Below Are Descriptions of CB7's Standing Committees
Meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM
Christian Cordova and Linda Alexander, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Joshua T. Cohen, Paul Fischer, Madelyn Innocent, Doug Kleiman, Andrew Rigie, Erana Stennett.
The major tasks for the Business and Consumer Issues Committee are the review of State Liquor Authority (SLA) applications for bars, restaurants and hotels; review and approve new enclosed and unenclosed café applications and their renewals; and review street fair permit renewals. We also mediate quality of life issues between the community and various business interests. We hold "ex-officio" positions on the three Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in our district: the Lincoln Square, Columbus-Amsterdam and Columbus Avenue BIDs.
The committee has also expanded its interests to include annual Business to Business (B2B) networking receptions and programs that include special guest speakers from Business, Government and the Non-Profit Sectors. Due to the growth in the BCI Committee, we also have a Cultural Affairs subcommittee which serves as a liaison between the numerous cultural institutions/colleges and the community.
BCI takes a particular interest in being a proactive committee, engaging all committee members and developing strategic partnerships between national corporate businesses and the small businesses in our community that are crucial to a lively and thriving residential West Side community.
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM
Sheldon J. Fine and Catherine DeLazzero, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Rosa Arenas, Robert Espier, Audrey Isaacs, Sara Lind, Courtney Clark Metakis, Marilyn Rosenberg, Meg Schmitt
The Health and Human Services Committee evaluates and advocates for the quality, location, availability and appropriateness of public and private services to special needs populations in the community including the homeless, children, elderly, mentally ill, abused, persons with AIDS, the disabled, and addicted.
Meets on the second Monday of the month, 6:30 PM
Louisa Craddock and Melissa Rosenberg, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Robert Espier, Madelyn Innocent, Ira Mitchneck, Jeannette Rausch, Rich Robbins, Susan Schwartz, Ethel Sheffer, Polly Spain
The Housing Committee is concerned with the full range of housing issues, including the quality of housing stock, housing rent and maintenance regulations, the preservation and expansion of the supply of affordable housing in the district, issues concerning public housing, and issues affecting the safety, security and peaceful enjoyment of homes and apartments by their residents.
The committee deals with matters concerning each and all government agencies that are involved with housing, from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, to NYCHA, to the Department of Buildings, to property tax regulations overseen by the Department of Finance.
CB7's Housing Core Principles
Meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM
Richard Asche and Jeannette Rausch, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Page Cowley, Louisa Craddock, Sheldon J. Fine, William Ortiz, Seema Reddy, Andrew Rigie, Rich Robbins, Melissa K. Rosenberg, Peter Samton, Ethel Sheffer.
The Land Use Committee gives Upper West Side residents and businesses a role in molding the form and content of our urban space. The Committee considers proposed land development or enlargement of existing projects which require permission of the Board of Standards and Appeals or the City Planning Commission. These include variances from permitted bulk, size or use rules, amendments to the Zoning Resolution, large scale projects, notifications to restrictive declarations, and the formulation and review of environmental impact studies. Additionally, the Land Use Committee pro-actively seeks to develop a long-term vision for development on the Upper West Side.
Meets on the third Monday of the month, 6:30 PM
Barbara Adler and Klari Neuwelt, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Elizabeth Caputo, Ken Coughlin, Natasha Kazmi, Doug McGowan, Susan Schwartz, Polly Spain
The Parks and Environment Committee addresses community needs and resources related to public open space, recreation, and sustainability. The committee works closely with the Department of Parks and Recreation to review and comment on park designs, concession applications, and use patterns. The committee also mediates conflicts between groups that share public resources.
Meets on the second Thursday of the month, 6:30 PM
Michele Parker and K Karpen, Co-Chairs
Members: Jay Adolf, Joshua T. Cohen, Page Cowley, Mark Diller, Doug McGowan, William Ortiz, Madge Rosenberg, Peter Samton, Susan Schwartz
The Preservation Committee is concerned with maintaining and enhancing the aesthetic and historic character of the Upper West Side, reviewing proposed changes to individually designated landmarks as well as to properties listed within the Upper West Side's Historic Districts. The committee may also make recommendations regarding the surrounding streetscapes to ensure appropriateness within the historic context of the surrounding neighborhood.
The focus of the committee’s work is directed by the City Charter mandate that Community Boards review matters prior to consideration by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The committee, and then the full Board, reviews proposed changes to individually designated landmarks as well as to properties listed within the Upper West Side’s Historic District. A determination is made as to whether or not a particular project is "appropriate" to the landmark or within the context of the Historic District and that determination is conveyed to LPC in an advisory resolution. In making our determination, we solicit comment from the community at large and interested organizations.
Meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM
Andrew Albert and Howard Yaruss, Co-Chairs
Members: Barbara Adler, Jay Adolf, Elizabeth Caputo, Ken Coughlin, Julian Giordano, Doug Kleiman, Sara Lind, William Ortiz, Meg Schmitt, Roberta Semer
The Transportation Committee addresses every aspect of the district's transportation needs, including infrastructure, streets, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, traffic signals, traffic patterns, street usage, signage, bus and subway service, ferries, and all types of vehicular uses including automobiles, trucks, bicycles, scooters, skates, wheelchairs, strollers, as well as pedestrians. The committee works closely with the Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and other agencies, with an eye toward making the streets, sidewalks, and transit facilities of the Upper West Side the best they can be.
Meets on the third Thursday of the month, 6:30 PM
Blanche Lawton and Courtney Clark Metakis, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Rosa Arenas, Catherine DeLazzero, Beverly Donohue, Mark Diller, Paul Fischer, Julian Giordano, Amy Hyman, Audrey Isaacs, Natasha Kazmi, Ira Mitchneck, Seema Reddy, Erana Stennett
The focus of YEL is to engage with the community regarding the quality, needs and accessibility of our public libraries, our youth and youth facilities and our schools.
YEL works with youth, parents, concerned citizens, school and community-based organizations, governmental agencies, and to address the concerns and needs of young people across Community Board 7. Our focus ranges from capital improvements at local libraries to the availability of after school and youth employment opportunities to capacity issues in our school system.
Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM
Steven Brown, Chair
Members: Executive Committee, Committee Chairs, and Task Force Co-Chairs
Meets as needed.
Roberta Semer, Chair
Mark Diller, Beverly Donohue
Steven Brown, Chair
Andrew Rigie, First Vice-Chair
Doug Kleiman, Second-Vice Chair
Julian Giordano, Co-Secretary
Beverly Donohue, Co-Secretary