November 2010 Quarterly Meeting

By Jose B Rivera

imageThe East Harlem November 2010 Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The quarterly meeting opened with welcoming remarks from President Henry Calderon. Mr. Calderon introduced Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who spoke about youth violence and the Youth Council which meets regularly at her district office to discuss issues that concern youth. The Councilwoman encouraged everyone to get involved in her Youth Council and in the different Community Advisory Boards, such as the Metropolitan Hospital Center CAB and the 23rd and 25th Precinct Advisory Board.

She also voiced her concern that the rise of violence is an economic issue. And has created a Youth Violence Task Force in order to implement strategies to address the youth violence issue. Councilwoman Mark-Viverito said she does not support a curfew for youth under the age of 18 as it signals them out and is not the message to give young people

Capt Nilda Hoffman the new Command Officer of the 25 precinct spoke about her efforts to steam the shooting which are plaguing the community. She was assigned 60 extra patrolmen this year, but they have been strategically moved to other areas of the city for a while. When asked about her background she informed those at the meeting that she is Puerto Rican, married to a Hoffman, served 15 years in the Bronx and as a Sgt in the 23rd Precinct for 5 years. She is familiar with our community and its culture.

Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez spoke about New York State having the lowest voter turnout. He encouraged all to vote as It affects resources that come into the community. He also spoke about the need to keep our business corridors, East 106 and East 116 Street vibrant corridors for business. He left by saying that he was there to listen more than to talk.

Joann Lawson of Community Board 11 spoke about the street permit issues. Ms Lawson mentioned that East Harlem has at least 6 big street festival/fairs a year. She also mentioned the requirements to hold one;
-Only Non-Profits Need apply for permits.
-No individual is allow to throw a street fare/festival.
-The event must give back to the community.
-One must ask those who live in the area where the event is to be held their permission (paper endorsements - 100 signatures).
-There is a $15 dollar application fee.
-One must have a security plan and in some cases their own security people.

The East Harlem Business Capital Corporation gave out awards for those students who completed their Youth Financial Literacy Program. Followed by Lillian Negron who spoke about joining the Violence Intervention Program and their work to develope strategic partnerships to leverage funding.

Lastly, Jose Carrero East Harlem Holiday Tree and the need for the community to support it financially.
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