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BRONX CB7 COMMUNITY NEWS
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Challenges New Yorkers To Get Civically Involved
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is kicking off the New Year by tackling an issue of tremendous importance in New York City—the need for greater civic engagement among New Yorkers. In partnership with the new civic engagement platform OrangeUGoing.com, Borough President Diaz announced the “Hour New York Challenge” in The Bronx to encourage New Yorkers to take the pledge to dedicate at least one hour each month throughout 2018 to civic engagement.
“Civic engagement comes in many forms,” said Borough President Diaz. “It’s attending your community board meeting, getting involved with an association, volunteering with a nonprofit, attending a conference or seminar to learn about policies that impact you and more. Civic engagment is about being informed and active citizen who works to shalpe a neighborhood, borough, and city your’re proud of” (www.bronxboropres.gov, 2018).
BRONX CB7 WELCOMES NEW DISTRICT MANAGER
NORWOOD NEWS (2017) – Ischia Bravo, the former executive director of the Bronx Democratic County Committee (BDCC), was hired as the new district manager for Community Board 7, becoming the fifth district manager for the board in the last five years. Her hiring was met with some questions over whether she was truly fit for the job. (photo by Adi Talwar)
Bravo, who’s hiring was approved by the board 16 to 3 with nine abstentions, succeeds the late Andrew Sandler, who resigned from the job three weeks before passing away from cancer in August. “Helping my neighbors on behalf of the community board is deeply personal for me,” Bravo, reading off prepared remarks, told members at the Dec. 19 general board meeting at Kittay House in Kingsbridge Heights. (Read More)
NEW DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL SPARKS COMMUNITY OUTRAGE
NORWOOD – Community members took a preemptive strike against a proposed shelter across from a Norwood school by holding a protest Tuesday. The community is taking action against what members believe will become an all-men’s shelter inside a Sam’s Floor Covering location. Their worries surfaced after an application was filed with the Department of Buildings requesting to expand the building and add sleeping accommodations.
Community Board 7 members say the application was approved by the DOB in March and that they are against an all-men’s shelter so close to P.S./M.S. 20, which directly faces the Sam’s Floor Covering building. The board’s chairwoman says they don’t oppose a shelter; they’re just worried about it being exclusively for men. “We have no clue what’s going to happen here, and that’s what we are worried about,” says Adeline Walker-Santiago.
The community board proposed an alternate location for the shelter at the FEGS Bronx Mental Health Center on Jerome Avenue. News 12 has not confirmed whether the Sam’s Floor Covering location will in fact be a men’s shelter; there’s just the application for expansion. The Department of Homeless Services has told the community that it has not made any final decisions (Bronx News 12, 2017).
The school has over 1040 students Pre-K to 8th grade and 220 teachers and in the adjoining school PS 168 with grades K to 5 located also at 3050 Webster Avenue in their Annex where they have an additional 200 special needs students with 108 additional teachers.
BRONX BORO PRES ANNOUNCES $20M TOWARDS EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS
Bronx Borough President Ruben Rodriguez, Jr. announced that he is allocating $20M in capital funds to 87 education projects throughout the borough, as part of the FY2018 Capital Funding. “Helping to improve our schools is one more step forward towards providing better education in The Bronx.
At the same time, this critical funding helps keep our educational institutions vibrant, and our students, teachers and parents inspired, and is an important component as we continue to improve the lives of our 1.4 million residents.”
This year, Borough President Diaz’s office has provided $58,718,000 in total capital dollars across 146 projects. Since coming to office in 2009, Borough President Diaz has provided $248,646,000 in total capital funding to 725 projects (bronxboropres.gov, 2017). Learn More about Borough President Diaz’s capital allocations towards education in FY 2018.
BRONX CB7 FACES GROWING COMMUNITY CONCERNS AMID PROPOSED SHELTER
NORWOOD NEWS: Following acrimony over the city Department of Homeless Services’ proposal to establish a homeless shelter across from an elementary school on Webster Avenue in Norwood, Community Board 7 still appears to be at an impasse in getting the city to reconsider. But Councilman Andy Cohen, who attended the board’s Sept. 12 Land Use/Housing & Zoning Committee meeting, said the city did not give him a “definitive answer” on whether it will relent and scout for a shelter elsewhere.
“They have not made the changes we have asked for,” said Cohen, “and so I think it’s going to require some organization on our part. I think it’s time to prepare for the worst.” For Jean Hill, committee chair, that means protesting. Hill noted that the board will start a petition to organize a demonstration opposing the shelter the city is considering to build at Sam’s Floor Covering at 3041 Webster Ave. “You just have to be proactive about it,” said Hill. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of people.” (Norwood News, 2017) Read More
MEET BRONX COMMUNITY BOARD 7
(L-R) Top Row: Tiffany Wheatland, Monique Weston, Miriam Guerra (L-R) Middle Row: Lowell Green, Alfred Grant, Yini Rodriguez, Oswald Feliz, Yajaira Arias, SM Shah Mahmood, Chad Royer, Stanley Richards, Emmanuel Martinez, Betty Arce, Edgar Ramos, Rev. Ralph Beck, Sandra Erickson (L-R) Bottom Row: Barbara Stronczer, Cole Hawkins, Robyn L. Saunders, MPA, Myrna Calderon, Adaline Walker Santiago, Christina Contreras, Nora Feury, Lorita Watson, Andrew Laiosa, and Helene Hartman-Kutnowsky
Not Pictured: Anthony Perez, Carmen Miranda, Cynthia O’Neal-Riley, Gregory Clarke, Sr., Gwendolyn Thomas-Steed, Jean Hill, Jeffrey Hunter, John Snider, Joseph Nieves, Marcos Sierra, Monjur Choudhury, Rev. Ritchie Ramos, Rurth Santana and Vishes Mehta;
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