Updated July 2014
Katie Denny Horowitz is new to the board but a longtime community activist, most recently serving as co-chair of the Community Committee of the Open Space Alliance, as well as a member of the Community Advisory Panel for Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. Previously, she managed a citywide grant process for NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, while running the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition. After heading development efforts for the advocacy group New Yorkers for Parks, Katie became Director of Development & Communications at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. She has lived in (and loved!) Greenpoint for more than a decade and is a West Street resident.
Rich is the executive director of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation, a neighborhood preservation company, and a founding member of GWAPP. He is a lifetime resident of Greenpoint and has spent over 40 years as a community activist. As a former Wall Street executive, he turned his hobby of improving the quality of life in his community into a job. He’s been involved in practically every aspect of community development, from improving the environment and open space to economic development, education, performing arts and music, and fighting for and developing affordable housing. He chaired the original 197a planning committee that created a comprehensive plan for the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront. He currently serves on three community advisory groups related to rezoning and environmental issues, co-chairs the Greenpoint Business Alliance and Mobilization Against Displacement (MAD), runs after-school programs in local grammar schools funded by the NYC DYCD Out of School Time (OST) program, and is the chairman of North Brooklyn Arts, which has sponsored local symphony concerts in the community. Rich is also on the board of the Polish American Folk Dance Company, with whom he performed for over 40 years as a hobby.
Trina is the co-chairperson of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, a community group that supports a 28-acre waterfront park explicitly promised to the community in the 2005 Greenpoint/Williamsburg Rezoning and whose failure to materialize has become the catalyst for the Where’s My Park? coalition, of which Trina is also a member. She is the mother of three school age boys, and she and her husband Rob McKeever have been Oak Street homeowners since 1989. For more than 20 years, she has managed the affairs of the sculptor Richard Serra, also a Greenpoint property owner, coordinating the fabrication and installation of his works worldwide.
Laura is a new-ish addition to the Greenpoint community, moving here in 2007 with her husband Jonathan Fox and their Boston Terrier, Buster Brown. The family is recently joined by one Jasper Fox, last seen drooling on a non tree-lined stretch of sidewalk near you. Laura abandoned a life of glamour and excitement as a network news producer in Manhattan for a life of excitement and glamour in North Brooklyn, where she is renovating a home on Guernsey Street which dates back to 1872. Her involvement with community work began after she misunderstood her neighbor, Trina McKeever, believing that an invitation to join forces as Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park was the promise of a permanent boat slip on the East River. She soon discovered an outlet for her steady tiller hand, helping to set up the Community Committee for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and serving as the group’s first co-chair. Laura joined the board of GWAPP in 2012.
Manuel is a long time resident of Greenpoint since 1982. He became interested in housing and services and eventually became a volunteer for NAG. He also has participated in the community garden on Java Street and is a lifelong gardener. He is a retired “suicide road jockey” yellow taxi driver and “rent a cop” security guard and he looks forward to working with GWAPP on impacts of the rezoning and promoting community gardens.
Christine came to the United States from Poland in 1972 and finished her last years of high school here, then went on to obtain a BA in Economics and Accounting from Brooklyn College. As president of the Greenpoint Property Owners since 1989, Christine has worked conscientiously on housing issues, especially those concerning senior citizens, co-sponsoring informational housing seminars with the North Brooklyn Development Corporation for owners and tenants. Christine served on the Greenpoint 197a Committee, and since 1999 has worked as community liaison on the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee, ensuring that the community is protected from the potential environmental dangers presented by the upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant. She initiated the first meeting in the fight against the proposed Key Span and Con Edison power plant in Greenpoint, leading to GWAPP’s founding. She received awards in 2001 and 2002 from the Seneca Club, the Woman of the Millennium and the Carmine “Dusty” De Chiara Community awards for her work with GWAPP, and a citation in 2002 from the Borough President for her work in the Polish community. Christine has been a member of the Community Board #1 Rezoning Task Force and on the Kosciuszko Bridge upgrade Task Force. She was honored by St. Nicks Neighborhood Preservation Corporation for her work with OUTRAGE, and by the Boy Scouts of America and Open Space Alliance (OSA) for her community involvement. Christine is currently serving as a member of the Community Advisory Group for the Newtown Creek Superfund site. She is also involved with the Environmental Benefits Program, a fund established to identify and address environmental problems in Greenpoint/Williamsburg.
Adam is a partner in the firm Perlmutter & Gimpel, PLLC. He serves as counsel to GWAPP, providing legal work on corporate matters and representation in the TransGas litigation. He has been an attorney in private practice for nine years focusing on federal and state criminal defense and public interest environmental litigation. In addition to the TransGas case, Adam was a lawyer for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn opposing the Atlantic Yards project and represented over 150 property owners and residents in the Greenpoint oil spill case against Exxon. He previously defended the Williamsburg 7 against criminal charges stemming from civil disobedience related to the closing of Engine Company 212. Adam served as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County where he specialized in felony trials and appeals. He received a three year appointment to the Criminal Courts Committee of the New York City Bar and previously served on its Criminal Advocacy Committee. His work has been reported in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, City Limits, and The New York Press. Adam is the recipient of the American Jurisprudence award in trial advocacy from the University of Wisconsin and is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the United States Courts for the Southern, Eastern and North Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School with honors in 1992, and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia University.
Dewey M. Thompson
Dewey has been active in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community for more than 17 years. Helping to found the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League got him involved in parks and open space issues. In addition to his work with GWAPP, he served on the Parks Committee of Community Board #1 for five years, is on the board of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and he founded and is the President of the North Brooklyn Boat Club. Dewey lives in Greenpoint with his wife and three children.