Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Community Board 8 Election June 10th


  Tuesday June 10th is the date of the full Community Board 8 meeting at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church located at 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway, and the meeting begins at 7:30 PM. On the agenda is the election of officers and committee chairs to Community Board 8.

  As Vice-Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee I have been asked why I did not go for the position of Chair of the committee. My answer was that the Vice-Chair does not always make the best candidate for the Chair's position. 

  An article on the election can be found in the Riverdale Press about the two candidates who are running for Chair of Community Board 8. One is the current Vice-Chair and the other is the current Traffic and Transportation Chair. One thing odd in the Riverdale Press article however is that the Chairman of Community Board 8 Bob Fanuzzi is stated to have thrown his support behind the Vice-Chair. By stating that he is behind the Vice-Chair, the board chair can no longer be impartial if he is to conduct any part of the election for Chair of CB 8. I also wonder at the end of this Riverdale Press article why they spoke to one of the members of the nominating committee. 

  While Bob Fanuzzi will no longer be Chair of CB 8 he will still be a member of its Executive Committee as the past Chair of the board, but it is stated that he is running to become chair of the Environment and Sanitation Committee. One has to wonder why he is keeping someone else off the Executive Board and just what Mr. Fanuzzi's motive is. 

  In the last three years under Bob Fanuzzi's leadership of CB 8 it is obvious that he and his Vice-Chair have not involved people from Kingsbridge and Marble Hill. Why else would the Riverdale Press write that the Vice-Chair of CB 8 wants to "involve more residents of those neighborhoods in CB 8's activities." The Vice-Chair is also listed in the Riverdale Press article as saying that she reduced the number of days for alternate side parking throughout CB 8, and creating network events for small businesses. I guess the articles that said former CB 8 Chair Anthony Cassino and Brad Trebach were the ones who got the alternate side parking changed were wrong. I am not going to go into the networking with small business and leave that to the conflict of interest board.   

  Since CB 8 Chair Bob Fanuzzi has publicly come out in support of the current Vice-Chair by name in the Riverdale Press article I will now state that I have been amazed of the job Mr. Dan Paderncht has done as Chair of Traffic and Transportation. He is hard working, thoughtful, and has reached out to all parts of the community board and other committee. That is why I know that Dan Padernacht is the best candidate for chair of Community Board 8. As a member of CB 8 I will be voting for Dan Padernacht for chair of Community Board 8.

   I will also be running from the floor for Chair of the Environment and Sanitation Committee against former Croton Filtration Monitoring Committee Chair Bob Fanuzzi, because he has done a lousy job as chair of the CFMC allowing over 150 trees to be cut down at the Jerome Park Reservoir by the DEP.

   If anyone has said to you that I am voting for the vice-Chair of CB 8 Maria Khury to get their vote, they are lying, because I am voting Dan Padernacht for Chair of CB 8. 

ROBERT PRESS.


9 comments:

  1. You are right. Here is how the Riverdale Press reported on the alternate side parking back on Nov. 29, 2007:
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    Alternate side of the street parking reduction took baby steps towards implementation at a Nov. 20 joint meeting of Community Board 8's traffic and transportation committee and environment and sanitation committee.
    Committee chairs Brad Trebach and Saul Scheinbach, in conjunction with board Chairman Tony Cassino, agreed to set up a "special committee," with the sole charge of studying the issue of reducing alternate side of the street parking neighborhood- wide. All three favor relaxation.
    Mr. Cassino said that the new committee will "take on the task of doing the heavy work," such as holding public meetings and "going out to study the streets ourselves."

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    READ MORE:
    http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Committee-will-consider-alternate-side-parking-plan,26232?page=1&


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  2. Mr. Press, you are forgetting that Maria Khury was on the 7-member Special Committee on Reforming Alternate-Side Parking Rules that was appointed by Bronx Community Board 8 on December 11, 2007.

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    1. I checked the Riverdale Press from 1-14 - 2010 where a letter to the editor from former CB 8 member and writer of the first article on the alternate side parking states that work done exclusively by Mr. Anthony Cassino, Brad Trebach, and Saul Scheinbach is how it was changed. My apology to Mr. Scheibach for not including him.
      here is the link to the letter.
      http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Alternate-side-parking-changes-under-played-by-Press,43563
      I further checked with one of the three today who said yes that Maria Khury was a member of that committee. He then showed me You Tube video that is still up showing Cassino, Trebach, and Scheinbach, but no Maria Khury. I was even on one of the videos, but again no Maria Khury.

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  3. Don't try to make it sound more important than it is. Community Board 8’s heyday was over several years before Robert Fanuzzi’s chairmanship. Now they all deserve each other and no matter who wins, it has degenerated into an inconsequential board. It is sad, but you will notice that vice-chairperson Maria Khury has to cite things done during Tony Perez Cassino’s tenure to find anything really big that was done by that board.

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    1. I agree with you 100 Percent especially about the three year tenure of the Fanuzzi/Khury leadership on CB 8.
      With new a leader such as Dan Padernacht CB 8 can return to its better days that were much more productive.

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  4. Allow me to correct a false accusation about the trees. At the Thursday, July 28, 2011 meeting of the Croton Facility Monitoring Committee, Robert Fanuzzi of is on record saying that he wants the trees to be replaced with plantings that appropriately restore the area.

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    1. I never said that he did not object to the trees being cut down, but he allowed it to happen while he was the Chair of the Croton Filtration Monitoring Committee. Mr. Fanuzzi never got anything in writting from the DEP and look what the DEP is trying to do now. As for replanting the trees, the DEP is trying to say that some were on Parks Department property, DEP did not cut down the trees that the Parks Department did, and now when I questioned Associate DEP Commissioner Matthew Mahoney at the last monthly CFMC meeting if any more trees may have to be cut down his answer was "I DON"T KNOW.' By the way the CFMC meetings are now being run by Father Richard Gorman.
      Being on record saying that you want a city agency to do something is about as good as trying to get on the subway with a wooden nickle. Fanuzzi should have gotten it in writing, those poor healthy trees.

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  5. Look, it boils down to this: Anthony P. Cassino and his team just did things so much better. That is why the citywide press hardly mentions Bronx Board 8 anymore. It has been years since there was anything big or innovative being done by Bronx Board 8. I think that the reason why is that its leadership is on autopilot.

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    1. I agree that the past three years under Bob Fanuzzi have been a disgrace, and that is why Community Board 8 needs a new leader such as Mr. Dan Padernacht who can bring back the luster to CB 8.
      Another year of the same Funuzzi policy would be detrimental to the board, and even more good people would leave the board.

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