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MBCG Meeting, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NEXT MEETING:  WED. MAY 18th–7:30 P.M.
P.S. 195

YOU WORK HARD FOR YOUR MONEY–THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WANT TO TAKE IT FROM YOU

LET’S TALK SCAMS

DID SOMEONE RING YOUR BELL AND SAY THEY WERE FROM CON EDISON AND HAD TO CHECK YOUR ELECTRIC LINES?
DID YOU RECEIVE A TELEPHONE CALL FROM THE IRS SAYING YOU OWE MONEY?
DID YOU RECEIVE A TELEPHONE CALL SAYING YOU HAVE AN UNCLAIMED LOTTERY TICKET?
DID SOMEONE CALL TO INFORM YOU THAT YOU WON A TRIP TO THE BAHAMAS?

GUEST SPEAKER:  ERIC KUMAR, Public Engagement Senior Associate, Brooklyn District Attorney

ALSO ON THE AGENDA:

THE CITY’S PROPOSED 5 CENT COST FOR PLASTIC OR PAPER SHOPPING BAGS

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PLANS FOR SHEEPSHEAD BAY ROAD

AND MORE….

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS…BRING A NEIGHBOR

MBCG Meeting, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP
75 years of Serving our Community
DON’T MISS THIS MEETING…
YOUR STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN — Q and A
Changes in traffic patterns in Sheepshead Bay–we will explain…
if you don’t like it…this is the time to get it changed!!!

What changes must be made to building homes in Manhattan Beach?

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016
P.S. 195
7:30 P.M.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN ALBANY?
HOW DOES THE NEW BUDGET AFFECT YOU?
WILL YOUR TAXES GO UP?
 

SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN
our Representative in Albany
 

ALSO:   WE WILL DISCUSS THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW AND CONFUSING  CONFIGURATION FOR VEHICLE/PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC IN SHEEPSHEAD BAY. 

EVERYONE IS WELCOME…LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

MBCG Meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP

INVITES YOU TO OUR NEXT MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH – 7:30 P.M. – P.S. 195

TOPICS TO INCLUDE:

“SANDY”RECOVERY, SPEEDING, SAFETY, REPAVING, BIKE LANES, SEWERAGE, OVERFLOWING CATCH BASINS…

 OUR COUNCILMAN, THE HONORABLE CHAIM DEUTSCH WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES

ALSO:

IDENTITY THEFT!! DO YOU THINK IT CAN’T HAPPEN TO YOU?
DETECTIVE SHERWIN IFILL WILL DISCUSS PROTECTING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS ENCOURAGED.

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP
From the desk of the President:
The following is a copy of an article authored by Alex Ellefson that appeared in Sheepsheadbites on February 25th along with our response on behalf of everyone and every community in Southern Brooklyn.

Frustrated Neighbors Find Few Answers About Projects To Protect Waterfronts From Flooding

By Alex Ellefson on February 25, 2016 News

Meeting on 022416

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Beach Community Group member Shari Kaplan, left, standing next to officials from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the Department of Environmental Protection. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Frustrations boiled over at a Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting Tuesday when city officials showed up empty handed in front of residents demanding solutions that would protect their communities from coastal flooding.

“Why is there no solution yet? Isn’t that your job to come and propose a solution?” one man shouted. “The water is rising. People are saying their homes are flooding. It’s been three years after Sandy. So what are you guys waiting for?”

Representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency listened wide-eyed as residents inundated them with questions about why their communities are still vulnerable three years after Superstorm Sandy. The issue took on greater urgency this month when creeks appeared in the streets after a high tide overwhelmed sewers and sent water gushing out of the storm drains.

The representatives had few answers to assuage neighbors’ concerns.

“There’s not a solution today that we can implement. It needs to be studied,” said DEP Deputy

Commissioner Eric Landau. “Obviously, some of our infrastructure is very old. The short answer is: Yes, it’s something that over the course of the next year or so we are going to be looking at.”

That answer infuriated some at the meeting — who pointed out that millions of dollars from the federal government had been set aside for resiliency projects in their communities after Superstorm Sandy.

“You’re telling me your going to look at this in a year? I’m telling you that we’re going to have a major flood within a year,” said Manhattan Beach resident Rina Dweck.

Audience members repeatedly asked about a project to install sewer cut-off valves to prevent backups during floods. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Rising initiative dedicated more than $9 million to have the valves installed in homes and sewers throughout southern Brooklyn, but community leaders say they haven’t seen a dime of that money.

“I told these guys they would be put through the ringer tonight,” said Manhattan Beach Community Group President Judy Baron. “The grey hair was here before but it’s whiter now. The bottom line is that we have seen zippo from these projects.”

Landau did offer details about a plan to install 7,000 bioswales (small patches of vegetation and soil that soak up floodwaters) throughout the city. But that project is not likely to be completed for seven to eight years, he said. Landau also recommended neighbors reach out to elected officials to identify clogged catch basins so that rainwater is better able to drain from the streets.

News that more government projects are in the offing exasperated many who felt like they have been handed empty promises for too many years.

“What do we have to do in order to get some kind of response from the government? You keep studying these things for years and years and years. But nothing gets done here,” said Rubin Margelis.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who has joined other Brooklyn representatives in calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to study coastal protection plans for southern Brooklyn’s waterfront communities, summed up the feelings of many residents who live in the flood zones.

“Unfortunately, we live in fear every time there’s a storm. We look out our windows to see what’s coming,” he said. “There need to be solutions.”

The following is a copy of a letter sent to Sheepsheadbites in response to the article above:

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP Dear Alex,      Thank you for your fine coverage of our meeting regarding “recovery” from Superstorm Sandy.  Disappointment, disgust and fear for the future were themes we heard from residents not only from Manhattan Beach, but from others living in southern Brooklyn.  There appear to be no interim plans, no far-into-the-future plans—nothing to stop the ravages of an even small scale weather event!

Those of us from Gerritsen Beach-Sheepshead Bay-Manhattan Beach-Brighton Beach-Coney Island and Sea Gate who participated for months on citizen NY Rising Committees established by Governor Cuomo have seen nothing “Rising” of any significance except, perhaps, for the salaries paid to the many consultants hired to help find solutions to community problems!       It has been well over two years since all of our communities were devastated by Superstorm Sandy and we have not only seen nothing of significance, but no interim measures have been forthcoming!  Oh yes, we hear about studies!  And more studies!  And after the studies–years of how to implement the studies!  But nothing NOW!       As we all watch the current presidential debates, we hear every candidate say that the most important function of government is to keep its citizens safe!  So I ask the questions:  Why not here in southern Brooklyn????  And if not now:  When????

Judy Baron,   President

Free Movie at Manhattan Beach Jewish Center

Free movie “IMPOSSIBLE SPY” at Manhattan Beach Jewish Center
60 West End Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11235
Saturday, February 20 at 8:15pm on the second floor JASA room
It’s the story of Eli Cohen an Israeli spy that infiltrated the highest echelons of the Syrian government in the 1960s.
All are welcome for this free event.
Refreshments will be served.

MBCG – Meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

YOU MAY HAVE A PROBLEM IF YOUR SEWER LINE IS BEHIND YOUR HOME
SOME RESIDENTS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN FORCED BY THE CITY TO MOVE THEIR SEWER LINE TO THE FRONT OF THEIR HOMES

FIND OUT WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOU!!!

ALSO:

WHY WAS THERE SEVERE FLOODING ON SHORE BOULEVARD RECENTLY?

WHAT WILL BE DONE TO PREVENT THIS FLOODING FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?

JOIN US:  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH
7:30 P.M. AT P.S. 195

GUEST SPEAKERS:  NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ERIC LANDAU ALONG WITH A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES.

Special thanks to Councilman Chaim Deutsch for helping to set this meeting up.

We Urge You To Attend This Meeting—Bring Your Neighbors

Light refreshments

Gov’s Invitation, Wednesday, January 27th

Co-sponsoring this meeting:  Bay Improvement Group and Committee to Save Sheepshead Bay

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP WILL BE HELD ON 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT P.S. 195 — 7:30 P.M.

IF YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO SAVE YOUR HOME, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOURSELF IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY BECAUSE YOU SURVIVED SUPERSTORM SANDY—THINK AGAIN!!!

FUTURE STORMS MIGHT BE ONE THOUGHT–BUT ELECTRICAL OUTAGES (like the one we  had on Sunday, January 10th), GAS LINE PROBLEMS, WATER CONTAMINATION ARE AREAS TO CONSIDER AS WELL AS THOSE UNFORESEEN EVENTS WE HEAR ABOUT THAT ARE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD.

YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED!!!

THE INVITATION FROM THE GOVERNOR AND ALL OF OUR LOCAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES INDICATE THE SEVERITY OF POSSIBLE PROBLEMS.

EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS TO ATTEND THIS MEETING WILL BE GIVEN A “GO-BAG” — AN EMERGENCY BAG WITH CONTENTS TO INCLUDE:  FLASHLIGHT/SAFETY GOGGLES/ALL PURPOSE FIRST AID KIT/PROTECTIVE GLOVES/SURVIVAL FOOD PACK/EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER/POCKET RADIO/DUCT TAPE and more…

BUT YOU MUST SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE “GO-BAG”: 

(IF YOU DO NOT HAVE EMAIL OR WISH US TO SIGN YOU UP, PLEASE CALL THE MBCG PHONE NUMBER: 

 

Oppose Citywide Upzoning at City Planning on 12/16/2015

Message from the President

Dear Neighbors and Friends,
As you know, the Manhattan Beach Community Group Board of Directors voted unanimously against the Mayor’s re-zoning plans.  One size does not fit all and a ten year plan, as this is, doesn’t give immunity to every area in the City from seeing a zoning change in the future.

I urge those of you who are able, to attend this Public Hearing.  If you are unable to do so, please write a note to the City Planning Commission and also to your Councilperson.  You can use some of the thoughts presented below.

I believe the map in the email from the Historic Districts Council below shows that almost every neighborhood in our City opposes this plan and the fact that the Mayor says he intends to go forward no matter how the public feels is telling!!!  Apparently, we don’t count!

Judy Baron                                                
One Size Does Not Fit All! Stand with New York City’s Communities Against the Mayor’s Plan to Overdevelop Our Neighborhoods
Who: NYC City Planning Commission
What: Public Hearing on Zoning for Quality & Affordability (ZQA); Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)
Where: National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green
When: Wednesday, December 16, 9:00 am
Earlier this year, HDC testified at the City Planning Commission’s scoping hearing against Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA). Since the spring, City Planning amended ZQA to reduce heights for contextual districts, but this has been the only adjustment. As ZQA and its sibling, Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) are making their way through the ULURP process in community boards city-wide, it has been received with disapproval across the boards, including strong opposition from 4 of the 5 Borough Boards. The majority of community boards across the city (including all of the boards in the Bronx) have voted against these proposals DESPITE the Mayor’s promise that they will increase housing affordability!  The Manhattan Borough Board unanimously passed a resolution put forth by longtime Historic Districts Council board member George Calderaro hailing the civic value of historic preservation for its positive impact on neighborhood stabilization, economic development, job creation, and maintenance of affordable housing units, especially in historic districts.
This is because, frankly, that a wholesale upzoning of all five boroughs is antithetical to community based planning. This Public Hearing is the last step before this proposal moves to City Council – please join us in speaking up on Dec. 16!
Despite the widely opposed proposal among community boards, Mayor de Blasio has plans to move full speed ahead. Ignoring the community boards’ votes, he stated: “The folks that are elected by all the people, the council members and the mayor, have to make the final decision.” Please click here to write Mayor de Blasio and the City Council urging them to listen to NY’s communities and to oppose this plan.
Brief examples of major problems with ZQA:
  • It is a wholesale upzoning of the entire city, without consideration to borough, neighborhood, side street or wide street;
  • Current height limits are not proven to impede developers’ decisions to participate in inclusionary housing, so why raise them if it will still be optional in ZQA?
  • There is no study or proposed solution to preserving existing affordable units – upzoning could incentivize demolition of these units;
  • Senior housing will be a fraction of larger market rate residential and not permanent, but the heights will be;
  • There is no guarantee that affordable housing will be replaced in-kind by new development;
  • Housing will not be affordable to majority of residents of MIH zones, as explored in Comptroller Stringer’s examination of East New York, and;
  • There are no requirements for equal access, amenities or finishes in affordable housing (i.e. “poor doors” & “poor floors”).
Send Your Letter Now
Historic Districts Council
232 East 11th Street
New York NY 10003 United States

Annual BIG Toy Drive

BIG2015 Events BIG: Bringing Back the Bay!

Mark your calendar for the 24th annual BIG Toy Drive Free celebrity concert
by gold record recording artist Vince Martell of the Vanilla Fudge and Peg Pearl, the PS 52 CHORUS and surprise guest!
Admission: ONE new unwrapped toy.
Sunday, Dec 13th 5-7pm Our NEW host Public School:52, 
located at Nostrand Ave just north of Voorhies Ave in the Auditorium
Join BIG and our Co-sponsors Assembly woman Helene Weinstein and Council member Chaim Deutsch for this one of a kind Special Event!
Our toys go right to the needy here in our community and the battered women’s shelter within hours of the collection!
Come on down to sing along and have fun!
BIG THANKS! Toys can be dropped off at community locations listed below.
Investors Bank, 3780 Nostrand Ave.
Astoria Federal Saving Bank, 1672 Sheepshead Bay Road
Gothic Press, 1317 Ave Z.
CM Deutsch’s office,  2401 Avenue U.
TD bank, 2944 Gravesend Neck Road
Doody Hardware, 2461 E 17th St

 

Seasons Greeting

The Officers and Directors of the Manhattan Beach Community Group,
serving the community for 75 years,
wish you a
 
Happy  Chanukah
 Merry Christmas!  
      
       Happy and Healthy New Year!