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A representative from FEMA will be on hand to answer questions at the next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG), February 26, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street at Hampton Avenue.

If you want to know about flood insurance premiums, why some received more FEMA money than others, what FEMA “flood elevation planes” are, and how do they affect future flood insurance premiums, then this is a meeting you won’t want to miss.

The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. For more, contact MBCG at (718) 200-1845 or manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org@gmail.com, or visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

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Staten Island after the Hurricane Sandy
(Source: Flickr photo by Desiree Arroyo)

Build it Back, the city-run program to assist property owners in their recovery from Superstorm Sandy, has so far failed to help any of the 19,920 homeowners who have signed up for assistance, according to an analysis by Alliance for a Just Rebuilding.

Build it Back was created to supply cash to single-family and multi-family homeowners in need of repairs or reimbursement. Registration for the program started in July 2013 and closed in October. And since then families have either waited to no avail or have gone on to other assistance options. DNAinfo reports that city officials, “including Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference on Thursday, have said that the complicated, document-heavy process for receiving funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has slowed the release of funds.”

The process for Build it Back hasn’t moved past this paperwork stage. Out of the 19,920 homeowners who have signed up only 173 have been able to establish how much aid they’re going to get out of the $648 million that the federal government has given to Build it Back. And absolutely no construction work has been done using the funds.

Many people have moved on and found other means of repairing their homes, but, according to advocates interviewed by the Daily News, leaves many of New York’s neediest with no alternative.

The program is required by federal guidelines to prioritize distribution based largely on income. So while more well-heeled victims can dig into their own pockets or quarrel with their insurance companies, the poorest are left waiting for the taps to flow.

“It is really a lifeline for folks who don’t have any other means to do repairs,” Nathalie Alegre, coordinator of the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding, told the Daily News. “It’s extremely concerning the program hasn’t been able to speed up to the degree people need to get on with our lives.”

Are you registered for Build it Back? What has your experience been?

by Vanessa Ogle

Members of the Manhattan Beach Community Group were briefed by representatives of the state-run New York Rising program at their meeting last night, contributing proposals and feedback and asking questions about the project’s next steps. The presentation also elicited a few uncertain murmurs and misguided questions that suggested the program, now four months into its public phase,  is anything but widely understood.

NY Rising is a state program to funnel millions of federal rebuilding dollars to local communities, with projects determined by neighbors at public meetings and through committees comprised of local leaders. Brooklyn has four reconstruction zones, including a newly added Canarsie zone, and Manhattan Beach belongs to a coalition that includes Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Seagate. Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach are part of a second committee. According to the New York Rising presenter, Manhattan Beach is expected to receive approximately $5.5 million dollars in a first round of funding for its project proposals.

“We have been trying to impress upon NY Rising that the most important thing that we have here is to get infrastructure fixed,” MBCG President Judy Baron, who also represents the group in the NY Rising local committee, told her members. “Because if we don’t have water coming into our basements, we can talk about anything else.”

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New York Rising, the community reconstruction program established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, will be on hand at the next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG), this Wednesday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street at Hampton Avenue.

The meeting’s topic will be: “Any Ideas on How to Keep the Atlantic Ocean and Sheepshead Bay Out of Your Homes during the Next Natural Disaster?” According to an email from MBCG, “NY RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION has MILLIONS to Spend and WE WANT THEM For Manhattan Beach.”

Guest speakers at the meeting include Alex Zablocki, NYC Regional Lead, New York Rising; consultant Marney Kimmel, the LiRo Group, and Christopher Gorman, New York Rising.

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email arigina@aol.com, or write to Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235.

The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

MBCG boardmembers, including new president Judy Baron (left) and outgoing president Ira Zalcman (right) pose with Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer

MBCG boardmembers, including new president Judy Baron (left) and outgoing president Ira Zalcman (right) pose with Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer

The Manhattan Beach Community Group met earlier this month for their 72nd annual general membership meeting, an end-of-year celebration where new officers are installed and the year’s accomplishments celebrated. This year’s event carried extra weight as the group’s president, Ira Zalcman, said goodbye after seven years of leadership, and the group passed an amendment to its bylaws intended to create peace with its rival neighborhood group.

The December 4 event – which we must note with regret has taken far too long to find its way to our website – drew nearly 200 neighbors, as well as a broad swath of incoming and outgoing elected officials.

Most significantly, the group passed an amendment to its bylaws that they hope will end a bitter six-year feud with the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, a rivalry that many say has divided the community, and diminished its power to effect positive changes in the area.

The new bylaws create an exception for members of the “other group” to rejoin the MBCG as directors without having to wait the requisite two years. Passed with only one objection, by MBNA member Ed Eisenberg, the motion provisions for the group’s president to appoint as many as four members of the MBNA to the MBCG’s board, so long as the MBNA agrees to dissolve.


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The 72nd Annual MBCG Membership Meeting will be taking place this Wednesday, December 4, 8:00 p.m. in the Public School 195 auditorium, 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach.

The Dana Borell Award, The Friend of Manhattan Beach Award and community awards will be presented to “very deserving recipients,” according to an email from the group.

Among those attending will be keynote speaker and Brooklyn Borough President-elect Eric Adams, as well as New York City Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and New York City Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch. Adams will be swearing in new directors and officers. After six years, MBCG President Ira Zalcman will be stepping aside, and Judy Baron will be sworn in as the new president.

Additionally, a vote will be held by the group’s entire membership to amend their by-laws to allow the leadership of their “adversarial group” to return as directors.

The meeting promises “real good FOOD. Also, Kosher bagels with good stuff to put on them.”

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email arigina@aol.com, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be tomorrow, October 23, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.

Scheduled speakers include a representative from New York Rising, Governor Cuomo’s initiative to develop grassroots planning for storm resiliency. A meeting held earlier this month for the Sheepshead Bay area saw residents offering their own proposals to protect from future disasters, which will be studied by the state.

“Please help us send a direct message to [the state] about our streets, storm basins, sewer lines, Sheepshead Bay and the Atlantic Ocean,” MBCG President Ira Zalcman wrote in the event’s announcement. “This is your chance to present other ideas.”

The meeting will also feature opportunities to discuss community news and issues. A number of public officials will be in attendance.

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email arigina@aol.com, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

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A sweeping City Council candidates’ forum hosted by the Manhattan Beach Community Group last Wednesday touched on topics including stop-and-frisk, discretionary funding, and the overhaul of the Riegelmann Boardwalk. But the audience, which included active civic association leaders from around the district, was eager to question the candidates on their plans to wrestle some local control back from City Hall and back into the community.

The Democratic candidates vying to replace term-limited Michael Nelson in the 48th District fielded a volley of wonkish questions about Community Board reforms, community-based planning, and a potential dismantling of a city agency that many civic boards fault with turning a blind eye to over-development in the area.

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Clockwise from top left: Chaim Deutsch, Theresa Scavo, Igor Oberman, Ari Kagan.

From our friends at the Manhattan Beach Community Group:

The Manhattan Beach Community Group is proud to announce a debate for Democrats vying for the Democratic nomination. We will be hosting the event on August 28th, 8PM at PS 195 on Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach. Everyone is welcome, Manhattan Beach resident or not.

There are many issues, especially after Hurricane Sandy, that need to be addressed by the next Councilman. If you have any questions please email them to [arigina@aol.com].

We  hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and look forward to seeing you on August 28th.

Sheepshead Bites has not received information about which of the candidates have confirmed their attendance.

UPDATE: We just heard that the following candidates will be in attendance:

Natraj Bhushan
Chaim Deutsch
Ari Kagan
Igor Oberman
Theresa Scavo

Photos (see inset) by Allan Rosen. Click to enlarge

Photos (see inset) by Allan Rosen. Click to enlarge

THE COMMUTE: As the MTA contemplates today and on Wednesday how many more service reductions from 2010 they will restore, let’s focus today on a local matter.

During the past two weeks, NYCDOT repainted the much maligned and nearly totally worn out zebra stripes and bicycle lanes on Oriental Boulevard. This was the first restriping in about nine years since four traffic lanes were reduced to two.

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