HNBA Writes to OnPoint and the Safe Injection Site

November 12, 2022

OnPoint NYC

East 126th Street

New York, NY. 10035

Attn: Sam Rivera, Executive Director

Dear Sam and OnPoint Team,

Thank you so much for joining our Harlem Neighborhood Block Association (HNBA) November meeting.  We really appreciate your time and now realize we should have held this meeting with you much earlier.

We are very interested in learning more about what can be done by your organization and the city officials who you regularly meet with, to address our main concerns – the open-air drug use and drug dealing which has exploded on our streets over the last year.  As you heard from resident after resident at our meeting, HNBA is asking OnPoint to adopt a community health model, and incorporate us, as your neighbors, and simultaneously address our needs and concerns in addition to working to save lives and guide your participants to health. 

Our support for OnPoint and the work you do, is profoundly impacted by conditions we experience when we leave our homes.  We want a community where our children can play, where our seniors feel safe, and where everyone can enjoy the streets of Harlem.  Saying that Harlem was always this way is not acceptable.  We all need to do better, to expect more, and we hope OnPoint agrees this can’t be the excuse for the increased drug use and dealing we detailed to you.

Please let us know what steps OnPoint (and the city officials you meet with) intend to take.  If you would like, we would be happy to invite you to give us a brief (10-15 minute) update at our January meeting.

Again, thank you for attending our meeting and we look forward to continued discussion for a resolve both beneficial to OnPoint constituents and HNBA Neighbors.

Sincerely,

Hallia Baker, HNBA President

HNBA’s November Meeting With OnPoint and the Safe Injection Site Staff Recording

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VOTE

Today’s the day.

https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/

Marcus Garvey Park Tree Lighting

See You At The HNBA November Meeting

Tonight at 7pm

For a conversation with OnPoint – the safe injection site on East 126th Street.

Topic: HNBA Meeting
Time: Nov 8, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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An HNBA Conversation With The Safe Injection Site On East 126th St.

Make sure to join the Tuesday, November 8th, HNBA monthly meeting at 7:00 PM.  We’ve invited the Executive Director of OnPoint – the organization that runs the safe injection site on East 126th Street near Lexington.  This injection site has been in operation for almost a year, and this is your chance to learn what they do, who they serve, and to offer your thoughts on how this site has impacted our community.

Tune in, ask questions, and offer your insight.

Topic: HNBA Meeting

Time: Nov 8, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Uptown Grand Central’s Been Busy

Just look at this gorgeous light display under the MetroNorth tracks:

Uptown Grand Central never ceases to amaze viewers/visitors by routinely proving how amazing East Harlem is.

Wake Up Dems!

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council is looking for experienced voter pros to take shifts in voter protection boiler rooms. All boiler rooms will be run remotely so all you will need is a computer and wifi.

All early voting days we will have one overall statewide boiler room. On election day the boiler rooms will be split into regions. encompassing the whole state.  If you have time and are interested, please use the email below or add your name to the the sign-up form.  

Please submit the virtual boiler room sign-up form for early voting and election day. Please block the dates and times you’ve selected in your calendar. 

An on-demand dialpad/LBJ boiler room training will be available by the end of this week. 

Please let Alejandra Pollak, Executive Director know if you have any questions!

New York Democratic Lawyers Council 

The voter protection arm of NY Dems

M. 917.929.9449 | [email protected]

www.nydlc.org

New Yorkers can confirm voter registration here.

An HNBA Conversation With The Safe Injection Site On East 126th St.

Make sure to join the Tuesday, November 8th, HNBA monthly meeting at 7:00 PM.  We’ve invited the Executive Director of OnPoint – the organization that runs the safe injection site on East 126th Street near Lexington.  This injection site has been in operation for almost a year, and this is your chance to learn what they do, who they serve, and to offer your thoughts on how this site has impacted our community.

Tune in, ask questions, and offer your insight.

Topic: HNBA Meeting

Time: Nov 8, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 889 1097 8488

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No Participatory Budgeting

Council Member Kristin Jordan Does Not Apply for Participatory Budgeting Funds

Harlem’s City Council Member Kristin Jordan has not applied for Participatory Budgeting money. As a consequence Harlem residents will not be able to propose exciting community projects that should be funded, nor will they then be able to democratically choose which of the proposed community project should receive funding.

Through Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC), community members — like you — directly could have decided how to spend at least $1,000,000 if Council Member Jordan had agreed to be a participating Council District.

PBNYC funds physical infrastructure projects that benefit the public, cost at least $50,000 and have a lifespan of at least 5 years. Local improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, streets and other public spaces can be funded through this process.

For more information on participatory budgeting, including how to get involved, visit pbnyc.org.

Listen to the Council Member’s report on Participatory Budgeting to Community Board 10.

KRJ – No Participatory Budgeting For Harlem

Note how non-Harlem neighborhoods are actively submitting ideas on how to spend $1,000,000 in their communities while Harlem is left out:

To see the full map: http://ideas.pbnyc.org/page/about

HNBA’s October Meeting Zoom

If you couldn’t make our October HNBA meeting, here’s the link to view the Zoom:

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HNBA October Meeting – Tuesday, October 11th

(and yes, you’re invited!)

HNBA’s October meeting will be on Zoom, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11th, at 7:00 PM.  

We’re going to have representatives from the MTA presenting on, and answering questions about the project to replace the MetroNorth viaduct from East 115th Street up to East 123rd Street – while the trains continue to roll on!  This major project will secure this aging and increasingly fragile public transit lifeline for New York.

In addition, the MTA presenters will talk about progress on the 2nd Avenue subway and where that project is headed at the moment.

Lastly, we’ll have Joshua Clennon, a Community Board 10 member who works with HDFCs and will talk to us about the state of affairs of HDFCs in Harlem today, as well as what the future looks like for this important form of affordable housing.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Topic: HNBA Meeting
Time: Oct 11, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Time to Get Political – Write to the Mayor!

Uptown Grand Central’s Clean Team has been doing an amazing job in keeping the area around Park/Lex and 125th Street tidy. But now, this funding is being threatened!

Now that the City just passed its next budget, we’ve heard that the Corps’ time with us will end June 30. The CCC has put thousands of people to work in cleaning and greening across the city, as part of COVID recovery — but its funding has now been cut to a fraction of last year’s.

Please click here to tell both the Mayor and the Clean Team why they’re important to you.

We’ve been hearing from longtime residents and small businesses that it’s been decades since they’ve seen East 125 looking this good.

You’re looking at about a third of our City Cleanup Corps members — a.k.a. Jason, Bryan, Christian, Deja, Nyaja and Tiereecha.

They joined our Positive Workforce Clean Team last fall to be aforce multiplier here along East 125th Street, increasing our Clean Team size from 5 to 40 people — and have been keeping our sidewalks cleaner than ever before.

Rat Academy

You can sign-up for an in-person Rat Academy now.

DOHMH will be raffling off rodent-resistant garbage bins and if you are interested in attending, please visit the rat academy website for more information on upcoming Rat Academy events.

Thank you,
Rat Academy Staff
NYC DOHMH Pest Control Services
www.nyc.gov/rats

HNBA’s June 14th Meeting Recording

Topic: HNBA Meeting
Date: Jun 14, 2022
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HNBA Meeting Tonight at 7:00 PM

We hope you’ll come out for our final HNBA meeting of the season (before our summer break) on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 PM.

To get the Zoom link:

We’ll hear from the Citizens Union about what is on the horizon for redistricting City Council that could change whether or not you are considered part of (central) Harlem or part of East Harlem.  Dan (from Citizen’s Union) will talk about what’s on the horizon and how you can add your voice to the mapping changes that are coming.

We’ll also get a follow-up from Wilfredo Lopez on the DSNY’s budget – one that gives significantly more money to the UES compared to East Harlem.

Lastly, we’ll hear from Shawanna Vaughn who is challenging Inez Dickens for State Assembly from her base in Lincoln Houses.

Summer of Soul in MGP

On Friday, June 17, 7:30 PM, head to Marcus Garvey Park to see a screening of “Summer of Soul (….or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

HNBA Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th – 7 PM

We hope you’ll come out for our final HNBA meeting of the season (before our summer break) on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 PM.

To get the Zoom link:

We’ll hear from the Citizens Union about what is on the horizon for redistricting City Council that could change whether or not you are considered part of (central) Harlem or part of East Harlem.  Dan (from Citizen’s Union) will talk about what’s on the horizon and how you can add your voice to the mapping changes that are coming.

We’ll also get a follow-up from Wilfredo Lopez on the DSNY’s budget – one that gives significantly more money to the UES compared to East Harlem.

Lastly, we’ll hear from Shawanna Vaughn who is challenging Inez Dickens for State Assembly from her base in Lincoln Houses.

Kioka Jackson Writes:

From Kioka Jackson:

Let me start this message by saying thank you to everyone who participated in the National Gun Violence Awareness Event which was in partnership with SAVE/GOSO; East Harlem’s Cure violence program.  It was a day that displayed togetherness, love, and hope.  Now after we take off our orange shirts and we have finished chanting and marching – what’s next?  There is still some work that we have to do on a daily basis.  Each of us has a responsibility to do something and we are all absolutely capable of sharing love with our community.  Love is the first step toward healing and combatting this public health epidemic that we are facing around the country. Please see a few pictures and a news clip of the day.  I am thankful to all of you for your continued support toward making our neighborhood safe.  

https://abc7ny.com/east-harlem-gun-violence-rally-volence-guns-control/11924684/

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th at 5:45 PM and it will be totally in-person.  I will send out a follow-up e-mail letting you know if it will be outdoors or at the Precinct.  It all depends on the weather.  It is our final meeting for the summer so we planned to have a little bit of a light BBQ; Mix and Mingle.  So let’s hope the weather Gods smile on us for that day.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.  Look out for a message before the end of this week with further details. 

Sincerely and best regards,

Kioka Jackson

Wilfredo Lopez – Candidate for Assembly District 68

Wilfredo Lopez has come to a couple of our HNBA meetings and had mentioned that CB11 (East Harlem) does not get the same amount of funding for DSNY concerns that the community district south of 96th Street does.

Wilfedo brought this up, and subsequently sent over the document that proves his point:

The link to the budget document is below as well as a screenshot of the relevant page (p. 213).

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/omb/downloads/pdf/cbgeo6-20.pdf

Wilfredo points out that the document (above) shows that East Harlem (Sanitation District 11) receives less than half the budget for sanitation services than nearby wealthier neighborhoods like the Upper East Side (Sanitation District 8) or the Upper West Side (Sanitation District 7). 

DSNY Replies

Brooklyn, NY – June 7 2016: DSNY workers collect trash on a city street. New York Department of Sanitation is responsible for garbage and recycling collection, street cleaning, and snow removal.

After our HNBA meeting, DSNY replied to the issue that it spends more DSNY money on the Upper East Side more than it does in East Harlem:

I apologize for the delay in following up from the meeting last week.

There was a question regarding funding allocation within Community Board 11 as compared to other districts (specifically CB 8).

Correct, there is a funding difference because of the amount of service needed.

For example, CB11 has 80.8 total miles of ASP (including metered blocks) compared to CB8 that has 123.9 miles (including metered blocks).

CB11 has 70 total personnel assigned to the garbage, while CB8 has 140.

I hope this information is helpful.

Please let me know if anyone else in the group has questions.

I am always available to you all.

Thank you

  • Marissa Yanni 
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Bureau of Community Affairs
  • NYC Department of Sanitation
  • Office: 646-885-4575
  • Mobile: 646-841-4250
    [email protected]

HNBA’s May 2022 Meeting Zoom Recording

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