Beginning in July 2009 the originally formed
Working Teams merged to a smaller set of teams according to mutually
shared topics. The minutes below are a record of the original
Working Teams meetings. To see reports of Phase Two Working
Teams, click here.
April 9, 2009,
Chambers Street, Room 709, Time: 11:00AM to 12:30pm
Acting Chair Richard Lee recapped from the last meeting of next
steps in determining affordability and reiterated the group's
tentative guiding principles: (1) To determine and use an Area
Median Income figure that truly represents the residents of the area
to determine affordability of housing...MINUTES
Thursday, March 12, 2009, 3-4:30pm.,CB 1, 49-51 Chambers St., Rm 709.
Acting Chair Richard Lee recapped from the last meeting, starting
with several of the questions raised aimed at setting the working
team's guiding principles. The following is a list of tentative
guiding principles determined by those in attendance...MINUTES
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at 3PM at CB1at 49-51 Chamber Street, Room 709.
Acting Chair Richard
Lee started the discussion of affordable housing by asking what
other organizations in attendance have encountered. Discussions
regarding improving quality of life lead directly the topic of the
loss of rent regulated housing, including the rise of tenant
harassment. The importance of protecting tenants and educating the
community of their rights was stated as well. Also discussed was the
potential of looking at affordable home ownership options and
19, 2009, 5:30-7p.m., Asian American Arts Centre, 26 Bowery, 3rd Fl.
Inventory/assessment of previous
Working team members identified known existing studies/surveys to be
collected for CWG use and inclusion in AAARI’s analysis...MINUTES
February 19, 2009, 26 Bowery. 3rd Fl., 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Amy Chin opened meeting by
distributing copies of the ‘Historic Chinatown’ and ‘Arts and
Architecture’ chapters from the 2004 Rebuild Chinatown Initiative’s
report ‘America’s Chinatown’ for review and use as a starting point
for discussion. Team members agreed that cultural life and
historic character are vitally important to Chinatown’s well-being.
Instead of immediately trying to define guiding principles, the team
engaged in a general discussion to inventory basic concerns and
these goals to reach for or things we actually believe we
want to accomplish?
The point was
made that some of the issue raised are out of our control / power
because they are due to policy, etc....Read
April 29, 2009 Meeting
Draft Guiding Principles for Education/Schools Working Team:
Protect and preserve the Chinatown schools. (Protection of
schools physical integrity, input into how many schools are
housed in the buildings, control of programming in the schools,
traffic and park safety, over-testing, smaller classroom size,
- Insure cohesive approach to issues in Chinatown schools.
- Provide resources for parents to successfully improve their
capacity as parents in languages they can understand. (Workshops
on parenting, computer skills, voting, etc.) ...Read
Thursday, April 2, 2009, 4-5:30pm. CB1, 49-51 Chambers, Rm 709 This meeting was
attended by many school Principals: Rosa Casiello O’Day
-Principal PS 42M, Danny Yip- PTA President PS 42M, Diane Chong
–Parent Coordinator PS130M, Lily Woo- Principal PS130M, Alic Hom-
Principal PS124, Amy Hom-Principal PS 1, Phyllis Tam – Principal MS
131, Kee Cheung Tang – Parent Coordinator MS131. "The intersection
between community and school is a vital one. It has great potential
to change a community for the better." ....Read
Monday, February 23, 2009, 9am, PS 130, 143 Baxter Street.
The Working Group
brainstormed on the issues in the community re: education/schools.
We did not come up with overarching guiding principles. It was an
excellent, informative and friendly discussion with groups that care
about the issue. See a very comprehensive list of considerations...MINUTES.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 4:00
p.m. The Working Team's principles were
adopted. It was also noted that the advice of the CWG
Executive Committee, in suggesting coordinating principles with
other Working Teams, especially with the Zoning, Culture and History
and Traffic & Transportation Working Teams, would be particularly
important in developing a comprehensive Economic Development
Tuesday, March 17, 4-5:30pm.
The members need to advance, add
to and/or modify the guiding principles extracted from the several
studies conducted by the Asian American Federation. Following are
the recommended refinements from the original Guiding Principles...MINUTES February 17, 2009,
4-5:30pm., @ Chinatown Partnership, 60 St.
Tuesday, February 17, 4-5:30 pm, Offices of Chinatown Partnership,
60 St. James Place.
recommended the WT read “Revitalizing Chinatown Businesses” study
from the Asian American Federation as a possible model for our
group’s Guiding Principles. The meeting continued with
extensive discussion on 11 topics....Read
June 11, 2009,
Community Board 1, 49-51 Chambers Street.
Gigi provided a brief report of the
Town Hall held on Monday, June 1st at PS 124. The event was attended
by close to 200 people. About 100 surveys were returned and data is
in the process of being compiled. A wide array of issues and
concerns were voiced by attendees. Among the key issues raised that
touches upon immigration and social services is housing rights.
Tenants of 11 Essex St. described a forced eviction where they had 4
hours to vacate their apartments and were relocated hours away
without consideration for the needs of the senior citizens. An
additional issue that was raised focuses on the accessibility of
accurate information to the immigrant population. Looking ahead, CWG
would like each working team to develop tasks and action plans to
address the concerns raised...MINUTES
May 14, 2009, 4:30 pm,
Community Board 1, 49-51 Chambers Street
All members reviewed the draft principles for
Immigrant Affairs work team. Additions and suggestions were made:
The first principle about workers rights was discussed. It was
decided that this should include protecting the rights of all
immigrant workers, regardless of their status. Mae Lee raised the
possibility of including a more specific issue such as workers
earning the living wage...MINUTES
Thursday April 2, 2009, 4:00 p.m., Community
Board 1, 49-51 Chambers Street
Thomas Yu, the CWG’s co-chair, gave a brief
synopsis of discussions from other work team meetings where the
issues intersected with immigrant issues. He reported that the CWG
steering committee has been discussing ways to improve the
efficiency and effectiveness of the work teams. One option
presented was that work teams that address overlapping issues can
coordinate or consolidate...MINUTES
May 12, 2009 Meeting,
Chatham Green Recreation Room There was a
group discussion about the impact of government employees driving
and using their own vehicles on government business. Jan Lee gave a
presentation of the merits of "zip car" car sharing technology for
managing a smaller, more efficient fleet of cars for government use.
April 20, 2009 Meeting,
Chatham Green The group discussed and
arrived at 6 guiding principles for the team:
1. To strive for a balance in transportation, parking, and security
2. To foster community input and involvement
3. To advocate for "natural" designs and flows (a "go with the flow"
approach to designs)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 6-7:30pm Chatham , Green Recreation Room, 165
Park Row Through Mary Cooley
of Scott Stringer's office, Gerry Bogacz from NYMTC gave an update
to CATS II.
The following was discussed: ...Read
MINUTES Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 6:30pm, Chatham Green NEW LOCATION - in the
basement at 215 Park Row.
balance between public transportation, bikes, pedestrians, vehicles,
businesses and trucks. Also discussed necessary emphasis on
quality of life and safety: Verrazano bridge tolls, bus vs.
businesses vs. residents vs. commuter vans...MINUTES,
June 18, 2009, Columbus Park
Building, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Triple Edwards suggested that the Parks and Transportation Working
Groups collaborate on tree plantings on St. James Place. NYPD is
currently planning to install bollards. The group will explore the
possibility of planting trees instead of installing bollards. AF to
check in with NYRP about obtaining street trees...MINUTES
April 16, 2009, 4:00 – 5:30pm,
Community Board 1, Room 709, 49-51 Chambers St.
The group reviewed the recommended CWG timeline discussed phase one
and two in greater detail. Phase One/Goals – the group has already
begun to loosely articulate goals and guiding principles in our
discussions of priorities and needs for parks, recreation and open
space in Chinatown. However these discussions need to be distilled
into more succinct guiding principles...MINUTES
Thursday, March 19, 2009 4:00 – 5:30pm, Community Board 1, Room 709,
49-51 Chambers St.
Ed Ma and Anne Frederick were elected
co-chairs of the Parks, Open Space and Recreation Working Team.
Regarding priorities for Parks, Recreation and Open Space in
Chinatown, attendees brainstormed the following priorities for a
comprehensive plan for parks, open spaces and recreation in
February 18, 2009, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, 49 Chamber Street, Room 709.
Edward Ma facilitated introductions,
each attendee articulated their involvement with and interest in
park, open space, and recreation issues. The attendees
articulated the importance of outreaching to more residents and
organizations in order to develop principles which are
representative of community-wide needs and aspirations...MINUTES
June 9, 2009,
49 Chambers Street, Room 709, 11:00
John Mangin of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), presented an
abridged version of the Center’s zoning law workshop, which is
designed to help community members participate in land use and
May 20, 2009, 49 Chambers Street,
Room 709, 11:00 a.m.
Co-chair Michael Levine
discussed the next steps in the planning process. John Mangin of the
Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), who presented his organization’s
affordable housing workshop at the Chinatown Working Group Steering
Committee meeting, will attend the next Zoning Working Team
April 14, 2009, 49 Chambers Street,
Room 709, 11:00 a.m.
Co-chair Victor Papa
welcomed everyone to open the meeting. He suggested that since the
first milestone was about establishing goals that it would be
helpful to hear from the liaisons for the other working teams to
better understand what other working teams are doing in relation to
the goals of the zoning working team...MINUTES
March 10, 2009 11a-12:30p.m., @ CB1, Rm 709, 49-51 Chambers Street.
Chairs Victor Papa and Michael Levine opened discussion on the 5
drafted at the previous month’s meeting...MINUTES
10, 2009, 1pm at CB#1, 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709.
First Agenda Item – Acting Chairs
Victor Papa and Thomas Yu opened discussion regarding general
principles for the Zoning Working Team to adopt. Five general
principles were highlighted (listed below), but the working team
agreed by mutual consensus not to vote on final principles at this
meeting. Read more...Minutes