By Carol Tannenhauser
Before the business of approving or disapproving resolutions regarding such things as the replacement of windows in landmarked buildings, the awarding of liquor licenses, and the restoration of No Parking zones (seemingly small matters, but essential to maintaining the character and quality of life of the Upper West Side), Community Board (CB) 7 allows time for elected officials or their representatives to update their constituents on their activities. December’s Full Board Meeting, held Tuesday night at Fordham University, yielded reports from officials on the city, state, and federal levels. Here are some highlights:
City Council Member Helen Rosenthal spoke for herself: “Manhattan electeds were called together by the borough president this past Sunday,” she said. “We talked as city, state, and federal electeds about the possible impacts of the forthcoming Trump administration on New York City and what we can do to shore up our residents. My big push between now and January is to ask the city to double down on its resources for our safety net and our social service providers. With the possible impact to the state and federal budgets, we’re going to need those services…and we need to shore them up.”
Representing New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Tara made an announcement that brought the house down: “We’re very excited to introduce new legislation,” she said. “It’s called – now, listen carefully – the ‘Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public Act’ – T.R.U.M.P – the TRUMP Act. What this would do is require anyone who wants to run for President or Vice President to release their tax returns to the state board of elections before being allowed to be listed on the ballot in New York State.”
“Woo Hoo!” was heard, followed by laughter and applause.
An aide to U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler communicated the congressman’s position: “[He] is deeply troubled by the results of the election and has spoken out repeatedly about some of the announcements and appointments we have seen coming out of the incoming administration. Congressman Nadler is a senior member of the judiciary committee, so he will be vigilant in the coming months and years, as he monitors any potential threats to citizens’ civil rights and civil liberties. He believes it is incredibly important that all of us remain engaged and are not quiet. Congressman Nadler will only be able to take strong positions on these matters knowing that the community has his back.”
Congressman Nadler is hosting a town hall meeting on December 19th at 6 p.m. at NYU, What to Expect Next: Preparing for the Trump Administration and the new Congress. Go to www.nadler.house.gov for further details.
Mayor de Blasio and other electeds will attend another town hall meeting, concerning the UWS, West Harlem, and Washington Heights, on Thursday, December 15th at 7 p.m. at the Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, at 102nd street and Amsterdam Avenue. Space is limited. Go to TOWNHALLRSVP@cityhall.nyc.gov for further information.
Finally, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s representative announced that applications for Manhattan Community Board membership are now being accepted. “Community boards are the most grassroots form of local government, each composed of 50 volunteers serving staggered two-year terms,” Brewer’s December newsletter reads. “The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of their neighborhoods.” To apply, go to manhattanbp.nyc.gov/CBapply. Applications are due by February 3, 2017.
To read the minutes and resolutions of CB 7’s December meeting, go to www.cb7.org.