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Community Board 9 Has Got Your Back
J Reyes-Montblanc, chairman of Community Board 9 (Manhattan)

Issue date: 1/29/07 Section: Opinion

Media Credit: Peter Lemons
Tales of the Towers can bring chills
Dear Editor,

Upon visiting your website, I found the article, "Chilling Towers Revealed" (Dec. 11 Issue), which greatly disturbed me both as chairman of Community Board 9 Manhattan (CB9M) and as a long time resident.

The fact that there appears to be a rash of muggings, some at gun-point, and that no one from CCNY has ever bothered either to notify CB9M, or to ask for our assistance is, indeed, very disturbing and disappointing.

I am reaching out to CCNY students to bring these issues to our Uniform Services & Transportation Committee Meeting, the First Thursday of February (Feb. 1) at 6:30 p.m. at the CB9M Office (565 West 125th steet).

In fact the invitation is open to all of our committees and our general board meetings, which take place on the third Thursday of every month, except July and August, when most committees are in summer hiatus.

The students who reside within our district, as well as those who commute, should not only feel safe, but must be safe. And if they are not, or don't feel so, they should know where to bring their concerns and complaints. You are part of our community.

Although the CCNY administration may have been remiss in their communications with CB9M, we have always stood with CCNY when requested to do so, even if no reciprocal treatment was forthcoming from the CCNY administration.

Members of the CCNY community, when in our district, you are one of us, always.
- J Reyes-Montblanc, chairman of CB9M

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