LMA General Membership Meeting

by Lucia Haring

The Lefferts Manor Association held its General Membership Meeting on October 25, 2008 at The Church of the Evangel.

Committees reported on recent activities and the membership elected a new board member before invited guests spoke, including Deputy Inspector Simonetti of the 71st Precinct, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, and of course, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. 

LMA news includes:

  • The Sanitation Committee held Second Saturday litter pick-ups throughout the warm months and thanked all volunteers. Because of budget constraints, there will be no leaf pick-up this fall. Leaves should be bagged with garbage.
  • The Safety Committee working with the 71st Precinct to initiate the COP program (Citizens on Patrol), a partnership between police and neighbors to keep our streets. Contact Jerry Bennett for more details. (pepp134@aol.com)
  • The House & Garden Tour Committee was pleased with this year’s event and has a tentative date of May 31 for the 2009 tour.
  • According to Marty Markowitz, the historic street lighting promised to the neighborhood several years ago is now at the Office of Management and Budget, waiting on paperwork to accelerate the installation process. The money is allocated and cannot be used for any other purpose.
  • Bill Butts of Rutland Road was elected to the board of directors.

Deputy Inspector Simonetti of the 71st Precinct spoke about various investigations and NYPD initiatives in the neighborhood, including the COP program. He has increased the Community Affairs force to eleven officers, which he believes will improve communication between the neighborhood and the precinct. Recently several people using personal digital assistants and iPods have been robbed while walking down the sidewalk Ð the police advise parents to warn children not to use their electronics as they walk home.

Finally, he encouraged residents to call the police with any specifics about illegal activity, especially drug related, and promised to ask the NYPD about privately funded police cameras after a resident offered to pay for the installation of one at the corner of Maple Street and Flatbush Avenue.

State Senator Eric Adams, State Assemblyman Karim Camara, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Borough President Mary Markowitz, and Karl Cohen, President of the 71st Precinct Council all attended the meeting, speaking briefly and encouraging residents to contact them with concerns and ideas. Finally, both Clark and Markowitz presented LMA President Ben Edwards with citations recognizing his dedication and contribution to Lefferts Manor and the greater neighborhood Congratulations Ben, and thanks to all the members who attended and participate in the association!

Photographs:Top & Middle Row: Bob Marvin, Bottom Row: Jerry Bennett

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