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'neighbors watching out for neighbors
September 2015


Next Meeting:  Monday September 28, 2015; 7:30PM; Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, 2000 East Gun Hill Road (at Stillwell Ave).
Agenda: Update on community concerns. 
Representatives from the offices of the 49th Pct, NYS Sentator Klein, NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj, and NYC Councilman Vacca will also be present .

Welcome Captain Keith Walton!

By Mark Saplicki &Vincent Prezioso

The Northeast Bronx Association was proud to welcome the new Commanding Officer of the 49th Precinct, Captain Keith Walton, at our last meeting in June.  Captain Walton has 19 years with the NYPD serving with distinction in the 32nd, 40th and 46th precincts.  In his opening comments the new Captain said that while serious crime has declined in the precinct and in our sector specifically, he and his officers will continue to be vigilant so that it continues to decline.  Captain Walton also indicated that even minor offences, like graffiti, need to be controlled so that our community does not become inviting to criminals.  The Captain said it was his desire to maintain and even increase the quality of life in the community under his command, by working with community and business leaders.  He also said he will work with the youth of this community as he has in his other assignments.  Our group applauded his intention to put more officers in patrol cars and even some on foot patrol, as he wants more visibility and better response times - especially in those areas of the precinct that experience more problems.  Captain Walton wants every resident in his jurisdiction to feel safer.  Judging from his demeanor, strength of character and experience, we believe that Captain Walton will do exactly as he intends and we are grateful for his presence among us!

From Da Prez...

By Vincent Prezioso

Please attend our meeting on June 29 to receive updates on various community concerns, which are cannot be disseminated easily in this newsletter.

Welcome back!

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely summer season.  Please attend our next meeting and bring a friend or neighbor.  NEBA only functions as well as its members.  We need your support!  Even if all you can do is attend a monthly meeting, it is a start.  Of course there is always one small group of dedicated volunteers that continued their civic duty throughout the summer - our Mobile Civilian Patrol.  So while you were snug in your bed or away on vacation they were out their helping to protect our property and ensure our safety on the streets.  I applaud these men and women for their selfless dedication, and I am proud to be one with you.  I am hopeful that more of our residents will step forward so that we are able to maintain the quality of life in our neighborhood.  Call me now to see how you can help.

Farewell D.I. Timothy McCormack

Timothy McCormack's time with us was short but sweet.  Deputy Inspector McCormack was a fine Commanding Officer, who maintained an open door policy with NEBA, and frequently attended our monthly meetings.  He was vigilant at crime-fighting and under his command we saw crime and other violations decrease.  We wish D.I. McCormack the best of fortune in his new assignment.

Farewell Det. Victor DiPierro

After a distinguished 20 year career with the NYPD, all of it at the 49th Precinct, Victor DiPierro retired on June 30.  Victor was our Community Relations Officer for the last 10 years and is to be commended for the fine job he did - especially by teaming up with Ofc. Jay Sturdivant - who will now take Victor's position as head of Community Affairs.  All of us at the Northeast Bronx Association are grateful to Victor DiPierro and we wish him good fortune in his retirement!


Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday September 28, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave - Use Main Entrance.

Agenda:  Update on community concerns.

Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.


Congratulations Officer Jay Sturdivant

Jay Sturdivant is no stranger to anyone in the community, and especially to the Northeast Bronx Association.  Since his involvement in Community Affairs several years ago he has attended most of our monthly meetings, providing useful information, fielding questions and graciously accepting complaints from residents.  Officer Sturdivant is always accessible and responsive to the community.  We are proud of this fine example of Professionalism, Courtesy and Respect and wish him good luck in his new position.

Welcome David LePore

Stepping into Community Affairs to assist Jay Sturdivant is Officer David LePore, who we had the opportunity to meet at the NYPD Night Out Against Crime.  If Officer LePore follows in Officer Sturdivant's footsteps, we will have one great team out there to assist all of us.  We wish Officer LePore good luck in this new position and hope to develop the same rapport with him as we have with Officer Sturdivant.

Congratulations Kings Harbor

Once again our good corporate neighbor Kings Harbor MultiCare Center is the recipient of awards for excellence in health care.  From the NYS Health Facilities Association they received the 2015 Innovative Practice Award for their program "War Against Pressure Ulcers".  They also received the 2015 American Health Care Association Bronze Commitment To Quality Award for dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.  Bravo Kings Harbor!

Long standing members of NEBA may recall that when the Northeast Bronx Association was formed it was Alexander Stern, the Administrator of Kings Harbor, who came to our assistance to provide a vehicle for our Civilian Patrol.  Not to mention that they have provided us with our monthly meeting space for the last 15 years.

Vacca to the Rescue

After many complaints regarding the unkempt property at 1515 Waring Ave, Councilman Jimmy Vacca and Fedcap workers have cleaned up the property (as of July 28). Mr. Vacca indicated that the property is in foreclosure and this is what happens sometimes, due to the lengthy foreclosure process.  However Councilman Vacca called in a non-profit organization called Fedcap which provides this kind of assistance to people living with disabilities, veterans or those who are unemployed.  Mr. Vacca has provided funding to Fedcap for the last two years to assist with graffiti removal and community cleanup.  Well done Jimmy!

Bravo Bronx Times Reporter

In their August 21 - 27 issue the Bronx Times printed an article by Steven Goodstein entitled "Documenting 311 complaints can be difficult".  Right on!  Our members often ask NEBA how to proceed in filing complaints about a wide range of issues they experience.  The first thing we tell them is to call 311 and register their complaint - which they do.  However as detailed in the article, 311 was supposed to make the process of filing such complaints easier and in many cases this is just not so.  What happens is that you get transferred from one City Agency to another, and results vary depending on if you reach someone who actually cares...or not.  The article points out that sometimes a 311 complaint number is not issued due to lack of an exact address - which for some complaints is not available.  NEBA's experience is that even with a 311 complaint number response to complains is way to sluggish, causing residents to make additional calls to the Community Board or elected representatives.  Thank you Bronx Times and we hope you will continue to report on this and perhaps bring a little more pressure to bear on the City.

DEP Customer Service Program

     The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced two new customer service programs that will make it easier for customers to manage their bills.

     DEP customers can now enroll in monthly e-Billing and those whose stay enrolled for three consecutive months will automatically receive a one-time $10 credit on their water bill.  By switching to monthly e-Billing, homeowners can manage their water and sewer bills more effectively and receive more frequent information about their water usage, which enables them to more quickly detect higher-than-normal water consumption from an undetected leak. To sign up for a My DEP Account call DEP's Customer Service Call Center at (718) 595-7000 or visit

     In addition, customers now have the option to schedule an appointment with a DEP inspector that works best with their daily schedule.  Appointment options include:  7:00am - 9:00am, 9:00am - 1:00pm, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, or 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  Customers who provide DEP with an email address will also receive confirmation and cancellation notices and reminder emails for upcoming appointments.

     Last year, DEP introduced a number of additional customer service improvements including freezing the minimum charge for customers who use less than 100 gallons of water each day.  This resulted in roughly 25 percent of single family homes, many of them owned by seniors, seeing no water rate increase.  The City also funded a Home Water Assistance Program to aid low-income homeowners and DEP expanded the leak forgiveness program, which has saved customers more than $73 million in leak-related water charges since 2011.

NYPD "Information Cards"

Courtesy of Gotham Gazette

      Beginning next month, the NYPD plans to begin distributing "information cards" to people officers stop, question, and frisk, but do not arrest. The announcement is part of an ongoing remedy process resulting from a federal class action lawsuit, in which the court ruled that New York City police unfairly targeted people of color during stop-and-frisk stops.

     The information cards will include the police officer's name, rank, and shield number, and require the officer to check boxes explaining why a stop was made.

     Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch released a statement criticizing the initiative, saying the cards are "just one more item on the ever-growing list of anti-public-safety measures that will put an end to proactive policing in this city and ultimately accelerate the increase in crime and disorder that we are already seeing in our public spaces."

     The mandate is one of several reforms recommended by court monitor Peter Zimroth and approved by the federal court. Neither the plaintiffs nor judge have yet signed off on any information cards in particular. NYPD said officers will distribute cards beginning September 21.

MTA Service Announcements

Courtesy of MTA

     This is to update you on our continuous weekend work for the White Plains Road 2 & 5 line, and to specifically remind you that the next scheduled weekend(s) service suspension is set for September 18-21, 25-28, October 2-5 and 9-12, 2015.  Between the hours of 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5:00 a.m. Monday (each weekend):

  • 5 train service will be suspended between the Eastchester/Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street stations
  • 5 trains will operate every 20 minutes between the East 180th Street station in the Bronx and the Bowling Green station in Manhattan
  • Free Shuttle Bus Service will operate between the Eastchester/Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street stations, serving the Baychester Avenue, Gun Hill Road, Pelham Parkway and Morris Park stations. Transfer between the 25 trains and free shuttle buses at the East 180th Street station.
  • 2 trains will operate normal service during these weekend diversions.

      This is to inform you of necessary switch and track panel work that will be performed along the Dyre Avenue 5 mainline between the East 180th Street and Morris Park stations beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.

      The work at this location will be performed in nine consecutive weekends beginning Friday, September 18th until Monday, November 16, 2015.  Cranes and materials will be set up at street locations on Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and track removals and installations work will be performed from 10:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday (each weekend).  Street cranes will be used during the installation and will be placed at the following locations:  

  • Moveable Crane on Bronxdale Avenue between Hunt Avenue and NYC Transit Right-of-Way
  • Moveable Crane on NYC Transit Right-of-Way between Bronxdale and Hunt Avenues
  • Moveable Crane on Holland and Bronxdale Avenues
  • Cruger Avenue between Sagamore Street and Bronxdale Avenue
  • White Plains Road between Sagamore Street and NYC Transit Right-of-Way
  • Amethyst Street between Rhinelander Avenue and Sagamore Street
  • Bogart Avenue between Brady and Lydig Avenues

     Please note, approximately 150 feet of parking will be restricted at each street crane location along the curb lane to allow for the placement of the cranes and materials.  During this period, flagging and traffic devices will be used for the safety of the community.

Youth Opportunity

Courtesy of Citizens' Committee for Children of NY

Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC) has an exciting opportunity for up to 2 members of your school or community group!  Community service credit is available as well as expanding leadership and civic engagement opportunities.  Students who participate in the YCLC will:

  • Gain the skills to advocate on behalf of themselves, their schools, and their communities.
  • Learn how to conduct hands-on research, such as public polling and site visits.
  • Meet with government officials to discuss their ideas for improving New York City.
  • Become better leaders through problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Strengthen their communication and public speaking skills.
  • Make lifelong friends with the diverse group of peers in the program!

     The Fall 2015 YCLC will begin on Monday, October 19th. Because space is limited, I urge you to disseminate the attached information to students and families as soon as possible.  Attached you will find a) a flyer to hang and distribute; b) a letter with more information for school and/or community leaders; c) a separate letter for guardians; d) a permission slip and; e)  an application for the students to fill out and return to me no later than Friday, October 2nd, 2015.  More specific instructions on applying and returning paperwork can be found within these documents.

     Students may also access the application forms and other information about the YCLC at the Citizens' Committee for Children website:

     If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Jankstrom at 212.673.1800 X 20 or


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