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NorthEast Bronx Association Inc.

 'neighbors watching out for neighbors'





 May 2017



NEWS FLASHES:

Next Meeting: Monday May 22, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker: Dennis Frink, NYC Human Resources Administration.

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



Honor Our Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Mark Saplicki & Vincent Prezioso

Please join us as we honor all Veterans who died in service to our country.  Monday May 29th at 11AM at Rudy Macina Peace Plaza (Corner of Pelham Parkway, Williamsbridge Road & Esplanade).  The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00AM, with placement of a Wreath by the Monument, the Sound of Taps, the Raising of the Colors by Veterans' Organizations and Remarks from Our Elected Dignitaries and Veterans.  We need to Share and Inspire Our Children in the meaning and the cost of Freedom.  Show others by our actions that we will not forget. This is the Day We Honor and Re- member the more than One Million Men and Women who lost their lives Defending America in Wars from the Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism. God bless our Veterans and God bless America!

Sponsored by: The Morris Park Community Association, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Morris Park Kiwanis.

 

An Excerpt from the 1884 Memorial Day speech by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

“So to the indifferent inquirer who asks why Memorial Day is still kept up we may answer, it celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiasm and faith is the condition of acting greatly. To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might. So must you do to carry anything else to an end worth reaching. More than that, you must be willing to commit yourself to a course, perhaps a long and hard one, without being able to foresee exactly where you will come out. All that is required of you is that you should go some whither as hard as ever you can. The rest belongs to fate. One may fall-at the beginning of the charge or at the top of the earthworks; but in no other way can he reach the rewards of victory.”

City Hall in the Bronx

On Tuesday, May 23rd, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. will host a City Resource Fair during City Hall in Your Borough week. Top representatives from City Hall, the Department of Transportation, Department of Finance, NYPD, Economic Development Corporation, Department of Education, Department of Health, Small Business Services, Department of Parks and Recreation, among others, will be available to answer Bronx residents’ questions.  The Bronx County Building, Veterans’ Memorial Hall,

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.

 

Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday May 22, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker: Dennis Frink, NYC Human Resources Administration.

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

 

Our Guest Speaker…

We are pleased that Mr. Dennis Frink from the NYC Human Resources Administration, as our guest speaker this month.  His agency covers a variety of program areas that include but are not limited to:

·         Adult Protective Services

·         Domestic Violence Services

·         Home Care & Energy Assistance

·         Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Food Programs

·         Child Support

·         Temporary Cash Assistance

Please come out to welcome Mr. Frink to our community!

Got Books?

The Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library at 2147 Barnes Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462, is planning to have a book sale this July, and are looking for donations for the sale.  We are collecting books in GOOD condition and of CURRENT interest for adults, teens, and children in English, Spanish, Russian, Albanian, Arabic, Urdu, etc. Please post, distribute, and promote the attached flyer as you please. The sale will be dedicated to the memory of Jeffrey Panish, who helped us offer several successful book sales in the past, and contributed to so many of your organizations and to the life of the Pelham Parkway community in general.  Thank you to Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj for his support in making this event possible. For more information: 718.829.5864 or davidnochimson@nypl.org.

Hurricane Preparedness

The New York City Emergency Management Department today announced new safety initiatives to increase public awareness ahead of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The department unveiled new coastal storm evacuation route signs in Howard Beach, Queens, to increase year-round awareness of hurricane risks and direct residents living within hurricane evacuation zones to higher ground. NYC Emergency Management also announced the launch of new "Know Your Zone" ads, which feature personal preparedness tips from CERT volunteers who live in hurricane evacuations zones.

 

"The new initiatives encourage New Yorkers to make a plan ahead of a storm," said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. "The coastal evacuation route signs give New Yorkers clear direction toward safety if they are ordered to evacuate during a coastal storm."

 

During the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, the NYC Emergency Management Department introduced new coastal evacuation route signs as part of a pilot program in Staten Island. This year, the department has expanded the initiative to hurricane evacuation zones throughout Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The new coastal storm evacuation signs replace older signs that directed drivers to specific evacuation centers along a designated route. The new signs accommodate for New York City's unique, dense, coastal street grid and encourage use of many streets rather than specific routes. The increased number of signs within evacuation zones throughout the city provides more year-round public awareness of storm hazards in at-risk areas, along with clearer direction toward higher ground outside of evacuation zones in the event of a storm. NYC Emergency Management worked collaboratively with the NYC Department of Transportation and New York City Police Department to develop the new evacuation signage.

 

A 2017 Preparedness survey conducted by Global Strategy Group indicates that while 67 percent of New York City residents say they feel very or somewhat informed about what to do in the event of an emergency, one in four (25 percent) remain unsure about whether they live in a hurricane evacuation zone. In addition, the percentage of residents who say they live in an evacuation zone but cannot identify which zone they live in has increased by 7 points since a similar preparedness survey conducted in 2015 (2017: 57 percent don't know, 2015: 50 percent didn't know). To raise awareness before the upcoming hurricane season, NYC Emergency Management launched a new phase of the "Know Your Zone" hurricane awareness campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether they live in one of the City's six hurricane evacuation zones. This year, the new creative ads feature personal preparedness tips from CERT volunteers who live in zones 1 through 3.

 

NYC Emergency Management will place the ads on bus shelters, Link NYC kiosks, and in print newspapers. New Yorkers can visit NYC.gov/knowyourzone to find their evacuation zone designation and to get more information about how to prepare for hurricanes. The "Know Your Zone" campaign is also supported with updated advertising for the 2017 hurricane season through social media engagement (#knowyourzone), and community outreach (postcards and hurricane preparedness presentations in communities throughout the city).  The new "Know Your Zone" campaign ads were designed by C&G Partners. "Know Your Zone" also has a dedicated web portal - NYC.gov/knowyourzone - with information about the city's hurricane evacuation zones, hurricane hazards, and tips to prepare for storms.

Through the "Know Your Zone" campaign, NYC Emergency Management aims to reach the roughly three million New Yorkers living within the city's hurricane evacuation zones, which were revised in 2013. Hurricane evacuation zones are based on coastal flood risk resulting from storm surge (the "dome" of ocean water that is pushed ashore by the winds and low barometric pressure of a hurricane), the geography of the city's low-lying neighborhoods, and the accessibility of these neighborhoods by bridges and roads. The City may order residents who live in a zone to evacuate depending on a hurricane's forecasted strength, track, and storm surge. If you are ordered to evacuate, do so as directed. 

Gjonaj English Tea Party

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj Invites you to the annual English Tea Party.  Friday, May 26, 2017 at F&J Pine Restaurant, 1913 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Must RSVP by May 24, 2017. For more information please contact the office of Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj at (718) 409-0109 or Lilyanna Pekic at (718) 655-5000.  Come dressed in your Sunday best.  Best dressed contest, Best Hat contest, and other prizes.

 

From Speaker Carl Heastie

The Assembly Majority has long supported legislation to overhaul the state's election process in order to increase voter participation and ensure greater access to the polls.

Earlier this year, the Assembly proposed a measure in our state budget plan to establish a period of early voting beginning eight days before a special, primary, or general election. We recognize that our democracy thrives when as many citizens as possible participate in the electoral process. Unfortunately, our plan did not make it into the 2017-18 state budget.

However, legislation has once again been introduced, which I have supported in the past, to provide voters with more options, such as early voting, and reduce the likelihood of long lines at polling locations. The measures:

•           provide for early voting, permitting voters to vote in person eight days prior to election day, including during evening and weekend hours. The bill would require early voting poll sites in every county with the number of sites per county tailored to the voting population (A.2064);

•           permit voters to vote by mail without being required to meet the narrow criteria that applies to voters requesting absentee ballots. The bill would first need to be passed as an amendment to the state constitution; such amendments must be approved by two consecutive legislatures, as well as by voters in a statewide referendum (A.7363); and

•           modernize voter registration by allowing qualified New Yorkers to register to vote or update their registration from any computer, tablet, or other portable device (A.5382).

As always, public participation remains vitally important to the Assembly. Your input is a valuable resource that helps me to better serve our state.


This Memorial Day, say a prayer for all who sacrificed their lives for your freedom.  Freedom is not free!  God bless you and your families, God bless all those who protect this country and God bless America