Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson Attends Morris Park Community Association Meeting

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson Attends Wednesday’s Morris Park Community Association Meeting

By Robert Press

The special guest at Wednesday’s MPCA meeting was Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson. BP Gibson spoke of her first three months in office. Going from a staff of five people as a city council member to a staff of eighty-five people as borough president. She  mentioned the toll of the Twin Parks fire shortly after she  took office, and how things were progressing for those who survived the fire, and the families of those that didn’t. BP Gibson rattled off many of her goals as  borough president such as full scholarships to Brown and Yale Universities for two Bronx high school seniors, but that is not enough for her. Starting a Bronx Veterans Council, BP Task Force on people with Disabilities, Girls Empowerment group, reinstating a Bronx Youth Council, a new unit on Bronx Public Safety working with all aspects of the judicial process, and much more.

BP Gibson added that she will be making community board and CEC appointments, then spoke about the new East Side Metro North stations, Hip Hop Museum, rejuvenation of the Spofford Youth Detention House, restarting from scratch the future of the Kingsbridge Armory, and the upgrading of the Hunts Point Market to which Mayor Adam has dedicated one-hundred million of the six-hundred million dollars that is needed. 

BP Gibson then took questions from the audience which ranged from the now abandoned homeless shelter at 2028 White Plains Road, which she said could come up again somewhere else in the future at another location if the community is not vigilant. To a question on Bail Reform the answer was that judges do have some discretion, but are not using it. She did not expect the state budget to be on time, and joked that she was glad to be out of the state assembly where she served in, over eight years ago. When asked about the adding more cops, the answer was that those doing civilian jobs would be placed back on patrol. She also said that there are no extra police officers being hired, just those who are replacing police officers who are leaving the force for retirement or other reasons. More questions included the use of guns, which BP Gibson called Coward Culture, and BP Gibson gave a detailed explanation of how the 4.3 million dollars is being spent, and just how much is left 3.5 million dollars. 

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson speaks about her three months in office, her goals for the borough, and what has to be done in the future. L – R, in the mask and glasses is Elio Morales MPCA Treasurer, BP Gibson, Yahay Obeid Vice-President MPCA, and Lefty Negron head of the MPCA Safety Patrol. 

After speaking BP Gibson sat down to take several questions.


BP Gibson stayed to hear the area NCO police report on the new Neighborhood Safety Team of one Sergeant and five officers.
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