Brooklyn Community Board 5

Brooklyn Community Board 5 Community boards are local representative bodies. CB5 is led in tandem by Chairman Andre T. Mitchell and District Manager Melinda Perkins. There are 59 community boards throughout the City, and each one consists of up to 50 unsalaried members, half of whom are nominated by their district's City Council members.
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Board members are selected and appointed by the Borough Presidents from among active, involved people of each community and must reside, work, or have some other significant interest in the community. Each community board is led by a District Manager who establishes an office, hires staff, and implements procedures to improve the delivery of City services to the district. While the main responsibility of the board office is to receive complaints from community residents, they also maintain other duties, such as processing permits for block parties and street fairs. Many boards choose to provide additional services and manage special projects that cater to specific community needs, including organizing tenants associations, coordinating neighborhood cleanup programs, and more.

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Greetings Community!There are 3 affordable housing opportunities currently active in our community district. All three h...
12/18/2020

Greetings Community!

There are 3 affordable housing opportunities currently active in our community district. All three have deadlines that are set to expire in the coming weeks. Please see the attached and visit https://housingconnect.nyc.gov/PublicWeb/ to apply. Please spread the word. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!NYS Homes and Community Renewal Announces Expansion of Covid Relief Program through February 1, 2021...
12/18/2020
COVID Rent Relief Extension Program

Greetings Community!

NYS Homes and Community Renewal Announces Expansion of Covid Relief Program through February 1, 2021

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced the COVID Rent Relief Program will be reopened for application with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and those who may have been previously ineligible. HCR will accept applications from households starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 18 through Monday, February 1, 2021.

The Program’s eligibility has been changed to no longer require households to have been considered “rent burdened” prior to the pandemic in order to qualify. Rent burden is defined as paying more than 30 percent of monthly gross income towards rent.
Residents that previously applied for COVID Rent Relief will not have to reapply to be reconsidered. HCR will re-evaluate all applications that were denied according to the new criteria and issue revised determination letters to applicants.

To qualify for this one-time subsidy, low-income renters impacted by the pandemic must meet all of the following criteria:

• Must be a renter and have a primary residence in New York State;
• Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020;
• Before March 7, 2020, household income must have been at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size; and
• Households must be “rent burdened” during the months they are applying for assistance between April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.
For the purposes of assessing applicant income, cash benefits and unemployment benefits are both included in the calculation.

The subsidy for eligible applicants will be calculated as: the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the household’s rent burden during the months of April, May, June and July of 2020. For applicants who were not considered rent burdened on March 1, 2020, the subsidy will be calculated to bring them to the 30 percent rent burden threshold.

Applications are available on the COVID Rent Relief Program portal on HCR’s website here: https://hcr.ny.gov/rrp
The Program’s online application is available in both English and Spanish. Over the next week, HCR will provide translated applications in six foreign languages – Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Korean, and Bengali. The Agency will also work with local Not-For-Profit organizations to ensure New Yorkers receive the assistance they need to apply.

Throughout the application period, residents who need help or have questions about their application can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center for assistance at 1-833-499-0318 or [email protected]. Call Center representatives are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

HCR will also allow to applicants who are unable or uncomfortable applying online to do so over the phone rather than by mail. More information on this assistance and expanded language support on the hotline and will be available on HCR’s website in the coming days.

About the COVID Rent Relief Program
Since July, HCR has reviewed and processed over 90,000 applications to the COVID Rent Relief Program to determine eligibility according to requirements of the legislation.

In October, HCR issued a report to the State Legislature on the program, which included breakdowns of payment information by county, by average payment amount, and disbursements made by race/ethnicity. The report is available online at: https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP#rrp-report

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COVID Rent Relief Program application period is open Dec. 18 through Feb. 1, 2021. Previous applicants do not need to reapply. More Information

Greetings Community!We're giving you a jump on next month's tentative meeting calendar and also our General Board meetin...
12/18/2020

Greetings Community!

We're giving you a jump on next month's tentative meeting calendar and also our General Board meeting calendar. Both of these documents will be updated as we confirm agenda items and we receive committee updates. Please be sure to take a look and plan ahead. #BrooklynCB5

12/18/2020

Greetings Community,

We just want to extend a strong sense of gratitude for all of the community members that have continued to participate in our meetings throughout the year. It has been challenging but we have adapted and evolved to still bring the community into the same (virtual) room.

A special thanks to everyone that attended our General Board meeting this past Wednesday. You finished the year strong! #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Be sure that you join us this evening for our final General Board meeting of the year 2020! Please s...
12/16/2020

Greetings Community!

Be sure that you join us this evening for our final General Board meeting of the year 2020! Please see the updated flyer with presentation information and meeting details. See you soon! #BrooklynCB5

Video conference: https://bit.ly/Dec_BoardMeeting

Phone conference:
+1-646-992-2010 United States Toll (New York City)
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Access code: 173 378 2203

Greetings Community!Please note the following message from Notify NYC: COVID-19 testing sites will close at 2 pm today d...
12/16/2020
COVID-19 Testing - Coronavirus

Greetings Community!

Please note the following message from Notify NYC: COVID-19 testing sites will close at 2 pm today due to the expected winter storm. Sites will reopen at 12 pm tomorrow: nyc.gov/covidtest

Help spread the word to your network by hitting the share button below. #BrooklynCB5

Council Member Rafael Salamanca's District Office (Self test site) 1070 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10459Dates: December 17Thursday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Greetings Community!Please join our Land Use & Housing Committee this evening for our regularly scheduled committee meet...
12/15/2020

Greetings Community!

Please join our Land Use & Housing Committee this evening for our regularly scheduled committee meeting. See flyer for meeting details. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Tenant Rights under covid-19 need to be understood by all and protected. Join Brooklyn Defender Serv...
12/14/2020

Greetings Community!

Tenant Rights under covid-19 need to be understood by all and protected. Join Brooklyn Defender Services for an upcoming forum to provide some insight and facts on tenant rights. The forum will take place virtually, later today Monday, December 14th at 4pm. Please see attached flyer for details and register using Bit.ly/TenantsKYR. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Please join us this Wednesday for our last General Board meeting of 2020. Just to note, this meeting...
12/14/2020

Greetings Community!

Please join us this Wednesday for our last General Board meeting of 2020. Just to note, this meeting is taking place a week earlier to not conflict with the holidays. See the attached flyer for details and be sure to share within your networks. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community, It is with great sadness that we inform of you of the passing of fellow Board Member, long-time You...
12/12/2020

Greetings Community,

It is with great sadness that we inform of you of the passing of fellow Board Member, long-time Youth Mentor, Committed Community Member, and Beloved Coach, Husband, and Father...Jose Rosado.

We were informed by Mr. Rosado's family that he passed away late this week and our deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to them.

Jose Rosado was a senior member of CB5, serving for close to twenty years as a Committee Member on the Parks, Land Use, and Youth committees. He also served as a member of the original coalition for the Gateway Center Community Benefits Agreement and the East New York Federation of Non-Profits.

However, Mr. Rosado was best known and respected for being the dedicated Coach of Latin Souls Little League Baseball, the organization he founded 47 years ago; where he coached and mentored thousands of young people from all across the five boroughs.

You will be greatly missed Mr. Rosado!

Please join the family in remembering his legacy...

***Please note, attendance is limited due to COVID restrictions***

#BrooklynCB5

Greeting Community!This is a gentle reminder to join our Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee this evening for our ...
12/10/2020

Greeting Community!

This is a gentle reminder to join our Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee this evening for our regularly scheduled committee meeting. The committee has a full agenda and a recently confirmed SLA (State Liquor Authority) application for Outback Steakhouse. Be sure to join using the following meeting information and please spread the word. #BrooklynCB5

Video conference: https://bit.ly/PSQOL_December

Phone conference: +1-646-992-2010 United States Toll (NYC)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 179 435 2940

Greetings Community,The December 12th Movement is organizing to demand that President Biden order an Executive Order on ...
12/10/2020

Greetings Community,

The December 12th Movement is organizing to demand that President Biden order an Executive Order on Reparations; a downpayment on the debt owed, within the first 100 days. This Friday in East New York at 2 pm, Vermont & Linden Boulevard corner of Sonny Carson Park there is a rally to get the conversation started.

Please wear a mask, gloves, and practice social distance protocols while letting your voices be heard. See attached the flyer and a short video for more details. #BrooklynCB5

https://youtu.be/38Rty4o-GWI

12/10/2020
Photos from Brooklyn Community Board 5's post

The first local tree lighting of the season took place yesterday evening at Spring Creek Gardens! First Vice Chair, Alice Lowman, was behind the efforts to bring some holiday cheer. Happy Holidays to all! #BrooklynCB5

12/10/2020
Photos from Brooklyn Community Board 5's post

The first local tree lighting of the season took place yesterday evening at Spring Creek Gardens! First Vice Chair, Alice Lowman was behind the efforts to bring some holiday cheer. Happy Holidays to all! #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Join our Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee tomorrow for our regularly scheduled committee me...
12/09/2020

Greetings Community!

Join our Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee tomorrow for our regularly scheduled committee meeting. Please see attached flyer for details. #BrooklynCB5

Greeting Community!Please join the Aging & Health/Social Services Committee this evening for our regularly scheduled com...
12/08/2020

Greeting Community!

Please join the Aging & Health/Social Services Committee this evening for our regularly scheduled committee meeting. Be sure to use the following information for access to the meeting. #BrooklynCB5

Video conference: https://bit.ly/aging_dec

Phone conference: +1-646-992-2010 United States Toll (NYC)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 179 844 6981

Greetings Community,Please join the Aging & Health/Social Services Committee tomorrow for our regularly scheduled meetin...
12/07/2020

Greetings Community,

Please join the Aging & Health/Social Services Committee tomorrow for our regularly scheduled meeting. See flyer for details. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Are you looking for local opportunities for Covid-19 testing? New Hope Family Worship Center located...
12/07/2020

Greetings Community!

Are you looking for local opportunities for Covid-19 testing? New Hope Family Worship Center located at 817 Livonia Avenue will serve as a testing site this Saturday, December 12th from 9am to 12pm. Please spread the word to your networks and see attached flyer for details. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Campa Charter School and Tomorrow's Leaders NYC are partnering up for a grab and go style holiday ev...
12/07/2020

Greetings Community!

Campa Charter School and Tomorrow's Leaders NYC are partnering up for a grab and go style holiday event for Middle School students. The event will feature free food, candy, and music. The event will take place Saturday, December 19th from 12pm to 3pm. Please see the flyer for details. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Join our Education & Youth Services Committee this evening for our regularly scheduled committee mee...
12/03/2020

Greetings Community!

Join our Education & Youth Services Committee this evening for our regularly scheduled committee meeting. Be sure to scan the flyer for meeting details and use the following information for access. Lastly, please make sure to share within your networks. #BrooklynCB5

Video conference: https://bit.ly/education_dec

Phone conference: +1-646-992-2010 United States Toll (NYC)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 179 253 8254

Greetings Community!Another day, another committee meeting! 😄Please join our Economic Development & IBZ/BIDs committee t...
12/02/2020

Greetings Community!

Another day, another committee meeting! 😄

Please join our Economic Development & IBZ/BIDs committee this evening for our monthly committee meeting. Take your time and check the flyer for agenda items and see below for login information. Feel free to share this information with your network. #BrooklynCB5

Video conference: https://bit.ly/economicdev_dec

Phone conference: 1-646-992-2010 United States Toll (NYC)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 179 605 3371

Greetings Community!Please join our Parks & Sanitation/Environment committee this evening for our monthly committee meet...
12/01/2020

Greetings Community!

Please join our Parks & Sanitation/Environment committee this evening for our monthly committee meeting. Be sure to use the following information to join and don't hesitate to share this information with your networks. #BrooklynCB5

Video conference: https://bit.ly/Dec_Parks_Sanitation

Phone conference: +1-646-992-2010 United States Toll (NYC)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 179 186 9318

Greetings Community!This is our tentative meeting calendar for the final month of the calendar year. It details our comm...
12/01/2020

Greetings Community!

This is our tentative meeting calendar for the final month of the calendar year. It details our committee meetings and our upcoming General Board meeting date. Please feel free to share with your networks and be sure to use this to plan ahead. If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to our district office. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community!Join the Community Affairs Bureau and Youth Strategies Division of the NYPD for a turkey giveaway. T...
11/24/2020

Greetings Community!

Join the Community Affairs Bureau and Youth Strategies Division of the NYPD for a turkey giveaway. The giveaway will take place at 127 Pennsylvania Avenue at 2pm. Please spread the word to your networks. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community,The New York City Department of Sanitation is hiring emergency snow laborers. Snow laborers are per-...
11/20/2020

Greetings Community,

The New York City Department of Sanitation is hiring emergency snow laborers. Snow laborers are per-diem workers who shovel snow and clear ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants, streets and other areas after heavy snowfalls. Snow laborers earn $15 per hour, and $22.50 per
hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.

Interested in becoming a Snow Laborer—register for a 15-minute application appointment at nyc.gov/snow

See flyer for details and be sure to share in your networks. #BrooklynCB5

Greetings Community,The following message is a collaborated press release featuring a few of CB5's elected-officials and...
11/20/2020

Greetings Community,

The following message is a collaborated press release featuring a few of CB5's elected-officials and community leaders on Amazon's lease. See below and attached. Be sure to share within your networks. #BrooklynCB5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Barrons, Persaud, Mitchell and community leaders are outraged that local property owners sign lease with Amazon without contacting local leaders in East New York

PRESS ADVISORY FROM THE OFFICES OF:

– NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER INEZ BARRON

-NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER CHARLES BARRON

-NEW YORK STATE SENATOR ROXANNE PERSAUD

-COMMUNITY BOARD 5 CHAIR ANDRE T. MITCHELL

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CONTACT: 718-257-5824

Community leaders including Council Member Inez Barron, State Assembly Member Charles Barron, State Senator Roxanne Persaud and Community Board 5 Chair Andre T. Mitchell are outraged that local property owners signed leases with Amazon without communicating to local leaders. Amazon has a history of labor abuses. Amazon announced through the media that it has signed leases to build 2 new shipping centers, a half-mile apart in East New York. The new “delivery stations,” planned for 12555 Flatlands Avenue and 2300 Linden Blvd are expected to open in 2021.

It was only recently that 600 workers at Amazon’s warehouse on Staten Island in New York City, which began operations in late 2018, signed and delivered a petition to management calling on Amazon to improve working conditions. They also called attention to reports of high injury rates at the facility there, which were found to be three times the national average for warehouses, based on the company’s injury reports to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Overall, workers all across the country have reported low wages, unusually long hours, timed bathroom breaks, surveillance of work productivity/speed, intense isolation from others, physically demanding quotas, and other difficult conditions to work under at Amazon facilities.

The community leaders, elected officials and residents support job creation in the community but not at the expense of the well-being of the workers and community. They demand that any company that comes into East New York must treat people with dignity by providing jobs that pay a living wage (not just a minimum wage), access to healthcare, a pension, a safe and healthy work environment, and the right to unionize. In addition, we are gravely concerned about environmental issues such as traffic congestion and air pollution caused by Amazon’s trucks. The community leaders will be sending letters to the Governor’s office, the Mayor’s office, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and the local property owners expressing their concerns.

The lease agreements with Amazon, whose CEO and Founder Jeff Bezos, who is one of the richest people in the world and has a personal net worth of over $172 Billion, and the fact that Amazon, which has made tens of billions of dollars in profit during this pandemic, is only offering minimum wage. That is disrespectful, insulting and exploitative.

11/19/2020

Greetings Community,

Thank you for attending last night's General Board meeting! We appreciate your patience and diligence as we continue through these uncertain times. Stay safe and we will see you soon! #BrooklynCB5

11/18/2020

Please join us in 10 minutes for our General Board meeting. See previous posts for login information. #BrooklynCB5

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Struggling urban small property owners let’s unite! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2745738082129103/?ref=share
Hey CB5! I hope you and yours are healthy and safe! Please take time to fill out the census! Congressional District 7 which includes Cypress Hills has a 13.4% self response rate and Congressional District 8 (including ENY) has a self response rate of 12.9%. The state rate is 17.9% and the national rate is 19.2%! We could def use more responses!!
ATTENTION & ANNOUNCEMENT: Crimewave in Ozone Park A CALL TO Action emergency meeting We MUST pack the Deshi center and show "we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore." (PLEASE share, reshare, post, repost, copy & paste, on ALL groups, timelines, pages and anywhere we can reach our Ozone Park Cityline residents.) Being presented at the Ozone Park Residents Block Association monthly meeting this Thursday, Feb 13, 2020, at the Deshi Senior Center, 83-10 Rockaway Blvd Ozone Park NY 11416. 6:30 for food, coffee & cake. 7:30 meeting starts. We expect ALL representatives that represent our Ozone Park/CityLine community to attend. We will NOT accept representatives of any elected official unless we verify that the elected official is not in town. Our elected officials need to come out and hear what their constituents have to say PERIOD. ALL elected politicians, US Senate, US Congress, NYS Senators, NYS Assembly Members, & NYC Council Members will be recognized to speak. NO ONE ELSE. We expect the mayor's office to attend. Please be respectful of everyone that shows up. We will not tolerate a single shred of disrespect. You will be asked to leave. This is about our safety and the fact that Ozone Park is officially under attack, in a crime wave the NYPD cannot contain and it is only getting worse, not your personal agendas. We will NOT accept the voice of any candidate. This is NOT about you, this is about Ozone Park/Cityline's well being and best interest. We hope you join us to hear what your possible future constituents have to say and maybe, when and if you get elected, you will make a difference. BUT this is NOT the forum to politicize a man's horrible experience for your personal gain. NO campaigning. DO NOT ASK. Invited: US Senator Schumer US Senator Gillibrand US Congress Member Meeks ((5) US Congress Member Velasquez (7) US Congress Member Jeffries (8) NYS Senator Sanders (10) NYS Senator Gianaris (12) NYS Senator Addabbo (15) NYS Senator Salazar (18) NYS Senator Persaud (19) NYS Assembly Member Amato (23) NYS Assembly Member VACANT (31) NYS Assembly Member Miller (38) NYS Assembly Member Dilan (54) NYS Assembly Member Charles Barron (60) NYC Council Member Adams (28) NYC Council Member Ulrich (32) NYC Council Member VACANT (37) NYC Council Member Inez Barron (42) Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz Also Invited: The Mayors office 75 PCT Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Mastronardi 102 PCT Commanding Officer Captain Fidacaro 106 PCT Commanding Officer Captain Costello Transit Commanding Officer Chief Delatorre Transit District 32 Commanding Officer Mulet PBBN Commanding Officer Chief Maddrey PBQS Commanding Officer Chief Beltran 75 PCT Community Council President Alberto Ramos 102 PCT Community Council President Simcha Waisman 106 PCT Community Council President Frank Dardani Brooklyn CB 5-District Manager Andre T. Mitchel Queens CB 9 District Manager James McClelland Queens CB 10 District Manager Karyn Petersen FULL NYC Press corps THIS will be a controlled environment. This is NOT the place to rally against anyone and this is NOT the forum to show discontent. We must work together for the greater good of our Ozone Park/Cityline community if we expect the powers that be to listen and hear our voice. This meeting is also being organized with our brother & sister organizations that we work closely with The Five Boro Coalition for a Better NYC The Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol (COPCP) Iqbal Ali The Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services (BACDYS) Misba Abdin The Cityline/Eldert Lane Block Association-Khairul Islam Kukon\ Assemblyman Mike Miller If we do not stand united they will DIVIDE us. PLEASE share, reshare, post, repost, copy & paste, on ALL groups, timelines, pages and anywhere we can reach our Ozone Park Cityline residents. ON a final NOTE the 102, 106, and PBQS all changed commanders in the last 3 months,. So we must give them a chance to rectify this situation. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ozoneparkvoice/
BROOKLYN NEXT-EMERGENCY 5 BORO SUMMIT CALL TO ACTION FIVE (5) BORO COALITION PO BOX 261 OZONE PARK NY 11417 [email protected] BOARD: President-Sam Esposito-Ozone Park Bronx Chair-Egidio J. Sementilli-Middletown Pelham Bay Brooklyn Chair-Chris Banks-East New York Manhattan Chair-Oz Sultan-Harlem Secretary-Tristan Hass-Financial District Interim Board: Queens Chair-Kenneth Chiu Staten Island Chair-Vacant ADVISOR: Mike Scala ESQ GOLDEN IMPERIAL PALACE 618 62nd STREET Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 11220 Saturday Feb 23, 2019 3 PM start 2 PM doors open food/drink IF WE DO NOT FIGHT THIS TOGETHER AS A COALITION NO ONE IS GOING TO LISTEN. We are stronger in numbers In order to change the narrative of the 90 shelters in our residential communities that is destroying our quality of lives, we need to band together as a coalition and show our unity in solving the crisis, rather than paying hundreds of millions of dollars of our taxpayer monies to house homeless in converted warehouses, with no services. The quality of life, in NYC, is being severely affected. Some of the things we want to present to the state and city legislators are: 1-A 5 year advantage program where a voucher is given and provided for 5 years. In those 5 years, people have the opportunity to go for job training and then be placed in the workplace. Each of the 5 years the client’s portion increases after the first year until the 5th year. 2-The advantage voucher can be used anywhere in NYS and possibly be able to go anywhere in the US. 3-Ask for funding for section 8. 4-Need to address the out of state influx that is coming to NYC for shelter. At least 40-60% are out of state families. 5-Sex offenders not allowed in the shelter system. 6-Sex offenders should not be allowed to reside anywhere near schools or playgrounds 7-Some kind of tax credits for landlords that are willing to make their apartments into affordable housing. 8-Community board input and approvals. 9-Push Assemblyman Hevesi’s Home Stability Support Program to help prevent further homelessness. 10-Push legislators to write more laws to help solve the problem. These are some ideas that we want to present. But no one is going to listen to us as a small group of individually minded people. BUT as a strong 5 Boro Coalition, they will be forced to listen and make changes because we are the movers and shakers. So let’s make change together as a coalition and let’s bring civility back into NYC. Please send an email of lists of attendees so we can prepare properly. [email protected]
The new legislation makes changes to the city’s building and fire codes, allowing qualified basement units to be made habitable and legal.
EMERGENCY 5 BORO SUMMIT CALL TO ACTION UPDATED This is an URGENT open call to every civic, block association, block watcher, organization, development corps, bids, clubs, fraternal, community boards, and others, chairs and president’s, and all leaders who represent their community’s best interest, throughout the 5 Boroughs. The Ozone Park Block Association is calling for every leader, president, chair, from every community, neighborhood, and town, from every Borough, across the city of NY, for a summit meeting on how to proceed, and stand together, work together, and come up with a solution to the crisis facing NYC, the homeless shelter placement, of 90 shelters, in our residential, family, communities. This is not about each shelter’s significant impact on their own community, but a summit that will discuss legal actions. Our attorney has found possible grounds and we need to discuss this going forward on how to proceed and see how many communities are willing to stand with us, in this fight, jointly. At the same time, we want to present to the city in the future, ideas and ways to discuss helping solve the problem rather than putting them in warehouses, converted buildings and making a select few people very, very, wealthy on the backs of the homeless. This will be a controlled environment. This will not be a forum about our political views, or our disgust with the mayor. Because at the end of the day most will agree on those things. This is about: 1-Being proactive to a solution that can be presented to either this administration or the next one. We are NOT anti-homeless but we are not happy with not being consulted, NOT having local Community Board input, and not helping the homeless to transition and assimilate, but to keep them suppressed and in the system. It is time for a change. 2- Deciding as a collective group of civic-minded leaders how to go forward and possible legal actions, such as class action suit. 3-How to tighten the laws on sex offenders so they cannot be hidden in our shelters, they cannot live near schools or playgrounds. 4- How we mobilize if that is the next part of our protest. 5-Next summit in another Boro. 6-Listen to at least 1 Congress Member, 1 state Senator & Assemblyman, and 1 NYC Councilmember, to how the state and city can work together on new legislation and how we can collectively help them to move this agenda quickly, 7-adding to the Padavan Law, homeless shelters. We are asking at LEAST ONE (1) representative from every civic, organization, board, club, etc. that represents their community, neighborhood, enclaves, subdivisions, and towns, to please come to the meeting. This is NOT an open meeting to the public. This is a summit being called as an urgent emergency meeting, to a crisis that is being pushed into our residential communities. This is not about opinions but FACTS. This is for us to effect change. We have an attorney that has stepped up to represent us, we can use more if more want to work with him. The more heads the better. We will put together an advisory panel that will work with the lawyer (s) if we choose to go forward and to represent us. I will NOT lay out our plan of action here, it will be done in private, at the summit. Lawyers that want to work on this contact me. Lawyers come prepaid. Please be respectful as our Ozone Park elected officials, as well as others, who have supported us from the start will be present at the meeting. We will NOT allow for disrespect or bashing. This is strictly to discuss these things and that is it. Please be ready and prepared and let’s fight together for a better NYC. The elected officials have been invited to guide us, counsel us and see if they can create change in Albany and NYC and maybe even in Congress. They will be speaking and addressing us. You must register with the [email protected] to receive the credentials to attend. We do not want lurkers or spies coming, we do not want unwanted troublemakers, so please forward us an email with the name (s), the organization they represent, the title role, if any, an email address and a contact telephone number, all this is a must. We will process this and send you a reply back as a confirmation that you will need to print and show at the door. We are taking this very seriously. The meeting is Friday, February 8, 2019, starting around 6 PM. DESHI Center, 83-10 Rockaway BLVD Ozone Park NY 11416. We will provide pizza and bottled water, coffee and cake. Please try to block out 2 hours. This is that important and that serious. I cannot emphasize this enough. We will discuss having this summit in each of the other Boroughs and moving around the city as we are welcomed. BUT in order to change the narrative, we need to show the administration, the city council, and the elected officials we can and will mobilize our people if we are not treated with the respect we deserve. PLEASE SHARE, RESHARE, POST, REPOST, COPY AND PASTE, TO EVERY NYC GROUP you are in and every page for every community and association across the 5 Boroughs. Also send a copy to all email addresses you have of all civic, organizations, groups, clubs, and representatives of their respective community’s. Community Boards, please forward to all your local civics, organizations, associations that represent the different areas, in your board. We need to get this letter out to everyone and anyone that represents an area within the 5 Boroughs. Please feel free to forward as needed. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. And we need your help and cooperation to make this a major success. Stand on the right side of history and be proactive. “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL" And finally please check your ego’s at the door. We are all masters at what we do, how we do it and all the accomplishments we have succeeded AT, so please this is about being proactive not about a person’s ego. You would not be invited but for your ability to be a leader, chair, activist, community board member, etc etc Sam Esposito President OZPKRBA 718-641-0405 [email protected] CC: ALL NYC Council Members ALL NYC Community Boards ALL NYC organizations, clubs, block associations, civic, bids, development corps, fraternal organizations, concerned groups ALL NYS Senator Representatives ALL NYS Assembly representatives, ALL 5 Borough Representatives, ALL NYC related media ALL NYC coalitions ALL NYC US Congress members ALL NYC leaders, activist, ALL NYC related Facebook Groups ALL NYC Related pages Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez Speaker of the NYC Council Corey Johnson Deputy Leader of the NYC Council Jimmy Van Bramer Congressman Meeks Congressman Jeffries Randy Mastro W57 st coalition.