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CB6 Reaches Residents with Neighborhood-Only Newsletters

By Nikhita Venugopal | January 23, 2014 10:35am
 Community Board 6 at its full board meeting on Dec. 11 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Community Board 6 at its full board meeting on Dec. 11 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
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BROOKLYN — Brooklyn’s Community Board 6 is bringing the news to its people.

In a few weeks, CB6 will begin sending out neighborhood-specific e-newsletters packed with newsy tidbits just for residents of Park Slope, Gowanus, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Street Waterfront District and Red Hook.

“Our goal is to do as much as we can with the limited resources we have available,” said District Manager Craig Hammerman.

CB6 currently sends monthly emails to around 5,300 email addresses. But the soon-to-be launched newsletters, tailored to each neighborhood, will help spread the word of upcoming meetings, announcements and local information that concern residents of a certain area, he said.

Last November, Red Hook residents said they were “blindsided” by a proposal for an expensive private school in their neighborhood after CB6’s landmarks and land use committee approved the plan.

While the board regularly updates its website with a calendar of meetings and their respective agendas — including the meeting regarding the private school — many locals said they were not informed of it.

Through the newsletters, Hammerman hopes to turn local feedback and criticism into something positive.

Along with reminders of CB6 meetings, the emails will carry information on programs and services in a neighborhood such as the Department of Sanitation’s new curbside collection of “organic waste” in Park Slope.

“People shouldn’t have to search too hard to find out about what’s going on in their neighborhood,” said Hammerman. “We should be waiting in their inbox.”

To sign up for the newsletter, visit this website.