Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association February Meeting

While PPNA President Edith Blitzer was absent from Tuesday’s meeting Vice- President Steve Glosser did an excellent job of running the meeting. The main thrust of the meeting was about the new plastic bag ban which begins March 1, 2020. Shoppers will have to bring their own plastic bags, purchase paper bags for five cents each, use empty boxes, or just try to carry out their groceries to their car or home. Joseph Ottomanelli DSNY community liaison¬†mentioned that customers on Snap (the old food stamp program) and W.I.C. users will not be charged for paper bags. Recyclable bags from the DSNY were given out.

Front row (L – R) – PPNA Secretary Louis Lutneck, Vice-President Steve Glosser, and DSNY community Liason Joseph Ottomanelli. Back row – PPNA Sergeant at Arms Oscar Ruiz, Board members Lance Zavin and Debby Kawalick.


Questions about snow removal where a 48 inch path in front of residences must be cleared, as well as any liter or garbage 18 inches from the curb is also the responsibility of the homeowner. The dunping of household or business garbage in liter baskets on street corners. Mr. Ottomanelli said that the DSNY looks to see if there is any names or addresses in the garbage, and the person or business get fined for dumping. Representatives of the local elected officials spoke. Councilman Gjonaj is against the proposed homeless shelter sited for 1400 Blondell Avenue, State Senator Biaggi’s representative could not answer about the senator’s position. Assemblywoman Fernandez’s representative came in late and was not asked about the homeless shelter.¬†

DSNY Community Liaison Joseph Ottomanelli explains the new plastic bag ban effective March first.


It was learned after the meeting that Councilman Mark Gjonaj plans to have a private meeting on the issue of the Community Board 11 homeless shelter to be sited at 1400 Blondell Avenue later in the week in preparation for a town hall meeting to be announced. 

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