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  1. Sensible Citizen
    March 6, 2013

    What everyone is too polite to say on the record is that attendance at the Housing Committee was so abysmal because of weak leadership. Meetings ran long and accomplished nothing. It's clear that housing affordability and services for older neighbors are critical to the community. Relocating responsibility for those missions to committees with a track record of success is far more likely to improve the neighborhood. BP Stringer made his statement at DID because he needs DID's endorsement and one of the heads of the disbanded housing committee is also on the board of DID.

    • BPCResident
      March 13, 2013

      Sensible Citizen is absolutely correct. The housing Committee failed because of horrendously incompetent leadership. Goodkind likes to hear himself talk, without cessation.

      It is time to take back our neighborhood from those who have failed us on just about every issue. Goodkind, Notaro, Galloway, you're on notice: You've GOT to go!

      • Guest
        March 17, 2013

        BPC Resident – volunteers who try to help things after their work day, such as those you obnoxiously scorn above have been so helpful. There aren't many. They have all done amazing jobs in representing residential concerns. It appears that the only one who needs to go is you – a cloaked representative of what appears to be concerns other than that of our community

      • Friend of Housing
        March 17, 2013

        Tom Goodkind does like to hear himself talk…lucky for the community – others like to hear Tom talk as well!

  2. Tom Goodkind
    March 10, 2013

    On the topic of the Community Board 1 Housing Committee:

    CB1 emailed a Memorandum on December 20, 2012 that there would soon be a change “to the committee structure at CB1” sighting limited resources removing, among other Task Forces and Committees, the Housing Committee.

    This Housing Committee is one of the few on CB1 that does not contribute to this limitation of resources as it does not review ULURP applications, City Planning certifications, liquor licenses, Landmark permits, street activity permits, City budgets or newspaper stand applications; but instead studies authoritative literature, writes guides, and then gives expert advocacy to areas in need of attention concerning housing and senior issues.

    With six full Board members and six Public members; the Housing Committee has typically always met quorum. The Committee attracts new faces to the Board, in agreement with the NYC Charter, which permits “community residents who are not Board members to serve on Board committees. This is a good way of drawing on additional expertise and recruiting additional Board members."

    The Housing Committee draws assistance from experts across the nation on senior and housing issues and brings in community advocates who hadn’t recently, if ever, visited CB1, such as AARP, McKinsey & Co, Tenants and Neighbors, and Goldman Sachs. It brings new public members: those who wish to aid our local seniors and other apartment residents.

    The Housing Committee created 4 extensive writings over 4 years: the Stabilization Guide,, Senior Guide, Affordable Housing Report and the Lower Manhattan Senior Plan; and wrote many resolutions moving our area forward. Other Boards, such as CB7 Manhattan, used this work as an example. This work is necessary to address the concerns of our community, and can hardly be handled in the short time given by these other committees, some of which appear to have poorer attendance records than that of Housing.

    Sighting the reasons above, it appears reasonable to review, as our Borough President Stringer called for. the CB #1 decision. Housing and senior issues need to continue to have a Committee. CB1, in its current one hour per meeting format, supports the work of the Housing Committee and many wish to see it continue.

    – Tom Goodkind

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