Back Cotter…I mean Vinny!
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.
Meeting: Monday April 24, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill
Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.
Speaker: Da Prez, Vincent Prezioso
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
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.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SINCE THIS PROJECT
IS WITHIN THE CONFINES OF CB12, RESIDENTS OF CB11 DO NOT HAVE ANY DIRECT SAY
REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF THIS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT. BUT WE WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF
WHATEVER GETS BUILT THERE. HOWEVER
COUNCILMAN ANDY KING DOES. I ENCOURAGE ALL
CONCERNED CITIZENS TO INFORM ANDY KING OF YOUR CONCERNS AT 718-684-5509 OR
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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 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.
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.