Thursday, August 18, 2016

Recent Events and How to Take Action



PLEASE - if you If you live in Park Slope on Prospect Place between Flatbush and 5th Ave, or on 6th Avenue between St. Marks and Park Place, please take a moment to complete our "census" at http://census.prospectplaceneighbors.org


In light of the events of this past Monday night, we wanted to share a couple pieces of important information. We are also sharing this post through our Twitter account, @ProspectPl, and our Facebook page.

A number of residents have asked when the next "CB 6 permits" meeting is. The next meeting of the Community Board 6 Environmental Protection, Permits, and Licenses meeting is Monday August 22, at 6:30 at the Cobble Hill Community Room at 250 Baltic Street.

Neither Monday night's incident nor the renewals of any of the "Flatbush bars" (Bleacher's, Woodland, Barn, and Sugarcane) are on the agenda. As a reminder neither CB6 nor the EPPL committee specifically have the power to issue, renew, or revoke alcohol permits. CB6 is an advisory-only body to represent, in the case of alcohol permits, the community to the State Liquor Authority. Timing wise, this is the first public meeting at which there might possibly be an opportunity for the public to discuss what happened, but only if a chance for comment is afforded the public, which is at the discretion of the chairs. Again, none of the "Flatbush bars" are on the agenda.

Second, the 78th Precinct Council, unfortunately given the timing, does not meet in August. The next meeting will be the last Tuesday of September. The next meeting will be your chance to discuss policing concerns related to the Flatbush bars and ongoing activity on our blocks by patrons of these bars before and after they visit these establishments, especially late at night. Arguably the 78th Precinct Council meeting will be more important than any CB6 meetings in terms of a follow-up to Monday night's events.

Finally, there have been numerous requests made as to who to email or call about what happened. Below is a partial list of local elected officials and "powers that be" to write.

As always we encourage you to be specific and where possible cite specific 311 or 911 calls and the response when expressing quality of life concerns. More generally, you must call (or use the app for) 311 (or 911 if necessary -- e.g., if someone comes on to your private property uninvited) EVERY time there is an issue. If there is no evidence and paper trail of issues, there is little governmental bodies can or will do.

We also suggest you be specific about what you'd recommend be changed. Some suggestions include changing back the parking on 6th Avenue between St. Mark's and Prospect Place from metered parking to alternate side parking, as well as increased patrols and responsiveness by the NYPD to North Slope complaints and concerns.
  • ​Mayor's Office
    • Daniel Abramson: ​DAbramson@cityhall.nyc.gov
  • City Public Advocate Letitia James: ljames@pubadvocate.nyc.gov
  • Borough Presidents Office
    • Jeff Lowell: jlowel@brooklynbp.nyc.gov (POC for CB6)
  • State Senator Jesse Hamilton (east side of 6th Ave, odd numbers): hamilton@nysenate.gov
  • State Senator Velmanette Montomery (west side of 6th Ave):​ montgome@senate.state.ny.us
  • ​Assembly Member Joanne Simon: simonj@assembly.state.ny.us
  • State Liquor Authority
    • Michael Smith, Michael.Smith@sla.ny.gov
  • ​City Councilperson
    • Brad Lander: ​lander@council.nyc.gov​
    • His Staff
      • Rachel Goodman, ​rgoodman@council.nyc.gov
      • Catherine Zinnell, ​czinnel@council.nyc.gov
  • 78th Precinct Community Council ​
    • ​Wayne Bailey, 78thPCCP@gmail.com
  • 78th Precinct Community Affairs
    • J​erry Galante -> ​​jerry.galante@nypd.org
    • Brian Laffey --> brian.laffey@nypd.org​ 
  • ​CB6
    • ​Sayar Lonial, Chair, sayar.lonial@nyu.edu
    • ​Craig Hammerman, District manager, districtmanager@brooklyncb6.org
    • Ty Beatty, Assistant District Manager, adm@BrooklynCB6.org

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