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'neighbors watching out for neighbors
 October 2014

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NEWS FLASHES:

Next Meeting: Monday October 27, 7:30pm at Kings Harbor Multi Care Center, Stillwell Ave at E Gun Hill Rd. Guest Speaker: NY State Senator Jeff Klein
Agenda: Update on community concerns. Also representatives of the 49th precinct; the offices of NYS Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj; NYS Senator Jeff Klein and from NYC Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

 

 

See Crime Alert Page for important NYPD Scam Alert!

 

 

 

Jeff Klein; Hutch Metro Center Issues

By Mark Saplicki &Vincent Prezioso

We are pleased that State Senator Jeff Klein will be our guest speaker this month.  The Senator has been a long time supporter of our organization, and again we are reaching out to him with respect to the problems we foresee with all the new construction going up at the Hutch Metro Center.  Below is the text of Senator Klein's letter to the NYC Department of Transportation.

"I am writing this letter to respectfully request that the Department of Transportation re evaluate and re consider creating an entrance ramp off of the Hutchinson River Parkway into what is commonly known as the Hutchinson Metro Center Complex ( Hutch Metro Center). While the feasibility of this ramp has been studied before and has been dismissed as being not a viable option, it is my belief and the belief of the thousands of constituents that reside in the 34th Senate district that an entrance ramp off the Hutchinson River Parkway into the Hutch Metro Center Complex is a necessity. While 1 respect the work and opinion of the New York City of Transportation, it is my belief that the construct and nature of the Hutch Metro Complex center has changed so dramatically that a re-evaluation is required and a positive outcome is needed."

 

As way of background, when the first discussion of a study of this ramp feasibility was conducted the Hutch Metro Center was comprised of two medical facilities mainly focused on out­ patient care but with office space available for non medical use as well. This was in conjunction with the Mercy College Campus for full and part time students. While the Hutch Metro Center had only one way in and one way out and the necessity of the ramp was brought to the City's attention, the City after much urging decided it was not a feasible option.

 

However since then, the Hutch Metro center is now the site of a third medical building, a Marriot hotel, a large fitness complex and the new 911call center. The amount of traffic that flows in and out of the Hutch Metro Center has since tripled and the congestion and spillover into the local residential streets has become unbearable to the surrounding communities. Yet still, there has been no progress on creating this much needed entrance into the Hutch Metro Center Complex from the Hutchinson River Parkway.

 

Compounding the need for this entrance outside of the traffic mitigation necessity is the general safety concerns of the residents and office workers that use the Hutch Metro Complex. At this time, as previously written, there is only one way in and one way out of the complex. Any situation that may occur at the buildings by way of a fire or emergency or even a security breach in relation to the 911 call center would create a situation that not only would stymie the efforts of first responders but would provide a dangerous situation for all of the tenants and patients at Hutch Metro Center due to the one entrance/exit. Therefore, this re-review is based on safety concerns foremost.

 

It has been my experience over the years that this issue of the feasibility of an entrance ramp into the Hutch Metro Center has gotten convoluted by the many factors that would have to be in place to get the project done. Let's focus on the feasibility first. I believe wholeheartedly that an entrance ramp from the Hutchinson River Parkway is feasible at the Hutch Metro Center and it is my hope that New York City DOT will come to the same conclusion once they re-review the situation. Once feasibility is determined, if the city needs to conduct a study on how to get it done when all of the other factors come into play I would be happy to assist in any way I can to get the study completed and the entrance ramp constructed.

 

Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday October 27, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave - Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker: NYS Senator Jeff Klein

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

 

In conclusion, this is a two step process in my mind. First let's say we can get it done and then we can figure out how. It is my hope that the safety and quality of life of the residents of the 34tn Senate district will triumph over any barriers to this project and that we can all work together to make this dream a reality. I look forward to your thoughts and comments on this proposal and as always I am available at your earliest convenience if you have any further questions at 718-822-2049."

TO BE UPDATED AT OCTOBER MEETING.

Seniors Holiday Food Drive

Once again this year our NEBA seniors brigade will be collecting non-perishable goods to be distributed to the needy for Thanksgiving.  Please bring non-perishable food items to Calvary Lutheran Church on Eastchester Road off Waring Avenue on Tuesday November 18.

From Da Prez...

By Vincent Prezioso

As we move into the fall season, there is a lot of concern about various issues in our community.  Please attend our next meeting for a full update on the Hutch Metro Center and the Pelham Parkway North Reconstruction Project, among others.

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

Laura Thurston; Louise Restagno; Mary Ferrara; Joe & Janice Shapiro; John Fratta at the passing of his mother Agnes; Joan Bellitto at the passing of her husband Anthony;

Veterans Day Blood Drive:  Sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Wednesday November 12, Noon to 6PM, 2018 Williamsbridge Road.  For more information on this and other events contact the Assemblyman's office at 718-409-0109 or visit http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Mark-Gjonaj/.

 

NEW NEBA PHONE/FAX

The new phone and fax number for NEBA is 718-519-1723.

NYPD, NEBA assist Holy Rosary

By Mark Saplicki

Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

On Sunday October 5, the clergy and parishioners of the Church of the Holy Rosary celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. After Mass Pastor Fr. Dennis Williams led the faithful in a procession through the streets of the parish. At Fr. William's request, NEBA was asked to coordinate the procession route with the 49th Pct. and to assist with security for the procession that included over 100 marchers, who chanted the Rosary and sang Psalms along the way.  We at NEBA are very grateful to PO Jay Sturdivant for coordinating and leading the fine Auxiliary Officers of the 49th precinct who accompanied the procession and to Captain Timothy McCormack for his ongoing support.  As a member of the Holy Name Society I would like to express my gratitude to Vinny Prezioso and the Civilian Patrol for being there for Holy Rosary...again!

Almost Free Lunch!

The Seniors Center at Our Lady of Mount Carmel invites seniors to have a nutritious gourmet meal, prepared by a fine Italian chef on any weekday.  The menu may include: Lasagna, Chicken Francese, Chicken Marsala, Manicotti, Baked Ziti, pork chops, Eggplant Parm, and many More of Your favorites.  Lunch is served at noon and the suggested donation for seniors is two bucks!

 

The Seniors Center also has a full calendar of events every month and you can receive a copy by calling 718-733-8852.  Activities include Exercise, Dancing, Yoga, Bingo, Pool Games and more!  The Center is located at 187th Street and Southern Boulevard in the heart of Little Italy in Da Bronx.  The Seniors program is funding by the NYC Department for the Aging.

Abandoned or Illegally Parked Vehicle?

We receive many calls during the year regarding abandoned vehicles.  The following procedure has been approved by our friend Jay Sturdivant, Community Relations Officer of the 49th Precinct.

1. Record the following from the vehicle: plate number; registration sticker expiration date; make and model.  Describe the condition of the vehicle; especially if plates are missing; windows are broken; doors are unlocked; etc.

2. Call 311 to and register your complaint.  You will receive a case number - record it for future reference.

3. The complaint will be forwarded to the Traffic Safety Officer at the 49th precinct, who will investigate. If your report is deemed valid, and the vehicle is not legally parked, a summons can be issued; after which it can be towed.

4. If no action is taken by the NYPD within a few days, call Community Board #11 at 718-892-6262 and provide them with the 311 case number and request that they pursue the matter on your behalf because no action was taken.

5. Be aware that homeowners do NOT have special rights to any parking spots on any street in NYC.

6. If a vehicle is blocking your driveway you can call the NYPD 49th Precinct 718-918-2032 and request to have a summons issued; after which YOU must call a towing service to have the vehicle removed.

Note that the same basic procedure can be followed for almost any violation that is NOT life threatening:  Get all the details; report the violation to 311; if no action, report to Community Board.

Slow Down!

Courtesy of the Office of the Bronx Borough President

Starting November 7th, the speed limit on all New York City streets will be 25 mph unless otherwise posted.  This new speed limit will be enforced by the NYPD and with speed enforcement cameras. By getting New York drivers to slow down, we will prevent crashes; protect New Yorkers from injury and save lives. Lowering the speed limit to 25MPH is one aspect of the Mayor's comprehensive Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. 

 

On average, every two hours, another New Yorker is killed or seriously injured in a traffic crash. And speeding is the leading cause of fatal crashes. The faster a vehicle is travelling, the more time a driver needs to stop when something unexpected happens - meaning collisions are more likely. And crashes which happen at higher speeds are more deadly- a pedestrian struck by a vehicle travelling at 25 mph is half as likely to die as a pedestrian who is struck by a 30 mph vehicle.

 

The new 25MPH speed limit will affect all NYC streets, except those where a different speed limit is posted.  The speed limits on our highways will remain the same. Some big streets, which have been designed to accommodate faster speeds, will remain at 30MPH.  Other streets, particularly streets near schools, may have a lower speed limits posted. After November 7th, 2014, all streets that do not have a posted speed limit have a speed limit of 25mph Visit nyc.gov/visionzero for more information.  Please help raise awareness and forward this message on to your friends and family.

How to Vote Smart

By Mark Saplicki

Like many of you, I used to wonder how to choose among the candidates in an election.  Where could I get independent, impartial, non-partisan data and evaluation?  Below I present 2 organizations that do just that - one on a local level, the other on a national level.  But don't take my word for it - browse their websites, call them for information.  Voting is a responsibility that too many of us do not take seriously.  People are fond of saying "what difference can my one vote make?"  "Our elected officials do not pay attention to us anyway."  Have you considered that you are giving them license to do what they will because they know that the public is generally apathetic, and a small minority of those eligible to vote actually do vote.  So, if you are not registered to vote - get registered.  And on November 6, go vote and encourage at least one more person to do the same.

Project Vote Smart

Thousands of candidates and elected officials. Who works for you? Who is seeking your vote? Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense System to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings. What would you like to know? Access our library of information at http://www.vote-smart.org or call 1-888-VOTE-SMART (1-888-868-3762) with any questions.

Citizens Union

Citizens Union of the City of New York is an independent, non partisan force dedicated to promoting good government and political reform in the city and state of New York. For more than a century, Citizens Union has served as a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for the common good. Founded in 1897 to fight the corruption of Tammany Hall, Citizens Union helped to elect the first reform mayor, Seth Low, in 1901. Over the years, Citizens Union spearheaded efforts for campaign finance reform, historic preservation, improved voting procedures, City Charter revisions, home rule for New York City and proportional representation. We currently work to ensure fair elections, clean campaigns, and open, effective government that is accountable to the citizens of New York. We do so by informing the policy debate and influencing the policy outcomes that affect the lives of all New Yorkers. Believing that an informed citizenry is the cornerstone of a thriving local democracy, Citizens Union Foundation - the non profit research, education, and advocacy organization affiliated with CU - publishes Gotham Gazette, a front row seat to New York City policies and politics.  For more information and access to Citizens Union's Voters Directory, as well as other publications visit www.citizensunion.org.

MTA Alert

This is to inform you that emergency track work will be performed along the elevated Dyre Avenue 5 line beginning Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

 

The installation of track panels along this line is scheduled to be performed in approximately five consecutive weeks: from Tuesday, October 21 until Sunday, November 23, 2014.  The preparatory work will be executed during the weekdays and track removal and installation work will be performed on weekends: Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Street cranes will be required during the installation and will be placed at the following locations: 

Crane Locations:

No. 1: Neill Avenue between Bronxdale and Hunt Avenues.  No. 2: Brady Avenue between Matthews and Muliner Avenues.  No. 3: Bogart Avenue between Lydig and Brady Avenues.  No. 4: Dewitt Place between Stedman Place and Wilson Avenue.

Parking restrictions will be in effect at each crane location for 150 feet in each direction to allow for crane placement and material staging and for the safety of the general public along the panel installation locations on the Dyre Avenue.  Flagging and traffic devices will be used for vehicular traffic during this project.

 

 

 

 
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