2005-09-22 / Top Stories

UCSCA’s First Meeting Brief Because Of Sparse Attendance

President of civic association Neil Duncan said he was disappointed with sparse turnout at meeting.President of civic association Neil Duncan said he was disappointed with sparse turnout at meeting. By D. Rybstein

Attendance at the first meeting of the season of the United Canarsie South Civic Association last week was very sparse, prompting officers of the group to make the meeting brief. Neil Dun-can, president of the association, opened the forum with a moment of silence to remember the victims of Hurricane Katrina, then addressed other topics, including the small garden on Schenck Avenue that the association maintains. Since the group is part of the city’s Partnership in Parks program, Duncan announced that the Partnership will hold a semi-annual cleanup and planting at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 15. City Parks Department employees will drop off tools, gloves, flowers, and bags for volunteers on that date. Duncan noted that public housing residents receive community service credit for helping out with the project.

In response to a question regarding the start date of proposed improvements to Canarsie Park, Duncan said he heard local officials say work should begin this fall. The park is slated to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation.

Civic Vice-President Lenny Fogel fielded a traffic congestion complaint made by Canarsie resident Patti Pileg-gi concerning double-parked cars on Rockaway Parkway in the vicinity of Canarsie High School during late afternoons. “For the last several meetings no officers from the 69th Precinct have attended our meetings,” Fogel said. “However, I’ll see to it that the precinct is notified and looks into the situation.”

Duncan expressed disappointment with the evening’s sparse turnout and attributed it to election primaries held the same night.

Fogel suggested that a face to face effort to get concerned citizens to attend meeting was needed to bolster attendance at future meetings.

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