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Once troubled Brooklyn residents briefly find home in Pelham Bay apartment

Bronx Times

By David Cruz

Five dozen once mentally troubled Brooklyn residents forced out by Hurricane Sandy are now calling the Bronx home for the next six months.

East Bronx community leaders and elected officials quietly met Dec. 28 with Services for the UnderServed, lead organizers for a supportive housing facility in Far Rockaway, Queens ravaged by the storm.

They discussed the temporary move last month of 65 tenants, once afflicted with mental illness, into the long vacant Pelham Grand luxury apartment building on Pelham Parkway South.

The 35-year old non-profit group inked a six-month lease with building managers Portman Inc. Realty, with a three-month emergency extension should any snags derail repair work for the Queens building.

The group now has facilities in 14 Bronx neighborhoods, serving 1,000 people ranging from military vets, poor, developmentally disabled or mentally ill people in the borough.

Following the catastrophic storm, displaced Queens tenants were scattered about, taking shelter in hotels, community centers and other vacant apartments, some taking whatever they could, wherever they could.

“Because of Sandy we had no place to go,” said one of Pelham Grand’s new residents, scratching his lottery ticket on his way back to his new home at 1870 Pelham Parkway South at St. Paul Avenue.

“Living in very transient and a nomadic existence is destabilizing to anyone,” said Dr. Yves Ades, chief operating officer for SUS, who briefed Councilman Jimmy Vacca, Senator Jeff Klein and an aide for Assemblyman Mike Benedetto about the temporary move.

SUS worked with the State Office of Mental Health in finding an empty location with “all the safety features we needed,” said Ades. The building at an isolated section of Pelham Bay, is a 10-minute walk from the No. 6 subway stop.

SOMH will partially cover rental costs for tenants in the new building, complete with 24-hour security, a parking lot, and a social services team on hand should any tenant need it.

The new tenants, a wide spectrum of people who go to school or work, have no criminal background, said Community Board 10 chairman Ken Kearns.

Kearns, who also attended the December meeting, said he is convinced the tenants “will be good neighbors.”

“There won’t be a problem” said Kearns, adding SUS made assurances the facility would not be disruptive to the sleepy Pelham Bay community, overlooking a swath of the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Tenants will be banned from smoking outdoors or milling outside the building, he said.

But Anita Valenti, head of the Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association, is still on the fence with the new move, hoping no problems surface from Pelham Grand’s tenants.

“Time will tell,” she said.

Around the neighborhood Maria Aromando doesn’t mind recovering patients living their lives in Pelham Bay.

“They shouldn’t live in the street,” said Aromando, an elderly woman known for keeping an eye out on the neighborhood.

The public will get a chance to hear Dr. Ades brief the community on the temporary move at CB10’s next general board meeting set for Jan. 17th.

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Yeah says:
The minute one of these folks commits as much as a desk appearance ticket, the whole lot of them should be shipped back to Queens.

And if anyone really thinks they're going to stay for 6 months, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya.

Watch...first comes in the ghetto trash and the next thing you know that area will be a reflection of it.
Jan. 3, 2013, 2:19 pm
Dotti from Ferry Point says:
We have to wake up and smell the roses....Manhattan is being gentrified while the boroughs are accepting all the "undesireables and outsiders". These are the words used over and over by a particular Elected Official for years now.

We elected a Mayor who created a long term plan for NYC.
PLANYC 2030 look it up and read it...check out the plan and you will no longer be shocked by these overnight decisions....they fall within the PLAN....and we are considered URBAN SPRAWL which is a bad thing. One family homes and mom and pop stores are not in this plan.
Jan. 3, 2013, 4:47 pm
Ted from College Point says:
I once worked for the Office of Special Housing Services in the mid 70's when the State Hospitals were being fazed out. The upper west side and its streets, sidewalks, alleys and parks became a haven for every sort of undesirable who were being housed in the myriad SRO's (Single Room Occupancy) hotels, for which the city paid exorbitant rents for lice infested rooms. Some of these people were simply old, some were poor, some were ex-cons, and some were ex and current mental patients who were deemed "manageable" through the use of medications. The problem with the mental patients stemmed from the fact that once medicated, these people often thought themselves cured, and refused to continue their medications. A further problem stemmed from the laws which did not allow commitment unless the person posed a danger to themselves or the community. But no one wanted to deem these people deranged. So until a crime was committed it was impossible to manage these souls and their unpredictable behavior. It wasn't until the Upper West Side became gentrified that a "problem" was identified. It was at that time that homes were established in other neighborhoods in the "outer boroughs".
Jan. 3, 2013, 5:14 pm
Ted from College Point says:
I meant to say "phased" not fazed
Jan. 3, 2013, 5:16 pm
Disgrace says:
Omg this is going to block bust this section of a once great community
Jan. 3, 2013, 9:11 pm
Ashamed from NYC says:
I am ashamed by the absence of sensitivity and compassion on the part of some of my fellow New Yorkers. I thought that as New Yorkers we would be proud to offer temporary shelter to people displaced by a devastating act of Nature. To say that people with mental illness are undesirable criminals who destroy neighborhoods is a notion uninformed by facts. What destroys neighborhoods is homelessness, and the alienation and despair it breeds. People overcoming their disabilities by living in stable housing and being part of a community is an inspiration not a blight. Whatever happened to the generosity and open-mindedness that
New Yorkers are known for?
Jan. 3, 2013, 9:48 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
" East Bronx community leaders and elected officials quietly met Dec. 28" - very interesting of a secret meeting. Where was the community in all of this?
Jan. 4, 2013, 12:38 am
Time to Sell from Pelham Bay says:
I am totally disgusted! Pelham Bay is DONE!! You would not see this in Silver Beach would you Jimmie? For some time now Pelham Bay has been on the way out. We have according to the MTA bus schedule roughly 950 buses passing through Pelham Bay each Day! and Most of those are tandem. Not to mention the train! All the people using Pelham Bay as there parking lot to access MTA service. All this making a traffic nightmare. Thanks to the help of The Pelham Bay Taxpayers creating a short cut around the Station through our residential streets. Throwing there garbage in our streets, URINATING! on my fence. The scrap men STEALING from my yard. Greedy contracts ripping down a private house, building a 6 story apartment building WITH NO PARKING!!!. Now This!!!
Jan. 4, 2013, 3:42 am
Bill from Pelham Bay says:
There goes the neighborhood!
Jan. 4, 2013, 8:23 am
Working Person from All Points Bronx says:
Sell your home, your business too, it is time to flee New York State, get your families out of here, because it is only getting worse. NYPD is broken and the Judicial system too. Because each and every one of these politicians including Schumer, Bloomberg, Gillbrand, Klein, Crowley, Vacca, Benedetto, Gjonaj, Diazs, Riveras and all the community boards and community associations and civic groups have all sold us out for money in their personal pocket. They are all corrupt from Bronx Democrats, Republican and other political party groups. We are doomed. Welcome to the demise of the United States of America. Welcome to Hell on Earth. Buy as many guns as you can and protect your homes and families, because NYPD will not protect you, because they are corrupt too.
Jan. 4, 2013, 8:28 am
Me says:
Ashamed - I am 100% for helping people... but why is the Bronx always the place. Why don't other communities also help. Far Rockaway is the dumping ground for Queens as well - which is also not fair to that neighborhood. Why can't everyone SHARE?? Why are so many housed together in one place??
Jan. 4, 2013, 11:30 am
Me says:
I also find it strange that they couldn't find tenants all summer??? this is very strange.... must be a poor management company. it's a nice building in a nice area... so why couldn't they find tenants???? hmmmm
Jan. 4, 2013, 11:34 am
Pat from Bronx says:
Now is a time to be vigilant, and to remain calm. Various people will be saying all kinds of things. Some may try to take advantage of the situation by inciting panic.
Jan. 4, 2013, 2:10 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Pat- you are an idiot or working for the politicians. Pelham Bay homeowners will not tolerate their elected officials turning their Community into a ghetto with this homeless shelter. This single room occupancy program is intended to establish homeless shelter in Pelham Bay. Do not state to us that we need to remain calm and vigilant, as we are children and do not understand this project. We are Community people who have lived here all our lives and know exactly what this is. We will hold our politicians accountable for their back room deals.
Jan. 5, 2013, 2:21 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
I want to say thank you to the Bronx Times for exposing this issue to the Community. Now, we are seeing objective reports coming from this newspaper - without protecting the politicians and special interest group - who have been profiting from our community for years. In addition, I am asking for the resignation of Anita Valenti, President of the Pelham Bay Taxpayer Association, due to her lack of courage in taking a position on this issue. With leaders like this, we know why Pelham Bay is heading to be a Ghetto.
Jan. 5, 2013, 2:34 am
Jim Staburn from Pelham Bay says:
I agree with Mr Sementelli that Anita Valenti should resign
Jan. 5, 2013, 7:23 am
Benito Mussolini from Pelham Bay says:
In my time this would have never happened that we see a once great metropolis go to a ghetto level of living.
Jan. 5, 2013, 7:34 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Bronx Times: Please remove the post stating that there will be a meeting on Sunday.

Yes, there will eventually be a meeting on this issue, but not as stated by the gutless person who used my name to post.

God will have a special place for that person one day.
Thank you.
Jan. 5, 2013, 8:43 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Drago- since you know where i am why not come down there and see me - we then can have a talk person to person. I am there usually until 11:30 every night and the place is always empty at nights. No cars, no buses, no people and no cops, and no people around that will interfere in our conversion. It is a no man’s land. I will be very happy to discuss my cooking application with you. In fact, you can call me at 646-271-2933, that is my personal phone number and set a time, I would love to have a conversion with you. We can talk about my famous penne al vodka- the best in the Bronx. Come on down - my friend- love to see you.
Jan. 5, 2013, 11:38 pm
Guiseppe DeLucia says:
Hey zitto Egidio
Jan. 6, 2013, 2:19 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
De Lucia - is that the only thing you can say in Italian. I will never be silent my friend! You are not the first Italian to tell me to be " silent " nor will you be the last. God Bless you my friend.
Jan. 6, 2013, 7:28 pm
Guiseppe DeLucia says:
Figlio mio, si prega di essere tranquilla, i poteri che si desidera si arresta, hai bisogno di rimanere in silenzio e fare soldi, vi prego di ascoltare me, io sono come un padre per te.
Jan. 6, 2013, 8:08 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
DeLucia- My father is dead – I buried him five-years ago in Italy. Thank you for your comments and please come to see me and we can discuss this in detailed. You have the phone number. Also, your underline message is not appreciated and I thank you for the unsolicited warning. I will leave those issues to God’s will.
Jan. 7, 2013, 6:51 am
Guiseppe DeLucia says:
Egidio, Dio non può aiutare mio figlio, il solo che può aiutarti è yorself. Il tuo grande sta per rovinare il vostro business. Si prega di smettere!!!
Jan. 7, 2013, 7:40 am
Guiseppe DeLucia says:
E un'altra cosa Egidio, tu sei uno degli italiani che hanno rovinato il Bronx, tutto quello che volete è di diventare un funzionario eletto ed è proprio come li mettere soldi sul loro materasso.
Jan. 7, 2013, 7:49 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Your political friends have ruined the Bronx. Now your friends want put the nail in the coffin in Pelham Bay. What is next – Throggs Neck, City Island, Country Club, Morris Park and Pelham Parkway. Give the warning to your friends. As I said, I will leave it to God’s will.
Jan. 7, 2013, 8:10 am
Guiseppe DeLucia says:
Egidio, non sarà mai eletto a nulla, sei la vergogna per gli italiani
Jan. 7, 2013, 8:43 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Vergogna - you are speaking of yourself. What special interest do you have with this project? Are you one of the vendors? How much are you making on this deal in selling the Community down the drain. I hope you enjoy your 33 pieces of silver.
Jan. 7, 2013, 9:03 am
Dotti from Ferry Point says:
Copied from Friends of Community Board 10 facebook

1. Services for the Underserved is the not-for-profit organization that has placed 65 residents in the building.
2. They are a contract agency to the NYS Office of Mental Health. Under New York State Law, which has been supported by numerous court cases, this agency can place a facility or its clients in any location that they like. No elected official or community or civic group can effectively challenge this type of placement.
3. The electeds and the Community Board were notified by the sponsor and a meeting was arranged with Senator Klein as the lead official, who attended along with Councilmember Vacca and a rep from Assemblymember Benedetto, Anita Valenti of the Pelham Bay Taxpayers, Kenneth Kearns and Pat. This meeting took place on December 28th. The residents were moving into the building on December 27th and 28th.
4. The sponsor told them that they had managed an apartment building in Far Rockaway with 65 residents that was severly damaged Hurricane Sandy. That they had a history of being challenged by mental illness, but had been living in an apartment house setting in a viable community in Far Rockaway for several years, none of them had any criminal records, all of them are either working or attending college or a special programs off site. The building will have security guards and cameras within it, and on its exterior. The residents do not have cars and therefore will not be using parking. The few staff at the building will utilize the on site lot. There are no therapeutic or treatment programs on site. However, there is a social worker who is there in case anyone needs them.
5. Their building in Far Rockaway will be renovated in six months time and they will be moving all 65 residents back to it.
6. The sponsor was given a list of neighborhood requirements which included no smoking in front of the building, no congregations of people at the entrance and that they conduct themselves appropriately at all times in the community. The sponsor agreed to all of this and offered to open the facility for community use and provide tours. He provided a contact for any inquiries, emergencies or complaints.

Please call the Board office with any concerns.
Jan. 7, 2013, 12:30 pm
Alpha from Westchester Square says:
Thank u Ted from gave info and unbiased explanation of what we may end up dealing with....I had a small storefront business in Westchester Square for many years. I witnessed an ongoing parade of Bronx State and other medicated patients moving through our streets. They were so medicated I would have to call an abulance sometimes as they would collapse on the sidewalk or in the street. I was never comfortable approaching these people as I was not sure what they were on and if they were overdosing or possibly violent? I do not believe it is fair to throw our neighborhoods into situations without conversation, we should have interaction that shows some of the previous housing situations and their failures or successes. This is our community and we should be educated as to what we are going to have "Forced" on us by the "Powers that be". Why not get it out in the open instead of hiding these changes. We are not beligerent people that do not understand the need for hoousing....we are concerned property owners who have worked hard for our investments in this community and are trying our best to keep our neighborhoods safe and decent for the present and future.
Jan. 7, 2013, 1:44 pm
Dotti from NEBCA says:
A few years ago 7 civic leaders got together and formed a group called the North East Bronx Community Alliance. We did almost our best to support each other when situations like this development arrived in our smaller neighborhoods. Each of us would try to be there when one of us was called to be told of a "questionable" development. I am sorry I was not there to support Anita Valenti. I have already heard mention that it is her fault that this went through without input from the community. This is not true. Anita is by far one of the 3 most reliable, genuine persons I have met involved with our Community.
Do not fool yourself into using her as a scape goat.
Look elsewhere for the truth....
Jan. 7, 2013, 1:52 pm
Translator from TN says:

Translated by Bing.....

My son, please be quiet, the powers that be want to stop, you need to remain silent and make money, please listen to me, I'm like a father to you.

Egidio, he will never be elected to anything, you're the shame to the Italians

And another thing Egidio, you are one of the Italians who have ruined the Bronx, all you want is to become an elected official and is just as they put their money in the mattress.
Jan. 7, 2013, 2:03 pm
Dotti from NEBCA says:
Anita Valenti has responded with "never heard one word....until it was done on Dec. 28th".
Jan. 7, 2013, 2:41 pm
Luana from Belmont says:

Hang in there. Thanks for fighting, and always extending yourself. People that support you will also become clientele. I am. People that stay silent are the cowards. Your not. And those that criticize running for office don't understand that, that is the only way to expose the politicos and their network.

But the invitation to the restaurant was good. Wish I did it...I only sent phony subpoenas on April Fool's.
Jan. 7, 2013, 2:54 pm
Dotti from NEBCA says:
Anita will have her usual column in the Bronx Times Reporter...this week will touch on this problem. I have heard over the years that the original investor paid 22? mil for this was renovated by others that kept the small apartment size/similiar to the original hospital layout....after rennovated the asking price was 5000.00? per apartment....there was not one person the group who rennovated faltered and the original owner took over again? This building lay vacant for some time now....while Montifiore buys up space all around including the Fiesta Bowl... this developer wants to recoup his investment and has not let go at a lower with the small (1 bedroom?)apartments it will always be looked at as a possible affordable housing space for Disabled Vets, Homeless, Persons with Aides, emergency housing, etc.
Jan. 7, 2013, 3:29 pm
Dotti from TN says:
I have heard already that the residents are smoking around the corner from the building....this is unacceptable.

There is an area behind the building? or on the side of the garage that should be designated for smoking.....I know personally how annoying it is to have to close my window due to people puffing away outside....also my dogs or others in the neighborhood are set off each time a person loiters outside. Even if half of these persons smoke....that may be 30 x a few times a day or night...imagine that!
Jan. 7, 2013, 3:37 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Sent to me in response to objections to the Homeless Shelther - posted above and please read my respond above.
Translation from Italian:
Guiseppe DeLucia says:
Hey shut up Egidio
My son, please be quiet, the powers that you want to stop, you need to be quiet and make money, please listen to me, I am like a father to you.
Egidio, God can not help my son, the only one who can help you yorself. Your big is going to ruin your business. Please stop!
And another thing Egidio, you are one of the Italians who have ruined the Bronx, all you want is to become an elected official and that's how they put their money on the mattress.
Egidio, will never be elected to anything, you are the shame for Italians
Jan. 7, 2013, 3:38 pm
Guiseppe DeLucia says:
Egidio, i piedi ancora odore anche se si indossano scarpe costose
Jan. 7, 2013, 4:08 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Dotti: It appears that you are doing damage control for this project. If the president of the Pelham Bay Taxpayer and Homeowners was at the meeting and representing the community and did not object on Dec 28 – with our elected official, then she needs to resign for her participation in bringing a homeless shelter to Pelham Bay. If you are saying she was tricked into it by Community Board 10# and the elected political officials – then let her make the statement and clear-up the issue.
Jan. 7, 2013, 4:24 pm
I'm done from Pelham Bay says:
They could never rent those overpriced holes in the wall. They renovated the old hospital rooms and tried renting for over 2k per month! Now, those greedy bastards have to house homeless, loud people. I live on that same block and they are a scary looking bunch. They don't work and were arguing on the street in the middle of the night! I hope and pray they will be out of there before the warm weather comes!!
Jan. 7, 2013, 10:31 pm
Bronx Watcher from THE BRONX says:
Egidio, it is you who are the "idiot" Pat is referring to. You are trying to advantage of this situation to prop up your comically pathetic political career.

You know full well that Anita Valenti wasn't responsible for this temporary situation. The meeting occurred after they moved in suddenly and there's no legal recourse here as the article lays out. They'll be out in six months and the community leaders should be diligent in getting that enforced.

But you'll blame them just as you blame our elected officials for everything that goes wrong. Why don't you concentrate on getting some mice traps for your restaurant eh? Or riding your dishes of some extra crunchiness from "la cockaroache"?

You said Mike Benedetto was living out upstate. That wasn't true, he lives in Throggs Neck and beat you like a drum last September!

You said Jeff Klein was somehow profiting off the horse stable and a homeless shelter was going to come there. Clearly a dilution of your own creation. That wasn't true and you're protecting a building that's unsafe and an eyesore for all.

Hell, if a bird ——s on your car tomorrow I'm sure that'll be Jimmy Vacca's fault!

Now you're trying to blame Ken Kearns and Anita Valenti for this problem and people are tired of your agenda.

For all of our sakes, go crawl under the rock you came from and be at one with some of the unexpected tenants in your restaurant!
Jan. 8, 2013, 12:27 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Bronx Watcher: The People of Pelham Bay will voice their dismay at all of the guilty parties for sneaking in a men’s only homeless shelter in Pelham Bay. As to the personal attacks – you need to get on line. I am 48-years old and have been around the block more than I want to remember. You young punks need to learn respect. Some of you have learned that when you were fired from your nice paper pushing job.
First, Pat’s remarks were responded to in the post above. Second, Also have responded to Anita Valenti’s action and she can clear the air if she wants to clear the truth. Third, If I remark to Assemblyman Benedetto that is our business. I have known Benedetto before you were sucking on your mother’s breast. Benedetto also has been around the block and does not need you to defend him now nor in the future. Fourth, Thank you for giving me credit in stopping a low income housing project on Pelham Parkway. It was worth hearing that the developer has placed a stop on this project, for now. Senator Klein was never accused, yet, only some idiot aide who did not have respect caused other issues from the fact that the Borough President Diaz took over 50 thousand dollars from that low-income developer. Thank for the acknowledgment on that one. Punk! Fifth, Community Board District Manager Kenneth kerns issued a response and it is a public relation promotional effort in support of a men’s only homeless shelter with a lie that is temporary thing. However, the address of the building that 65 homeless men were displaced because of Storm Sandy is a secret. Kearns needs to give all the facts to this issue. The building has been structured for single room occupancy for homeless services. Where is the contract for this or the State contract since this non-profit is an 85 million dollar corporation based on providing homeless shelter to ex-cons and reform drug addiction, and recovering criminal. Punk!
Jan. 8, 2013, 3:22 am
Bronx Watcher 2 from The Bronx says:
Egidio, are you taking your medications, it seems that you are not taking them, this is why you are on this babble site. I think there was an investigation done on you a few years back by a politician and the findings are that you take some sort of medication for a mental issue that you have. So please take your meds and tend to your business and stay out of political and community affairs. I am forecasting many 311 health complaints about your restaurant, what a filthy place it is.
Jan. 8, 2013, 4:55 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
The only medication I take is religion. You should know about 311 complaints – you have been placing them for a whole year against the Horse Stable on Pelham Parkway. How many different names do you use on this page? Why not use your real name? Punk!
Jan. 8, 2013, 10:37 am
Spotlight on you from 134 Pennyfield Ave says:
Hey Sementilli, what elected office are you running for this year, you will never win, because you are a lazy jerkoff. What are you going to do raise some campaign money to live off of, smart cookie you are to put it under your brother's name as treasurer and campaign finance manager, you want to rattle cages, well so can weeeeeeeeeeeeee...............................
Jan. 8, 2013, 12:01 pm
unreal from Pel Bay says:
Figures that a once small neighborhood hospital would turn into this. A WWII vet who is 3rd generation in Pelbay inquired to live there for an exorbetant fee an was turned away, but now it will become this? Maybe living in this neighborhood will turn me insane from all the depravity that is here as of late and then I can live in the Pel Grand for free on tax dollars instead of paying taxes to have this area destroyed.
Jan. 8, 2013, 2:34 pm
Geanine from Pelham Bay says:
Hello everyone....calm down and concentrate on what can we do know....Obviously we do not like thw way this was done and we are insulted to realize that our neighborhoods are out of our hands. Well Anita Valenti who was "retired" had to gather herself up by her bootstraps to fight a similiar injustice on St. Pauls. When the developer of the building next door had a friend"Politician" cater to his investment at the expense of neighboring Pelham Bay....Anita was the person who got the Pelham Bay Taxpayers back together and fought this for years, please come to the CB10 Housing and Zoning Committee meeting tonight and voice your concerns about this temporary lease....and let's see it!!!
Jan. 8, 2013, 2:55 pm
Dotti from TN says:
We can registered complaints to 311....anyone witnessing uncomfortable actions in front or around this building should snap a photo on their cell phone and send it in to 311 complaints....This is what we need on record to make sure the lease is not extended.

Also we should request a list of these peoples names and their job types and be held in Pelham Bay Taxpayers records. We would want to know what the turn over for violations in this building.

We also should request a record of any tenants that in the streets or woods without Meds. etc. This is what we should be talking about....not all this ego sh_t....
Jan. 8, 2013, 3:02 pm
Dotti from TN says: you can see your theory does not work....try a different approach....all this passion and energy is directly at scolding you....because you attack first and ask questions later....

We could have used this time to discuss an approach tonight to bring to CB10 to clarify our position as neighbors to this un acceptable group od tenants.....

we could have requested cameras on the neighboring buildings to be able to identify unacceptable behavior before it becomes part of our community....

I heard the men are panhandling already. This is not acceptable.....get it? we need to gain confidence in each other and back each other up to fight this sensibly....

sometimes I feel you are paid by the adversaries to devide and conquer the objections of the community. Who would want to help you? where does this attack land? PLUS you agreed not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening
Jan. 8, 2013, 3:12 pm
Dotti from TN says:
I think representatives from the community should be introduced to the men....maybe a tour of the building?
Jan. 8, 2013, 3:15 pm
Dotti from TN says:

Looks like Beach 85th is the location of the Rockaway residence.
Jan. 8, 2013, 6:05 pm
Dotti from TN says:
Oct 2012 beach sand replenished?
Jan. 8, 2013, 6:15 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Dotti: The only thing I promised is to tell the truth about how this Men's Only Homeless Shelter was placed in our Community. Ms. Anita Valenti, President of the Pelham Bay Tax payers was fooled into going to a meeting by our elected officials and if this is not the truth - let her explain it- stop riding on her back for your 5-minite of fame. The Community will know that our elected officials placed this project here and we will find the underlying cause of it. Instead of you and all the critics, attack me for speaking out- why do not you have the balls to attack the politicians that placed this project here. Once again, you are doing public relations on behalf of the politicians to curry favors that will never come to you because you are not sincere. The only thing you are doing and the attacks on me is to shift the real story of the politicians, who have secretly placed this Homeless Shelter in our Community.
Jan. 9, 2013, 1:52 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Dotti: In addition, your posting on the tour and mett the men of the Homeless shelter and the article of the newspaper indicating the old adress, if it is accurate, is more evidence that you have become a public relation person for the politicians and the homeless shelther. We in the Community do not need to meet or have a tour of the place - we want them out of our Community. Maybe you can find a place in Ferry Point Community and be their host. Better yet, Maybe Councilman Vacca and Senator Klein can have them move into their house. This would solve the problem.
Jan. 9, 2013, 2:03 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Dotti: In addition, Your post of a tour and the links to the newspaper article is another public relation trick – we do not need to tour the Homeless Shelter or understand that the city is placing new beach sand in their old Community. This is another effort on your part try to sell the idea of a Homeless Shelter to our Community on behalf of the politicians. We want this Homeless Shelter out of our Community. You efforts to curry favors with the politicians with your post will fail in the same way you have destroyed your own Community of Ferry Point. If you want to help, speak to Councilman James Vacca and Senator Jeff Klein and have them move this Homeless Shelter to their House. The Community will not tolerate this intrusion into to their Community. The favors you seek from these politicians for doing their dirty work is evident. Tell Vacca and Klein to move this Homeless Shelter back to where they belong. Not in our Community!!
Jan. 9, 2013, 2:19 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:

Far Rockaway
71 adults with mental illness live in our Beach 85th residence.

view their website and on facebook: Services for the UnderServed (SUS)
or on Dorothea Poggi facebook - since she has become their public relations person.
Jan. 9, 2013, 3:38 am
Community Alert from Pelham Bay Free says:
Can someone get two rooms at this place for Egidio Sementilli and Neil Grimaldi, both are mentally disturbed. To all Community Leaders and Civic Associations and merchants, please have nothing to do with these two, they are really and truthfully mentally disturbed individuals. Now Sementilli is stalking people on Facebook, and wait he will even stalk people in person too.
Jan. 9, 2013, 7:51 am
Michele from Pelham Bay says:
Wow if we put as much effort into getting to the truth about this issue and getting this Homeless Shelter out of our Community as we do into bashing each other, we might be able to accomplish something. We cannot possibly agree all the time, but to have a men only Homeless Shelter in this once quite, lovely, safe neighborhood seems a little out of place we all could probably agree to that.
Maybe the problem is having in our neighborhood all these empty "luxury" apartment buildings which apparently no one wants or can afford. "If it wasn't available they wouldn't take it."
Jan. 9, 2013, 8:39 am
Time to Sell from Pelham Bay says:
Michele: AMEN! Greedy individuals/contractors from within and without have taken advantage of our zoning to rip down private homes and build multi apartment buildings. Our elected officials and community board have done little to nothing to stop this. It has been going on for sometime now and a lackadaisical approach has been taken. It is depressing that not only do we have to fight against people who are not looking out for the best interest of the neighborhood but we have fight to get the Community Board and our Elected officials to do their job and that is to represent OUR district. To fight for us.
"this once quite, lovely, safe neighborhood" as you say, the key word in your statement is "once" is no more. Their are so many things tearing at our community and this homeless shelter is just another nail in the coffin.
Jan. 9, 2013, 9:50 am
Dotti from TN says:
On a positive note....ignoring all the bashing by Egidio...which is his attempt to discredit my character and possibly diminish my attempts at familiarizing us with the agency that is in charge of these individuals....I have therefore given us telephone numbers and contacts to complain directly to with our complaint numbers we get from our 311 calls. To all interested....I have not communicated to any Elected on this situation.
Jan. 9, 2013, 2:24 pm
Dotti from TN says:
My links to the SUS was to show that they are located about 175 feet from water and yes they were probably flooded out....there is an aerial view of their nice building that I would believe is going to repaired....whether or not these men return is questionable....that's all...I used my passion and time to research the agency in charhe of this group....while u spent yours attacking me....who is helping??????

Jan. 9, 2013, 3 pm
Dotti from TN says:
So I used my time researching the agency in charge of this group trying to find out if it was true that there building was destroyed.... how long it would take to re build....and what contact numbers I can muster up....while u spent your time bashing me....who is the villian here????

I have to know more about these 65 men in order to help protect the community.....I know all about you and do not waste my time with that...

Jan. 9, 2013, 3:07 pm
Jonny from Manhattan says:
I think the writer of this article is disgusting. Does anyone else here see the way that he manipulates his readers by characterizing these good citizens in need a degenerate scratch off gamblers.

If anyone is stirring a ruckus up in our community it is Mr. Cruz. Vile garbage writer.
Jan. 9, 2013, 3:13 pm
Pelham bay resident from Pelham Bay says:
For the next 6 to 9 months we are stuck with this men’s homeless shelter. We all hope
they go back to Rockaway asap. We have to watch this building and report to the police any trouble
that we see in or around this building. They have to know that we as a community will not put up
with trouble of any kind. Once the building is empty again I think we need to
help the property owner to find an acceptable use for this property. Given what we know
about the building I believe it would be best suited to become a senior citizens building for
our own aging population. (people from our neighborhood.) Or a dormitory for the nurses
and students at Einstein or Jacoby Hospital. Now we can help by getting a responsible person
at one of these institutions to look at the building and make it happen. We only have 6 to 9
months to fix this problem. We live here we have to protect our neighborhood.
Jan. 9, 2013, 3:44 pm
Dotti from TN says:
Dear Pelham Bay Resident....It is said that Yeshiva, Calvary etc. all need living space....supposedly that is what the "Affordable Housing at 1680 Pelham Parkway not far from this building was aiming for originally.
You are right....the community should be trying to match up available space with "Proper" residents that fit into the established community.....That's what was said about the 6 acre Target shopping Center that is Retail due to a loophole that no one noticed except Simone Development...LOL...our volunteer community board is full of well educated people in many fields....but they are limited to a few hours a month that they contribute their time...WE have to get together and keep an eye on each piece of property that can go in the wrong direction....that direction that we as investors in this BRonx want to see....not what our "Manhattan" Mayor wants to see.

until then....get used to calling 311 before u call the Police...get the complaint number and then call police if u want and give it to them....311 keeps these complaints on file...the complaint is against the address...a call to the 45th about what they consider non priority issues just gets washed away...if there is a real problem and these complaints are noted when the time comes to renew the lease these complaint numbers will be worth their weight in gold....the names of the officer that took the complaint with the time and date will not help much. Also photos of congregating, recordings of the noise complaints using your cell phone help as well....
Hopefully there will be harmony between the new neighbors and old....but that is hard to swallow after they were shoved down our throats (we have a big lump there already).
Jan. 9, 2013, 5:26 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dotti: On Jan 7, 3:37 PM you wrote. "I have already heard of the residents smoking around the corner from the building.... this is unacceptable." Just today I was speaking with a friend who tells me recently a naked man came running up St Paul in the early morning. I wonder where he came from? I do not need to know more about these people to protect my community. I remember the clientele from Bronx State that used to walk through my neighborhood to the train station and stores. Some where harmless, though you knew they had problems and others made you very uncomfortable.
Also I have read PLANYC 2030 I have known about this for some time so has VACCA and CB 10. In PLANYC 2030 there is a map of Initiatives to Increase Growth. On this map Pelham Bay is highlighted as well as a portion of Waterbury/ Lasalle; Country Club IS NOT neither is Throggs Neck, Ferry Point or City Island. In the text of the Plan it says "We must direct growth to more transit-oriented parts of the City. We do this by increasing allowable densities at appropriate locations in areas of the city near transit and decrease them in auto-dependent areas. Increase capacity also aids in affordable housing..." So in a nut shell increase the amount of housing in Pelham Bay will keep prices affordable aka lower while other car dependent areas such as the ones left out of the increased growth areas will be pushed to have lower density and higher prices. This only shows how Pelham Bay is considered a second class neighborhood by our elected official.
Jan. 9, 2013, 5:46 pm
Dot from TN says:

This 311 complaint history map shows a few complaints around the previous location of the SUS group....1 electrical, 1 vermin, 1 something else?...hopefully the neighbors really did not have complaints....
Jan. 9, 2013, 5:48 pm
No says:
Pissed in Pelham Bay (and Dotti) you are actually incorrect. This is the 21st century... being close to transit is an asset and drives UP prices. Real estate goes by value and supply and demand. Whether in the city or in the suburbs - if you take a property of equal square footage... the one closer to transit will generally be more expensive - not less. Whether it's specifically built as "affordable" depends generally on what's already there. Look in the suburbs in new construction near transit (Metro-North) in New Rochelle - White Plains - Stamford, CT. It's mostly for high income earners who work in Manhattan who can jump right on the train. With Metro-North also planning to expand to Co-Op city and Morris Park - that SHOULD only increase the values in Pelham Bay. This building was being marketed as "luxury".... but they must have done a poor job. I know one mistake is that on the web site they use generic pictures for some things instead of the actual property. That makes me think they are not used to those types of properties.
Jan. 9, 2013, 5:57 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
No: According to a real estate web site, rental prices and home prices for comparable size equals in Country Club and and Throgsneck are higher.
Jan. 9, 2013, 6:50 pm
Dot from TN says:
Dear are optimistic...look at what u are saying...and I too felt this way...until I read plaNYC 2030.....which states that the 1 million more residents have to have housing

you are comparing "in the suburbs in new construction near transit (Metro-North) in New Rochelle - White Plains - Stamford, CT. It's mostly for high income earners who work in Manhattan who can jump right on the train"...

to a condensed, Dark, narrow street area that refuses to listen to myself and others when we say the area needs to be opened up, less parking, more pedestrian seating, more police, security cameras, have more planters and flower areas for high income earners or their nanny'sto push their strollers, ....The locals just opposed the Bus stop nodes that would have aimed towards this goal because it removed parking....many locals of this area drive....and we can't seem to learn the "new tricks". The territorial battles over parking are almost funny...

Waterbury Estates Development was tortured by the locals instead of advertised to the high income earners that might like a Train, Park, sidewalk cafe dining a garage and small apartment...etc.

I said to encourage an express bus stop to loop through the Estates and advertise it as a Manhattan workers escape choice with less commuting.....The developer ended up selling to whoever he could at reduced profit and we got what we deserved....reduced quality tenants...but I will probably be scolded for this comment as well...
Jan. 9, 2013, 7:25 pm
Dot from TN says:
Small Section of plaNYC 2030

Goal: Create homes for almost a million more New Yorkers while making housing and neighborhoods more affordable and sustainable.

By 2030, New York City will be home to over nine million people—nearly one million more people than lived here in 2005.

As we prepare for the challenges and opportunities that will come with population growth, we must set our goals beyond just increasing the number of housing units—which will continue to be a major focus for the City. We must also create and maintain sustainable, affordable neighborhoods. We recognize that strong neighborhoods are among our greatest assets. Each neighborhood has its own distinctive character, history, and culture; maintaining this diversity plays a vital role in the continuing health of the city.

We must direct growth to more transit-oriented parts of the city. We do this by increasing allowable densities at appropriate locations in areas of the city near transit, and decreasing them in more auto-dependent areas. Increasing capacity also aids housing affordability, because when supply cannot keep up with the demands of a growing population, housing becomes less affordable as residents bid higher to live in existing units. As available sites become scarcer, the land price component of housing costs rises, feeding into the costs of new housing.

But making housing more affordable requires more than increasing housing supply. We must employ targeted programs geared towards creating new affordable housing units and preserving existing ones.

We are also working to ensure that our housing and neighborhoods become more sustainable. Sustainability means not only more energy-efficient buildings, but also the walkability of our neighborhoods, the availability of choices for transportation, and access to employment opportunities and retail, including healthy food.
Jan. 9, 2013, 7:25 pm
Pel Bay Lady from Pelham Bay says:
Who is going to protect our college aged children who need to park along the service road and walk home after midnight?? Or those of us who go out early in the morning to leave for work or to walk their dogs?? I have seen these people at all hours going in and out of the building. They look like derelicts and they are scarey. I have invested a nice piece of change in my co-op. Who is protecting my investment in this neighborhood?? Certainly not those who allowed these undesirable people to move in next door!! Shame on all he elected officials who allowed this. I will remember you next election day!
Jan. 9, 2013, 7:28 pm
Dot from TN says:
I know about the need for public transportation...But I also have worked for over 30 years between Pelham Bay and Westchester Square....and I personally would not welcome the frazzled atmosphere of the area.
There is a need for beautification and traffic calming which the locals fight due to parking removal....

I apologize for the extensive commenting today but I was off from work....good luck on this ...just remember to use your passion, anger, intelligence and love for the community in a positive way....we don't have to agree...but we should share knowledge, learn and maybe even support each other.
Jan. 9, 2013, 7:40 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dot from TN: Really!? condensed Dark narrow streets area that refuses to listen to (you)!? You put down TN I'm going to go out on a limb and say your from Throggsneck. Why should you have a say in what goes on in Pelham Bay? More planters and flowers!? Assemblyman Kaufman provided us with planters and they were appreciated but! they became trash receptacles for garbage left buy the train commuters. "The Locals just apposed the Bus stop nodes that would have aimed towards this goal because it removed parking....many locals of this area drive."!? Us local apposed it. YES we did. It would take a vehicle about 3.5 minutes for a vehicle to travel on Westchester ave from Hobart and on to Crosby. A bus bulb would make matters worse. Many locals of your area drive. Take a bus; you have the 40, 42,8 not to mention an express bus, which all brings you to the 6 train and other transit hubs where you can catch a bus. It seems that the "locals" neighborhood has to change to accommodate you and the rest people who add to the traffic and add to the parking problem. I have an idea! lets build a train ell down East Treatmont and have a shuttle train from Shurz to Westchester Sq and see how you like it. They can start building up along the E Treamont ell.
Jan. 9, 2013, 9:16 pm
Michele from Pelham Bay says:
Does anyone know who really owns this property? I see the property owner listed is an LLC and a Reality as Property Manager...just wondering if the real reason the "SUS" was able to come in take over this property, because it might already be city owned, just asking?
Jan. 9, 2013, 10:33 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
I live 2 blocks from this Men's Only Homeless Shelter in Pelham Bay since the mid-eighties. I am not going to let our elected officials destroy our Community. The truth will be presented to the people of our Community and we will hold all parties accountable for their actions. The outsiders who are posting on behalf of the politicians to do damage control of their misdeed need to check themselves. These people want to talk about flood area damage and the planNYC 2030 goals are trying to divert the Community conversion away from the fact that our elected politicians place this here in our community. We do not give a dam on why but who did it and we want them out of our Community. The people will not tolerate this bull@. I am not accepting this nor the suggestions by these political agents to call 311 and other bull@ idea – we want them out. We know that this company is an 85 million taxpayer funded/politicians program that place mentally ill homeless men in shelters for taxpayer money. It is a scam under the masquerade of helping the mental-ill – while the executive makes 250,000.00 dollars a year. Six month lease is a lie and we want them Out of Pelham Bay!!!
Jan. 9, 2013, 11:45 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Dr. Yves Ades will be at Community Board 10# to explain why thier placing a Homeless Shelter in Pelham Bay. Read the NY Daily News Article below.

Don't give centers shelter! E. New York protests plan for 2 new homes

Monday, April 25, 2011, 4:00 AM
Residents in East New York are protesting proposed . .East New York neighbors and activists are fired up over two proposed shelters that would bring hundreds of homeless men and women to the neighborhood.

Residents learned two weeks ago that a 200-bed men's shelter - located next door to a daycare center - and a 164-bed women's shelter are slated for the area, which advocates charge already hosts more than its fair share of shelters.

"For years the city's been thinking that East New York is a dumping ground for shelters," said activist Chris Banks, who lives just a few houses down from the 200-bed men's shelter at 645 Van Siclen Ave.

"There are a lot of decent folks in East New York and we have a need for senior centers and community centers - not shelters."

East New York currently has nine residential homeless shelters, the fourth-most in the borough, according to 2008 data from the Department of City Planning.

The extra two shelters would bump East New York to second on that list.

"Every parent is concerned," said Glenda Barber, executive director of the St. Martins Nursery and Kindergarten School next door to the Van Siclen site. "Not one parent was happy to hear about this."

Samaritan Village, a nonprofit specializing in substance abuse services, is set to run the Van Siclen shelter but officials did not return a call for comment.

The 164-bed women's shelter at 1000 Blake Ave. will be run by the homeless services group, Service for the Underserved.

"We really appreciate how people feel about housing in the community," said its vice president, Dr. Yves Ades, adding he'd work with neighbors so that they didn't feel like the shelter "will become a barrier to the enjoyment of their lives and their houses."

But Blake Ave. Block Association captain Eleanor Pinckney said no amount of coaxing will change residents' minds.

"We've put in our time and we're hardworking people out here," said Pinckney. "So we want to make sure...that they don't put these shelters out here without notification and community involvement."

Officials at Community Board 5, who sources said learned about the shelters in February, did not return requests for comment.

A Department of Homeless Services spokeswoman said the proposed shelters were not yet officially approved by the city.

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Jan. 10, 2013, 12:28 am
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Dr. Yves Ades will be at Community Board 10# to explain why thier placing a Homeless Shelter in Pelham Bay. Read the NY Daily News Article below.


Thursday, May 23, 1996, 12:00 AM

The first residents are moving in to 40 new units of low-income housing for people with mental disabilities who are in recovery from substance abuse built on a rundown street in Bushwick. As architect Joseph Sultan conducted a tour of a new apartment building on Lawton St., he didn't hesitate to use words like "cheap" or say things such as, "You can't get less expensive than this.

" Sultan and his partner Warran Gran are building 200 units of the housing in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. Most of the tenants who will live in them were homeless at one time. The architects take great pride in having learned how to keep costs down so that they can design practical new dwellings for people who at one time were sleeping on the streets. "It's solid, quiet, fireproof housing, nothing high tech, just common sense," said Sultan. "We started with a budget and worked backward.

" In the process, they also developed a design manual that will be used nationwide to build affordable, single room occupancy or community residence housing. The manual, which gives plans and materials to use, is part of a demonstration housing program being conducted by the state Office of Mental Health and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. As part of the same project, the two agencies and other federal and local government sponsors put up the funds for the $2.

5 million Lawton St. apartment building, which is run by the Institute for Community Living, a nonprofit group. Each of the one-room units will be equipped with a sleeping area, a small cooking and dining area and a bathroom. "It's not a single room occupancy building per se," said Sultan, "but an apartment building of small, efficiency units. When I started working with the Office of Mental Health in 1990, there were few examples of this type of housing. It didn't exist.

" Gran said the government relied mainly on renovation of existing housing stock to house the homeless. But having new housing built to meet their needs will help the formerly homeless tenants in their recovery, said Yves Ades, senior vice president for rehabilitation and mental health at the Institute for Community Living. "One of the things we have seen is that people who are mentally ill and homeless have never had the opportunity to settle somewhere they can think of as permanent and have the support to insure permanence," Ades said. Tenants who get permanent housing on Lawton St. do not drink alcohol or use drugs and have graduated from group home settings, demonstrating they are ready and able to live independently, Ades said. Lawton St. tenant Greg Reed, 34, has a place of his own after years fighting substance abuse and periodic homelessness. Reed said his problems began in his late teens. The Harlem native said his use of drugs led to his mother putting him out of her house and to 17 arrests by the police. Reed called his latest residence "beautiful and new. Most of the ones I've lived in were old, all worn out and needed repairs.

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Jan. 10, 2013, 12:35 am
Neil Grimaldi from Pelham Bay says:
Neil Grimaldi, Attorney at Law.

I stand with Egidio Sementilli and ready to support the Community in any manner that is necessary. As a lifelong resident of Pelham Bay, I am available to perform pro-bono legal work on behalf of the Community.
Jan. 10, 2013, 3 am
LUVPelhamBay from Pelham Bay says:
We should all vote for Sementilli. Literally belongs in the building with the rest of the mental patients.
Jan. 10, 2013, 3:14 am
Pelham Bay Community Alert says:
To all residents of Pelham Bay do not use Neil Grimaldi as any type of a lawyer, he was disbarred many years ago. He is no longer a licensed lawyer to practice in New York State. He was disbarred for being mentally instable.
Jan. 10, 2013, 7:56 am
More than concerned from -Pelham Bay says:
The next Community Board #10 general meeting will be held January 17 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Villa Barone Restaurant 3289 Westchester Ave. Bx., NY 10461 (at Pelham Bay Station)
Everyone should attend and bring your neighbors with you, this is our neighborhood, we can not let the city dump the homeless on us. The community board needs to hear us and the elected officals need to hear us. this must stop, we must not let them turn our neighborhood in to the next GETTO.
Look at what they have been doing to Westchester Square, dumping so many social programs on us this too must stop. As for the Mayor's PlyNYC 2030 this plan will distroy not only the Bronx but the entire city this Mayor will be long gong. Please attend this meeting and every civic meeting in the area we have to take back our community.
Jan. 10, 2013, 12:22 pm
Neil Grimaldi from Pelham Bay says:
I will be in attendance at the next Community Board 10 meeting, I will be representing the residents, so if everyone can just tell me what can be said and I will do that. I am doing this Pro Bono, any relation to Sonny Bono?
Jan. 10, 2013, 12:52 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:

Far Rockaway
71 adults with mental illness live in our Beach 85th residence.

view their website and on facebook: Services for the UnderServed (SUS)
Jan. 11, 2013, 12:21 am
Concerned from Pelham Bay says:
The next general community board meeting for bronx community board #10 will be held this Thursday , January 17 , 2013, at the Villa Barone Restaurant in Pelham Bay at 7:30 pm. Remember the old neighborhoods we came from and what they look like today. So please be there and help save the neighborhood because there is no where left to run.
Jan. 12, 2013, 2:38 pm
Dotti from Bronx says:
Oh Egidio you scolded and barrated me for putting the SUS info up so people could get info on the agency and now you do it???? make up your said it was a public relations move to support our elected?

By the way anyone interested in knowing who or where I am speaking from is welcome to research me by typing in my name Dorothea Poggi and pressing search on the will find plentiful interviews, websites, groups, events etc. as references....also you can check out the 25 influential women of the Bronx for 2012 (by Bronx Times Reporter), I was one of them.

I am extremely sorry that Pelham Bay is in the horrid hands of our Mayors Plans....honestly not sarcastically as this sounds.

As I sit looking at a wharehouse in front of my home that used to be a waterfront view until a Politician made deals that sent him to jail but the damage remains.
As I sit 1 block North from a massive Throggs Neck shopping Center being built due to a loophole in the M-1 zoning on a hillside "Floor to Area Ratio".

I already sleep with earplugs since Adolfo Carrion made a deal with Pepsi to build their 6 acre distribution plant 1 block South from my home on a piece of once residential property that was claimed by the city to erect a Randall Ave overhead highway (and they never did).

The inability to determine our neighborhoods faith is not a new do we change this will have to be....check out the lawsuit the Westchester Square started when they faced this problem....maybe if we all get on board and cip in to move that fight along it will protect our other neighborhoods as well....Don't start from stratch pick up where they were forced to pause due to legal fees.....

Our Mayor is concerned with enhancing Manhattan....the boroughs are benefitting from what they call "spill over". Economic Development of our areas that enhance Manhattan.

Another reason these homeless apartments are needed is the Mayor does not want to support City Owned and Maintained Buildings with expensive, union staff....alot of City work is handed out to sub contractors to avoid the expense of pensions, overtime, health benefits etc. SOOOOO....this landlord is absorbing this maintenance in their agreement to house these people.

By the way....I read something quickly that incinuated that areas that get financially support from the City (BID'S?) will be more open to shelters as they will be upgraded and prepared for this type of resident?...I will try to find that info...
Jan. 12, 2013, 5:12 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dotti: I see you like SUS on your facebook page but then post the article and write "Wake up and smell the coffee" why the hypocrisy? Our politicians are selling us out for higher office for when there term limits are up and so called community leaders are selling us out in the hope of running in future elections. I see our local associations kissing their butts and for what? A stop sign? And when this type of crap goes on no one has the guts to point the fingre at them because they (the associations) my need a favor down the road.
Earlier on you spoke in support of Anita Valenti. I can't help but think the reversal of St Paul ave, which I'm sure you supported and the easy access to this building was a plus in picking this building. Hey,but at least we don't have to drive around the block. I also waited to read her weekly column and would call it very ambiguous.
Jan. 12, 2013, 11:32 pm
Egidio Sementilli from Pelham Bay says:
Dotti: My complaints of you were derived from your post in trying to make this homeless shelter look good. You have become a public relation for the elected officials who brought this project to our Community. You also went to defend Community leaders who ought to have warned the Community instead they stood silent. Anita Valentine – is she tricked into this than she had a second opportunity to clear the air and stand with the Community in her weekly s article in the Bronx Times, but she did not and endorsed this homeless shelter through her article, and that is why I have asked for her resignation. In addition, this week article of the Country Club Civic Association also defends and promotes this homeless shelter with the same metaphoric approach as Anita, the president of the Pelham Bay Taxpayer Association. Marcia’s approach in her weekly Colum is confusing since last Colum in the BTR was screaming about Country Club and warning about ghetto-zing her Community. So in addition to Elected officials now Community organization are, like you, become tools of the politicians to do damage control.
Jan. 13, 2013, 11:03 am
Worried from Pelham Bay says:
There is a second story for you to read Complaints pour in over Pelham Grand neighbors. There will be walking tour of the Pelham Grand at 7pm , tomorrow night.
Jan. 14, 2013, 8:20 pm
Concerned from Pelham Bay says:
Just read their facebook page. Pelham Grand at 7pm , tomorrow which is Tuesday so you can see what this place is all about..
Jan. 14, 2013, 8:25 pm
worried from bronx says:
" friends of community board #10 , bronx , ny " .
Jan. 14, 2013, 9:48 pm
worried from bronx says:
concerned citizens of bronx community board 9 & bronx community board 11
Jan. 14, 2013, 10:52 pm
very worried from pelham bay says:
Read the " friends of community board # 10 , bronx ,ny". Mr. Joseph Oddo just announce the public walk thru tonight and is asking for all the support he can get. If you don't help this community your community is next. So meet at the Pelham Grand tonight - 7 pm .
Jan. 15, 2013, 12:28 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
Dear Pissed in Pelham Bay....although you read planyc 2030 and did seem to understand the need for access to the transit system would allow for more density and you do not doubt this.....????

Anita was attending meeting after meeting while we and others tried to drill this reality into CB10's heads.... There was a Plan for CB10 started that was going to describe what we wanted as a vision for our community.....BUT....with little support from others this plan had to fight for priority with Target Shopping Mall, Cinema Mall traffic study, Macy's addition to Co-Op, Save Rusty, 911 Building, budget calls, and tons of other stuff that comes up every day.

PLANYC 2030 offers many solutions to these problems....but our community has to be more than a bunch of attacks and has to pull together and seriously work towards a goal....with our Elected Officials instead of against them or we will just spin our wheels.

We need a PLAN with support from every area of CB10. With a public meeting and comments that are seriously considered.
We will do our share to house seniors, veterans, homeless, mentally ill, aids, Gay & Lesbian and any other person that needs a place next to transportation.....but not more then our other Boroughs....Fair is Fair....
Jan. 15, 2013, 6:20 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dot: I do not understand what you are trying to say with your initial statement. "The need for access to the transit system would allow for more density"? Are you saying that because of the mass transit they should be able to build apartment buildings because of access. Sorry I don't want more density. I'm not a big fan of you can rip down a one family house in Pelham Bay and build a 6 story apartment building. Don't even think about doing it in Throgsneck or Country Club.... But it's ok in Pelham Bay because they have a train ell. I doubt anyone who lives in cb10 would be in favor of the one family house next door being replaced with a 6 story building.
I've been to many CB meeting as well as committee meetings; while I have heard complaints about pending construction I've never heard a request to down zone Pelham Bay. Maybe it's brought up at the meetings I couldn't attend.
I see nothing really beneficial for CB 10 in the 2030 plan especially for Pelham Bay.
You state "We will do our share to house seniors, to transportation." I find it hard to find the right words but, No. Pelham Bay has numerous problems that other areas of CB10 don't have to deal with because of that train. I refuse have group homes built here just because we are close to the train. How about for every group home built in Pelham Bay we build 1 in Throgsneck and 1 in City Island and 1 in Country Club, 1 in Waterburry/Lasalle and 1 in Westchester Square. Sounds fare to me.
Jan. 15, 2013, 10:47 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
Pissed...because these comments are short questions and answers and the person s that are reading them are not familiar with the persons character who is writing them....they are all misleading. I am starting to understand the "Babble" statements about these type of comment forums. You don't know me and I don't know u these comments are actually taken out of context simply because the character of each individual is being left out or attacked by Egidio (whoever that is?).
I am a hands on person. I have done wonderful things with no funding from Electeds, I am completely against the Mayors manipulation of our zoning to fit his plan. I am against the Electeds who were not ballsy enough to draw up their own plan for our Community way back in 1963? when they downzoned Country Club into a protected zoning residential neighborhood. Why didn't they protect some of the other small "Hamlets" throughout "Throggs Neck?". I resent the acceptance of architects, developers and contractors to be able to buy their variences, and zoning changes through their financial support of our electeds to move up their political ladders.
I do what I can and try to ask others to try to help as well.
I am vice pres. of an established environmental group and I have learnt a lot from them. They create change by basically ignoring the Electeds and directly interacting with the departments involved. I advise you to look past our electeds and instead create a meeting place and advertise it for a mass of people to come and sign letters objecting to 3 main problems in Pelham Bay. they should be addressed to the Department in charge and mailed out with the Pelham Bay Taxpayers Return address Stamp on them. I can help with this if u want. I would guess you have City Planning/Dept. of Building/Mayors office in mind?
I created and donated signs to rally against the 3030 complex that was invading Middletown Road and many other rallies including a letter writing rally to gather 2000 letters to stop the Iroquois Pipeline from ripping through our parks, waterways and neighborhoods. I am merely trying to say that our Electeds and ourselves are not capable of stopping this type of housing if we don't clarify that we do not want it in our neighborhoods and clarify this with some knid of legal lawsuit of "fairness". Myself, Anita and Marcia were the main founders of NEBCA in an attempt to gather the civic leaders and share our common threats and come up with some sloutions. The main areas that did not have strong representation were Ferry Point, Pelham Bay. Ferry Point was being Industrialized with no concern to the infrastructure and Pelham Bay was being thrown to the wolves....(graffitti, panhandling, parking tickets,high density with no consideration of the type of tenants being attracted). I am sorry to say that we were not strong enough to help every problem. We did accomplish some major changes though.
Jan. 16, 2013, 10:29 am
concerned from pelham bay says:
Is it possible to get a list of all the group homes , shelter & housing paid of with city , state & federal monies in bronx community board 10 ? Also we would like to know the kind of people in each location whether is just low and middle income house or is it of physical , mental problems and do any of the people have criminal records ?
Jan. 16, 2013, 11:46 am
Wake Up Call from Throgs Neck says:

Read the Incentive 3
Our single homes can be changed to smaller units to suit PLANYC 2030. All our neighborhoods can become small units for housing the aging population. Efficiency apartments will be allowed in our neighborhoods that would also include ALL single occupancy without choice? Read this and see if I am right? and if we should fight for our neighborhoods together?
Jan. 16, 2013, 12:13 pm
Me from PB says:
Good Luck....718-828-9701
Jan. 16, 2013, 12:24 pm
Me from PB says:
kleins office 718-822-2094
vacca 718-931-1671
Jan. 16, 2013, 12:27 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dot: I appreciate your offer of assistance. I agree with you about the blind eye turned to the raping of our neighborhoods. I also agree with you regarding our elected receiving financial support from contractors, bypass zoning and receiving variances.
I've been to meetings where people have argued against places like the Pelham Grand, with various elected individuals in attendance. It's no secret we are tired of the saturation. It's no secret we don't want the overbuilding of our neighborhoods. But our elected must be wearing blinders.
It's time to remind our elected of what their job is and who they work for. And if they do not want to do their job and answer to their bosses aka their constituents; then we elected someone who will.
Jan. 16, 2013, 8:38 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
To Pissed: If the Community Boards flex their small muscles and create their own CB10 plaNYC2030 plan as to what they want to see in their neighborhoods future, then they can show that this or other projects
does not fit their plan and actually interfers with it....a plan that has been constructed from input from all the Civic groups and various other stakeholders can be drawn up from the budget requests (for a start)that are collected.
We should run our Communities like small towns and take them back using the democratic process which Mayor Bloomberg refers to often. We can offer to do our share in his NYC 2030 plan and maybe more in some directions but maybe less in some as well. We should determine the balance for our communities health, not the health of an entire City at the expense of "white flight", our quality of life, jobs, and or safety. Many great points were brought up at the meeting last night. It was a shame that the "rabble riser" had to interject such an evil, anger with malicious attacks. But I guess there was a place for that as well?
Jan. 18, 2013, 12:40 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dot: you make the comment "create their own CB10 plaNYC2030 plan to what they want to see in their neighborhood"? No it's what the residence of that neighborhood want not what the board wants. And as far the "rabble riser" (I know you are not a fan) I thought he made some valid points. I was not a fan of the interrupting but at least he was fighting and holding Dr Ades to task, I do not call it malicious especially since Dr Ades said no one in the shelter/group home what ever you want to call it had a criminal record.
Jan. 18, 2013, 4:56 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
Pissed: I said the was a place for everyones input, and I meant "rabble riser" as well....I actually used to respect his input until he repeatedly posted unfounded lies about myself and other honest community leaders. So I have decided personally that he is more involved for his sporatic self promotion then for the ongoing comittment of time and hands on work that others commit to. Throwing accusations and attacks to a huge profitable organization that is placing mentally ill in our neighborhood is not"bad" but attacking myself and others who are trying to help voluntarily by offering any info available is not "good".

As far as CB10 plaNYC2030 it is hard for the average people to understand (who do not listen to the council and the Mayor speaking on TV as entertainment).

Of course I mean the residents of a neighborhood decides....that is where supporting and attending Civic and Community group meetings comes in. Having committed people approach the Electeds to object to or support various changes in our area. If you do not support, attend, or offer a contact email or phone to your community group, then you will be stuck with surprises forever.
When I said the budget requests can be a start as to the requirements of that particular neighborhood of the CB
it is because each year we are encouraged to put in our requests....whether or not their is money available at least the CB board knows what we need..

For instance: our neighborhood is facing a huge influx of retail, so we have requested Brush Ave. be considered for grading, reinforcement with rebar and cement to handle truck and vehicle weights, proper sidewalks and drainage to handle Pedestrians, strollers and wheelchairs, and Bus stop and route analysis....

your neighborhood has different needs, and therefore your design and future picture of your area would be a different plan...but it would all be specifically covered under the CB10 plaNYC 2030 plan. The plan would have goals to reach and plans to reach those goals. CB10 plaNYC 2015/2020/2030 etc.? At least we could explain to the Mayor or Gov. why we are not in favor of certain imposed projects.....(BECAUSE THEY DO NOT OR THEY ACTUALLY INTERFERE WITH OUR PLAN TO ENHANCE THIS AREA).
If necessary we may even have a legal right to sue because a particular imposed project damages our neighborhood projected upward gentrification?

Gentrification definition is:
a dynamic that emerges in poor urban areas when residential shifts, urban planning, and other phenomena affect the composition of a neighborhood.[1] Urban gentrification often involves population migration as poor residents of a neighborhood are displaced. In a community undergoing gentrification, the average income increases and average family size decreases. This generally results in the displacement of the poorer, pre-gentrification residents, who are unable to pay increased rents, and property taxes, or afford real estate. Often old industrial buildings are converted to residences and shops. New businesses, which can afford increased commercial rent, cater to a more affluent base of consumers—further increasing the appeal to higher income migrants and decreasing the accessibility to the poor. Often, resident owners unable to pay the taxes are forced to sell their residences and move to a cheaper community.[2][3]

Political action, either to promote or oppose the gentrification, is often the community's response against unintended economic eviction.[4] However, local governments may favor gentrification because of the increased tax base associated with the new high-income residents, as well as because of other perceived benefits of moving poor people and rehabilitating deteriorated areas.
Jan. 19, 2013, 12:12 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
I do attend meetings and the community group does have my contact info and as far as support I can honestly say not really.That they don't have. I say this because when I first joined the community group it was to get information on the things going on in the neighborhood, to be more informed. When I had concerns, they fell on deaf ears and I received NO support from the community group. When I provided information to the group board about things that would effect us. It was never brought to the attention of the community group? Why? Maybe not to piss off the elected so they can get their grant money who knows. But if they are not informing the group of what is going on for what ever reason it is, it is not "good" it is not "right".
I have seen the CB disapprove of something in one neighborhood and allow it in another. I have seen the CB rule on issues that helped one area but negatively affected another.
Jan. 19, 2013, 2:27 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
You are not allowed to blame others for your lack of have a choice at each committee meeting and at each community board meeting to step up and bring New Business to the Board. You can also write, email, fax or call the board to voice your concerns. I admit it is a slow and mostly awkward and sometimes blatantly unfair process....

but that is a good reason to step up and create a plaNYC for your neighborhood....something like a master plan to aim for. To show to the elected as a strong voting population of investors that will not support them if they do not help them achieve their goals.

Don't help them divide and conquer by having un organized neighborhoods that serve them by becoming the weakest on the chessboard of political play to be forfeited for their gain somewhere else.
Jan. 19, 2013, 3:31 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dot: My lack of committment? No, I don't think so. When I walk into the CB with complaint/problem and I am told Sorry, the agency that handles that will not meet with us. Then another neighborhood has a problem dealing with that agency and the CB has a sit down with that agency and elected. That is not my lack of committment it's theirs. When I ask questions concerning issues and the CB refuses to answer and the only response I get is "time". That is their lack of committment not mine.
I have provided CB with plans typed with photos and even measurements in some cases. I don't know what was done with those ideas but if I were to guess it was placed in the round filling cabinet.
My community group has ignored individuals at their meetings and have even told individuals their questions will be limited. Because the individual didn't lob meatball questions at elected speakers but asked the tough questions the board would restrict or ignor them.
I am not helping them to divide us they are. I want a united neighborhood but the powers that be don't. Why because they have a view or opinion and if we had all the facts we might not support their view or opinion?
Jan. 19, 2013, 4:38 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
To all Commentors:

Obviously "Pissed" is "Egidio"....So I can not waste my time responding to this any name, he is to rude and shows contempt to wonderful hard working community leaders. He stands and attacks and interjects but in no way does he make a continum plan.

He did the same thing with Save Rusty/Bronx Horse. He accomplished zero.

The "save the stables" group accomplished some good things but with a limited plan that had no substance.

Raving a the moon does not solve a problem. You need a synergy of caring people that can let go of their egos and work together as a team to better the direction of the Community.
Jan. 21, 2013, 2:30 pm
Egidio from Sementilli says:
My response is posted on the new article:

Complaints pour in over Pelham Grand neighbors
By David Cruz
Jan. 21, 2013, 7:50 pm
Pissed in Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
To all Commentators.
Sorry to disappoint you Dot but I am not Egidio. "Raving a the moon does not solve a problem" I have said NOTHING insulting to you or anyone else and I have gone out of my way NOT! to not name names. With one exception a name in a post I put on in another article. What did I say that was so bad Dot? That the CB goes the extra mile for one area and not the other? Did I lie? That certain neighborhood groups are pro elected and CB and will not say something negative about them or let a members of their organizations saying anything negative even if it is true?
Why is it ok for you to talk about contractors and architects "buying" variances and zoning from our elected.?
Jan. 21, 2013, 10:39 pm
Info Man from PB says:

There are many who are keeping track of empty real estate.
Jan. 22, 2013, 8:01 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
Pissed I do apologize...I guess I am just so offended by his lack of respect to the community leaders that I may have entered the "dark side" and started disrespecting as well....I usually can laugh off offensive attacks to my character. BUT I really got angry when he attacked Anita without even knowing the facts. Especially that he does not CARE about the human facts...only his financial facts that he tries to twist to tear down his idea of an opponant.

I have to re-evaluate the way I "Blog". I do not have predetermined opinions on anything. I approach each new problem as a area of gray and try to educate everyone around me while they educate me on that problem. Then I like to have everyone form a new opinion and sort of hand it in like homework so that we can all contribute our slant on the problem from where we see it as a man or woman, a mailman or a Dr., a contractor or a resident. I believe this is the way to see the reality of the problem. And then we would be all invested in the solution and come to a compromise that works for everyone????.

Of course we are met with cold shoulders when we attempt to get past the aging, Board Members who grab off whatever they can to enhance their neighborhoods and therefore their properties...but we need to get passed all this nonsense and grow some educated B-lls. Either that or just stop spinning our wheels and throw in the towel.
Jan. 22, 2013, 8:28 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
Oh Pissed: About the Architects and Developers ...I basically was told this by Architects and Developers....It is legal?...they contribute to the Electeds funds and the Electeds help them get what they is very simple and it seems to be very common. In fact it seems that that is one of the reasons we have electeds. To help the process of development go smoother. Mayor Bloomberg even came up with a "Speedy Process?" where a developer can meet with a group of agencies (DOT,DEP,DEC,ECB????) in one room to fast pace the many documents that have to be processed.
Jan. 22, 2013, 8:41 pm
Tired from Pelham Bay says:
When is the next Pelham Bay Taxpayers meeting ?
Jan. 23, 2013, 6:26 pm
Pelham Parkway from Pelham Bay says:
The meeting dates are always posted in the Bronx Times Reporter.
Jan. 27, 2013, 12:24 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
I am looking for a comment made that the actual developer is looking to make a deal with NYC to house people coming out of jail??? in future housing?
Jan. 29, 2013, 3:29 pm
Pissed from Pelham Bay from Pelham Bay says:
Dot: Where are you looking for this comment? And how long ago did you hear this? I would like to look for this as well.
Jan. 30, 2013, 8:18 pm
Dot from Bronx says:
I heard ion conversation that a Guy named Tony? posted a comment on one of the articles? I have not followed the Daily News article so maybe it is there?
Feb. 1, 2013, 11:32 am
Bronx Resident from North Bronx says:
I sympathize with the Pelham Bay residents. My part of the Bronx has a low income housing unit and in the works a community shelter for drug abused people. All courtesy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans for New York City.
Our community was forewarned in advance of what would happen and did not take it lighlty. We protested to officials, rallied, wrote letters but to no avail.
Oct. 18, 2013, 1:17 pm

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