When early November rolls around, that is the time St. Nicks Alliance celebrates its triumphs of the previous year. In addition, November 9th will call attention to those partners who have aided the organization’s efforts to enhance education, community, and affordable housing opportunities for their neighbors.
Education: Honoring NYC School District 14 Superintendent Alicja Winnicki and District 14 School Principals: Alison Alexander (PS 18), Eva Irizarry (Brooklyn Arbor), RoseAnn LaCioppa (PS 250), and Sandra Noyola (PS 147).
When St. Nicks Alliance looked to strengthen its afterschool programs, District 14 Superintendent Alicja Winnicki, in partnership with the four highly accomplished principals at PS 18, PS 147, PS 250, and the Brooklyn Arbor School agreed to a collaboration to help children improve their literacy skills and academic performance. Each of these educational leaders agreed to participate in St. Nicks Alliance’s NABE 3.0 initiative, which integrates its work around housing, workforce development, and education.
Affordable Housing: Maria Rosado
After 15 years as CFO at Excelsior Management, in 1992 Maria Rosado founded her own management company. She took out a loan on her own home and opened MHR Management in a small office space in Brooklyn with a computer, two desks. MHR hit the ground running by renovating abandoned brownstones in Fort Greene for low and moderate income families. Over the years, they renovated numerous buildings and managed many more. MHR Management’s success was due in part to the team that Maria built, and her willingness to work shoulder to shoulder with them. She is proud that that every property she was contracted to manage was quickly put on the road to financial stability, and that her staff consistently provided tenants a high level of service. At the end of the day, Rosado says it’s all about the residents and making sure children grow up secure in their homes.
Community: Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A Team: Martin Needelman and Adam Meyers with Marc Aronson, Esq., and Gregory Messer, Esq.
When the home to a beloved senior center, early childcare center, and town hall for community meetings was threatened with eviction, Consleyea Street Block Association turned to St. Nicks Alliance for help. 211 Ainslie Street, this building’s address, had been a blessing to the community for four decades, and its new landlord had hopes of developing the building into an entity more profitable for his pockets.
To keep the building in the community’s hands, St. Nicks Alliance received legal help first from Marty Needelman and Adam Meyers of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. This case would be litigated in three different court jurisdictions. For the NYS Supreme Court and US Bankruptcy Court jurisdictions Needelman sought out pro bono legal counsel from two excellent private attorneys Marc Aronson and Gregory Messer respectively. Saving Small World Early Childhood Center, the Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Community Board #1 was the result of this trident of a legal team. June 22nd brought the news that St. Nicks Alliance and Conselyea Street Block Association closed on the acquisition of the building.