Monday, February 21, 2011

"Brooklyn Civic Alliance Coming!"

This just in to CORD:

"Dear Community Member,

Our first meeting of civic groups from around Brooklyn brought a wide range of neighborhoods. I am hopeful that we can create a strong, new, independent voice to defend the homes and communities of Brooklynites. "

"If you would like more information to to attend, please email Ed Jaworski at"

"Brooklyn Civic Alliance Coming!"

"An alliance of civic groups from across Brooklyn is forming. Following up an "exploratory" session attended by representatives of 30 neighborhood associations last month at Brooklyn College, organizers are preparing for a second meeting scheduled for February 28th. And they're looking for even more community groups."

"We hope to significantly increase the number of groups that attend on the 28th," said Raul Rothblatt, Executive Director of the Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance, the organization which is facilitating the initial meetings. "We are interested in attracting representatives of civic groups from all of Brooklyn's neighborhoods-from the center right out to the borough's borders-to work together, when needed."

"Brooklyn is a big place, and many of our neighborhoods are facing the same challenges. An organization that lets us share skills and information, and to rally behind each other when the call goes out, that's really needed," said Jim Vogel of the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods."

"Attendees generally considered the first meeting successful, in terms of numbers, enthusiasm, and the opportunity to see other community activists."

"Prior to our first meeting, I spoke to the president of the Queens Civic Congress, and she said that approximately 15 groups attended its first meeting over a dozen years ago. Now, it has 100 member associations," said Ed Jaworski, president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association. "The interest is there, so we look forward to launching a Brooklyn civic alliance before too long."

"It was a good first meeting" said activist-attorney Norman Siegel. And Sal Lentini, president of the Ditmas Park Association, said he thought that the meeting "was very informative, and in many ways, necessary. It showed that many of us are willing to work together to get more of a voice for Brooklyn."

Organizations interested in sending representatives to the meeting on Monday, February 28, 7 p.m., should contact Raul Rothblatt at, or 646-498-6093."


Raul Rothblatt

Executive Director,

Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance


Ed Jaworski


Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association

718-375-9158, cell: 347-661-6960

"At our first meeting, groups from around Brooklyn agreed that this is the time to form an umbrella group. Please stay tuned for more exciting developments. "


Raul Rothblatt & Ed Jaworski


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........