Expense Priorities for Fiscal Year 2012
1. Summer Youth Employment (DYCD)
Explanation: In the current economy, more slots are needed for our low- and moderate-income youth. Even with stimulus funding for the past summer that will not be available in FY'12, many youths were turned away. In addition, our community has seen an increase in teen violence. These teens need job opportunities instead of environment that does not encourage them to be productive.
2. Beacon programs (DYCD)
Explanation: Beacons are school-based community centers offering resources and support to children, youth, and adults. They operate in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, during school holidays and vacation periods, and during the summer.
3. Funding for Out of School Time (DYCD)
Explanation: OST provides free academic, recreational, and cultural programming for K-12 after school, during holidays, and in summer. We currently have an increase in youth violence and less programming for the youth, which makes this program critical.
4. Funding for youth programs for 18-21 who have aged out from Foster care services (ACS)
Explanation: Many young people are aged out of many programs and agencies after 18. More services need to be provided to ensure their safety and development.
5. Funding for Street Homelessness Solutions Unit (DHS)
Explanation: We are seeing an increase of homeless on our streets. This program funds outreach to people on the street with focus on transitioning chronic homeless to housing.
6. Funding for Safe Havens (DHS)
Explanation: Safe Havens program is designed for homeless individuals who are unlikely to enter the City's shelter system. Safe Haven's offer a safe, low-threshold temporary housing option for people who are chronically street homeless many of whom may have physical and mental problems. This program has been very successful and should be expanded.
7. Funding for Senior Centers (DFTA)
Explanation: CB 3 had two centers merged into one in the current year and cannot afford to lose more services for seniors who most need resources. CB 3 has the second highest number of seniors below the poverty line in NYC.
8. Funding for staff for Case Management for Seniors (DFTA)
Explanation: Programming for seniors cannot be implemented without staff for case management. The agency is seeing drastic cuts.
9. Funding for Expanded Home Care Services for Seniors (DFTA)
Explanation: This program allows seniors to stay in their homes with services.
10. Funding for Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (HRA)
Explanation: This program educates and counsels teens about domestic violence. This is scheduled to be eliminated in the proposed program to eliminate the budget gap.
11. HIV/AIDS Services Administration – Housing Supportive Care Workers (HRA)
Explanation: Caseworkers at supportive housing programs for HIV/AIDS services are scheduled to be decreased in the program to eliminate the budget gap.
12. Restore NYPD uniform staff (NYPD)
Explanation: NYC has been losing uniform police every year due to budget cuts. There is a reduction of 3,000 for current year. There are not enough police in precincts to cover criminal and quality of life complaints that are under jurisdiction of police. In one of our 3 precincts, crime has already gone up over 5% in the last year even though we have not seen end of year statistics. CB 3 has the second highest number of quality of life complaints in Manhattan.
13. Restore cabaret units (NYPD)
Explanation: 3 precincts (6, 10 and 13) that work in problematic areas have retained specialized units because of effectiveness. CB 3 has more NYPD commercial noise complaints than any other CB. In addition, bar owners have reported that continued relationships with experienced police allow them to work with PD and report problems without fear of negative consequences. This protects the businesses and promotes public safety.
14. Basket pickups - restore street corner pickups (DOS)
Explanation: Basket pickups, cut for budgetary reasons, were inadequate even when fully staffed due to destination nightlife areas on weekends. The East Village particularly has again been voted NYC hottest nightlife area but we have not been provided infrastructure to handle weekend influx. The spillover of garbage also contributes to rodent problem. CB 3 has the second worst rat problem in Manhattan.
15. Decibel meters - new meters that measure bass to enforce noise law of July 2007 and training for staff (NYPD)
Explanation: In July 2007 NYC passed a new noise code that, among other things, included new compliance regarding bass because the old noise code did not regulate adequately. NYPD has yet to purchase decibel meters and train staff to enforce this over 2-year old law. CB 3 continues to far exceed any other community board in number of NYPD commercial noise complaints. It is impossible for DEP to enforce the noise law every weekend in problem areas. It is necessary for NYPD to purchase decibel meters to enforce July 2007 noise code and train staff on up-to-date meters. NYPD last year answered that the agency had adequate meters. This is not true, NYPD does not have a single meter that measures the 2007 noise code.
16. Funding for PEP officers (DPR)
Explanation: There has been a loss of Parks Enforcement officers that must be restored. This is in addition to loss of NYPD staff that also helps cover parks. There is increased incidence of drug use and quality of life problems in some CB 3 parks.
17. Restore funding for Parks staffing (DPR)
Explanation: Maintenance workers and parks workers are very needed. The Community Board is receiving more complaints than ever before about cleanliness and upkeep.
18. Funding for a second full time fully trained exterminator (DPR)
Explanation: CB 3 is designated as a UAR - Urgent Action Required, and is the CB with the second highest rat problems in Manhattan. Some of our parks fall under the worst category for rats. Another fully trained exterminator is urgently needed.
19. Continued funding for HPD code enforcement inspectors (HPD)
Explanation: This program is necessary for safety and well-being of our residents. It is necessary to maintain and preserve our affordable housing and support and protect our tenants.
20. Continued funding for HPD litigation lawyers (HPD)
Explanation: Legal staff is necessary to ensure compliance. Community Board 3 has seen many problems with buildings that has caused vacates of residents. It is necessary to pursue non-compliance vigorously to ensure public safety and compliance.
21. Increase funding for anti-eviction legal services (HPD)
Explanation: Increased anti-eviction services are needed to preserve the occupancy of vulnerable long-term tenants. There are many complaints by rent regulated tenants of harassment & attempts to evict so that apartment can be rented for more money.
22. Continued funding Neighborhood Preservation and Community Consultant Program (HPD)
Explanation: These programs assist community groups and neighborhood housing organizations to work with the HPD and private residential owners to coordinate, develop, and maintain the affordability of existing housing. This limited supply of affordable housing is being rapidly lost through the ongoing gentrification of our community and must be safeguarded.
23. Increase traffic enforcement staff (NYPD)
Explanation: There have been cuts to non-enforcement staff in traffic enforcement and lack of sufficient enforcement staff. The increase in business and traffic and nightlife traffic has created congestion and safety and issues. Transportation issues are a constant high priority issue for this board.
24. Continued funding for milling and paving (DOT)
Explanation: Budget cuts have impacted ability to keep up with necessary milling and paving. Potholes and ponding conditions are a big problem in the district.
25. Mechanical brooms - street sweeping has been cut due to budget—was inadequate when fully staffed due to destination nightlife areas on weekends. Also contributes to rodent problem (DOS)
Explanation: The area has increased development because of new building and is also continuing to expand as a destination nightlife area. This requires increased services at a time when services are being cut. The nightlife industry is contributing to tax base, but infrastructure fir accommodate the influx of people does not receive any of these funds and is not maintained.