MARCH MEETING 2006
Our meeting began at 8:00pm
with the opening ceremony. Minutes
from the previous meeting were read by Elva Grimes in Kelli Singleton’s
absence and were accepted.
Report: Treasurer Jeff Dawson
reported that the association had a current
balance of $8,078.94 with $627.44 in outstanding checks and an available balance
A motion was made to accept this report.
Secretary’s Report: read
by Velma Terry in Donice Redding’s absent. The last general meeting held on
3/9/06 produced income of $280.00 for dues, since that date an additional
$1320.00 was received bringing the total dues income to $1,600.00. The mailing
to our inactive members is proving to be quite successful. This accounts for
most of the dues money received. Members who paid in 2005 have until April 1,
2006 to make their current year payment. Those who have not paid by April 1 will
receive a mailing to renew. This mailing will be completed by the end of April.
The returned mail is
significantly reduced and members are encouraged to contact Ms. Redding if they
are not receiving their Reporter newsletter. A motion was made to accept this
Elva Grimes reported on the Educational Committee’s progress with
the schools, having visited with several PTA’s,
the last being Math & Science at Campus Magnet, where the PTA sponsored a
presentation on gang violence awareness and safety in the schools.
Ann Wilkinson 2nd
VP, on behalf of the police committee mentioned that the Councilman helped
to disseminate the information regarding parked cars left for extended periods
of time which was recently featured in our monthly newsletter. She also
mentioned that Chairman Leonard Joseph, Hazel Rollins, another Police Committee
member attended the 105th PCT Council meeting on March 29th.
President Kevin Jemmott shared information regarding
Fire Hydrant concern, DEP
has two projects currently running, Mr. Jemmott is still looking into this and
is awaiting further information.
Councilman Leroy Comrie: The
government is not giving up the money needed for
It is difficult for seniors
to maintain real estate taxes due to property values increases.
With the Star Credit, the $400 rebate will continue and there may be
something in the works for an additional $600 rebate. CHCA members can call the
Dept of Finance for an application.
Certification, City Councilman Comrie will return to another membership meeting
and give a longer presentation on this. However, there is a bill being sponsored
by the Housing and Buildings Department to stop self certification (i.e:
builders certifying there own work).
The Mayor has set aside 3
million for pension benefits to maintain quality of life.
Brown, Eastern Queens
Winbleberg, Crime Prevention Officer, 105th Precinct:
gave an update on crime in the area, There were a total of 17 crimes in the
still a big hole on
Submitted by Elva Grimes, Corresponding Secretary
FEBRUARY MEETING 2006
Photos by Bill Mouzon
meeting began at 8:10 PM with the opening ceremony.
from the 1/12/06 were read by Recording Secretary Kelli Singleton and accepted.
Recording secretary Kelli Singleton reviews minutes from previous meeting.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Jeff Dawson reported that our current balance as of February 9th, 2006 is $9,990.43.
Jeff Dawson reviews the civic finances
Chairperson Marilyn Huggins mentioned the Atlantic City
trip to Caesar’s Hotel from February 22nd through 24th.
She encouraged everyone to support the association’s fundraising events and
solicited volunteers to join the Fundraising committee.
Board member Marilyn Huggins discusses the importance of fund raising.
President Kevin Jemmott reported on the following:
Importance of Fund Raising:
As a community, we need to support the civic fund raising events if we want to
take our organization to the next level. We would like to open an office on
regarding the former illegal conversion on
Cambria Heights Development Corporation (CHDC):
has been formed to work with merchants to revitalize our commercial strip. The
board members consist of Earl Simons, 1st VP, Leonard Joseph, 2nd
VP, Jeff Dawson, Treasurer, Kelli Singleton, Secretary and Kevin Jemmott,
President. On January 20th, 2006, President Jemmott met with Robert
P. Pauls Consultants Company and the Queens Economic Development organization to
We would like
the document to be created in a polished format with statistics on area
income levels that could be presented to businesses.
should list suggested blocks that represent a model that can developed and used
to encourage other CH blocks to participate.
we have received listed vacant buildings available on the commercial strip. In
one of the draft surveys, President Jemmott found a 17,900 sq ft warehouse with
a parking lot at
President Kevin Jemmott resolves civic member's concerns.
Chairperson Elva Grimes gave remarks about Chancellor Klein’s meeting at I.S.
192 this evening…she attended and represented the civic association along with
civic member, Ms. Doris Bodine. She also gave a brief update regarding our
recent appreciation dinner sponsored by the civic association for the principals
Education Committee Chairwoman Elva Grimes gives her report.
Committee Chairperson Ann Wilkinson, our 2nd VP, encouraged members
to attend the 105th committee meetings held on the 3rd Wednesday of
the month at 8pm (the next meeting will be
held on Feb 22nd). She also solicited volunteers for the Police
Speaker: Lee Fiorino, Department of Finance: Ms.
Fiorino discussed the following:
of finance representative reviews Star program and real estate taxes.
Speaker: Richard Hellenbrecht, Chairman, Community Board 13:
Hellenbrecht gave an update on the house on the corner of
Jemmott encouraged the membership to remain vigilant regarding illegal
conversions and if we see something that is questionable, report it to the
Department of Buildings.
no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:57pm.
M. Singleton, MPA
JANUARY MEETING 2006
Our meeting began promptly
at 8:00am with the opening ceremony.
No minutes were read since
the December meeting was a
Secretary Donice Redding reported the following:
Financial Secretary Donice Redding gives civic financial report.
Jeff Dawson reported: Our current balance as $7,823.72 with
outstanding checks of $742.73 making our available balance $7,080.59 per Bank
Activity report dated 1/12/06. A motion was made to accept the report and was
Chair Marilyn Huggins announced: an upcoming trip to
Kevin Jemmott gave the following report:
Work is not complete yet. We still have milestones to reach in 2006. We have focused committees targeting improvements in Education, Illegal Conversions, Police, and membership.
We must remain vigilant to
preserve and improve our community. We just can not go to work, come home and
eat, sleep, and start all over again. If we do that, while we are sleeping
we might wake up and find an expanded prison next door, or a 24hr Walgreen’s
next door, or maybe a HIP center next door. We must not be caught sleeping or
our community will become rundown.
Speaker, Constance Moran, Borough Commissioner, Department of Transportation:
President Jemmott mentioned
the HIP center proposal and gave the membership an opportunity to voice their
concerns. The majority of our membership does not want a HIP center in the
residential portion of our community. As of today, there are no plans for a HIP
center. However, HIP wants to meet with the civic association leadership to
discuss membership concerns.
With no further business to
discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 10:03pm with over 100
Respectfully Submitted by,
M. Singleton, MPA
DECEMBER MEETING 2005
Civic members celebrated with a holiday party. No business was discussed.
NOVEMBER MEETING 2005
The opening ceremony began
Singleton read the minutes from the October 13th, 2005 membership
meeting which was accepted and seconded by the board.
Marilyn Huggins, announced the upcoming shopping trip to Woodbury Commons
scheduled for December 3rd, 2005.
Treasurer Jeff Dawson
reported that CHCA’s balance is at an all time low (a current balance of
$5,538.01) and encouraged the membership to pay their dues on time and to
support our fundraising events. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s
report and was seconded.
President Kevin Jemmott
gave the following report:
According to police the young man
shot on 224TH between
Discussed article in Times Ledger
that stated residents saw illegal construction at
After several calls to the project
manager street paving to cover raised manhole covers were completed on
Water Pressure is back to normal
and DEP continues to monitor the pressure in the community. Encouraged
members to call 311 and then the civic association if there is a change in water
As a result of the meeting with the
Chancellor PS 147 Scaffolding (damage to front near 3rd floor)
Repairs to begin in the Spring/Summer of 2006. To correct electrical problems
DOE will break up circuits in the library, remove teachers personal microwaves,
toasters etc. Repair 16 Air conditioners. PS
176 copy machine will be replaced
OCTOBER MEETING 2005
Meeting began at 8:05pm with
Recording Secretary Kelli
Singleton read minutes from the 9-8-05 meeting minutes which were approved
Financial Secretary Donice Redding reported that CHCA obtained 7 new
members as of last month’s meeting. We currently have 478 paid members. Ms.
Redding mentioned a suggestion to have board members attended the block
association meeting within the CH community in order to increase membership. She
also mentioned that she needs correct telephone numbers and addresses from
members. She will be sending a
renewal contract to CHCA’s commercial members.
Redding gave the Treasurer’s report in the absence of Treasurer Jeff Dawson
and stated that we currently have an available balance of $7,273.64.
Recording Secretary Singleton
announced the Southern Queens Elected Officials and Clergy’s benefit concert
to help families affected by recent hurricanes. The concert is to be held on
Sunday, October 30th at 3pm at the
Chair Marilyn Huggins announced that tickets are available for the
aforementioned concert and can be purchased from her. She also announced the
October 25th, 2005:
Atlantic City, NJ-Showboat-Tickets are $30
November 10th, 2005:
Thanksgiving Raffle-1 ticket costs $1-1 book costs $5. The grand prize is $250.
December 3rd, 2005:
Woodbury Commons shopping trip-Tickets are $30-leaving from
announced that the Alpha Phi Alpha seniors will be marching on Saturday,
November 19, 2005 at 10am from their former meeting place to the new complex on
the corner of
Kevin Jemmott reported that there was an increase in crime from May through
July. Our crime rate has been decreasing since then. However, there was a recent
homicide on 224th and
The special membership
meeting held on 9/28/05 with Chancellor Klein and Superintendent Chin: District
29 ranked 4th citywide for 1 year gains in grades 3-8 with double
digit increases at both Cambria Heights elementary schools on state and city
wide math and ELA tests; Much needed repairs were made at P.S. 176 and possible
additional air conditioners for both schools; the Dept. of Education is
proposing to spend $1.6 million for improvements at P.S. 147 as
part of a five year $13 billion capital spending plan citywide; The
Chancellor has been to 3 civic meetings and promises to keep coming back with
Doug Greeley, Deputy Commissioner of Operations and John Burns, Engineer,
from the Dept. of Environmental Protection discussed the status of
Senator Malcolm Smith
mentioned that there are 371 people from
He discussed Operations
Southeast Queens meetings which are held monthly to discuss/identify illegal
activity in our community and potential strategies to combat it.
The meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at
Thomasina’s and is open to the public.
Senator Smith says his
biggest goals for the CH community is to improve the educational system for our
children, improve public safety, and improve our commercial strip (shopping and
Hole in street on
Status of the traffic on
Water backup on
Raised potholes from
Need speed bumps in the road to
curb speeding in blocks off of
Need activities for
With no further business to
discuss the meeting was adjourned at 10:10pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
M. Singleton, MPA
SEPTEMBER MEETING 2005
Meeting began at 8:15pm with
the pledge of allegiance and prayer.
Recording Secretary Kelli
Singleton gave a briefing of the June CHCA business meeting and mentioned
important updates pertaining to the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
Treasurer Jeff Dawson
reported that the association has an available balance of $9,900.21 as of
September 8, 2005.
Donice Redding reported that we currently have 972 members and encouraged
everyone to continue paying their membership dues timely. She needs members’
telephone numbers and email addresses in order to update membership records. She
mentioned that businesses (merchants) also need to pay their dues timely. We
have 195 commercial listings but only 50 of these merchants have paid their
dues. She also reported that 612 of
CHCA’s newsletters have been mailed.
Leonard Joseph mentioned that
President Kevin Jemmott
reported that as of July 27, 2005,
President Jemmott also
reported that Chancellor Joel Klein will be visiting
from Elected Official Representatives:
spokesperson for Congressman Meeks’ office gave the following remarks:
Elected officials of Southeast
Queens started a relief fund Hurricane Katrina victims and will use the funds
received to adopt 30 families affected and have a proposal to house them on army
bases. A benefit concert with Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams will also be
held to raise funds.
Congressman Meeks made arrangements
Encouraged the membership to vote
in next week’s primaries.
spokesperson for Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, mentioned that Assemblywoman
Clark will be hosting a Senior Forum in conjunction with the Queens’
Legislators’ 3rd Annual Senior Appreciation Week, on Wednesday
September 14th, 10:30am, at the Police Athletic League/Foster-Laurie Senior
spokesperson for Senator Malcolm Smith’s office, reported that gas
stations are not allowed to change prices more than once per week. If anyone has
experienced fluctuating price changes during a week’s time frame please
contact the Senator’s office.
Speaker: Fred Riley, Community
Coordinator, Department of Consumer Affairs
The Department of Consumer
Affairs handles the licensing of over 55 businesses categories in addition to
investigation of service problems, outreach and education to the public.
Mr. Riley discussed the
importance of contract review and establishing terms and agreements before
working with home improvement contractors (i.e.: asking for insurance, obtaining
recommendations from other people who had the same type of work done by the
He encouraged the membership
to only work with licensed contractors (those
licensed by the Dept. of Consumer Affairs). To check licensure, contact
3-1-1 and visit the Dept. of Consumers Affairs’ website which is www.nyc.gov/consumers.
Contractors who say they are licensed and really are not can have their property
confiscated by the Dept.
Clothing donation boxes are eye
Low water pressure
Streets near the Farmbria
supermarket are filthy
Children are too noisy on
Tree stump needs to be cut down and
the catch basin needs to be cleaned on
After membership concerns
were addressed, a motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 9:50pm and was
Respectfully submitted by,
M. Singleton, MPA
JUNE MEETING 2005
CIVIC MEMBERS CELEBRATE
LOCAL SCHOOL TEST SCORES UP
Civic members packed the MBU Bridge Home June 9th to celebrate the “Year of Accomplishments”. Several leaders of city agencies and local politicians stopped by to celebrate with the membership and offer words of congratulations and support. School Chancellor Joel Klein stated the successes of PS 147 and PS 176. On the City Math Test the number of students performing at or above grade level at PS 147 increased 16.8% over last year and increased 6.7% at PS 176. On the City and State English Language Arts Test the number of students at PS 176 reading at or above grade level increased 12% over last year. PS 147 increased 9%. The Chancellor stated he was impressed with the turn out of the civic association and he urged the members to continue to get involved and Mr. Jemmott to continue working with the Region Superintendent Judith Chin to improve the schools in Cambria Heights. Mr. Jemmott said the improvements in the scores at PS 147 and PS 176 were not a one shot deal. He said he would continue to work with the Department of Education until all students are at or above grade level.
Mayor Dennis Walcott stated that he was proud of civic President Kevin
Jemmott and said that he has taken the civic association and the community to a
new level. He also stated that as Deputy Mayor he can help to bring the issues
of South East Queens to the attention of the Mayor and was here for the
community to use him.
Officer of the 105th Precinct Steven Obrien said that despite the recent
shootings in the area crime is down and asked if anyone has information about
the shootings to please communicate it to the NYPD. He stated that Kevin Jemmott
and Dennis Walcott have been pushing together to get more police officers for
the precinct. Dennis has been working through the Mayors office and Kevin has
been able to get the community out, pose the right questions to the decision
makers in the police dept and apply the needed pressure to get more police
officers for the precinct. He said if the precinct gets more officers a lot of
the credit goes to Mr. Jemmott.
Erico from City Planning stated she was proud to work closely with the civic
association on the rezoning plan and she said approval should be smooth sailing
through the rest of the process. She stated the commission will approve the
rezoning plan June 22 and send it to the City Council for final approval.
Leroy Comrie encouraged the members to continue to come out and that when
politicians see so many people turn out the way 800 people did for the Mayor’s
meeting it sends a strong message. He said he is waiting for the rezoning plan
to come from the City Planning Commission June 22 so that the City Council can
give its approval. He will also give money to revitalize
Economic Development Corp. representative Michael McGaddy stated that he was
going to work closely with Mr Jemmott to help revitalize the commercial strip on
Barbara Clark stated that it was the civic association that make things
happen and to contact their local politicians when they have an issue.
Mr. Jemmott thanked the membership and the board for helping to make the past year a “Year of Accomplishments” but stated that there is still work to be done. He said that he is looking for more volunteers to work on committees and tackle community projects. Working a full time job and finding time to work with the civic to improve your community can sometimes be a tiring task but it is a good tired. When you sit back and see the positive effect you made in the community you will rest well.
MAY MEETING 2005
Photos Courtesy of Bill Mouzon
President Kevin Jemmott said the
violence has to end and again called for the 105th precinct to get it's fair
share of police officers. The problem reached critical mass after a man
was shot dead May 10 on
From left to right the CambriaHeights Community Service Scholarship winners Fabio Streets 2nd place $1000 winner, Cordell Davis 1st place $1500 winner, and Chante Purdue 3rd place $500 winner.
Recording Secretary Kelli Singleton presents recent updates of the Medicare Modernization Act
Attorney John Bigler gives a presentation on Elder Law.
Adama Johnson from Senator Malcolm Smith's office makes a point about Elder Care.
APRIL MEETING 2005
Photos Courtesy of Bill Mouzon
Community Affairs Officer Nicole Dean and civic member Gwendolyn Barnes sign members up for the NYPD Block Watcher program.
Civic President Kevin Jemmott discusses members concerns.
Members listen to details of the 105th Precinct Block Watchers Program.
Father gives daughter a lesson in community civics.
MARCH MEETING 2005
meeting began at 8:05pm with the pledge of allegiance and prayer led by Chaplain
Marilyn Huggins announced our upcoming trip to Mohegan Sun on April 9th, 2005.
The cost of the trip is $30 and the casino will refund attendees with coupons
instead of a cash refund. She encouraged the membership to purchase tickets.
Johnson from Senator Malcolm Smith mentioned a couple of community outreach
events at the
Report: Reported as of today, the CHCA has a current balance of $15,027.37
with two outstanding checks totaling $1150.29 and we now have an available
balance of $13,877.08.
Report: President Jemmott reported on the following.
Job Fair- As a manager at Verizon President Jemmott convinced Verizon to
hold a job fair Sat March 5 at the St Albans Family Life Ctr. Over 400 job
seekers attended. Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, State Senator Malcolm Smith, and
Councilman Leroy Comrie helped to get the word out. If your interested in
a job or know of someone who is interested pick up Verizon info package at
– There has been several shootings along
7, Mr. Jemmott met with Police Commissioner Kelly at a community leaders meeting and
requested more police officers at the 105th precinct.. 18% of the crime in
School Superintendent Judith Chin – follow up meeting 3/16 to
monitor progress of schools in Cambria
St & Linden Traffic Congestion: Plans
to convert 234th to a two way street put on hold by Assemblywoman Barbara Clark
and CB13 Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht who asked DOT to consider comparing
reversing the direction of the current one-way, changing it to a two-way or
leaving it as is and for DOT to recommend the best solution. Mr. Jemmott
spoke to Queens DOT Commissioner Constance Moran today and she said she will not
make another recommendation because she has already made a recommendation to the
civic to convert the block to a two way with no parking on one side of the
street. There will be a public hearing at CB13 in the near future.
with our Jewish Neighbors on
Accomplishments of meeting with Rabbi
§ Had 105th precinct ticket buses for several days. Buses now park legally
§ Rabbi agreed to put down poison for rats and place garbage on platforms to make it difficult for rats to get to garbage. Old mattresses were also removed.
Rabbi agreed to hire four
Speakers: Mr. John Young, Commissioner and Ms. Elizabeth Erico, Asst.
Commissioner, Department of City Planning
resident districts in
should be complete between August and November of this year.
Website: www.nyc.gov/planning to find out more information about city planning and rezoning. Also contains the agency’s strategic plan outlining initiatives for enhancing the city.
FEBRUARY MEETING 2005
meeting began at 8:05pm with the pledge of allegiance and prayer led by Chaplain
Secretary Report: Financial Secretary Audrey Stewart gave the CHCA
financial report and stated that as of February 9, 2005, CHCA has an available
balance of $14,268.74.
Report: President Kevin Jemmott reported on the following:
City Planning completed their study of the houses for down zoning
the Civic Association’s request to the Mayor,
Conversions: Recent fires that have resulted in the death of fire fighters and
families because of Illegal Conversions emphasizes the need for the community to
act before such a tragedy happens in
President Jemmott’s request, the Buildings Dept. will give hands on training
on the Building Information System (BIS) data base at the
§ File illegal conversion complaints.
§ Determine whether there are complaints on a property and the disposition of those complaints.
§ Whether there are violations on a property and the status of those violations.
§ What types of permits are issued for a property, including when permit was granted, when it expires and contractor contact information.
· Whether there is a Certificate of Occupancy for a building and if so download a copy.
· All interested in taking the free class see me any board member at the end of the meeting.
Quality: President Jemmott met with the Deputy Commissioner of Operations,
Doug Greeley on January 11th and learned that the first phase of improving the
On January 13,
§ Hydrant flushing has now begun and takes place from 8pm to midnight. Residences and businesses located in or near the area may experience discolored water and or low pressure at various times. If you have any concerns call 311 or Sara Pecker of DEP at 718 595-5487.
§ The second phase will be to replace the water pipes which will take approximately three years.
§ The final result of this program will be to prevent brown water and reduce the iron manganese in our water.
§ Plan # 1 will cost $1.525 million which will include a new children’s park with spray shower, enclosed fencing for safety, revitalize comfort station, repave park area, install new benches. Councilman Comrie advised he will support it with funds. On Feb 1st, President Jemmott and John Hopkins attended the borough presidents’ budget hearings to solicit funds also.
Plan # 2 will be to revitalize the walk way of the park along the
The Commissioner also agreed to install a fence in the baseball field dug out
and provide clay for the fields at both Laurelton West and
In an effort to make our Linden Blvd commercial strip more attractive and the
civic association more visible twenty-four 5ft x 2.5 ft “Welcome to
Cambria Heights” blue banners will be installed between Linden Blvd and the
Cross Island Pkwy and Linden & Francis Lewis Blvd, Springfield near
Murdock and Springfield near 120th Avenue within the next few weeks. Financial
support for these banners will be received from Bank of America, State Senator
Malcolm Smith and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark. President Jemmott and 3rd VP
Barbara Dacosta have worked hard to make this happen.
New Newsletter Editor: Carl Wharton has enthusiastically accepted the
position of editor for our newsletter. Carl has prior experience with
newsletters he has produced for his block association and we look forward to an
improved newsletter from him. If members have articles or events such as
birthdays or anniversaries please see Carl at the end of each membership
Speaker: Dr. Gloria Black, Civil Rights Activist
Black gave an informative presentation on Black History- where we came from to
where we are today—it was very inspiring. She encouraged the membership to be
civically oriented; to work with the elected officials and to make them
accountable for their needs; to be aware of the community’s needs; to organize
block associations; to vote in all elections; to lobby and partner with groups
to upgrade the neighborhood; and to attend school and community board meetings.
Black mentioned there will be a meeting regarding the illegal buildings on March
10th at 7pm.
Speaker: Mr. Aaron Jackson, Grand Council of Guardians, an African
American Law Enforcement Fraternity
Jackson spoke about the dangers of the Teen Curfew bill (no
child 17 or under are allowed out of their homes without being accompanied by an
Speaker: City Councilman Leroy Comrie
Councilman Comrie made announcements about upcoming community events. He also
gave the status of the Teen Curfew bill, which won’t be lobbied. He mentioned
that as of 11:45am today (2/10/05), the telephone cell phone antenna at
Councilman Comrie suggested that we do a petition drive in the spring to save
the Q83 bus which is in jeopardy of being eliminated.
for the next CHCA membership meeting: “The
bike lane on
no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 10:07am.
Kelli M. Singleton
JANUARY MEETING 2005
Accomplishments of Chancellor Meeting & Partnering With DOE
Photos Courtesy of Bill Mouzon
School Chancellor Joel Klein fields questions from the membership and explains he is willing to partner with the community.
Civic President Kevin Jemmott tells the chancellor that the dumping of Special Ed and unprepared students that are not from Cambria Heights must stop and these students should be spread equally throughout Queens.
School Superintendent Judith Chin agreed that seven Special Ed classes at PS 147 is too much and no more would be admitted. She said the number of Special Ed classes would be reduced by attrition.
Principal Arlene Bartlett of PS 176 addresses parent's concerns and lays out her plan to improve her school's performance. She said Saturday and summer success academies have been set up, as well as additional training for teachers and intervention programs for students who need it most. Principal Ann Cohen of PS 147 had similar remarks.
CHCA 3rd VP Barbara Dacosta asks the Chancellor questions submitted by the audience.
Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott and DEP Director of Communications Sara Pecker confer before the meeting on solutions to water issues in Cambria Heights. The Deputy Mayor a former CHCA President in 1984 stated that, " Mr. Jemmott has done more for Cambria Heights as a civic president in six months than any other civic president he has known during their entire term."
CHCA Corresponding Secretary Esther Wiggins, Treasurer Jeff Dawson and newly appointed Editor Carl Wharton prepare to direct the over 400 attendees to the auditorium.
A full auditorium at PS 147 anxiously awaits the start of the meeting.
December Holiday Meeting 2004
the annual Cambria Heights Civic General Membership Holiday party December
9th, President Kevin Jemmott gave a follow up report to the
Mayor’s visit to Cambria
Following is Mr. Jemmott's report and photos of the Holiday
Following is Mr. Jemmott's report and photos of the Holiday meeting.
Meeting with Mayor Bloomberg Success
Approximately 600 Cambria
Heights Residents, 50-75 visitors attended
Covered by media.
I will be dining with the
Mayor at his home December 15th – as a thank you for a well run
We are on the cusp of being
a great community but we must not relax. Now is the time to get a second wind
and continue working.
Conversions – 19 turned over to
Buildings Dept. 7 fines issued ranging up to $50 per day until reverted back to
a single family home. My request to end “two attempts no access-case
resolved” will be honored in
– Crime in the 105th
Precinct continues to drop. The Mayor stated there is no money for more cops.
However, there was another shooting Nov 28 at 114Ave & 225th St
not related to previous shooting on Linden
– Chancellor Joel Klein is confirmed
to speak at our January civic meeting to discuss
Quality – Spoke to Deputy
Commissioner of Operations - DEP - Doug Greeley regarding brown water and iron
manganite in our water. He is working on by passing well 23 from the old Jamaica
Water Co. Short term is to add 2-3 pressure valves that may allow us to get city
water. This should be completed by early Jan. Long term remedy will be to build
48in water mains to bring in city water within 3 years. He will contact me when
the short term plan is complete.
- Sanitation Commissioner John
Doherty, responding to residents’ complaints, had sanitation crews complete
the removal of weeds growing on
Parks Commissioner Barbara
Lewandowski has agreed to work with John Hopkins, Councilman Leroy Comrie and
myself to come up with ideas to revitalize
HOLIDAY MEETING PHOTOS
HOLIDAY MEETING PHOTOS
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Members enjoy good food and fellowship.
President Kevin Jemmott, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark discuss community issues.
From left 3rd VP Barbara Dacosta, Financial Secretary Audrey Stewart, Editor Marie Reed, recruit member to become more active in the civic.
NOVEMBER MEETING 2004
Mayor Bloomberg Is Welcomed As The Guest Speaker By Civic President Kevin Jemmott
Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott addresses education concerns and promises to have Schools Chancellor Klein meet with the civic association
November 11, 2004 Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the guest speaker at the Cambria
Heights Civic Association General Membership Meeting. The Mayor along with 10 of
his commissioners, deputy commissioners and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott
addressed concerns of the approximately 600
president Kevin Jemmott led the meeting and called on the membership to partner
with the mayor and his commissioners to change
Regarding the quality of education in Cambria Heights Deputy Mayor Dennis
Walcott said that the Schools Chancellor would attend the January membership
meeting to address the issues. Parks
Commissioner Dorothy Lowondowski stated she would work with the civic association
on ideas to revitalize the area parks. The head of the Sanitation Dept John
Doherty agreed to trim the weeds on
At one point
in the meeting Cambria
President Kevin Jemmott stated that the meeting with the Mayor was a success.
There was a large turnout of
Kevin Jemmott listens as members express their concerns
OCTOBER MEETING 2004
Report: In the absence of Treasurer Jeff Dawson, Financial
Secretary Audrey Stewart gave the Treasurer Report
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$400 rebate mailing now through the end of November
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Call 311 for your status. You will need your block and lot #
Large influx of people into NYC and
they are attracted to
Taxes the infra structure. Schools,
sanitation, parking and other city services.
Rebuilding must be done in an
Met with Assemblywoman Barbara
Clark, Councilman Leroy Comrie, Liz Erico of City Planning and Richard C.
Hellenbrecht Chairman of CB13. City Planning
agreed to accelerate the process and have the
Turn in any Illegal Conversions to
the civic so that they can be reported to the buildings dept and followed up by
the Borough President.
105th Precinct Commander Captain Stephen O’Brien:
Mentioned that it is an honor to work in the
Asked the membership to give specific information when making complaints
about community issues.
The 105th Precinct is divided into 13 sectors.
An elderly woman was mugged on
The predominant crime in
Special Note: Mr. Jemmott presented an award to police officer Michelle Antionadio for
excellent police work within our community. She made a robbery arrest in
Speaker Geno LoPresti, Crime Prevention Officer, 105th Precinct
Mentioned that (Fall-Winter) this is the time of the year for
Informed the membership to keep all windows, doors locked at night even
when we’re at home. Encouraged people to purchase professionally installed
alarm systems and motion lights (keep your home well lit).
Discussed stickers and identification devices he has that will easily
identify stolen cars (vin-etching) at the Rockaway Boulevard Motor Vehicles,
Monday-Friday. This service is free of charge. Anyone interested can contact him
at the precinct (776-9207). Over 800 cars have been vin-etched this year.
Community Affairs Officer Nicole Dean:
some of the 105th Precinct’s programs such as:
Civilian Observer Program: Gives community residents an opportunity to ride
with Police Officers to learn and experience their jobs. Applicants must be at
least 18 years of age.
Block Watchers’ Program: A free, anonymous program wherein
residents/neighbors monitor any strange, potential criminal activity in
the neighborhood and alert the precinct.
Officer Dean also provided pamphlets on Identity Theft and Terrorist
Officer Dean can be reached at 718-776-9173 or 9176.
Marilyn Huggins encouraged the membership to purchase Thanksgiving raffles (will
be drawn at our next membership meeting on 11/11/04) and to attend the
upcoming Franklin Mills shopping trip in Philadelphia being held on 12/4/04 (has
more than 200 outlets). She also
mentioned another 3-day, 2-night
Marie Reed, Chairperson of the CHCA Newsletter Committee, solicited volunteers
for the committee and encouraged the membership to submit articles to be
no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:50pm.
SEPTEMBER MEETING 2004
Treasurer Jeff Dawson gave a summary of CHCA bank activity through September 8,
2004. The CHCA available balance is $16,384.21.
membership to give the civic association any reports of illegal conversions so
that the top 20 can be given to Borough President Helen Marshall to follow up.
At a meeting with the owner of the Garden Supply property, Assemblywoman Barbara
Clark and myself it was suggested that an assisted living facility be
constructed on the site.
Kevin Jemmott held a
meeting with the board over the summer to address many community issues including
illegal conversions, police relations, revitalization of the
Jemmott also mentioned the possibility of building an Assisted Living Facility
on the property of the present nursery located on 119th and
Speaker Honorable Helen Marshall: Queens Borough President
Atkins mentioned that any illegal conversion complaints must be filed before
enforcement can take place. Members can write a letter to elected officials, the
Borough President’s office or contact 311. Violations can be as high as
$2,500. An inspection will be scheduled if the address of the complaint property
is correct and inspectors are required to make 2 attempts. The most difficult
part of obtaining inspection is obtaining access into the property. Tenants are
often intimidated by landlords and told not to allow access by inspectors. A
warrant for entry can be issued if a complainant (can be an individual or
organization) files for one. An article regarding Illegal Conversions will
be published in the next CHCA newsletter. Log onto www.nyc.gov/buildings
then click onto “Business Information Systems” for more information.
Atkins also reminded the membership to enroll into the STAR program by October
15, 2004. The applications are available online, in libraries, and in all
municipal buildings. They can also be downloaded from www.nyc.gov/finance.
also mentioned that the $400 rebate will be distributed as of November 2004.
Speaker Assemblywoman Barbara Clark’s remarks:
Assemblywoman Clark spoke about the results of a recent survey and asked
dutifully swore in the elected and appointed board members.
Issues Mentioned By Membership:
Junk mail/flyers being left on people’s property
Slippery sidewalk in front of the Car Wash on
Too much traffic on
Maintaining the community garden. A discussion will be held with City
Councilman Leroy Comrie.
Consider making 233rd St and 118th Avenue
a one-way street to eliminate traffic. Cars should be prohibited from parking
on the corners of this street as well because it blocks the Stop signs and
Need adequate bike lanes.
Need cleaner and safer parks in the community.
Need a remedy for water/ice near
“No Standing” signs need to be placed at 234th and
Enforcement needs to take place with sanitation to take down illegal
signs and fine the people who are posting the signs by $150.
Fundraising report: Marilyn
Huggins encouraged the membership to support the upcoming bus ride on September
25, 2004 trip to
There will not be any primaries in the 33rd district (September 14th)
and none of the polling sites will be open in the district. However, all polling
sites will be open on Election Day.
no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 10:00pm.
JUNE BUSINESS MEETING 2004
The elections were held on June 10,2004 at the annual membership business meeting. Most of the unopposed nominees were current office holders who agreed to serve another term. New nominees for the offices of 3rd vice president, assistant corresponding secretary, assistant recording secretary/editor, financial secretary and sergeant-at-arms were also unopposed. The two nominees for the office of 1st vice president were Jack Thompson and Earl Simon. The membership elected Earl Simon to be the 1st vice president. Jack Thompson, was applauded for his work as he left office after eleven years as CHCA president. He will continue to share his great expertise and knowledge as an appointed board member.
For the full listing of officers selected by the membership for 2004-2006 see below.
2004-2006 Executive Board
MAY MEETING 2004
minutes from the
Wiesneski’s Report, 105th Report:
down by 13% in the
popular crimes in the community are burglary and auto theft.
the membership to contact the precinct at 718-776-9224 if we have any complaints
and answered a few questions from the audience.
Guest Speaker, Harriet Miller Diaz, Principal, I.S. 192:
school has 1,000 students with smaller class sizes.
Saturday computer program for parents.
school also offers dance, tennis, reading, and math tutoring, and 6 computer
is looking for members of the civic association to be mentors to the students
Guest Speaker, Corrine Lindo, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs,
Department of Buildings:
department issues permits for construction and violations for deficiencies.
They are responsible for 900,000 buildings and are currently
short-staffed (although they just hired 8 new inspectors).
department’s website is www.nyc.gov/buildings
and they can be reached at 212-566-3424.
advised the membership to hire an architect for advice on t home structural
changes before having them done. Illegal work costs 10 times the filing
fee and come with hefty fines.
provided handouts on how to resolve violations which also involves hiring an
are necessary for structural changes. People are also expected to check the
zoning in the community before beginning construction.
mentioned that the membership should contact 311 with any illegal conversion
complaints. 311 will categorize the complaints received (A,B, or C) starting
with the most severe and ending with the last severe.
Guest Speaker, Adoma Johnson, Representative from Senator Malcolm Smith’s
Johnson mentioned the following upcoming events:
National Cancer Day Parade
13th-19th Senior Appreciation week
encouraged the membership to call 718-528-4290 if anyone has questions.
Vice President’s Report, Kevin Jemmott:
Jemmott mentioned recent legislation introduced by Assemblyman Weprin (#INT230),
which, allows council and community members to get a warrant for property
inspection and gives the commission permission to impose fines for properties
that have received notices.
INT232 allows the Buildings Commissioner to deny permits to owners who have
Jemmott introduced Edna Howard, Chairperson of the nomination committee,
discussed the nomination slate and accepted nominations from the floor.
Election for 1st Vice President will be by written ballot.
Report, Leonard Joseph:
Mentioned the souvenir journal for the upcoming CHCA Presidential Ball
and asked the membership to purchase ads/journal pages.
Board #13 Report, Representative Lloyd Hicks:
that there will be a Memorial Day floral wreath program on Sunday, May 23rd
Afei, a member of the CHCA, offered her professional services
(investment/taxes/loans) to the
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at .
MARCH MEETING 2004
President Thompson mentioned the following:
Hospital Center is currently experiencing cutbacks in health services due to a
decrease in Medicare funding.
everyone to purchase tickets for our upcoming CHCA Presidential Ball.
Secretary Kelli Singleton read the minutes from the February 12, 2004 membership
meeting, which was motioned for acceptance and seconded.
Vice President’s Report:
Jemmott discussed the results of the recent Cambria Heights quality of life
survey which are as follows: #1 Concern,Ilegal conversions, #2 More Police
presence in our community, and #3 Too many Pot Holes in our streets. He
encouraged everyone to contact Community Board 13 at 718-464-9700 regarding
President Jemmott mentioned that the Department of Buildings held a meeting last
week and concerned residents are encouraged to contact the department regarding
Board 13 Report:
Hellenback discussed the following:
artist who will decorate the new library will be showing her work at the next
CB13 meeting on March 22nd. Invited the membership to attend.
is being made in the legislation regarding illegal conversions. A 5-step plan
will be introduced to give more power/access to building inspectors to
investigate the inside of homes that have been turned into illegal conversions.
Plans are being introduced in Queens to save 1 family homes.
Speaker #1: Ms. Arlene Bartlett, Principal of P.S. 176:
more people in the community to come out and participate in the school’s
activities. She requested volunteers to help the students with reading or
participate in various workshops on breast cancer and domestic violence.
everyone to fight for equity of funds, staffing, and supplies. They currently
have 3,500 books and over 15 computers.
working to reduce class sizes to facilitate classroom
interaction. They currently have 605 students although the school was
built to accommodate approximately 500 students.
summer school program will be scaled back dramatically (will only be open up to
3rd grade) and only 9 schools will be open in our community for
summer school. All other grades will not be allowed the opportunity to progress
to the next grade level through summer study.
Speaker #2: Architects for the Walgreen’s proposal:
Presented and discussed
their architectural displays of the newly proposed Walgreen’s to be built on
Springfield and 119th Avenue in place of the former gardening
nursery. Residents expressed their concerns.
Speaker #3: Assemblywoman Barbara Clark:
the urgency in developing a better strategy of finding out about property for
sale within our community and determine what should be done with properties that
are currently empty.
that the CHCA invite the Commander from the 105th Precinct to a CHCA
meeting to address the issue of insufficient Police presence in our community.
contact DEP regarding brown water in the community. Richard Hollenbeck from CB13
will also discuss this issue with the Deputy Commissioner of DEP.
an update regarding the status of the New York City school system in terms of
funding and cutbacks.
the membership to be aware of what is going on in our community, city, state,
Speaker # 3: City Councilman Leroy Comrie:
that work is in progress to prevent/curb illegal conversions through re-zoning.
that he will be hosting a series of not-for-profit workshops for people who are
interested in starting their own business.
several other events he will be hosting during March and April. Please refer to
the attached list of upcoming events.
the STAR program and encouraged the membership to register.
Going forward, all upcoming events sponsored by his
office will be published in the CHCA newsletter.
Speaker # 4: Adoma Johnson from Senator Malcolm Smith’s Office:
remarks on behalf of the Senator and mentioned the upcoming dance at Antun’s
on March 26, 2004.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was
adjourned at 10:05pm.