As We Continue The Celebration Of Our 75th Anniversary,
We Invite You To Our Next Meeting On:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26th
7:30 P.M. at P.S. 195
The Agenda Will Include:
What was: A “Look Back” at our community with Guest Speaker Ron Schweiger, Brooklyn Historian
And What Will Be:
FOUR YEARS AND COUNTING!!! What the Army Corps of Engineers has “planned” to keep us safe?
$4 million dollars allocated to Manhattan Beach by NY Rising for future Storm Resiliency–how will it be spent?
Your thoughts are important!!!
Everyone is Welcome….Refreshments…brin
IF YOU HAVE NEVER GONE TO A COMMUNITY MEETING YOU MUST CONSIDER GOING TO THIS ONE!!!! TO DATE: NO ACTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO PREVENT THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY FROM ANOTHER “SANDY”!!! YOUR ATTENDANCE IS NECESSARY IN ORDER FOR THE “POWERS THAT BE” TO HEAR YOUR CONCERNS, FOR YOU TO LEARN WHAT WILL BE DONE TO PROTECT US IN THE FUTURE AND TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PROTECTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!
BRING YOUR FRIENDS, RELATIVES—EVERYONE…THIS IS OUR FIRST CHANCE TO LISTEN AND TO SPEAK…IT MIGHT BE THE ONLY TIME!!!
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETING!
As residents of a waterfront community, we have faced serious concerns about flooding and resiliency since the events of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Working with Senator Schumer and other colleagues, we were successful in ensuring that Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach were included in the Army Corps’ resiliency study of the Northeast corridor.
Now I invite you to participate in a public information session with the Army Corps, so that you can understand the suggested plans, and share your comments with the Corps.
The Army Corps of Engineers will discuss preliminary flood control plans for our area at a public meeting at Kingsborough Community College on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6 to 9pm. See attached flyer for more information.
This project will provide important protection for our area, using a variety of different structures as well as devices such as flood gates. I urge you to attend this meeting so that you can see what is planned and provide your input.
WELCOME BACK FROM SUMMER BREAK!!
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP WILL BE HELD ON
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
7:30 P.M. at P.S. 195
The Agenda Will Include:
CATCHING UP ON EVENTS SINCE OUR JUNE MEETING
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR ISSUES…WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE US TO WORK ON?
REPORT FROM COUNCILMAN CHAIM DEUTSCH to included: various issues including resiliency from “Sandy”
Light Refreshments…everyone is welcome
Multiple families on Oxford Street of Manhattan Beach (between Shore Blvd. and Oriental Blvd) will be having a yard sale on Saturday, August 27, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (rain day — Sunday, August 28).
We will be selling clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelries, accessories, computer parts/accessories, computer monitor, collectable cat items, Xmas ornaments, miscellaneous household items, small appliances, tools and many more.
Please stop by and take a look at some of our name brand items, sample our wares and compare our prices.
We are looking forward to seeing you!!!!
NEXT MEETING OF THE MBCG:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, P.S. 195, 7:30 P.M.
HURRICANE SEASON HAS BEGUN….
Do your lights flicker? Has your electric gone out–even momentarily? What about the electric poles that are bending over Oriental Boulevard? What is Con Edison doing to prevent electrical outages if there is hurricane this year—or in any future year?
Spokesperson from Con Edison will address these and other issues.
Police Report: what to expect with the Mayor’s Vision Zero and what you have to do to prevent receiving tickets! There are cameras for speeding–red light cameras…did you know you can receive a ticket for not yielding to a pedestrian, talking on a cell phone?
Updates: Sheepshead Bay Road new traffic pattern.
Manhattan Beach Community Group Tree Replacement Initiative
Everyone is welcome…special light refreshments…bring a neighbor…bring a friend…the greater the attendance the more elected representatives listen to you!!!
NEXT MEETING: WED. MAY 18th–7:30 P.M.
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
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS…BRING A NEIGHBOR
75 years of Serving our Community
What changes must be made to building homes in Manhattan Beach?
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016
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
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
IDENTITY THEFT!! DO YOU THINK IT CAN’T HAPPEN TO YOU?
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS ENCOURAGED.
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
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