MembersAllen Oster, Co-Chair
Kit Tollerson, Co-Chair
Mercedes Vargas, Public Member
Elzora Gadsden Cleveland
Josephine IshmonBlake Kurisu
1) What Is The Function of Arts, Culture, Education, & Street Life (ACES) Committee?
The function of the Arts, Culture, Education & Street Life (ACES) Committee, formerly known as Quality of Life, is to provide support and access to arts and cultural resources available to residents and organizations of the district from both public and private stakeholders. The committee advocates for the advancement of education and youth-focused institutions and programs in the district. In addition, the committee provides a place for residents and businesses to come and voice their concerns about issues that have a negative impact on their quality of life such as sanitation, street noise, street activities and city services. The committee also has specific oversight in the approval of street activity permits.
The ACES Committee has designed a general ACES Nuisance Reporting Protocol that will help residents address complaints in an effective way.
Complaints pertaining to bars and restaurants will now be addressed by the Board Office and the Business, License and Permits (BLP) Committee. Community Board 4 has designed a BLP Nuisance Reporting Protocol that can help residents address complaints in an effective way.
2) When and Where Does This Committee Meet?
The Committee generally meets on the second Monday of each month, beginning at 6:30 PM. Please consult the calendar and committee agenda for most up to date information.
3) What City or State Agencies Work With This Committee?
- NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
- Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO)
- NYC Department of Buildings (DOB)
- NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
- NYC Department of Education (DOE)
- NYC School Construction Authority (NYCSCA)
4) How Does The Committee Work For You?
Contact the Community Board Office with details of complaint. Some complaints can be resolved within the office through either the District Manager or Assistant District Manager. If they are unable to resolve the problem directly, it will be referred to the committee. Items will be put on the agenda of the next ACES committee provided the board was notified more than two weeks in advance of the meeting. This allows time for proper notification of the community.
5) What Is The Best Way to Prepare for Coming Before This Committee With A Street Life Issue?
School Funding Information
A significant resource for capital project funding are grants from your Council Member or the Borough President. Capital projects typical refer to enhancements, improvements, or repairs to the school building and can be funded over a single year or multiple years. These grants are referred to as Reso A funding, or Resolution A Capital Funds. Some of the projects that can be funded by Reso A are the following:
- Auditorium and gymnasium improvements
- Upgrade of libraries
- Building science labs
- Refurbishing playgrounds
- Installing security cameras
- Providing mobile science carts
- Supplying technology and equipment, like white boards
It is important that requests go towards educational needs. What is not capital eligible:
- Window air conditioning units
- Loose classroom and library furniture
- Toner cartridges and other supplies
- After school programs
- Library books.
Another resource is Community Board 4’s Arts, Culture, Education and Street Life Committee (ACES). The ACES Committee can advocate for a schools Reso A funding request and other funding request by listing it in the boards yearly Statement of District Needs and Budget Priorities.
The annual Statements of Community District Needs and Community Board Budget Requests are Charter mandates that form an essential part of the City’s budget process. Together, they are intended to support communities in their ongoing consultations with city agencies, elected officials and other key stakeholders and influence more informed decision making on a broad range of local planning and budget priorities. This report also provides a valuable public resource for neighborhood planning and research purposes.
If you are unsure if your school is within CB4 boundaries, you can check its location in regards to those boundaries on the CB4 Education Map, which is located on the CB4 website.
If your school would like to submit a request for support for a capital or expense funding project please fill out the CB4 Budget Request Form and email it to the District Manager Jesse Bodine at [email protected]
- Outreach: If you have a problem that affects a number of people, bring documentation and/or a petition that conveys the number of residents that are concerned by the issue.
- Things to bring: Evidence that supports your allegations (recordings, photos, 311 calls, movies etc.) or that relate to the problem you are having. In addition, bring people with you to the meeting who are in support of your position.
Questions frequently asked by committee members:
Have you tried to remediate this problem yourself? How many people does this issue affect? Have you contacted City Agencies regarding this issue? Have you made 311 Calls? If so, please bring evidence of the above.
Goals & Accomplishments
- Met with Department of Education & New York City School Construction Authority to highlight our concerns and advocated for the needs of individual schools through our budget process.
- Established a working relationship with NYCSCA to identify future school sites.
- Worked with Community Education Council (District 2) on population projections as they differ from that of DOE.
- Created a questionnaire/survey to be sent to our district block/tenant associations and invited representatives of district block/tenant associations to our May committee meeting
- Continued oversight of the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.
- Worked with community groups and the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) to create a balanced program for street activity.
District 3 Arts/Cultural Programming
- Reached out to Council Member Johnson’s office regarding project funding for District 3 arts/cultural programming in next year’s participatory budget.
Advocated for the installation or replacement of trees and guard rails
Recent School Projects