2004-02-19 / Other News

Pol’s Aide Says Park Will Match Others In City When Completed

By Maury Lefkowitz

By Maury Lefkowitz

Abandoned cars on Skidmore Avenue were mentioned as detriment to community at last UCSCA meeting. 			         Charles RogersAbandoned cars on Skidmore Avenue were mentioned as detriment to community at last UCSCA meeting. Charles Rogers

Plans for Canarsie Beach Park to become "as highly regarded as the major parks in the city" are finally coming to fruition, according to a spokesman for City Councilman Lew Fidler.

Brian Lee, Fidler’s chief aide, told the February 10th meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association that final designs are being submitted from architects following plans suggested in recent meetings of local civic leaders.

"Currently the plan calls for $25 million to complete the renovation over a span of five years," said Lee. "Thankfully, the funds have been provided and we are all hopeful that our dream of a beautiful, modern park here in Canarsie will be realized."

UCSCA members queried Lee regarding several abandoned cars that have been left on Schenck Street and Skidmore Avenue, "much to the detriment of the community," according to UCSCA President Neal Duncan.

"We are aware that this is a growing concern and we are contacting the Police Department," Lee said. "We will do our best to see that such cars are removed" He noted that the cars have already been ticketed. He said that if there are apparently illegally dumped vehicles that residents feel require police attention, they should contact Councilman Fidlers office at (718) 241-9330.

Homeowners were reminded that the value of their home is based on a great percentage upon location and if these types of abandoned cars build up, the values of homes will fall.

"The City Department of Education is currently looking for leaders of the new Community Education Councils (CEC’s)," said Duncan. "There will be a three-tier breakdown for these new councils that will be replacing school boards in Region 6. The first tier will have nine parents, two borough president appointees and one non-voting high school senior. The second, Citywide on Special Education (CCSE), will consist of nine parents, two appointees of the Public Advocate’s and one non-voting high school senior. Finally, the third will be the Citywide Council on High School, which will be made up of ten parents and one high school senior." Duncan said the choices are based upon the plans put in place by Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Duncan said more information on how to apply for a position with the board or for general information concerning this new system please visit their website at www.nycenet.edu.

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