Committees

The BHA operates through a committee structure led by governors who serve as chairpersons; some governors serve as liaisons to other community groups or agencies to address significant issues. Committees may also engage community residents with specific expertise or interest to serve on the committee. We invite you to reach out with relevant information, concerns, or questions about the issues our committees cover. Contact us by email at committee@thebha.org.

Traffic & Transportation

This committee addresses issues regarding traffic and transit that affect Brooklyn Heights, formulates the BHA’s strategy or response, and advocates with the appropriate government agency. The committee is concerned with such issues as traffic congestion, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, the repair and reconstruction of the BCE’s triple cantilever, resident permit parking, and the implementation of the CitiBike Program, among others.

Chair: Chris Bastian

Pierrepont Playground

This committee plans fun events in Pierrepont Playground such as the Egg Hunt, the Halloween Parade and, starting in 2017, the “school’s Out” pizza party. The donations they raise also pay for keeping the playground secure at night.

Chair: Jennifer LaRusso-Leung

Landmarks & Preservation

This committee seeks to preserve the historic character of Brooklyn Heights by reviewing applications to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission for Certificates of Appropriateness within the Brooklyn Heights and Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic Districts, assisting property owners in identifying appropriate modifications to their buildings, and advocating for the landmark designation of individual buildings outside of the historic districts.

Chair: Donald Brennan

Brooklyn Bridge Park Subcommittee

This subcommittee of the Brooklyn Development and Planning Committee addresses issues of development within Brooklyn Bridge Park It seeks to hold the City, State and Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation accountable for abiding by its original commitments in the park’s project plan.

Chair: Carolyn Ziegler

Brooklyn Development & Planning

This committee addresses issues presented by development in and around Brooklyn Heights and works with other community and citywide organizations to develop and advocate for strategies, such as zoning policies, which address excessive development and the need for comprehensive planning and public infrastructure investment. The committee also works to promote the development of projects that add value to the community, such as the Brooklyn Strand.

Chair: Christopher Melling

Police & Public Safety

The Police and Public Safety Committee addresses issues concerning public safety. The committee follows up with the 84th Precinct and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office on cases that come to our attention. Additionally, the committee works with the 84th Precinct Community Affairs Officers to discuss neighborhood concerns and also attends the monthly precinct council meetings. The BHA is working closely with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and welcomed D.A. Kenneth Thompson to its 2016 annual meeting. Going forward the committee will focus on the increasing number of new residents in Downtown Brooklyn and the need for further allocation of law enforcement resources. As in many areas, the BHA needs to insure that the new developments in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Red Hook Piers, et al, are being created with a careful evaluation of the increasing pressure placed on infrastructure and law enforcement.

Chair: Lisa Smith-Dince

Environment & Quality of Life

Board members address issues that affect the neighborhood’s quality of life, such as the proliferation of helicopter Tights and the noise they impose on Brooklyn Heights, the maintenance and beautification of the neighborhood’s parks and playgrounds, and the care and replacement of neighborhood trees.

Helicopter Noise Liaison: Daniel Watts
Promenade Gardens Conservancy Liaison: Bruce Gregory
Street Trees Liaison: Inger Yancey

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