Serving the Bogardus, Hillside, Ellwood and Nagle area of northern Manhattan.
The Outreach Committee met at 7 PM on June 18, 2014. We made the following decisions:
1) To hold a public hearing at the Y in September about the interaction of community residents and city agencies.
2) To "table" at busy corners like Broadway and Hillside, Ellwood and Nagle on days of good weather.
3) To have two leaflets at the table: one about the block association and the other about the public hearing.
At the public hearing, community residents would describe what happened when they tried to correct a problem by contacting a city agency. The witnesses would be encouraged to supply any documentation such as e-mails or notes of telephone conversations. We want to know if the problem was solved, if the agency rep jerked the resident around to avoid any solution, or if the agency rep said, "Yes, yes", but nothing happened and the problem remained. Elected officials, community board 12, the 34th precinct council, and the agencies would be invited to send representatives. After the hearing, we'll write a report and draw any possible conclusions about how well the agencies interact with our community residents and serve their needs.
For the tabling, Deborah Wallace will check weather forecasts. If the weather looks dry and not too hot, she will e-mail and phone block association attendees to ask them to help the outreach at the table. We'll probably "table" in the evening on weekdays when people are coming home from work and during the day on weekends. Dave Toser offered to letter us a nice sign so we'll look classy. We'll also have a clipboard or two with sign-up sheets for people to get on our e-mail/phone lists.
During our discussion, the need for tenant organizations in the rental buildings came up. Landlord/tenant relationships as well as tenant/tenant relationships are important factors in whether an area is stable or has a revolving door of residents. We all felt stability is very important in community life. Some hair-raising stories about comings-and-goings were told. So we decided to take this topic up at a later block association meeting. We know of two tenant organizations, both on Hillside, that exist now; also one that had existed long ago at 34 Bogardus.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.