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NorthEast Bronx Association Inc.

 'neighbors watching out for neighbors'

 April 2017


Next Meeting:  Monday April 24, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, 2000 E Gun Hill Rd (at Stillwell Ave).

Guest Speaker: Vincent "Da Prez" Prezioso

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

Welcome Back Cotter…I mean Vinny!






By Mark Saplicki

Vinny is going to crucify me for this article, but what the heck, it’s Easter, and sinful old me deserves it!  After successful total knee replacement surgery Vinny is finally getting back on his feet, and will be the guest speaker at our upcoming meeting.

In this world the rule of thumb is “what have you done for me lately”.  I am certainly not a subscriber to that.  I believe we should appreciate anything anyone ever did for you, whenever that was.  The point being Vinny has not done anything for us lately…however since before inception of the NEBA in 2000 he has been a consistent and dedicated servant to our community.  What follows are highlights of the man Vincent T Prezioso, from when he was honored by the Order of Sons of Italy for his community involvement.


Vinny ‘Da Prez’ Prezioso has spent 77 of his 83 years in Da Bronx.  He grew up in Morris Park, attending P.S. 83 and Christopher Columbus H.S.  He served his country during the Korean War.  After the war he took college some courses, while working in the construction industry as an Operating Engineer.  In 1965 he married the lovely Bridget Lamagese, bringing forth a son Vincent Jr., who with his wife Genevieve, have given them two beautiful grandchildren, Thomas and Veronica.  Vinny operated cranes and other heavy machinery, providing services at major construction sites.  He retired from business in 1996 whereupon he became involved in community service.  He was appointed to Community Board #11 in 1996 and served as First Vice Chairman from 2000 to 2010.  He founded the Northeast Bronx Association in 2000 and continues as its Chief Executive Officer.  He also served as an officer of the 49th Precinct Community Council from 2001 to 2005.  And he became one of the charter members of the Sons of Italy, Lt. Petrosino Lodge #285 in 2000.

Summary of Accomplishments with the Northeast Bronx Association:

As the driving force behind the Northeast Bronx Association (NEBA), Vinny has significantly improved the quality of life in the Pelham Gardens/Eastchester sections of the Bronx.  He developed a good rapport with every Commanding Officer of the 49th Precinct since 1996 and earned their respect and admiration.  One of the reasons for this was the establishment of the NEBA Civilian Mobile Patrol, which has been instrumental in providing information to the NYPD resulting in the arrest of those who would violate our neighborhood.


NEBA has been the recipient of many awards under Vinny’s leadership including:  Awards for Excellence (Crime Fighting) from the NY State Attorney General; Certificates of Appreciation from 3 Bronx Borough Presidents; Citations and Certificates of Merit from various NY State Assembly Members; Community Service Award from the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway; Certificates of Recognition from various NY State Senators; Certificate of Appreciation from the 49th Precinct Explorers; and various commendations from the NYPD.



Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday April 24, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker: Da Prez, Vincent Prezioso

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


Due to Vinny’s foresight and oversight the following NEBA programs were established and continue to this day:  Food, Clothing and Toy drives for the needy; Seniors Day Out; Security for Holy Rosary Street Processions; Crime Alert Program; Youth Programs with the NY Yankees and Con Edison; Corporate Neighbor Program; Support for 49th Precinct Explorers; Support for the local Cub Scout Pack 162.  These programs could not exist without the support of our elected representatives, so Vinny made it his business to develop a good relationship with all of them, regardless of political affiliation, and to enlist their support for NEBA programs to benefit the community.


In addition, Vinny is always in the forefront of any issues facing our community.  Some of the concerns he has been involved with through NEBA include:  the disposition and security of the Gun Hill Road Mall and the struggle to bring a food market to it; the disposition of the Golf Range; School safety at IS 144; MTA bus violations; Home Depot dumping; IS 144 Playground protest and restoration; Burns Playground establishment and security; Beachwood Homes violations correction and storm damage issues; Blood Donations program; Shopping cart retrievals; Gun Hill Road & Subway safety concerns; School Bus violations; 911 Call center protest and monitoring; Home improvement scam exposed.


It should be noted that you will never hear Vinny take personal credit for anything he accomplishes; rather he gives the credit to those who assist or support him in these endeavors.


Summary of Accomplishments with Community Board 11:

Vinny’s accomplishments with Community Board 11 would warrant a book.  Just a few of the projects he has been involved with include: Garbage dumping at Home Depot; Issues related to the conflict at Pelham Parkway Horse Stable; Rezoning to prevent developer abuses; Dirty water problems in Pelham Gardens; Abandoned homes on Seymour Ave; Fight to save Columbus HS; Water billing protests; Assisting homeowners after sewage backups; Rally to save Express Buses; Gun Hill Road Golf Center issues; and the resurrection of the 20 year old Pelham Parkway reconstruction project.


Summary of Accomplishments with the Sons of Italy:

Vinny has worked tirelessly in the background to support the fund raising efforts for the Sons of Italy, especially related to the earthquake disaster in Italy.  Additionally he adamantly supports the Sons of Italy programs to reverse the negative stereotyping of people of Italian heritage.  And he continues to assist his close friend John Fratta with Sons of Italy matters upon request.


To say that Vinny is deserving of being honored would be a serious understatement.  Vinny certainly brings honor to his Italian-American heritage; however the true honor is the privilege of being associated with Vinny.  Vinny is a man who cares deeply about his country, his community, and his neighbor.  He is a person of true-grit who combines the rare qualities of leadership, loyalty and integrity.  Vinny displays common sense and a sense of fairness - he is determined to succeed in an ethical manner and yet is adaptable and open-minded.  Certainly Vinny is a person whom we have all come to depend on.  We are proud of the contributions he has made and the world a better place because of him.

Baychester Square Hearing

By Mark Saplicki

Community Board 12 held a Public Hearing Monday March 20, 2017, 7PM at Evander Childs HS in regards to the new development proposed for the old Golf Center property on Gun Hill Road.



In attendance and registered to speak at hearing on behalf of the Pelham & Eastchester Gardens community were Mark Saplicki, Northeast Bronx Assn, Board of Directors, Joe Bacote, Community Board 11, Chair of Health Services Committee, Joe Thurston, Community Board 11, Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee, Frano Zagreda, Community Board 11, Sergeant at Arms Officer,             Joe McManus, Community Board 11, Chair Land Use Committee, Dylan Tragni, Executive Coordinator, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj,             Matthew O'Keefe, Office of Senator Jeff Klein, Dan Hogle, Office of Senator Jeff Klein.

The Developers (Grid Properties Inc) presented a slideshow of the proposed development. City Councilman Andy King was present for the entire hearing.  He indicated that his office would pay close attention to the progress of this project for the benefit of his constituents.  The only part of the proposal he specifically commented on was the inclusion of affordable senior housing, which he favors.

Some of the concerns presented by those representing our neighborhood were: No objection to Baychester Square based upon what has been presented, however we have serious concerns about the validity of the traffic studies. On behalf of the over 4,000 families in the Pelham & Eastchester Gardens sections, we are concerned about the fallout this development will have on our neighborhoods as to traffic, transportation and safety.  All we want is for our concerns to be seriously considered.        Concerned about the safety of our young children who attend IS 144 at Allerton & Gun Hill Road.  Also concerned about the children who play in the Little League on the property attached to Baychester Square.  Concerned about the traffic and safety of our residents (many seniors) who frequent Gun Hill Road shopping.  Concern about putting the main entrances and exits on Gun Hill Road rather than Edson Ave.  Edson Ave has no businesses to compete with traffic. Concerned about the traffic congestion that already exists on Gun Hill Road due to the 2 existing malls, Pelham Bay Diner and Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, Home Depot.  Concerned about the increased traffic coming off the Hutchinson River Parkway at Stillwell Ave.  Can we consider closing the ramp exit to Stillwell Ave (not closing the exit to I95 south)?  Will there be a bus route into and thru Baychester Square?  Is there any plan to extend the exit off I95 at Gun Hill Road to feed directly into Baychester Square?  The Assemblyman would like a copy of the final traffic study mandated by the Environmental Impact Study. We are also concerned about the impact of traffic on the 2 major thoroughfares in our community – Allerton Ave and Gun Hill Road.

Speak Up For The Bronx members spoke and presented 65,000 petitions against Baychester Plaza, and asked CB 12 if they were going to pay any attention to those people.

My observation is that the assembly was mostly against the proposed project (except for the senior housing).  Do we really need another mall?  Everyone was concerned about increased traffic. However there were those who were in favor of the development to rid the community of the blight of the old Golf Center, to create more jobs, and to bring more high quality shopping here.

Graffiti Cleanup

Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj have teamed up once again with their Graffiti Removal and Community Cleanup Day to happen on Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10am to 1pm.  Volunteers are to gather at 1126 Pelham Parkway South.  The rain date will be Saturday April 29.  To volunteer, or to provide information on locations requiring cleanup or for more information call 718-822-2049.

This program is in partnership with the 49th Precinct, Community Board 11, Morris Park Association, Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Assn, Allerton International Merchants Assn, Allerton Ave Homeowners Assn, and the Northeast Bronx Assn.

Bronx D.A. Event

Our District Attorney Darcel D Clark hopes you will attend this event.  You be the Judge on Wednesday April 26, 5:45 to 8pm.  As a follow-up to the “After the Arrest” Workshop, this workshop breaks down the trial process. Participants will learn about hearings, opening statements, deliberations, and the roles of the prosecutor, the defense lawyer, the judge and jury.  To RSVP contact Robert Barnes, Community Engagement Coordinator at barnesro@bronxda.nyc.gov or (718)-838-7461.

Earth Day Parade

Rivers Run Community Garden and the Co-op City Little League will host an Earth Day Parade on April 22, 2017 starting at 10:15 a.m. Organizers are inviting members of the community, schools and businesses to join and march from the Co-Op City Greenway Stage to the Co-op City Baseball Field to celebrate environmental awareness. The parade’s Grand Marshall is Leslie Peterson, Member of the Riverbay Board and Vice President of the Rivers Run Community Garden’s Steering Committee, and will be led by the CYO Sea Cadet Corps March Band under the direction of James Palmer.

This year’s Earth Day campaign focuses on environmental literacy and taking action to save our planet by reducing, reusing and recycling. The parade will kick-off opening season for the Co-op City Little League and participants are encouraged to enjoy the game. Participants are invited to stroll next door to the Rivers Run Community Garden for composting demonstrations, recycled-art crafting, free giveaways and to tour the Spring gardens.

Located on the banks of the Hutchinson River in Co-op City next to the baseball field, Rivers Run Community Garden (RRCG) is a waterfront garden designed, built and maintained by volunteers of diverse ages and backgrounds, and accommodates a wide variety of needs and abilities, including children, elderly and those with limited mobility. RRCG, a not-for-profit organization, has partnered with Bronx Green Up, Riverbay Fund, and the neighboring schools and daycare centers to provide a casual, community-oriented learning and growing environment.

The Co-op City Little League, founded in 1969, and located in the Bronx Co-op City area, is a non-profit organization operated solely by dedicated volunteers. For forty seven years it has provided the local community youth ages 4 through 16 with an organized baseball program. The league’s mission is to provide a safe baseball playing environment for the area boys, girls, and teens and to help develop their skills. Its focus is to endorse teamwork, and promote community pride.

The CYO Sea Cadets Corps of St. Nicholas of Tolentine is a non-for-profit organization under the umbrella of the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of New York is facilitated by James Palmer and promotes self-respect, discipline, and good sportsmanship.

FREE Cancer Screenings

FREE Cancer Screenings and Community Health Education.  When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:00 am–2:00 pm.  Where: Montefiore Imaging Center

3400 Bainbridge Avenue Lower Level Suite #300

Bronx, NY 10467.  Opportunity to receive FREE:

• Cervical cancer screening (Pap test), ages 21–64 • Breast exam • Mammogram, ages 40–64 • Same-day test results

Other FREE programs and services offered: • Health education resources • Preventative screening • Women’s Cancer Screening Program • Limited children’s activities

• Hospital campus parking/transportation *Women should expect to wait two to three hours for their test results.

Cervical and Breast FREE Cancer Screenings for women ages 21 to 64 who are uninsured or underinsured.  Call to register 718-920-4600.

Food Truck Fest!

Craving something different?  Join us for a Multi-Cultural/Ethnic Food & Dessert Truck Fest! Friday, April 21 & Monday, April 24 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

In Front of the Rotunda at Jacobi Hospital on Pelham Parkway South.  For further information call Nery Munoz (718) 918-8219.