APPROVED SUMMARY OF HHOC MEETING: September 22, 2007


The meeting took place at 180 Cabrini Blvd. #89 and got under way at about 7:20 p.m. People attending: Howard S. Aaron, Mike Augenblick, Monica Bauchwitz, Joel M. Bhuijan, Marcella Calabi, Lorraine Cooper, Mike Fitelson, Shelley Henderson, Mary Kim, Joseph Lentini, Mark Levine, Erica Lindenstraus, Danny Lu, Doreen Mangan, William J. McBurney, Jr., Wendy McClellan, Rita L. McKee, Francisco Menendez, Tina Molinari, Joe Montagna, Sarah Morgridge, Peggy Morrissey, Rosa Naparstek, Erik Ochsner, Lilliam Perez, Joanne Powell, Brenda Ramirez-Paulino, Raquel Retief, Elizabeth Ritter, Simone Yen Song, Van Stone, Scott Stringer, Valerie Volinski,  
Buildings represented: 66 Overlook Terrace Corp., 120 Bennett Owners, 255 Cabrini Condominium, 350 Cabrini, 447 Ft. Washington, 720-730 Fort Washington, Bennett Condominium, Cabrini Terrace, Castle Village, Chittenden House Inc, Ft. Tryon Corp., Hudson View Gardens, Overlook Towers, Pinehurst Owners Corp., Westgate House. Guest buildings, neighborhood organizations and businesses present: 187 Pinehurst Ave., 435 Ft. Washington, 630 Ft. Washington, Berkshire Bank, Beth Am, The People’s Temple, Concerts in the Heights, Critter Outfitter, Ft. Tryon Park Trust, Simone Song Properties, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, Square Foot Realty. Elected Officials represented: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Senator Eric Schneiderman, NYC Councilman Robert Jackson.

The Meeting Summary from the previous meeting was reviewed, no changes.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer spoke about the need for rezoning and new attention to land use in Hudson Heights, where the zoning has not been changed since 1961; he wants Hudson Heights not to be forgotten in larger planning for Manhattan. He offered to give a presentation on this matter if our community wants it. He took questions which led to a discussion of ongoing and future development in the area, which underscored the need for all stakeholders to collaborate on big-picture planning. He promised that there would be a Town Hall meeting on the subject of the development at the GWBridge Bus Terminal, and agreed that there would be a need to involve the DOT and local police to minimize the disruption that a major renovation will cause.

Roundtable: There was networking about how to find a good super.

Announcement of Events then upcoming included:

Among other things, this announcement list demonstrates that the cultural richness of the neighborhood is increasing by leaps and bounds.

Other guest organizations introducing themselves at this meeting were:

The question was raised about whether a comprehensive calendar of events exists. Many organizations including HHOC have attempted this but success is a function of the public developing the habit both to inform and to consult one central source. Mike F. said that this is a project he is working on together with a number of colleagues; watch for future announcements.

On Senator Schneiderman’s behalf, Lilliam reminded all comers to apply for the STAR tax rebate and offered the assistance of the Senator’s office if necessary. See also www.nystax.gov

The following HHOC Grants were approved: $250 each to the

Follow-up on other earlier/ongoing HHOC projects:

Many kudos and thanks to Jane Shachat and good wishes for her future.

The next meeting date was set for October 22 at the Hebrew Tabernacle. The meeting adjourned at 9:30.





 


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