Dear Neighbor,

I hope you are all doing well as we continue to celebrate Black History Month. During this month, we reflect on the history of many pioneers and trailblazers that paved the way for opportunity and access for all. I am proud to serve as an Elected Official within New York State with such historic African American leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie.

To celebrate the local achievements right here in our community, I am proud to host an annual Black History Month Celebration with special guest and Keynote Speaker Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, who is the President of the NAACP. We will commemorate the life and culture of African Americans in the City. We look forward to seeing all tonight!

This month's newsletter newsletter features upcoming event, hearings, and budget information for the FY 2020 cycle. If you need any assistance, please reach out to our office by emailing

Yours in Partnership,
Hon. Vanessa L. Gibson
Council Member, 16th District, Bronx County
Deputy Leader
Chair, Subcommittee on Capital Budget 
For a calendar of this months' hearings, please click HERE .
Council Member Gibson supports a package of legislation related to Client Experiences at HRA Centers, focused on common sense measures, better guidelines and better services to serve clients with dignity and common decency.
The New York City Council Women's Caucus unanimously re-elected Co-Chairs, Council Members Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera.
Jerome Rezoning Update
The Jerome Avenue Neighborhood plan was adopted in March 2018 To read the full press release, click  HERE or more information on this plan, visit  NYC Planning  or  New York City Council.
Council Member Gibson continues to meet with the Mayor's Office, City Agencies, and community groups to ensure that all of the commitments attained through this plan benefit the community go today. To track the progress of this rezoning, please view the Neighborhood Rezoning Commitments Tracker .

If you are interested in joining the Jerome Avenue Public Health Taskforce, please email
The Discretionary Expense Funding application is now closed. Please see below for capital funding resources.

Discretionary Capital Funding  can be used for properties and/or equipment that will be owned by a non-city group that is a registered 501(C)3 nonprofit. Capital projects must have a minimum cost of $35,000 and meet other eligibility requirements.
- If you are a cultural organization seeking capital funding from  DCLA , please visit their website for more information

March 26, 2019: CapGrants & DCLA applications DUE by 5PM to the NYCC
Note: City agencies seeking capital funding from Council Member Gibson, including DOE schools and NYCHA buildings, should email directly with your request.

If you would like to receive updates and important notices regarding the New York City Council Budget Process, including Discretionary Capital and Expense funding, please email Justin Cortes at We are also hosting a Discretionary Funding Workshop for organizations interested in learning about the application process. Please find the flyer below with additional information.
Participatory Budgeting (PB)
We are currently finalizing the Participatory Budgeting project ballot in preparation for PB Vote Week which will be from March 30, 2019 - April 7, 2019 . If you are interested in volunteering with our office during Vote Week, please email
We are proud to feature a few community highlights from the past month below.
Valentine's Day Tour at PSS Highbridge Senior Center.
Valentine's Day Tour at PSS Morrisania Air Rights Center.
Valentine's Day Tour at William Hodson Senior Center.
Valentine's Day Tour at Mid Bronx Wellness Center.
Council Member Gibson attends the Windows of Hip Hop Element Awards.
Council Member Gibson visits Girls Preparatory Academy.
Council Member Gibson joins Big Brother's Big Sister's to honor Big Sister Diandra and Little Sister Angel.
Council Member Gibson joins Schools Chancellor Carranza on a visit to P.S. 294.
Council Member Gibson supporting Connie Morales as the new Bronx Civil Court Judge.
Council Member Gibson attends a Legislative briefing hosted by Lincoln Hospital and H&H.
Council Member Gibson joins Mayor De Blasio for the announcement of the Bronx Plan.
Council Member Gibson visits Bronx International HS to see Helen Keller provide vision services.
Council Member Gibson attends NYPD School Safety Listening Tour at the Morris HS Campus.
Council Member Gibson attends PSA 7's monthly meeting.
Council Member Gibson attends ribbon cutting for Ogden Plimpton Playground.
Council Member Gibson attends Keep Running Shirley Rally with LESGC.
Upcoming Events
The Office of Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson offers a variety of community services and resources on how to get involved in your community. 
Find your local  Community Board (CB)  and attend a monthly CB meeting. Apply to your local Community Board  HERE .

  • CB3: second Tuesday of the month at 6PM. 718-378-8054
  • CB4: fourth Tuesday of every month at 6PM. 718-299-0800
  • CB5: fourth Wednesday of every month at 6PM. 718-364-2030

Find your local  Police Precinct  and attend a monthly Precinct Community Council meeting:

  • 42nd Precinct Community Council: Every fourth Thursday of the month in the 42nd Precinct Sitting Room at 7:00 P.M.
  • 44th Precinct Community Council: Every second Wednesday of the month at different locations at 6:30P.M.
  • 46th Precinct Community Council: Every third Tuesday of the month at 2120 Ryer Avenue, at 7:00 P.M.
  • PSA 7 Community Council: Every second Thursday of the month at 737 Melrose Avenue at 6:30 P.M.