Below Are Descriptions of CB7's Standing Committees
Meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 7:00 PM
Christian Cordova and Linda Alexander, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Barbara Adler, Elizabeth Caputo, Joshua T. Cohen, Paul Fischer, Doug Kleiman, William Ortiz, Michele Parker, Andrew Rigie.
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: Robert Espier, Audrey Isaacs, Meg Schmidt, Marilyn Rosenberg and Katie Rosman.
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, Lolita Ferrin, Madelyn Innocent, Ira Mitchneck, Jeanette Rausch, Susan Schwartz
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
Page Cowley and Seema Reddy, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Richard Asche, Louisa Craddock, Sheldon J. Fine, Julian Giordano, William Ortiz, Jeanette Rausch, Andrew Rigie, 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, 7:00 PM
Jennifer Markas, Chairperson
Members: Barbara Adler, Cindy Cardinal, Ken Coughlin, Natasha Kazmi, Klari Neuwelt, Jennifer Nitzky, Susan Schwartz
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
Mark Diller, Chairperson
Members: Jay Adolf, Michele Parker, Peter Samton, Susan Schwartz, Madge Rosenberg
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, 7:00 PM
Howard Yaruss, Chair
Members: Andrew Albert, Elizabeth Caputo, Joshua T. Cohen, Ken Coughlin, Doug Kleiman, Sara Lind, Richard Robbins, Meg Schmidt.
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 Steven Brown, Co-Chairpersons
Members: Cindy Cardinal, Catherine DeLazzero, Mark Diller, Paul Fischer, Amy Hyman, Natasha Kazmi, Sara Lind, Ira Mitchneck.
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
Roberta Semer, Chairperson
Members: Executive Committee and Committee Chairs
Meets as needed.
Cindy Cardinal, Chairperson
Member: Mark Diller
Roberta Semer, Chair
Amy Hyman, First Vice-Chair
Andrew Rigie, Second-Vice Chair
Lolita Ferrin, Co-Secretary
Sara Lind, Co-Secretary