Spencer Estates/Country Club meeting Wednesday September 14th

Spencer Estates/Country Club meeting Wednesday September 14th

By Robert Press

Sixty-five people came to the monthly Spencer Estates/Country Club meeting at the Living Manna Church to learn more about a new store being labeled an illegal Smoke Shop. George Havranek wanted to know why the store lessee did not report to the 45th precinct that there was a break in and robbery last week.


Community Leader George Havranek said the Quality of Life is spiraling down, people are being robbed, local stores are being robbed, and a majority of people think the city is going in the wrong direction. He spoke of the changes in the law by outgoing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to weaken the authority of the police in matters such as impounding illegal products. 

George then invited the agent of the store in question the nephew of the building owner who said the store was going to be a Gelato and organic snack store after two other businesses failed there as nail salons. The renter of the store also came up and George said that the lease for the store states its us to be as a deli. George pulled up on his phone a letter from the Community Board 10 District Manager which states store use to be for a deli only. After some more back and forth the realtor and store lessee were asked to leave and told to come back to the next meeting October 17th with the owner of the building to see if he knows what kind of store is going into his building. 

The meeting adjourned shortly after George asked for people to go to the next Community Board 10 full board meeting to complain about what they call another illegal smoke shop coming into the board area. 


A view of some of the audience as George Havranek argues with the realtor and lessee about what was sent to the DM of CB 10. George is trying to locate it on his phone.

George shows both that the store is listed as a deli. The lessee does not know what to say as the realtor tries to say the store is not going to be an illegal smoke shop.

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