APPROVED SUMMARY OF HHOC MEETING MARCH 31, 2005


SUMMARY OF HHOC MEETING
The meeting took place at Stein-Perry Realty on 187th Street and got under way at about 7:25.m. In attendance were the following individuals: Mike Augenblick, Marcella Calabi, Mary Kim, Caroline King, Gwen Kingsberry, Joe Montagna, Gus Perry, Louis Pulice, Sonia Reynoso, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, Debbie Shaked, Peter Simoes, and Henry Stern.  The following member buildings had residents present: 255 Cabrini Condominium, 360 Cabrini Owners Corpoeration, Castle Village Owners Corp., Chittenden House Inc., and Hudson View Gardens. The following Community Associate Members (CAMs), guest buildings, and other neighborhood groups were represented: 250 Cabrini; 340 Cabrini; Beth Am, The People's Temple; Hudson Cliffs Theatre Arts Program; Simone Song Properties; and Stein-Perry Realty.

Special Upcoming Event: Drums Along the Hudson, a "Native American Festival and Shad Fest" Sunday May 1, 11am-6pm at Inwood Hill Park, 218th St. 3 blocks west of Broadway. Free. Featuring performances of Native American dance and song, drummers and dancers from around the world, native elders, storytelling, food, art, handicrafts, shad tasting and Hudson River Fish exhibits. Special events honoring Dr. Elizabeth Sackler and The Hudson River Foundation, with guest Winona LaDuke. Also, this event could use volunteers. For more info, see www.lotusarts.com, call 212-627-1076 x16 (call 311 or visit www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events.php?id=21640.)

Other Announcements of then-upcoming events included:

To Note, Past and Present:

Roundtable query:  Two participants independently requested networking and suggestions about new co-op management companies. This prompted a discussion about how to pick, what to watch out for, and what expectations are realistic. It does seem that some Boards make life impossible for their managers by hiding behind management, letting the employees take the heat for unpopular or ill-thought-out policies. Anything Boards and/or committees can do to educate residents about how the structure of the co-op really works could help streamline the co-op’s functioning and reduce tension. Management needs depend of course on the size of the co-op and the type of projects that the manager would have to oversee in addition to day-to-day operations, but all co-ops need expertise in matters like taxes and city regulations. A key criterion by which to measure management companies is responsiveness, i.e. the speed and reliability with which they return calls. Some specific recommendations were aired, contact secretary for more details.

The existence and function of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, which came up at the previous meeting, was further elucidated. This is something our members should be more aware of, and HHOC should discuss appropriate ways of utilizing this information. Perhaps connecting with these resources could turn out to be HHOC’s key to impacting such issues as traffic calming on our more problematic streets or the level of bus service. According to one of our participants, The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council  (NYMTC) works on these things among others [notes provided by Mary and edited by Marcella]:

Security issues: as promised last month, Mike Z. asked Inspector Kehoe of the 34th Precinct about the level of police presence in the neighborhood. He reported a 19% drop in crime in the precinct; we have two officers assigned to full-time patrol throughout the neighborhood and one officer focusing on the parks full-time. The upshot: as expected, coverage has dropped since the upswing that resulted from the Mayor’s Town Meeting in the neighborhood, but it is better than it was before that meeting.

Ft. Tryon Park Heather Garden Fundraiser: follow-up to last month’s discussion about this event both (1) focused on the need to expand fundraising and awareness of the Heather Garden to high-end donors outside the neighborhood and (2) reiterated our interest in more local events and more affordable ways to support the park. It was agreed that HHOC will donate enough funds to register on the program of the downtown event and communicate with the Parks Dept. about this matter. Elizabeth to follow up.

HHOC business

Next meeting:  Monday April 25, 7:15 p.m. Castle Village Community Room, 110 Cabrini Blvd. Enter through the cast iron gates – use the intercom if it’s locked.  (The following meeting also has been scheduled, for Monday May 23 at Bleu Evolution, look for confirmation next month.)




 


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