Community Board 12 kicked off its first meeting of the new year on January 16 with a new chairwoman, Adrienne Adams, who promised that the body would move forward with a new direction and sense of purpose.
“Collectively we will move forward as a team to accomplish the goals of the board,” Adams said. “Together we can do the work our community needs and deserves. I believe in conscious direction and meaningful results.”
CB 12 has many goals for 2013. One is to bring the board into the 21st century by going green. Members typically receive multiple agendas and notices each month in the mail, but Adams said the board must begin to effectively use email and launch a website where committee meeting dates and times, informational community notices and committee dates deemed beneficial to the community at large would be available.
The board will also examine several issues as it moves forward, Adams said. A top priority will be health services as there continues to be, among other illnesses, high rates of breast and prostate cancer, HIV-AIDS and hepatitis C, but no hospitals within the district. Also on the agenda, putting an end to the influx of homeless shelters and group homes “into a community where resources are strained and classrooms are bursting at the seams is more than insulting and appalling.”
As former chairwoman of CB 12’s education committee, school closures, the lack of after-school programs and daycare facilities are also on Adams’ mind.
“The threat of school closures to solve a numbers game for an administration that has shown more contempt than concern for the average student is still an ever-present bone of contention,” Adams said, adding that the board will also examine redistricting, flooding and gun violence.
“Community Board 12 will move forward, committees will focus on the matters at hand to accomplish the action that must take place in order for a change to occur,” Adams said “We will continue to reach out to the community and join together to make things happen for the greater good. Together we can, and together we will.”
The board’s new theme, PURPOSE, replaces the board’s old motto of “unity in the community,” implemented by the former chairwoman, Jacqueline Boyce, who lost the election for a second term by a vote of 23-15 in December.
PURPOSE, Adams said, is an acronym. It stands for people, unity, respect, partnership, ownership, support and excellence. “People” signifies the community that the board serves. “Unity” is the preferred accord to enhance achievements with each other and the community. “Respect” is the value and esteem placed on each other collectively and as individuals. “Partnership” is the team spirit that they exhibit and share on the board and in the district. “Ownership” is the focus, commitment and responsibility in the board members’ efforts as community leaders. “Support” is the help given to each other in the commission of its tasks. “Excellence” is the fulfillment of the board’s duties with utmost thought and quality.
“I look forward to all board members supporting these principals, especially on your committees as we work to enhance the quality of life in our community to make it the best that it can be,” Adams said. “It is my hope and intention that we continue the good work of this board in excellence and in order.”
The first meeting under Adams’ leadership was orderly and organized, unlike the board’s time under Boyce, who often let meetings become unruly and run overtime, which is part of the reason, some believe, why she was not re-elected. However, she remains a board member.