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Community Board 10 has begun its cycle of meetings with city agencies to discuss the board service area’s needs, with respect to the city’s Capital and Expense Budgets.  The Capital Budget refers to brick and mortar type of projects, while the expense budget refers to the funding of those projects, and the services rendered by government agencies.  The board will be meeting with the NYPD, the FDNY, the Human Resources Administration, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Buildings, the Department of Sanitation, the Department for the Aging, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transporta­tion.  These meetings are very important, because they determine the types of services that our neighborhoods receive, as well as the funding for those services. Therefore, the board requests every resident and community organization contact our offices with their ideas on the type of services that the residents of our community board need and deserve.

In the coming weeks the board, will be asked to make decisions regarding the placement of a 56 unit, six story tower to house those challenged by mental illness in the Westchester Square community, a plan to house developmentally disabled men in Throggs Neck and a comprehensive traffic study for Pelham Bay.  The work of the board is quite serious and has an affect on the future of our communities.  The board, as duly authorized representatives of New York City government, by virtue of their appointment by the City Council and the borough president, requires the input of the community in its deliberati­ons.  Therefore, the board urges the community to attend our committee and public meetings, and become active participants in your neighborhood’s future.  Please contact the board office at (718) 892-1161 for a list of our meetings.

Through the Mayor’s Office, and the Departments of Transportation, City Planning and Parks and Recreation, the city government has assembled a bicycle map featuring over 70 miles of bike paths throughout the city.  In addition to containing the bike routes, the map also has valuable information on bicycle safety tips, the law and regulations governing bike use and other useful information concerning biking. Additional information can be obtained on these maps by calling 311.     

Flooding is a problem that many New Yorkers are too familiar with.  Floods can have a devastating impact upon homes.  To assist New Yorkers in preparing for and surviving floods, the City’s Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Environmental Protection has prepared an informative pamphlet on flooding. This pamphlet addresses the issues of flood prevention, clean-up and insurance.  Copies of the pamphlet can be obtained by contacting 311.

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels are seeking individuals to work as Temporary Bridge and Tunnel Officers or BTO’s. A BTO takes tolls, provides directions and other customer services.  The positions pay $12.85 per hour. Additional information can be obtained by contacting (646) 252-7286.  

The board routinely receives complaints about sanitation issues, and one of the most prolific complaints concern dog walkers, who do not clean up after their canine friends.

It is imperative to the health of community that anyone who has an animal companion, clean up after their friend.  Please remember to do this, it is the law. If you are walking your dog in any of our parks, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has published a pamphlet entitled Dogs In Parks, A Guide.  Some basic guidelines include keeping your dog on a leash no more than six feet long, except in those areas that have designated as no leash, at the prescribed time.  When your canine friend needs to relieve him or herself, make sure that this activity is not on the grass and clean up after your friend.  Additional guidelines can be obtained by visiting www.nyc.gov/parksdogs.

The board office is ready to assist you with any problem or concern that you may be having with a city agency.  Our office is opened from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Our phone number is )718) 892-1161, fax number is (718) 863-6860, and our e-mail is BX10@CB.nyc.gov.

Updated 5:30 pm, October 21, 2011
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