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Archive for March, 2011

Spring Cleaning by Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Spring is the traditional time of the year for planting, weeding and sprucing up our city. It is also the time when Keep America Beautiful (KAB) holds its April event in Times Square to kickoff the Great American Cleanup™, which runs March 1st through May 31st. Keep New York City Beautiful—a KAB affiliate—will join in to ensure that as nature reawakens and redecorates our streets and parks with green leaves and new buds, the city will be sparkling clean to celebrate the new season.

It is important to keep in mind that in spite of the tireless efforts of the dedicated men and women of Sanitation, keeping a city the size of New York clean requires everybody’s help, cooperation and …participation!

Here’s how you can help keep our streets and sidewalks clean, and avoid fines:

Springtime is a good time to clean up our communities. We encourage New Yorkers to organize and participate in cleanup and beautification projects.  The Department of Sanitation can help.  Our Tool Loan Program provides cleaning tools, absolutely free of charge, to volunteers from community groups, civic, block and merchants associations, etc.  Brooms, shovels and rakes are available at our tool depots.  These tools are available in short-term loans. The Department donates gloves and bags.

Go to the Department’s website, at www.nyc.gov/sanitation, and click on “Keep NYC Beautiful,” then click again on “New York City Department of Sanitation – Cleanup Tool Loan Program.” Our website provides an overview of the program, as well as contact information to help you determine the number and kind of tools needed for your particular event and how to reserve them.

Remember: Reserve your tools early so that the Department can accommodate the needs of your group.

You’ll now celebrate the new season with the pride that comes from contributing to your own community. I think that after such a cold, harsh winter, we’re all more than ready to enjoy the warm, sunny days of spring.

Good luck with your cleanup, and thank you for helping us keep New York City clean, green and beautiful!

Public Hearings (3)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011, Public Hearings (3), CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7:00 PM

7:00 PM – PUBLIC HEARING – With respect to the City’s Preliminary Budget Statement and Register of Budget Requests for Fiscal Year 2012.  You may view the budget responses by clicking here.

SPECIAL PERMITS: Applications for Special Permits have been filed with the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), pursuant to Zoning Resolution of the City of New York §73-622, to enlarge a single or two-family detached or semi-detached residence within the designated R2 district bounded by Avenue I, Nostrand Avenue, Kings Highway, Avenue O and Ocean Avenue in Community Board 14 in the Borough of Brooklyn.

7:15 PM – 1025 East 22nd Street, between Avenue I and Avenue J, Block 7586, Lot 26, BSA# 18-11-BZ – Applicant’s Representative: Lyra J. Altman, 212-867-3820

7:30 PM – 1271 East 24th Street, between Avenue L and Avenue M, Block 7642, Lot 15, BSA# 19-11-BZ – Applicant’s Representative: Lyra J. Altman, 212-867-3820

* Each public hearing will begin immediately following the previously scheduled hearing *

April 2011 Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF

BROOKLYN COMMUNITY BOARD 14

PUBLIC SCHOOL 249

CATON AVENUE & MARLBOROUGH ROAD

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

7:30 PM

Please Note: There will be no public discussion on any matter on which a public hearing was previously held

A G E N D A

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. MINUTES
3. DISTRICT MANAGER’S REPORT
4. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

a)     Recommendation – City’s Preliminary Budget Statement – Fiscal Year 2012

b)    Recommendation – Special Permit – BSA# 18-11-BZ – 1025 East 22nd Street

c)     Recommendation – Special Permit – BSA# 19-11-BZ – 1271 East 24th Street

5TOPICAL COMMITTEES – REPORTS AND ITEMS:

a)     Youth Services

b)    Public Safety

c)     Community Environment

d)    Transportation

e)     Human Services

f)     Education, Libraries and Cultural Affairs

6. SPECIAL COMMITTEES – REPORTS AND ITEMS:

a)     Attendance Committee

b)    Task Force on the Revitalization of the Junction Area

c)     Legal/By-Laws Committee

7.  PUBLIC SESSION

8.  ADJOURNMENT

Transportation Committee

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Transportation Committee, CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7 PM

1.    Status on Winter Pothole Repair Program – Representatives of the NYC Department of Transportation

2.    Update on Traffic Calming Initiatives within CB14 – Representatives of the NYC Department of Transportation

3.    Progress Report on the Implementation of Freight Mobility project on Church Avenue – Stacey Hodge, NYC

Department of Transportation; Lauren Collins, Church Avenue BID

4.    Update on Brighton Line B/Q Rehabilitation Work – Larry Hirchak, Granite Construction

5.    Other Business

Youth Services Committee

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Youth Services Committee, Brooklyn College, 4 PM

1.    Finalization of Plans for Community Board 14’s 2011 Youth Conference

2.    Other Business

Special Passover 2011 Sanitation Collection Schedule

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Dear Community Resident:

Brooklyn Community Board 14 is pleased to announce that Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty has once again approved the Board’s plan for additional Sanitation collection services in portions of the Flatbush, Midwood and Kensington areas to assist our residents in preparation for Passover observances, which commences at sundown on Monday, April 18, 2011. The plan provides for an additional collection on Friday, April 15th and Monday, April 18thTo access the plan, click here.

Residents should call 311 to schedule a pick-up by the Parks Department of any tree branches and/or debris prior to the supplemental collection, since the agency will not remove tree debris. Additionally, Department of Sanitation policy requires a special appointment for removal of discarded refrigerators and/or air conditioners. Arrangements can be made by calling 311 or by visiting their web site, www.nyc.gov/sanitation, and prior to the week of April 14th to ensure pick-up before the holiday.

All mattresses placed out for collection must be sealed in plastic.  Failure to do so will result in a summons.

It is important to prepare early and utilize the regular Sanitation services the week before for bulk items in order to avoid an excessive volume of debris that could impede planned schedules. The use of plastic bags for these special collections that will also include pick-up of recycling materials is strongly suggested.

Please note: All materials should be placed at curbside on Sunday, April 17 after 5 p.m. The cut-off for all pick-up including Chometz is 12 noon, Monday, April 18th.

House of Worship patrols have been coordinated by Deputy Inspector Ralph Monteforte and the 70th Precinct to provide additional Police coverage for religious facilities during the Passover and Easter Holy days.

Special thanks to the Department of Sanitation Borough Superintendent Thomas Killeen, Deputy Chief Rosario Romano, District Superintendent Daniel Stine, Commanding Officer of the 70th Precinct Deputy Inspector Ralph Monteforte, as well as our own local elected officials for their assistance in developing the plan.

If you have any questions regarding the Passover supplementary schedules, please call the Community Board 14 District Office at 718-859-6357 during the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM.

Sincerely,

Doris Ortiz
District Manager

Other Meetings

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Tuesday, April 5
Borough Board
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 6
District Service Cabinet
CB14 District Office, 11:00 AM

Tuesday, April 12
Borough Service Cabinet
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, April 27
70th Precinct Community Council
For more information, visit http://70pctcc.blogspot.com

6th Annual CB14 Youth Conference

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 4 – 7 PM
LOCATION: Brooklyn College Student Center
East 27th Street & Campus Road

* The Brooklyn Community Board 14 District Office will be CLOSED at 2 PM *

Join Community Board 14 for the 6th Annual Youth Conference!

CLICK HERE for more information.

Youth Services Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

DATE: Monday, April 15, 2013, 7 PM
LOCATION: CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Finalization of Plans for Community Board 14’s Sixth Annual Youth Conference

a) Volunteer Assignments for Board Members

2. Other Business

Human Services Committee Meeting CANCELED

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

*NOTE: This meeting has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. It will be rescheduled for a future date.

DATE: April 11, 2013, 7 PM
LOCATION: CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Overview Report on Agency Services and Street-Shelter Statistics – Alex T. Zablocki, Director of Community Relations, HOPE Project Manager, New York City Department of Homeless Services

2. Presentation on Urban Justice Center Domestic Violence Project– Eva Lessinger, Licensed Master Social Worker, Urban Justice Center

3. Other business

April 2013 General Meeting

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

DATE: Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Public School 249
Caton Avenue & Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, NY

 

AGENDA

 1.     CALL TO ORDER

2.     MINUTES

3.     DISTRICT MANAGER’S REPORT

4.     CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

a) Recommendation – Special Permit – 2523 Avenue N, BSA# 8-13-BZ

b) Recommendation – Special Permit – 1082 East 24th Street, BSA# 50-13-BZ

5TOPICAL COMMITTEES – REPORTS AND ITEMS:

a) Youth Services

b) Transportation

c) Education, Libraries and Cultural Affairs

d) Public Safety

e) Human Services

f) Community Environment

6. SPECIAL COMMITTEES – REPORTS AND ITEMS:

a) Task Force on the Revitalization of the Junction Area

7.  PUBLIC SESSION

8.  ADJOURNMENT

Public Hearings (2)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7 PM
LOCATION: CB14 District Office, 810 E 16th Street, Brooklyn

SPECIAL PERMITS: Applications for Special Permits have been filed with the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), pursuant to Zoning Resolution of the City of New York §73-622, to enlarge a single or two-family detached or semi-detached residence within the designated R2 district bounded by Avenue I, Nostrand Avenue, Kings Highway, Avenue O and Ocean Avenue in Community Board 14 in the Borough of Brooklyn.

7:00 PM – 2523 Avenue N, between Bedford Avenue and East 26th Street, Block 7661, Lot 1, BSA# 8-13-BZ – Applicant’s Representative: Lewis E. Garfinkel, 718-951-6551

7:15 PM – 1082 East 24th Street, between Avenue J and Avenue K, Block 7605, Lot 79, BSA# 50-13-BZ – Applicant’s Representative: Lewis E. Garfinkel, 718-951-6551

**Please note that each public hearing will commence immediately following the previously scheduled hearing**

Start Your Own Business! Apply for a NYC Green Cart Permit

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Would you like to start your own business?  There are over 200 NYC Green Cart permits available in Brooklyn! Green Carts are mobile food stands that exclusively sell fresh fruits and vegetables in the areas that need them most. Tell everyone you know, including your clients, customers, and friends that a new Green Cart permit application waiting list will open in April!  The NYC Green Carts staff is available to speak to your staff or organization about how to apply for a Green Cart permit and answer all your questions.

What’s the first step?  Apply for a mobile food vending license. All the information you need is also on our website at www.nyc.gov/greencarts. If you have questions, email Peggy Leggat, the Green Carts Outreach Coordinator- mleggat@health.nyc.gov.

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene will be attending the Board’s upcoming Human Services Committee meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 7 PM to discuss this topic in further detail.

Apply Now For The Avenue NYC Program

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2012 Avenue NYC program.  The deadline for submission is April 8, 2011 by 5:00pm.  In Fiscal Year 2012, SBS will fund nonprofit economic development organizations to carry out one or more initiatives under six project categories:

For more information, visit the Avenue NYC site.

Coney Island 2011 Season Workforce Outreach: Job Opportunities Available

Monday, March 7th, 2011

The Coney Island Development Corporation, in coordination with the Office of Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., local community-based organizations and local elected representatives, is currently recruiting for job opportunities in Coney Island for this coming season.

Central Amusement International and Sodexo are currently seeking qualified candidates for full- and part-time seasonal positions at Luna Park, the Cyclone Rollercoaster, and the new Scream Zone. Available positions include:

• Customer Service/Retail
• Event Staff
• Food & Beverage Service
• Grounds Maintenance
• Park Services
• Party Hosts & Entertainment
• Ride and Game Operations

For more information or to apply, please attend one of three pre-screening events planned for later this month:

Thursday, March 10; 2pm-8pm
Education Hall, New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Avenue

Saturday, March 12; 10am-3pm
Carey Gardens Community Center, 2315 Surf Avenue

Wednesday, March 16; 10am-5pm
MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue

Please spread the word regarding this important workforce outreach initiative to anyone who might be interested. You can visit CIDC’s website or download a flyer with more information, or you can contact the CIDC at info@thecidc.org or 212-312-4233.

Sustainable Flatbush Presents “How to Fix Your Home and Save on Energy Bills”

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Sustainable Flatbush is hosting an event and workshop on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 to present information on the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This federally-funded program provides home improvements that reduce energy bills by an average of 32%, while at the same time improving health, safety and comfort, all at NO COST to income-eligible homeowners and tenants. Although the Weatherization Assistance Program has existed for over 30 years, it is not well-known or understood. The purpose of this event is to connect Flatbush residents with the program’s benefits.

The primary goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is to help low-income families reduce energy consumption and costs. Weatherization can include some or all of the following:

Most importantly, Weatherization means:

Income-qualified homeowners receive these benefits at NO COST. Weatherization not only lowers energy bills, it also benefits all Brooklynites by reducing pollution, upgrading housing stock, and decreasing New York City’s carbon footprint.

Co-sponsored by Pastor Gil Monrose’s Brooklyn Center for Quality Life and NYC Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams, the event is being held at Mt. Zion Church of God, 203 East 37th Street, between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard, from 7 – 9 p.m. Representatives from Community Environmental Center (CEC) will be on hand to discuss details of WAP, assist participants to determine whether they qualify, and help them enroll in the program by completing the application process.

CEC, a Long Island City-based non-profit, was founded in 1994 to address the housing and energy efficiency needs of low- and middle-income communities. Through its partnership with CEC, Sustainable Flatbush is able to provide the resources to inform Brooklyn residents about subsidized opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient. Although the focus of this event is 1-4 family owner-occupied homes, information will also be available on other energy efficiency programs and subsidies.

Sustainable Flatbush, established in 2007, is a grassroots community-based organization that brings neighbors together to mobilize, educate, and advocate for sustainable living in our Brooklyn neighborhood and beyond. SF’s Energy Solutions Initiative provides information and resources to bring the benefits of energy efficiency to our community in central Brooklyn.

Refreshments will be served.
Free energy-saving lightbulbs will be available to the first 40 participants, courtesy of Beam NY

WHAT:
How to Fix Your Home and Save on Energy Bills

WHERE:
Mt. Zion Church of God
203 East 37th Street (between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard)
Brooklyn, NY

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 8th from 7-9pm

Street Closure Due to Brighton Line Rehabilitation Project

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Granite Construction has informed us that Avenue L between East 15th Street and East 17th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Monday, March 7th to Sunday, March 20th due to crane operations to lift and install precast units onto rail cars at Avenue L.

Executive & Interested Members

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, Executive & Interested Members, CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7:00 PM

1.    Presentation on Crystal Tower Apartments, proposed affordable housing to be located at 1345-1357 Rogers Avenue – Kevin Johnson, Crystal Ball, LLC

2.    Annual review of Board Member attendance

3.    Other business

Public Hearings (2)

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011, Public Hearings (2), CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7:00 PM

SPECIAL PERMITS: Applications for Special Permits have been filed with the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), pursuant to Zoning Resolution of the City of New York §73-622, to enlarge a single or two-family detached or semi-detached residence within the designated R2 district bounded by Avenue I, Nostrand Avenue, Kings Highway, Avenue O and Ocean Avenue in Community Board 14 in the Borough of Brooklyn.

7:00 PM – 1221 East 22nd Street, between Avenue K and Avenue L, Block 7622, Lot 21, BSA# 3-11-BZ – Applicant’s Representative: Lyra J. Altman, 212-867-3820

7:15 PM – 1040 East 26th Street, between Avenue J and Avenue K, Block 7607, Lot 66, BSA#13-11-BZ – Applicant’s Representative: Lyra J. Altman, 212-867-3820

March 2011 Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF
BROOKLYN
COMMUNITY BOARD 14
EDWARD R. MURROW HIGH SCHOOL
EAST 17TH STREET
& AVENUE L
BROOKLYN
, NEW YORK
7:30 PM

Please be advised that, due to work for the Brighton Line Rehabilitation Project, Avenue L between East 15th Street and East 17th Street is closed to vehicular traffic, so please consider this as you plan your trip to the meeting tonight. The entrance to the meeting this evening will be on East 17th Street, not Avenue L as usual.

Please Note: There will be no public discussion on any matter on which a public hearing was previously held

A G E N D A

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. MINUTES

3. DISTRICT MANAGER’S REPORT

4. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

a)   Election of Officers:

b)    Recommendation – Special Permit – 1221 East 22nd Street – BSA# 3-11-BZ

c)    Recommendation – Special Permit – 1040 East 26th Street – BSA# 13-11-BZ

5TOPICAL COMMITTEES – REPORTS AND ITEMS:

a)     Education, Libraries and Cultural Affairs

b)    Transportation

c)     Youth Services

d)    Human Services

e)     Public Safety

f)     Community Environment

6. SPECIAL COMMITTEES – REPORTS AND ITEMS:

a)     Attendance Committee

b)    Task Force on the Revitalization of the Junction Area

c)     Legal/By-Laws Committee

7.  PUBLIC SESSION

8.  ADJOURNMENT

Please be advised that, due to work for the Brighton Line Rehabilitation Project, Avenue L between East 15th Street and East 17th Street is closed to vehicular traffic, so please consider this as you plan your trip to the meeting tonight.

The entrance to the meeting this evening will be on East 17th Street, not Avenue L as usual.

Youth Services Committee

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, Youth Services Committee, CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7:00 PM

1.     Continue Planning for 2011 Youth Conference

2.     Other business

 

Human Services Committee

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011, Human Services Committee, CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7:00 PM

1. Presentation on the effects of proposed budget cuts to the Department for the Aging – Charise Lawrence, NYC
Department for the Aging

2. Presentation on the Kinship Care Program for grandparents who raise their grandchildren – John Watkins,
Jewish Board of Family and Children Services

3. Presentation on Flatbush Addiction Treatment Center – Kersha T. Foster, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc.

4. Other business

Other Meetings

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Borough Board
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Borough Service Cabinet
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
70th Precinct Community Council
For more information, visit http://70pctcc.blogspot.com