12/4 CB1 Meeting Re-Cap

by Heather Van De Mark on

A brief summary of Community Board 1’s meeting last night on December 4th.

The meeting kicked off by swearing in four new board members, including GWAPP board member: Trina McKeever. Congrats Trina!

Presentation: Esteban Duran presented on the Green Jobs/Green NY program, which provides funding for energy assessments, low cost financing for energy upgrades, and technical and financial support to develope clean energy workforce. The program is put on by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and El Puente is helping with local outreach. Mr. Duran encouraged everyone to participate as the assessment is free for all under 200% Area Median Income (which is a household income under $130,000.) More information and application can be found at the NYSERDA website.

Chairman’s Report: No executive meeting since the last public board meeting in November. The next one will be in January. Olechowski had attended a meeting with the MTA about the proposed bus route connecting Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Long Island City. This proposal will be reviewed by the Transportation sub-committee on Dec. 19th. He emphasized that this is still preliminary and that the community should really voice their wants and concerns regarding the plan, parking, cycling and effected residential areas.

Also at the transportation meeting on the 19th, they’ll be discussing the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative proposed for West St.

District Manager Report: The new CB1 website is up and is officially a nyc.gov site. The simple URL is nyc.gov/brooklyncb1. The new site has lots of great features like 66 language translations, text-sizing, printing and sharing via e-mail, NYC maps, voting information and more.

Open Space Alliance: No presentation.

Public Session: No public commentators.

Education Youth Committee (Esteban Duran): Proposed a resolution for the CB1 board to take a stance in opposition to the co-location of the Citizens of the World charter school in Jr. High 126 at 424 Leonard Street (across from the newly renovated McCarren Park pool.) Resolution passed.

SLA, Review Committee (Tom Burrows): Listed liquor license renewals and new applicants. Specified that on Nov. 14th there was community opposition to the renewal of the liquor license for 706 Manhattan Ave. based on back-yard stipulations.

Public Safety Committee (Tom Burrows): Much debate over trash receptacles in a certain part of the neighborhood. PSC is trying to co-ordinate a meeting with the other sub-committees to discuss the board’s position on this issue further. That meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Land Use (ULURP) and Landmarks (Heather Roslund): No land use items. Next meeting is on Dec. 18th, and they’ll discuss 74 Kent St. and 59 Front St.

Old Business: None.

New Business: Board member Artineh Havan spoke on behalf of the Grand St. Business Improvement District. They’re having a community evening on Dec. 13th from 6 – 8:30p showcasing window displays created by high school students, display contest and prizes, Santa and elves and more. For more information visit the Grand St. BID site.

Meeting adjourned. View the official agenda in PDF [66KB].

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.