Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 8PM at PS 195 on Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach, the Manhattan Beach Community Group will hold its 72nd Annual Membership Meeting.
Meet some of our newly appointed elected officials and vote on our peace proposal to amend our bylaws.
Welcome our new MBCG President!!
And, of course, good food.
Please try to attend we need you.
Green Dot MoneyPak Card Scams
People are losing thousands of dollars in a phone scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards.
Here is how the Scam works:
After receiving a call from someone who claims to be collecting a debt for either a Utility Company or the Internal Revenue Service, people are being threatened with the loss of their heat, electric or told they will be deported.
Utility Company Scam:
The victims are contacted by a caller who states that they work at a Utility Company and are collecting money that is past due. The caller informs the victim that they can avoid having their utility service disconnected if they immediately pay the past due amount using a Green Dot MoneyPak card that can be purchased at a local store. The caller instructs the victim to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in a specified amount and provides the victim with a phone number to be called back when the MoneyPak has been obtained.
The victim purchases a Green Dot card at a local store and proceeds to call back the number they were given. The victim is instructed to scratch off and read the MoneyPak card serial number to the perpetrator.
Once the scammer has the Green Dot MoneyPak serial number they are able to transfer funds onto a prepaid debit card. The victim has now lost their money.
Internal Revenue Service Scam:
The victims receive a call and are told that they owe back taxes, fees or fines to the I.R.S. and that if they do not make an immediate payment using a Green Dot Moneypak card they will be arrested or deported. This scam is perpetrated in the same manner as the utility scam. The results are also the same, the victim’s money is stolen.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards themselves are legitimate products when used for the right purposes. Once purchased at a participating retailer with cash, consumers can use MoneyPaks to reload other prepaid cards, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account, or make same-day payments to major companies. Because the cards can only be bought with cash, consumers never need to disclose their personal or financial information to a retail cashier or to make a payment.
While many schemes still involve scammers asking for funds to be wired to them, MoneyPaks have the added benefit of the scammer not having to show up at an office to claim the funds. Anyone with the 14-digit number found on the back of the MoneyPak card can drain the card of funds.
In all of these examples, the intended victims are instructed to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak cards, load the amount of the fine or other money owed onto the card and then provide the number on the back of the card to the scammers, who will then drain the funds from the card.
Crime Prevention Tips To Help You Avoid Falling Victim To This Scam:
*Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
*Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.
*Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
*Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
*Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak
You are cordially invited to attend the 72nd Annual MBCG Membership Meeting this Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 8 PM in the auditorium of PS 195.
We will be presenting The Dana Borell Award, The Friend of Manhattan Beach Award and Community Awards to very deserving recipients.
Brooklyn Borough President Elect Eric Adams will be our keynote speaker and will also be swearing in the new Directors and Officers. After 6 years, President Ira Zalcman will be stepping aside and we will be swearing in a new President, Mrs. Judy Baron.
NYC Comptroller-Elect Scott Stringer, Assembyman Steve Cymbrowitz and our very own brand NEW New York Councilman-Elect Chaim Deutsch will be speaking.
A motion to amend our by-laws will be voted on by the entire membership to allow (very brief version) the leadership of our adversarial group to return as Directors.
And real good FOOD.
Also, Kosher bagels and good stuff to put on them.
The MBCG wishes everyone a happy holiday. We have much to be thankful for one year after Hurricane Sandy.
Please save the date December 4, 8PM to celebrate with our elected officials, officers, directors and award winners the promising 73rd year of the MBCG.
Happy Turkey Day.
FROM INSIDE SCHOOLS-
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FREE SMOKE & CO DETECTORS FOR SENIORS (also for hearing impaired)
NYC Fire Department has 2000 detectors available for Sandy survivors (62+ years
of age or those with hearing impairment) in the following communities: Brooklyn
Community Board 13, 15 & 18 (Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen, Marine Park, Coney
Island and Brighton Beach); Far Rockaway; Howard Beach; and some neighborhoods
of Staten Island.
Voluntary Agency Liaison (DR-4085)
Our membership meeting for 2013 will be on Dec. 4th, 8 PM at PS 195. We will be voting to amend our Bylaws to welcome back the leadership of the other group. We are opening the door for them. They have to walk through. We are making every effort to unify our community.
We have also confirmed that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be our keynote speaker. He is excited and eager to attend this meeting. We have already met with him to express our needs.
Plaques will be given out and there will be a sumptious buffet. Kosher dairy (bagels, etc.) food will also be served.
Please save the date. Let’s celebrate MBCG’s 73rd birthday.
On Tuesday, November 12th from 7pm-8:30pm, the Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach & Sea Gate Planning Committee of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program will be hosting their second Public Workshop. The Workshop will take place at:
Abraham Lincoln High School
Cafeteria (Entrance on West Ave)
2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn
Help inform the public about the NY Rising Program! Attendees will learn about the progress the committee made so far including a range of potential project ideas and most importantly, to share your ideas of how to make the Southern Brooklyn communities more resilient.
NY Rising website: http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/nyrcr/brighton-beachconey-islandmanhattan-beachsea-gate-public-meeting-november-12th
On Tuesday, Nov. 5th Chaim Deutsch became NYC Council Member Elect. After a hard fought democratic primary in September, he smashed his Republican opponent Dvaid Storobin by over 3000 votes. Mr. Storobin conceeded several hours after the election.
We congratulate Chaim but we are the the ones who won the election. Manhattan Beach not only has a friend in City Hall but has someone who has the know how and passion to get the job done for us. We have the perfect man for this position.
We wish Council Member Elect Chaim Deutsch the strength, health and wisdom to continue to be the good man he already is. The MBCG looks forward to working with him and following his leadership.
L’Chaim, Chaim, our dear friend.
NYC Build it Back Customer Service
NYC Build it Back Customer Service is committed to improving communication with applicants through a new dedicated phone line and email address. Applicants may call or email our Customer Service Representatives to learn more about their application status or receive answers to questions about the process. Customer service representatives are available weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM; applicants calling outside business hours can leave a message. We look forward to assisting you.
Phone number: 212-615-8329
One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
Images from one year Sandy anniversary events throughout the city.
October 29, 2013 marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of large swaths of New York City. The hardest hit communities commemorated the day through a variety of events, memorials and vigils. NYC Build it Back staff attended a number of these events, supporting the communities and acknowledging the work that still needs to be done.
· Council Member Donovan Richards hosted a community meeting in Far Rockaway, Queens.
· The Breezy Point, Queens community marked the anniversary by opening a new stretch of sand dunes at the Breezy Point Beach, helping to improve the resiliency of the area against future storms.
· On Staten Island, the Tottenville community opened a memorial to Hurricane Sandy victims.
· In Brooklyn, there were several candlelight vigils, including events in Canarsie and Coney Island celebrating the communities’ resiliency.
NYC Receives the Second Tranche of Sandy Disaster Recovery Funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Last week, HUD announced the allocation of a second tranche of funding, totaling $5 billion, to five states and New York City for further recovery from Hurricane Sandy. This second round of funding is intended to support unmet recovery needs—in housing, economic development and infrastructure—that continue to confront these communities one year after the storm.
In February 2013, one week after President Obama signed into law the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, HUD announced that it would distribute the first tranche of funding, $5.4 billion to assist communities located in the most impacted areas. Provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, these disaster recovery funds, both the first and second tranches will assist impacted communities in meeting remaining housing, economic development and infrastructure needs.
HUD approved New York City’s federally mandated Hurricane Sandy Recovery Action Plan in May 2013. The plan details the City’s plans to spend the $1.773 billion allocation to help New Yorkers rebuild their homes, businesses and communities and addresses housing, business, infrastructure and resiliency programs. More information on the breakdown of HUD funding is in the chart below.
||Second Sandy Allocation (October 2013)
||First Sandy Allocation (February 2013)
|New York City
|New York State
First Multi-family Buildings to Receive NYC Build it Back Funding
A total of $2.5 million is being provided by NYC Build it Back to three large, multi-family properties for repairs and resiliency measures to strengthen and protect against future storm damage. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway, Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas and Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations Director Brad Gair announced on October 30, the first three properties to benefit from the NYC Build it Back multi-family building repair program. Knickerbocker Village, a State-supervised affordable housing development located on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, has received $1.46 million in relief funding to finance their first phase of repairs, and two large, multi-family properties in the Rockaways have received a combined total of $1.1 million for resiliency work. The funding provided through NYC Build it Back will help these properties - which are home to approximately 1,700 households - make much needed repairs to critical building systems and improve their resiliency in order to prevent and mitigate damage from future severe weather events.
Choose Your Own Contractor Events
On Monday October 21, NYC Build it Back Repair Program held an information session for contractors interested in the Choose Your Own Contractor program. Over 40 contractors came out to hear about how the program works, what the eligibility requirements are and how to apply. The event was held at Far Rockaway Community Church of the Nazarene and was hosted by Reverend Leslie Mullings. The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, Queens Economic Development Corporation, The Association of Minority Enterprises of New York and Council Member Donovan Richards co-hosted the event.
The next contractor information session is scheduled for Monday, November 4, at 6 PM at the African American International Chamber of Commerce, 26 Court St, Suite 701, Brooklyn. The event will be co-hosted by the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, New American Chamber of Commerce, New York State Association of Minority Contractors and the Hispanic International Chamber of Commerce.
NYC Build it Back Registration Closes
As of midnight on October 31, registration for NYC Build It Back closed. As a result of extensive outreach starting in June, NYC Build It Back successfully registered more than 25,000 applicants for assistance. Federal funds are limited for the program and we will be serving registrants based on their level of damage and need.