Committees:

  • SLA & Sidewalk Café Review
  • Transportation
  • M1-1

8. Public Hearing Item:

Public Comments on city agency responses to Community Board 8’s Preliminary Capital and Expense Budget for Community Board 8′s Preliminary Capital and Expense Budget Fiscal Year 2016. (Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person).

9. Ms. Claudette Agard, member of the Coalition for Educational Justice, will speak on community schools

10. Report of Committees:

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

11. Old Business/New Business

12. Public Comments/Announcements

13. Adjournment

Save the Date: March 17, at 705, “Teaching and Talking About Race With Children”



Teaching and Talking about Race with Children : A Dialogue with Parents and Educators 

Discussing issues of race and racism with children can feel challenging for many adults in caregiving roles, especially when speaking with the very young. It is a challenge that can be met if we embrace the importance of preparing the next generation to live in and foster an equitable multiracial society, and connect with others to share perspectives, resources and tools. Please join us for an evening of honest and open dialogue centered on this critical aspect of community life.

Panelists are:

Rachel Ehrlich – Moderator and Diversity Educator
John Gentile – Diversity Educator
Martha Haakmat – Diversity Educator
Delia Hernandez – Diversity Educator

Rachel Ehrlich is an anti-bias educator. She attended Hampshire College and received a B.A. in Urban Studies from New College of California. She has an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Smith College and a M.A. in Social Justice Education from UMass Amherst. She is working toward a PhD in Urban Education at the CUNY Grad Center. Her dissertation focuses on educational policy, teacher’s unions, and racial and class inequity. She regularly consults with public and private school teachers/administrators on social justice education, diversity, and inclusion. At the Fieldston Ethical Culture School she is the chair of the Ethics Department 6-12th grades, a College Counselor, and teaches courses focused on power and social justice. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife Jill, son August, and bulldog Gilda.

John Gentile is originally from Washington D.C. and attended Georgetown Day High School. He is a graduate with honors from Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York City. He is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion consultant focusing on whiteness, white identity development, and white privilege. He has worked with many prestigious educational institutions and organizations including The Trinity School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Riverdale Country School, The Town School and The New School in New York City as well as the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, California, Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio  and Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He has lead workshops, facilitated dialogues and affinity groups, trained faculty, and has been featured as a keynote speaker.  He has also presented at the Critical Analysis of Race in Learning and Education (CARLE) Institute and the Immigrant Justice Corps in New York City. He has been a faculty member for the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference since 2009. He is a founding faculty member of the National Diversity Directors Institute  at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.  He was the recipient of The Princeton Prize for Race Relations in 2007.

Martha Haakmat has taught and led in New York City independent schools for the past 27 years.  Currently the Head of School at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Martha has been a lower, middle and upper school educator and has held administrative positions such as Diversity Director and Middle School Head.  Martha has served as an independent school trustee and has been a member of various committees for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).  She was also the founder and director of Educators for Growth and Empowerment (EDGE), a diversity consulting team that presented in schools and conferences nationwide.  Martha has three daughters who are being educated in the independent school system.

Delia Hernandez worked as a teacher and administrator in NYC independent schools for twenty years before moving on to her current role as Lecturer in the Education Program at Kjngsborough Community College. She is working toward a PhD in Educational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center where she is exploring the impact of race, ethnicity and class on the development of teacher identity. Delia is a Park Slope native with two sons, ages 7 and 10, and a sweet puppy named Coco.


When: 3/17/15 @ 6:30

Where: PS 705 Auditorium (443 St. Marks Avenue)

Brooklyn Community Board 8 General Meeting Notice


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)



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.




Upcoming Events


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:


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.