St. Nicks Alliance’s 44th Highlights Partnership Power

A highlight at the St. Nicks Alliance’s Annual Awards Benefit and 44th Anniversay celebration. Mighty Reign, a student STEP troupe from Madiba Prep were mentored by high school dancers for the St. Nicks Alliance annual benefit’s showstopper performance. Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini

St. Nicks Alliance has alliance in its name for good reason, and this word could be considered the most important part of the organization’s name. This organization was formed by community coming together to help those who lost their homes in a 1975 fire that took out a row of buildings on Powers Street. Since then St. Nicks Alliance’s alliances have consistently multiplied.

“Tonight we are celebrating the power of partnerships. When we share effort, we have greater impact. Together with our partners, we are changing the way affordable housing is developed, creating more effective pathways to school success, eliminating barriers to

(l to r) Milton Brown, St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development Job Readiness Trainer; Michael Rochford, St. Nicks Alliance Exec. Dir.; Jose Leon, St. Nicks Alliance Dep. Exec. Dir.; Fabiola Bernal, St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development success story star; Beatrice Brown, St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development Account Manager Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini

employment and career opportunities in the rapidly growing sectors of the economy, and ensuring that seniors can enjoy fulfilling and secure lives access to affordable healthcare in the neighborhoods they have always called home,” said Michael Rochford, St. Nicks Alliance Exec. Dir.

Highlights of the organization’s accomplishments were: 524 new affordable apartments created/preserved; a 48% increase in Swinging Sixties Membership (a 33% increase in the ridership on their Swinging Sixties Senior Bus); 8000 North Brooklyn youth served (1,600 more than 2018); an 11% increase in those served by Workforce Development and 95 graduates from their Skilled Build training have been placed in construction jobs this year, a 90% placement rate!

The organization honored the Low Income Investment Fund for its supported efforts to create and preserve 78,000 units of affordable housing; 271,000 child care spaces; 98,000 spaces in schools; and 36 million square feet of community facilities and commercial space.

Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) an honoree at this year’s benefit was represented by Eastern Region Dir. Kirsten Shaw (2nd from left). (l to r) Laura James, St Nicks Alliance Board; Frank Lang, St. Nicks Alliance Dir. of Housing; Phil Caponegro, Conselyea Street Block Association Pres.; and Michael Rochford, St. Nicks Alliance Exec. Dir. presented the award. Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini

Council Member Antonio Reynoso was also honored for his overall dedication to the North Brooklyn community. His efforts have helped save affordable housing, child care and senior centers, and he has brought about waste equity plans that will ease North Brooklyn’s disproportionate trash burden.

Council Member Antonio Reynoso was an honoree at this year’s event. (l to r) Jose Leon, St. Nicks Alliance Dep. Exec. Dir.; Michael Rochford, St. Nicks Alliance Exec. Dir.; Lincoln Restler, Mayor de Blasio’s office; Council Member Antonio Reynoso; Assembly Member Joseph Lentol; Joseph Robles, St Nicks Alliance Board Chair Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini
Pat Dobosz, OUTRAGE member; Sonia Martinez, UNO member; Rolando Guzman, St. Nicks Alliance Dep. Dir. of Community Preservation; Yadira Dumet, St. Nicks Alliance Community Organizer; and Alex Lee, Cooper Square Committee Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini
(l to r) Principal Anne Marie Malcom of Madiba Prep watched her students shine and shared a table with two stars of a St. Nicks Alliance Elder Care success story, Juan Fernandez and his personal care assistant  Mirna Diaz Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini
A table of supporters from Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Ozoda Jovliyeva, VP Relationship Mgr Commercial Banking, Maeve Donohoe, VP Treasury Sales Officer Commercial Banking, and Steve Plangetis, SVP Commercial Lending Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini
Conselyea Street Block Association’s Vice President Frank Citera (right) with his wife, Yolanda Citera (center) and Linda Gaeta (left) Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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