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West Aspect Rag » A New Bike Lane, Smoking Restrictions and Homelessness are Scorching Subjects At Group Board Assembly

Posted on September 2, 2020 at 2:45 pm by Carol Tannenhauser

CB 7 September Full Board Assembly.

By Carol Tannenhauser

Greater than 200 folks logged in to the Group Board 7 assembly on Tuesday evening to speak bike lanes, liquor licenses, smoking legal guidelines and probably the most heated matter of the day — homelessness.

Early within the assembly, Captain Neil Zuber, commander of the twentieth Precinct, logged in to induce locals to report crimes.

“Please, once you see one thing — drug use, public lewdness — it’s important to report it, name 911. If we’re not conscious that one thing’s taking place and when and the place, we are able to’t probably tackle it. Please name 911. It really works. Yesterday, based mostly on elevated reporting and our investigation, we had been able to make 12 arrests of dealers and people buying drugs on the street. This root trigger of what’s driving a lot of the standard of life points was addressed in a really huge means, because of the partnership with the folks of the neighborhood. Lots of people are afraid in the event that they name 911, it is going to clog up the system. That’s not going to occur. Should you’re not sure what to do, name 911. By all means, err on the facet of warning.”

Subsequent up was the enterprise session:

Two liquor licenses had been accepted — one for a spot referred to as Bonita, at 483 Columbus Avenue, the previous Bellini spot.

Six constructing renovations got the go forward, involving a rooftop air conditioner, a ramp, a door and a bay window.

Extended consideration was paid to the decision offered by Howard Yaruss of the Transportation Committee in favor of a two-way protected bike lane on West 72nd Road.

”I don’t like to consider it as solely a motorcycle lane decision,” Yaruss mentioned. “It’s calling for the Division of Transportation and specialists to provide you with one thing that may make 72nd a greater road – safer, extra nice and, after all, with a protected bike lane, connecting the north/south lanes and Central Park West with Riverside Drive.” The decision handed.

The final order of enterprise concerned smoking on the perimeter of metropolis parks, for instance, on the benches that sit outdoors Central Park. Curiously, in 2002, when laws authored by Gale Brewer to make NYC parks smoke-free handed, an exemption was made for the sides, in addition to parking heaps and medians. Final evening, CB 7 handed a decision banning smoking on the perimeter of parks and in parking heaps and medians, however marijuana was not included.

Subsequent got here the general public session. Unsurprisingly it centered on the problems surrounding the folks experiencing homelessness who’ve been moved to motels within the neighborhood. A number of audio system spoke up in favor of motels getting used as shelters; many of the proponents mentioned they had been from neighborhoods apart from the UWS.

An analogous quantity spoke in opposition to the shelters, although they had been all from the neighborhood. The opponents argued that the shelters serve neither the homeless purchasers nor the neighborhood properly.

If you wish to see and listen to for your self — and also you’ve bought 5 hours — try the complete September neighborhood board assembly beneath.

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