Committees

Arts & Culture Working Group

The committee provides a forum for artists, organizations and city agencies to present proposals for arts and cultural projects in the CB2 area. It is also a forum for the large institutions within CB2 to present their plans and ideas for development, programs or other events that will affect the community. Coverage includes universities, schools, libraries and religious and social institutions.

This committee advocates for preserving the artistic heritage of CB2, while giving the community and the board an opportunity to review and have input on various proposals at an early stage with the purpose of protecting the public interest.

Board Members                                            Public Members
Ivy Kwan Arce, Chair                                      Stacey Goergen
Chris Dignes                                                   Kristin Marting
Susan Gammie                                               Jonathan Slaff
Anne Hager
Erika Olson
Rocio Sanz

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Cannabis Licensing Committee

The Community Board 2 Cannabis Licensing Committee (CLC) seeks to support the success of cannabis businesses that contribute to the district’s economic development and cultural diversity. In so doing, the CLC works to facilitate such businesses’ ability to preserve and enhance the quality of life experienced by the district’s residents.

Under the Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA), Community Boards in New York City are responsible for advising the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and Cannabis Control Board (CCB) with respect to applications for new licenses to sell cannabis products for on-premises and off-premises consumption, as well as license renewals, transfers, alterations, corporate changes, and method of operation changes. Although the Community Board does not make the final decision on licensing, its recommendations carry significant weight in the OCM/CCB review.

Do you plan to open a cannabis business in our district?
IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your proposed location is compliant with NYS proximity restrictions for cannabis businesses.

1. Check proximity to schools (500 ft.) & churches (200 ft.): NYS LAMP
2. Check proximity to CB2 licensed cannabis businesses (1000 ft.) below:

  • Smack Village! 144 Bleecker Street, 10012
  • Union Square Travel Agency, 835 Broadway, 10003
  • Housing Works Cannabis Co., 750 Broadway,10003
  • Dagmar 412 West Broadway, 10012
  • NC Accident Reports 481 Broadway, 10013

3. Download & fill out the official Notification to Municipality NTM form (OCM-06009) from the OCM website:  Notification to Municipalities of Certain Adult-Use Licenses
4. Submit the NTM form to the CB2 office no fewer than 30 days, and no longer than 270 days prior to filing the final application for licensure with the CCB. Email notices will not be accepted. Please address NTM to the attention of the “CB2 District Office – Cannabis Licensing Applications” and deliver it to our office using one of the methods below:

(a) certified mail, return receipt requested to the CB2 District Office at 3 Washington Square Village, Suite 1A, New York, NY 10012;
(b) overnight delivery service with proof of mailing to the CB2 District Office at 3 Washington Square Village, Suite 1A, New York, NY 10012; or
(c) personal service upon the CB2 District Office at 3 Washington Square Village, Suite 1A, New York, NY 10012

5. CB2 will send next steps, the applicant questionnaire and hearing date to the email address listed on the NTM form.
6. Questionnaires and required documents are due two weeks before the hearing date. Please check the CB2 calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • NTM forms for a single proposed premises under multiple corporate entities with the same operator(s) will be reviewed as one applicant.
  • Failure to appear before the CLC may result in CB2 advising NYS to deny an application.
  • CB2 may advise NYS to deny an application that is not in compliance with NYS law or OCM guidelines.
Board Members
Mar Fitzgerald, Chair
Patricia Laraia, Vice-Chair
William Benesh
Chris Dignes
Zachary Kazzaz
Antony Wong

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Community Facilities Advisory Panel

Board Members
David Gruber, Chair
Carter Booth
Patricia Laraia
Susan Wittenberg

 

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Executive Committee

Susan Kent, Chair
Valerie De La Rosa, 1st Vice Chair
Eugene Yoo, 2nd Vice Chair
Antony Wong, Treasurer
Emma Smith, Secretary
Brian Pape, Assistant Secretary
Jeannine Kiely, Former Board Chair
Ivy Kwan Arce, Arts & Culture Working Group
Valerie De La Rosa, Outdoor Dining Working Group
Mar Fitzgerald, Cannabis Licensing
Susanna Aaron, Human Services
Eugene Yoo & Katy Bordonaro, Land Use & Housing
Chenault Spence, Landmarks
Rich Caccappolo, Parks & Waterfront
William Benesh, Street Activities & Resiliency
Patricia Laraia and Anne Hager, Schools & Education
Donna Raftery, SLA 1 and 2
Shirley Secunda, Traffic & Transportation

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Finance

Board Members
Antony Wong, Chair
Jeannine Kiely
Valerie De La Rosa
Ritu Chattree

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Human Services

The committee discusses issues relating to the needs of important groups and institutions including youth, seniors, and the LGBTQ+ community. It deals with other serious problems facing persons with disabilities, HIV/AIDS victims and families, substance abuse users and immigrants. The committee works with social service specialists, city agencies and elected officials.

This committee also addresses issues related to public safety and public health.

Board Members                                          Public Members
Susanna Aaron, Chair                                  Rachel Yarmolinsky
Keen Berger
Ritu Chattree
Zachary Kazzaz
Ryder Kessler
Ivy Kwan-Arce
Emma Smith

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Land Use & Housing

The committee holds public hearings on land-use applications including zoning, special permits and variances and anything to be built or modified that is not as-of-right. Resolutions are sent to the City Planning Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals, or other appropriate agencies and elected officials.

The committee also seeks to preserve and increase the affordable housing stock in the CB2 area.

Board Members                                             Public Member
Katy Bordonaro, Co-Chair                              John Paul DeVerna
Eugene Yoo, Co-Chair                                    Sean Sweeney
Carter Booth
Anita Brandt
Stella FitzGerald
David Gruber
Michael Levine
Donna Raftery
Robert Riccobono
Frederica Sigel
Susan Wittenberg


 

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Landmarks & Public Aesthetics

The committee reviews applications for work overseen by Landmarks Preservation Commission in the several landmarked districts and for individual landmarks in the CB2 area. Its recommendations concerning restoration, renovation, new construction, and legalization of work carried out without a permit are sent to the Landmarks Commission.

The Committee also considers designation of new districts and individual landmarks.

The Committee may proactively recommend review by the Commission of work that appears to be in violation of landmark statutes.

Board Members                                           Public Members
Chenault Spence, Chair                                Albert Bennett
Susan Gammie, Vice-Chair                           Andy Clark
Anita Brandt                                                  Brenden FitzGerald
Ryder Kessler
Valerie De La Rosa
Brian Pape
Robert Riccobono
Eugene Yoo

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Outdoor Dining Working Group

Board Members
Valerie De La Rosa, Chair
Carter Booth
Stella FitzGerald
Donna Raftery
Shirley Secunda

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Parks & Waterfront

The committee reviews plans and proposals regarding all the public space in CB2. It also reviews other properties operated or maintained by the Parks Department, including the Dapolito Recreation Center, Greenstreets plantings, street trees and public plazas.

Where possible, the committee promotes the creation of new public open space and the preservation and upgrades as needed of existing parks and open areas.

Also, the committee focuses on the development, operation and management of Hudson River Park from Canal Street to 14th Street including potential buildout or modifications of Pier 40 and Pier 55 and the Gansevoort Peninsula.

Board Members                                            Public Members
Rich Caccappolo, Chair                                 Elizabeth Gilmore
Susanna Aaron, Vice Chair                           Sharon Woolums
Ritu Chattree                                                 Coral Dawson
Chris Dignes
Anne Hager
Julian Horky
Matthew Metzger
Shirley Secunda
Frederica Sigel

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Personnel

The committee, composed of the board’s officers, meets when necessary to create the process by which the board chooses its district manager, supervises and reviews the performance of the district manager, and assists the DM in hiring, supervising and reviewing the performance of all staff members.

Susan Kent, Chair
Carter Booth
Ritu Chattree
Valerie De La Rosa
Mar Fitzgerald
David Gruber
Jeannine Kiely
Donna Raftery
Antony Wong

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Schools & Education

The committee focuses on the schools and education-related needs of our community, including the funding, design and educational focus of new public schools; funding and support for existing schools; and discussion of educational issues that impact our community.

Often the committee will coordinate with other CB 2 committees on specific issues that impact schools, such as safety and transportation, arts funding and student access to local parks and open spaces. The committee works with local schools, city agencies, education advocates and elected officials.

Board Members
Patricia Laraia, Chair
Anne Hager, Vice Chair
Keen Berger
Rich Caccappolo
Mar Fitzgerald
Ed Ma
Matthew Metzger
Emma Smith

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SLA – 1

These committees review applications for new liquor licenses and alterations of existing licenses within Community Board 2. There are two Committees, equal in mission, due to the high volume of liquor license applications in the CB2 service area.

The Committees review each application pursuant to State Law, which generally requires the applicant to satisfy the public interest standard, before providing its recommendations to the New York State Liquor Authority.

Board Members                                            
Donna Raftery, Co-Chair
Carter Booth
Cormac Flynn
Lois Rakoff
Dr. Shirley H. Smith
Susan Wittenberg
Antony Wong

 

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SLA – 2

These committees review applications for new liquor licenses and alterations of existing licenses within Community Board 2. There are two Committees, equal in mission, due to the high volume of liquor license applications in the CB2 service area.

The Committees review each application pursuant to State Law, which generally requires the applicant to satisfy the public interest standard, before providing its recommendations to the New York State Liquor Authority.

Board Members
Donna Raftery, Chair
Carter Booth
Katy Bordonaro
Cormac Flynn
Erika Olson
Brian Pape
Dr. Shirley H. Smith

Public Member:
Robert Ely

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Street Activities & Resiliency (Formerly Quality of Life)

The committee reviews applications and complaints regarding sidewalk cafes; resolutions go to the Department of Consumer Affairs with additional review by the City Council as needed. It also reviews applications and issues related to newsstands, street furniture, street vendors and any other incursions on sidewalk access.

Also, the committee reviews applications and complaints on street festivals, block parties, and other street and sidewalk closures and examines the impact of movie production as well as street parades in our community. Street festival resolutions are sent to the Street Activity Permit Office and the Office of Citywide Events Coordination and Management.

The committee additionally focuses on issues pertaining to sanitation and environmental protection.

Board Members                   
William Benesh, Chair
Amy Brenna
Julian Horky
Ryder Kessler
Michael Levine
Ed Ma
Erika Olson
Brian Pape
Rocio Sanz

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Traffic & Transportation

The committee addresses the design, planning, operation and regulation of streets, neighborhood plazas, bridges, tunnels and other transportation options, including pedestrian, motor vehicle and bicycle traffic, street safety and street activities, as well as all issues related to public transportation including subway, bus and other modes of transit.

Some of the major topics include traffic calming, parking, signage, signalization, bicycle lanes, street amenities and upgrading transit routes, stations and stops.

Board Members                                              Public Members
Shirley Secunda, Chair                                    Joseph Flahaven
Daniel Miller, Vice Chair                                   George Haikalis
Amy Brenna                                                     Janet Liff
Stella FitzGerald
Susan Gammie
Jeannine Kiely
Lois Rakoff
Rocio Sanz
Antony Wong

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Working Group – Bylaws

This ad hoc working group convenes at the suggestion of the board chair to review, periodically, the board’s by-laws and develop suggested revisions.

Board Members
Susan Kent, Chair
Katy Bordonaro
David Gruber
Michael Levine
Matthew Metzger

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Working Group – SoHo/NoHo

Board Members
Anita Bartholin Brandt, Chair
Eugene Yoo, Vice-Chair
Akeela Ali Azcuy, Ph.D.
Carter Booth
Michael E. Levine
Frederica Sigel
Susan Wittenberg
Antony Wong

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