Full Board
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Public Session

A. Pre-registered speakers, 3 min each
B. Elected Official Reports
C. Borough President’s Report

Business Session

A. Roll Call – Secretary
B. Adoption of the Agenda
D. Chair’s Report
E. District Manager’s Report
F. Officer Reports
G. Committee Reports and Action Items

Housing

Public Safety & Transportation

A motion to provide a letter in support of the repeal of 50-a — a statute that shields personnel records, including records of misconduct and disciplinary actions, of police officers, firefighters and correction officers — was made by Jessica Morris and seconded by Andrew Padilla. The motion passed unanimously.

Licenses & Permits

Liquor Licenses

La Guadalupe Restaurant Corp. Alteration application for a wine, beer, and cider license #1323249 for a restaurant located at 179 East 115th Street New York, NY 10029 (Third Avenue). The committee recommends that this application be approved. Motion to approve by Carlos Diaz was seconded by Judith Febbraro and passed unanimously.

El Nuevo Sandy Restaurant, Inc. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1294440 for a restaurant located at 2261 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (116th Street). The committee recommends this application be approved. Motion to approve by Celia Ramirez was seconded by Judith Febbraro and passed unanimously.

Side Park Café Corp. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1294566 for a restaurant located at 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (104th Street). The committee recommends this application be approved. Motion to approve by Carlos Diaz was seconded by Celia Ramirez and passed unanimously.

MN Business Group Inc. dba The Kiosk. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1207522 for a restaurant located at 76-80 East 116th Street New York, NY 10029 (Park Avenue). The committee recommends this application be approved. Motion to approve made by Judith Febbraro, seconded by Carlos Diaz and passed unanimously.

East Harlem Bottling Co LLC. dba East Harlem Bottling Co. Renewal Application for a wine, beer, and cider license #1290929 for a restaurant located 1711 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (107th Street). The committee recommends this application be approved. Motion to approve made by Celia Ramirez, seconded by Carlos Diaz and passed unanimously.

Street Activity Permits

JungleGym 2020 #536446
Weekend Walk
July 17, 2020 (set up 7:00 a.m. – breakdown August 14, 2020 3:00 p.m.)
Friday – July 17th
Friday – August 14th
East 116th Street between Lexington Avenue and Second Avenue
Applicant: Mac Levine
Sponsor: NYCDOT Weekend Walks – Kyle Gorman
The committee recommends this application be denied. Motion to deny by Carlos Diaz was seconded by Celia Ramirez and passed unanimously.

Jungle Gym 2020 #536448
Weekend Walk
July 24, 2020 (set up 7:00 a.m. – breakdown August 7, 2020 3:00 p.m.)
Friday – July 24th
Friday – August 7th
East 106th Street between Lexington Avenue and Second Avenue
Applicant: Mac Levine
Sponsor: NYCDOT Weekend Walks – Kyle Gorman
The committee recommends this application be denied. Motion to deny by Judith Febbraro was seconded by Carlos Diaz and passed unanimously.

Afro Bembe #527216
Single Block Festival
July 26, 2020 (set up 10:30 a.m. – breakdown 9:30 p.m.)
East 120th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue
Applicant: Deborah Quinones
Sponsor: Young Bucks Sports
The committee recommends this application be denied. Motion to deny by Celia Ramirez was seconded by Judith Febbraro and passed unanimously.

Harlem Community Justice Centers Weekend Walks #536885
Weekend Walk
August 28, 2020 (set up 8:00 a.m. – breakdown 4:00 p.m.)
Third Avenue between East 116th Street and East 121st Street
Applicant: Farrah Marin
Sponsor: NYCDOT Weekend Walks – Kyle Gorman
The committee recommends this application be approved. Motion to approve by Celia Ramirez was seconded by Judith Febbraro and passed unanimously.

Outreach Block Party #538633
Block Party
July 25, 2020 (set up 11:00 a.m. – breakdown 5:00 p.m.)
East 100th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue
Applicant: Minnie Wheeler
Sponsor: Miracle Pentecostal Church
The committee recommends this application be denied. Motion to deny by Celia Ramirez was seconded by Judith Febbraro and passed unanimously.

NOTE: All required documents were received after the Licenses & Permits Committee meeting

Family Day #538432
Block Party
August 1, 2020 (set up 8:00 a.m. – breakdown 4:00 p.m.)
East 127th Street between Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue
Applicant: Diane Spann
Sponsor: Addie Mae Collins Community
The committee recommends this application be approved. Motion to approve by Carlos Diaz was seconded by Celia Ramirez and passed unanimously.

Closing Exercise #538696
Block Party
August 21, 2020 (set up 8:30 a.m. – breakdown 1:00 p.m.)
East 127th Street between Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue
Applicant: Diane Spann
Sponsor: Addie Mae Collins Community Service
The committee recommends this application be approved. Motion to approve by Carlos Diaz was seconded by Celia Ramirez and passed unanimously.

Back to School Jam #538675
Block Party
September 5, 2020 (set up 10:00 a.m. – breakdown 6:00 p.m.)
East 114th Street between First Avenue and Pleasant Avenue
Applicant: Mary McFarlane
Sponsor: Holy Tabernacle Church
The committee recommends this application be denied. Motion to deny by Celia Ramirez was seconded by Judith Febbraro and passed unanimously.

NOTE: All required documents were received after the Licenses & Permits Committee meeting

Environment, Open Space & Parks

Human Services

A motion to write a letter in support of Exodus Transitional Community, Inc. to expand its mental health program and maintain its 85% client ratio serviced in East Harlem was made by Isaac Scott and seconded by Denilyn Arciaga. The motion passed unanimously.

Youth & Education

Land Use, Landmarks & Planning

District Needs & Budget

A motion was made by Andrew Padilla to support the Comptroller’s recommendation to cut NYPD funding by $1 billion, with the amendment to implement the full cut in Fiscal Year 2021. The motion was seconded by John Green and passed unanimously.

Economic Development & Culture

Executive

A motion for the board to allocate $1,000, on the recommendation of the Youth & Education and Public Safety & Transportation committees, to purchase and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to youth in East Harlem was made by Jason Villanueva and seconded by Xavier Santiago. The motion passed unanimously.

A motion for the board to allocate $1,000, on the recommendation of the District Needs & Budget and Environment, Open Space & Parks committees, to fund CB11 outreach efforts to promote the participation of East Harlem residents in the 2020 United States Census was made by Jessica Elliott and seconded by Denilyn Arciaga. The motion passed unanimously.

A motion for the board to allocate $1,000, on the recommendation of the Economic Development & Culture and Land Use, Landmarks & Planning committees, to fund the printing of posters for marketing the reopening of small businesses in East Harlem post COVID-19 was made by Jason Villanueva, seconded by David Girodano and passed unanimously.

A motion for the board to allocate $1,000 to Uptown Grand Central in support of their proposed “Open Street” along Park Avenue; the funds will be utilized to pay for maintenance and security along the proposed Open Streets route; was made by David Giordano, seconded by Melanee Farrah and passed with one present/not voting (Jason Villanueva).

A motion to support the Community Education Council District 4 (CEC 4) resolution to terminate NYPD contract and return the Division of School Safety to the NYC Department of Education (DOE) was made by Steven Villanueva and seconded by Jessica Elliott. The motion passed with one abstention, Judith Febbraro, and one present/not voting, Jeremiah Schlotman.

Larstasio LLC. dba Da Capo. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1278820 for a restaurant located at 1392 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (97th Street). Motion to approve by Jason Villanueva, seconded by Denilyn Arciaga and passed unanimously.

UNI NYC LLC. dba Tre Otto. Renewal application for a full liquor license #1279952 for a restaurant located at 1410 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (98th Street). Motion to approve by Steven Villanueva, seconded by Jason Villanueva and passed unanimously.

A motion was made by S. Villanueva to approve a Resolution Calling For The Cancellation Of Rent Payments, Mortgage Payments, And Utility Payments In New York During The Covid-19 Pandemic. The motion was seconded by J. Elliott and passed unanimously.

WHEREAS Manhattan Community Board 11 (hereinafter “CB11”), whose primary mission is to advise elected officials and government agencies on matters affecting the social welfare of the district encompassing East Harlem, Randall’s Island, and Ward’s Island, considers affordable housing to be among the three most pressing issues affecting residents of Manhattan Community District 11;

WHEREAS the supply of housing that is truly affordable for the vast majority of East Harlem residents is extremely limited and incredibly far from meeting the demand;

WHEREAS even before the COVID-19 public health crisis struck, approximately half of New York City tenants were rent-burdened, meaning over 30% of their income went toward rent;

WHEREAS homelessness in New York City has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression, with over 60,000 individuals in New York City homeless shelters and thousands more who are street homeless;

WHEREAS the primary cause of homelessness is lack of affordable housing;

WHEREAS CB11 recognizes that the COVID-19 public health crisis highlights and exacerbates preexisting racial and economic inequities, disproportionately affecting lower-income communities of color, in terms of infection rates, death rates, and financial hardship;

WHEREAS the consequences of the COVID-19 public health crisis include high levels of unemployment, also unseen since the Great Depression, leading to increased housing instability;

WHEREAS 78% of CB11’s housing stock is rent-regulated and/or subsidized, and the vast majority of CB11 residents live in moderate-, low-, and very low-income households;

WHEREAS the New York State eviction moratorium commenced on March 15, 2020 was a vital first step in protecting tenants in East Harlem and across the state during the pandemic;

WHEREAS the New York State eviction moratorium ends on June 20, 2020;

WHEREAS the New York State eviction moratorium has been extended through August 20, 2020 only for those tenants that can demonstrate eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits or financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic;

WHEREAS once the eviction moratorium is lifted, tenants and homeowners are at risk of homelessness and the deprivation of essential services due to their inability to pay their rent, their mortgage, or their utility bills;

WHEREAS there are currently a number of legislative proposals in Albany that seek to protect tenants and small homeowners in some fashion;

WHEREAS those proposals, while marginally beneficial for tenants and small homeowners, fail to provide true relief;

WHEREAS there is growing recognition both in New York and nationally among prominent politicians and policy makers that any policy short of forgiveness of rent payments, utility bills, and mortgage payments for small homeowners, small landlords, and non-profit landlords, will miss the mark in addressing the needs of middle- and low-income households;

WHEREAS historically federal and state governments have readily provided tax relief and bailouts to large corporate actors;

WHEREAS it is imperative that our elected officials imminently enact legislation or take other actions to allocate the burden to those most able to bear it;

WHEREAS any such legislation or action should not force beneficiaries to navigate a complex bureaucratic process to attain relief; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that CB11 calls on Governor Cuomo, via executive order, and the New York State Legislature, via legislation, to:

1. Cancel all rent payments that have become due since March 15, 2020 and for 90 days after the state of emergency ends;
2. Cancel all mortgage payments for small homeowners, small landlords, and non-profit landlords that have become due since March 15, 2020 and for 90 days after the state of emergency ends;
3. Provide full and automatic forgiveness of all utilities payments for the duration of the public health crisis;
4. Freeze all rent levels for a period of two years since declaration of the state of emergency; and
5. Provide the right to a lease renewal to all tenants during the public health crisis and for 90 days after the state of emergency ends.

I. New Business

1590 Lupita Restaurant Corp. dba Lupita’s Restaurant. Renewal application for full liquor license #1278243 for a restaurant located at 2049 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (105th Street)

H. Old Business

Vote to Ratify Executive Committee Action Items Adopted in March, April and May 2020 (download)

J. Announcements

K. Adjournment