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.