November 2019 Meeting Notes

Welcome, General Updates

  • Who early voted? Who did GOTV to support Ranked Choice Voting?
    • Shout-out to Brooklyn Voters Alliance

Arielle Swernoff from NYRenews

  • Alice introduces: CBID voted to join NYRenews Coalition a few months ago
  • Worked for several years to pass NYS Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act
    • Strongest climate law in the nation
    • Net-Zero emissions by 2050, front-line community investment, renewable energy targets
  • Priorities now:
    • Law is implemented in line with our values
    • Lobbying governor, legislative leaders to make strong appointments to the Climate Action Council – 22 people to come up with the plan, GOP appointed fossil fuel industry representatives
    • Public hearings as the CAC writes its plan, state agencies will have public hearings – will call on folks to show up forcefully and share our priorities for a rapid transition off fossil fuels
    • Requires a lot of funding
  • Long term   
    • Climate and Community Investment Act – Fee on pollution, would raise $7 billion/year and invest into communities creating jobs, energy rebates, infrastructure, just transition fund, impacted worker fund
    • Don’t expect to win this year
  • Key Dates
    • 12/11 – statewide day of action with local, in-district lobbying visits to legislators
      • Will send more info via email
    • 1/27 – Albany day of action (save the date)
      • Governor will be introducing his executive budget in the weeks prior, not holding our breath for him to include the $ for climate
      • There will be buses coming up from NY
  • Questions
    • Is making homes more energy efficient a priority? Yes. Asking for $200 million for efficiency and weatherization
    • How is pollution measured? Focus on corporate polluters
    • Electoral program for 2020? Still considering. Key vehicles may be coalition member organizations, who already have that electoral strength, to ensure that climate justice is at the front

52nd AD County Committee

  • Alice reading on Josh Skaller’s behalf
  • On Monday night, the 52nd AD County Committee is meeting – proxy info is available
    • Cheryl: the 44th AD Committee is meeting (I think) on January 30th
    • Joe: you’ll be getting an agenda in the mail, should have already received an email from Jason Shelley with proxy info and agenda
    • Who do Kings County Democratic Committee members represent? Your Election District
      • But lots of people represent districts far from where they live

Committee Reportback

  • Events Committee – Asher
    • Annual dinner with be in February- SUNDAY, February 9, 2020 at Shapeshifter Labs in Gowanus
  • Electoral Strategy Committee – Allison
    • Have been researching races happening in 44th, 52nd, 51st, and 57th Ads – congressional and state races
    • Finished off races, now putting together candidate questionnaires to send out in the next couple of weeks
  • Womxn’s Caucus – Allison
    • Next event on January 6, 2020 – petitioning training for women and non-binary folks at Hinterlands (Kensington)
    • Asher: big thanks to Allison for organizing and getting this work off the ground
  • Climate Change & Environmental Justice Committee – Alice
    • Thanks again to Arielle
    • Fight for Sunlight update – process explainer. BBG will have a more in-depth update and training on this project in December (likely 12/14)
      • Will send an invite once they know the date
      • Folks can sign on to their petition
      • If anyone knows elected officials, particularly in that area, talk to us later so we can try to meet with and engage them in this fight
      • Opposed to a zoning waiver to allow them to build the buildings higher
    • In January, we’re going to have a speaker on the Gowanus re-development project, discussion of environmental issues
      • Workshop on that at 12/2 presented by Community Board 6 – Alice can give you that info

Club Elections coming up in January

  • Officers up for election, as well as Executive Committee
    • ExComm meets once per month, help put together agenda, events – great way to get more involved in the club and on particular issues
    • Talk to any current members (show of hands) about what it’s like
  • Officers must nominate themselves by December meeting, ExComm nominations can occur from the floor at January’s meeting
    • Two ways to nominate yourself – from the floor tonight or in December meeting, or email Erica at ericacbid@gmail.com
  • Marvin: critical importance of next President of CBID, nominates Richard Bennett for President ­– he accepts

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

  • Ben presents overview of constitutional amendments: Officer Roles, Email/Membership list
  • Allison reads through changes in constitution
    • Change in titles, VP of Political Strategy, VP of Membership, VP of Communications, Recording Secretary, Treasurer
    • Changes to nomenclature for VP of Communications
    • No questions/discussion on role changes
    • Changes in mailing list (Ben clarifies that email addresses aren’t up for discussion)
      • -Marty: emails could be given out
  • Marvin: makes a motion to pass first set of amendments
  • 4 abstentions – motion passes
  • Julie: motion to pass second set of amendments
  • 3 abstentions – motion passes
  • Marty: question on process of constitutional amendment to modify the “federal” nomenclature in Treasurer description

Open for floor nominations of officers

  • Ben nominates Allison Mingus for Vice-President of Membership – she accepts

New Business

  • Alice: hosting a fundraiser for Josh Skaller at her house on 12/4 Wednesday, co-hosted by Cheryl, Marvin, Dan Wise, Asher, Jim Brennan
  • Cheryl: December meeting will include business but is also a holiday potluck party
    • Will be meeting in the basement of the church around the corner
    • Not required to bring phone
    • 12/19 Thursday

Meet & Greets

  • Jabari Brisport – candidate for 25th Senate District (currently held by Velmanette Montgomery)
    • Middle school teacher
    • Brooklyn born and bred, teaches in Crown Heights
    • Second-time candidate; came to speak at CBID when running for City Council in 2017
      • Ran because of frustration around housing, over-policing
    • Gentrification running rampant, police presence getting worse
    • Asked to run again by people in the community, knocking on doors this past weekend in Ft. Greene, registering voters and talking to folks left out of political system
    • Questions
      • How would you address spike in hate crimes? Increase know-your-rights efforts in district, how do we make this a true sanctuary city, support move to abolish ICE and not collaborate with them; father was undocumented for 20 years
      • What sitting senator are you most aligned with? Julia Salazar, Zellnor Myrie – DSA member, close with Zellnor, had a great conversation with Jessica Ramos’s chief of staff
      • Have you spoken to the incumbent? I’ve reached out to the office a few times, I have not yet gotten in contact. I’ve heard she’s retiring, I’ve heard she anointed her preferred successor
      • Concerns about policing, what could state legislature do? Terrible bill called 50-A, shielding police records making it hard to investigate/prosecute. Repealing would create more transparency and accountability. Participatory budgeting of police departments. Aside from racial justice, pushing to reform foundation aid formula, felt understaffed classrooms firsthand. More aggressive action on climate change
      • Housing? Elected governance of NYCHA is interesting, need to research more. Massive funding deficit – it started being federally funded, I don’t see a way to get $30 billion next year unless the federal government steps up, but see a path to get $ over time by raising revenue. Vacancy taxation, pied-a-terre taxes, anti-speculation tax.
      • Why do you oppose the sale of air rights from NYCHA? I opposed when it was being sold pay-to-play style to donors of de Blasio’s campaign, and also pushes more towards privatization which as a socialist I oppose
        • Would you support a plan to transfer those air rights to a wider area, which would avoid pay to play? Would you support if their air rights were invented whole cloth rather than taken from NYCHA? Need to learn more about that proposal, would it drive up rents
      • Incorporating Census outreach into our campaign? Will star this weekend
      • SHSAT and desegregation? Used to be a SHSAT tutor so I’ve seen the disparity first-hand. Less than 10 students got into Stuyvesant last year. In favor of a new form of testing, interested in a model that would take top students from every school around NYC. Move further away from high-stakes testing – more frequent testing but less high stakes, just to provide constant feedback on where students are at. Also look at what schools are overpoliced, fight for more counselors, fewer cops.
  • Katherine Walsh – candidate for 51st Assembly District
    • Challenging Felix Ortiz, has been in office 26 years
    • 2 other women who are running – can talk about the issues in our district and debate them, ensure we are planning for the future
    • Climate activist, urban planner, Chairwoman of Assembly District Committee, Community Board 7 member
      • Has worked with cities to build sustainable transportation structures, green infrastructure – cares about critical investments
    • Seeing what Felix Ortiz is not doing, putting our community at risk
      • Displacement and gentrification and climate change working together – will uproot diverse communities
    • Grew up in Sunset Park
      • Saw neighbors come together, show up to combat ICE raids this summer
    • Green New Deal, especially in Red Hook
    • Single-Payer Healthcare in NYS, extend to immigrant communities
    • Pass the Liberty Act to get ICE out of the courts and streets
    • Pathways for affordable housing, protect tenants through good-cause eviction, reinvest in Mitchell-Lama program
    • Pass fair elections law – matching funds, term limits
    • Questions
      • Census outreach as part of campaign? Yes. As ADC head, one of the first things I’m doing is leveraging 187 Dems in the County Committee to roll out a census campaign. As candidate, I haven’t thought about it yet but I can integrate it. Semi-trailer issue in a new development project, AD already has the highest asthma rate in Brooklyn – integrating climate activism with campaign. No Trucking Way BK effort.
      • Industry City rezoning? I’ll need to vote on it as a CB member. What they resubmitted, I am opposed to. It’s the same proposal for luxury hotels and retail. In the process, they can hear from the community and our CB will make a recommendation, ultimately up to councilmember.
      • Vision for Industry City site? It’s private development so they have the ability to do what they want with the site. Want some form of community-based agreement for other facilities. Green industrial development is aspirational. Think proactively for Sunset Park, comprehensive development across the waterfront and NYC, not just in this one project
      • School segregation? Attended Midwood High School. Different people are motivated by different things, so many students are left behind. Foundation aid is not coming to our city and our schools, by the time they show up to the test they aren’t set up for success. First part of this is the funding we need. Then thinking through fair choice and fair opportunity. Desegregation efforts in D15 seem to be working. Maybe we can roll it out to other communities in NY.
      • Crowded primary? Good to have more choices than Felix Ortiz. Our team is setting up specific metrics of what success looks like – where we want to be by January. 16 canvasses and 1,000 doors already. Energizing and GOTV is the key, presidential election will make things look different than last time.