Today is Election Day – make sure you vote! Polls close at 9pm tonight. The more people from Gerritsen Beach who vote, the more attention the neighborhood will receive from our elected officials. Here’s a link to a NYC votes guide to help make your decisions:
GBCares would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers and organizations who have helped rebuild our neighborhood this past year. We could not have accomplished so much without your help. Assistance is still available to those who need it. Come by our office at 2676 Gerritsen Ave or email Sandy@gbcares.org. Thank you!
Have you registered for NYC’s Build It Back program yet? Deadline is Monday, September 30. Please pass it on! Details below:
NYC Build it Back provides multiple pathways to help affected residents return to more sustainable housing and recover out-of-pocket costs resulting from the storm. Beginning next month, registrants will be contacted by a Housing Recovery Specialist who will help them review their options and guide them through each step of the process.
NYC Build it Back provides four pathways to help New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy return to sustainable homes:
- Repair: A NYC Build it Back professional contractor can help eligible participants whose homes require minor to moderate repairs. Registrants also have the option of selecting their own contractor within Federal and program guidelines.
- Rebuild: If a home is substantially damaged and needs to be rebuilt, qualifying participants can choose a home model that is designed specifically for their community, uses the best available resiliency standards and is designed by a NYC Build it Back developer. Alternatively, registrants can choose their own architect and contractor to develop and build their homes within Federal and program guidelines.
- Reimbursement: The City can also help participants recover eligible out-of-pocket costs for minor repairs already made to their homes that satisfy all Department of Housing and Urban Development and other requirements.
- Acquisition: Some owners may want to voluntarily sell their homes and in some cases, the City will be able to work with communities to strategically redevelop these properties in a smarter, more resilient way. Housing Recovery Specialists will be able to explain these options.
NYC Build it Back complements the assistance already provided by FEMA, private insurance claims and other sources. Homeowners, landlords and cooperative and condominium owners with primary residences in the five boroughs are encouraged to apply to find out how they may be eligible for the program. Professionals will assess the damage of homes in the program to determine the costs of repairs or rebuilding, including elevating homes when necessary. Assistance will also be made available to qualifying renters who participate in the program.
Click on the following links for the official NYC Build it Back press conference video and press release.
Free Disaster Legal Services For Homeowners & Tenants
Saturday, September 7, 2013
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Canarsie Reform Community Church
1155 E 93rd St, Brooklyn
No appointment needed
Interpreters Available for Any Language
Questions? Call Brooklyn Jubilee at 718-249-6359
9/2 UPDATE from the Health Dept: To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile Virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 between the hours of 8 PM and 6 AM the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Monday, September 9, 2013 during the same hours. Spraying will occur in the following zip codes: 11203,11210, 11214, 11223,11224, 11229, 11230, 11234, and 11235. Please see attachment for more information and visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/environmental/wnv-spray.shtml
To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Thursday, September 5, 2013 during the same hours. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high mosquito populations.
For these sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil® 10+10, a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health. The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:
- Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.
- Air conditioners may remain on, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.
- Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.
- Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.
Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes:
- Consider reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during the hours between dusk and dawn in areas with heavy mosquito populations.
- Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three).M
- Make sure windows have screens, and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Eliminate any standing water from your property, and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
- Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
- Report standing water by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov.
Parts of Brighton Beach, Bergen Beach, Coney Island, East Flat Bush, Flatlands, Georgetown, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Homecrest, Marine Park, Manhattan Beach, Midwood, Middle Basin, Mill Island, Mill Basin, Sea Gate, Sheepshead Bay
Bordered by Avenue D, Brooklyn Avenue, East 36th Street, Avenue I, East 14th Street, Avenue U, Nostrand Avenue, Avenue X and 86th Street to the North; Bay Parkway and Gravesend Bay to the West; Atlantic Ocean, Knapp Ave, Sheepshead Bay, Avenue X and Gerritsen Avenue to the South; and Belt Parkway, Paerdegat Basin and Ralph Avenue to the East
11210, 11214, 11223,11224, 11229,11230, 11234, 11235
Honor those that sacrificed in the line of duty. Follow in the footsteps of an American hero & show support for our first responders & military!
Click here for more info & to register: https://t2trun.org/site/displaySite.do?siteIdCode=BMJ6KQZ1
Come by the GBC Recovery site for some acupuncture this Thursday, 8/22 from 3:30 to – 4:30p. No appointment needed! Take advantage of this free service
Come by the GBC Recovery site for some acupuncture this Thursday, 8/8 from 1:30 to ~3:30p. No appointment needed!
First session is Wednesday, July 31st 4PM @ the GBC Recovery site + 4 more sessions each Wednesday through 8/28. See flyer for more details:
Thank you to the St. Catherine volunteers for helping us in Gerritsen Beach!