Recognizing the Parkside Community Association as They Celebrate Their 50Th Anniversaryby Representative Brian Higgins
Posted on 2013-12-11
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate
Buffalo's Parkside Community Association (PCA) for celebrating its 50th
anniversary in association with the organization's years of dedicated
community service. The PCA will celebrate this impressive landmark on
Friday, December 6th at the greatbatch pavilion on the Darwin D. Martin
House Complex of Buffalo.
Throughout its storied and active past, the PCA has continually sought to meet the challenges that older urban neighborhoods often present. Some of these hurdles include absentee landlords, zoning and code issues, infrastructure deterioration and cutbacks in city services.
The organization is governed by a Board of Directors which comprises 20 members who all serve on a volunteer basis. Each Board member is elected annually by a neighborhood membership of more than 500 individuals, families, and business owners. It is more than appropriate that the PCA's leadership consists of volunteers, as they are truly the backbone of the organization. Eight or more standing and ad-hoc committees consisting of neighborhood volunteers regularly contribute an impressive average of 130 volunteer hours per month.
The PCA provides countless services to local homeowners and the surrounding community. In addition to providing referral and crime prevention services for neighborhood residents as well as assisting in the formation of block clubs and community meetings, the PCA also stages neighborhood tours, hosts programs including the Summer Arts Camp and Little Library Program, and manages committees on crime and safety, housing, and traffic. The PCA was instrumental with the opening of the Parkside COPS Satellite station which addresses quality of life issues, and helped to restore two vacant buildings along the major commercial boundaries. The organization has even assisted some homeowners with property improvements through low-interest loans.
Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to commend the Parkside Community Association of Buffalo on their 50 years of devoted service to their community. It is the admirable hard work and dedication from organizations like the PCA that maintains the strength and integrity of our neighborhoods. I wish the Parkside Community Association the absolute best in all their future endeavors.