Cobble Hill Association Installs New Executive Board

Last night a large crowd of residents gathered at the Cobble Hill Health Center to vote on a new line up of officers for the Cobble Hill Association’s executive board. There had been several recent vacancies, but with massive development looming at the former LICH site locals did not want there to be any lapse in leadership positions.

Below is a summary of the now approved slate, along with bios of each person after the jump.

President: Laurel Burr
First Vice President: Adrian (Buzz) Doherty
Second Vice President: Daniel Arbeeny
Treasurer: Ezana Bocresion
Membership Secretary: Amy Breedlove
Corresponding Secretary: Kathryn Yatrakis
Recording Secretary: Laurie Maurer

Click for Bios (in alphabetical order)

Daniel Arbeeny was born and raised in Cobble Hill, where his family has lived for ninety years. Daniel is a principal at CMF Partners, a boutique executive search firm. He started his career in engineering and moved into finance where he worked at JP Morgan. As a young man he also worked at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) for seven years. Daniel and his wife, Aida, are active in the Brooklyn Tabernacle church, and Daniel serves on the board of World Compassion Fellowship, a humanitarian-focused 501c3 helping build better lives and families in developing countries. Daniel and Aida are the proud parents of four young children.

Ezana Bocresion has lived in Cobble Hill since 2007 and is the Managing Partner of Aeneas oldings, LLC, a Merchant Banking firm focused on the Emerging Markets. He has over 25 years experience in Private Equity, Investment Banking and Public Accounting. Ezana received an MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BS from Boston University; he is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow of the OCP Policy Center. Ezana and his wife are the parents of two children.

Amy Breedlove has been a Brooklyn resident for more than 20 years. She and her wife, Sabine, have made Cobble Hill their home for 10 years. Previously, they lived in Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights. Amy has been involved in land use issues in Cobble Hill and other neighborhoods. Her wins include prevention of the “mews” project on Henry Street, next to the LAMM Building. Amy has a background in business and the arts and holds both MFA and MBA degrees. She has worked on large
change management projects at a Fortune 500 company. In the last 10 years, she has been the managing director of an architecture firm and consultant to small architecture and interior design businesses. Amy’s mission is to preserve the district’s sense of history, community, and soul for her three- year-old son, as well as maintaining a safe and beautiful neighborhood for all.

Laurel Burr, with her husband and son, has lived in Cobble Hill for twenty-one years. Laurel is the Current Membership Secretary of the Cobble Hill Association and worked with the previous president to set up a modern email system to improve communication with the members. Laurel spent over two decades in book publishing, where she directed the sales teams of the children’s book divisions for two major publishers. She was not born in Cobble Hill but got here as quickly as she could.

Adrian (Buzz) Doherty has lived with his wife and three children on Baltic Street since 1995. Buzz is currently a Managing Director of Hycroft Advisors, and has had a long career in banking and private investing. He is a former Board Chair of the Packer Collegiate Institute where his wife Liz Ann is the head of the nursing office.

Laurie Maurer, a Cobble Hill resident since 1960, is a practicing architect and works with her husband, Stanley. She has been involved with numerous community activities, including the first design of the Cobble Hill Park, running the CHA bake sale at the Atlantic Antic for many years, and various committees within CHA. She presently serves on the board of the Atlantic Avenue BID. As part of the design committee, she has had several meetings with Fortis and their architects for the proposed development of the LICH site.

Kathryn Yatrakis has lived on Pacific Steet with her husband Peter for almost 40 years, and they consider themselves fortunate to have raised their four children in the Cobble Hill community. For as many years, she has been at Columbia University, first as a faculty member in the political science department (Barnard College) and for the past 26 years as Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College, and Senior Associate Vice President, Arts and Sciences. She has directed the Urban Studies Program and continues to teach an undergraduate course in Contemporary Urban Issues. Kathryn has also served on the Boards of Colony South Brooklyn Houses, Packer Collegiate Institute, and Prospect Park Alliance.

What is ULURP?

One week from today, join the Cobble Hill Association for an important discussion about ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure). It is a key component of possible scenarios Fortis would like to see happen in Cobble Hill as they further their development plans for the former LICH property. Join the meeting to learn more and be able to make better informed decisions about the future of Cobble Hill.

Citibike Expansion to Cobble Hill

In addition to next week’s important LICH Development Committee Meeting, please save the date for Thursday’s Citibike planning meeting. As the hugely successful program expands outward from it’s Manhattan core, it will finally head south of atlantic and offer Cobble Hill residents the chance to enjoy the bike share system. In order for it to truly complement our existing transportation systems though, each station must be properly situated to balance the need for its density with the desire of our local residents. Attend one of the workshops to ensure your voice is heard in this conversation.

Public Meeting of the LICH Development Committee – June 9th

Do high rise towers belong in our low rise historic district?

You’re invited to a public meeting of the Cobble Hill Association’s
LICH Development Committee

Date: Tuesday, June 9th @ 7:30PM
Location: Cobble Hill Health Center
380 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(between Congress and Warren Streets)

We need to hear from you about the LICH development scenarios proposed by the Fortis Property Group. The re-development of the former LICH campus will have a profound impact on the Cobble Hill community. It is critical that your voice be heard!

All members of the community are welcome.

Cobble Hill Skyscrapers?

Please join us for our Spring General Meeting this Monday, May 18th at 7:30pm.  The evening will be chock full of neighborhood updates, refreshments from Ted & Honey, a few words from our local 76th precinct police captain, and a deep spotlight on imminent development and construction at LICH.

We’ve also received word that Fortis, the developers who now own LICH properties, will be on hand to present some early ideas and begin a fruitful community discussion.  As-of right development scenarios could legally bring 40 story towers to our neighborhood’s low rise feel. Rezoning ideas already being floated could double the amount of square footage built and change the configurations of our area’s beloved children’s parks along Henry Street.

It is vitally important for the neighborhood to come to the meeting, hear the ideas, and be an active part of the conversation to ensure whatever gets built is a clear benefit to the community.

76th precinct Blood Drive

Cobble Hill’s local precinct will be hosting a Blood Drive, sponsored by the New York Blood Center, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Blood Drive Bus will be parked in front of the 76th Precinct Station House at 191 Union Street and will accept blood donations from 12:30 PM, through 6:30 PM.

Giving blood is incredibly easy so if your healthy enough to donate, please do. Some reasons to give… 
  • Every three seconds, someone in this country needs a lifesaving blood transfusion.
  • One pint of blood can help save as many as three lives.
  • The demand for transfusions is increasing as the population ages and more sophisticated medical care and surgeries, requiring transfusion support, become more commonplace.
  • New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.

Update from the 76th precinct

Deputy Inspector Natalie Maldonado, Commanding Officer of our local 76th precinct, recently sent along this important message for residents of Cobble Hill.

The 76th Precinct would like to make you aware that there has been a slight increase in Residential Burglaries recently. However, the good news is that during two separate incidents last week, two perpetrators were arrested for Burglary. One of the perpetrators revealed that he felt that Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill were easy targets, because many residents are known to leave their doors unlocked.

This bold statement made by a criminal should serve as a reminder to everyone that you must, at the very least, take basic precautions to protect your home and your property by keeping your doors and accessible windows locked.

The 76th precinct and the CHA strongly urge residents to be alert at all times, call 911 if you see or suspect a crime is in progress, and to take full advantage of the excellent Crime Prevention Programs NYPD already offers free of charge. Upon request the 76th will work on sending Crime Prevention Officer Bredy to do a full home Security Survey that can identify weaknesses and make security recommendations. 

Successful crime prevention is incredibly important to keeping Cobble Hill a safe neighborhood for our residents to walk about with peace of mind. However, it takes community involvement so be sure to work with our local law enforcement and try to attend one of the 76th precinct’s monthly community meetings too, held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at the precinct.

E-waste recycling on Sunday

This weekend, on Sunday April 19th, local elementary school P.S. 29 will host its annual Spring Rummage & Recycling Event. It is now illegal, and punishable by a hefty fine, to toss your electronics in the curbside trash. So be sure to dispose of them properly at this pre-Earth Week event. For loads more detail on the specific items you can drop off as well as the vintage clothes you can pick up, click here.

If you can’t make it to the event but still have electronics to discard, bring them to Borough Hall next week when Borough President Eric Adams hosts a week long collection in honor of Earth Day in which to shred, swap, recycle and more.  Full details on the flyer below.