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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
Minutes of the May16, 2005
Mr. Mugdan then introduced Mr. Daniel Feldman, the District 26 representative for the United Federation of Teachers and his colleague, Mr. Rick Lewis, who both proceeded to discuss the role of the UFT in the New York City public school system. They explained that the United Federation of Teachers is more than just a labor union fighting for salary increases and contract concessions for its members but that it is also an organization dedicated to improving class size, school safety, and the class environment from both a student and teacher perspective. By talking to teachers directly about issues such as the �No Child Left Behind Act� and by requesting clarification on negative remarks directed against the UFT, parents can become an important force in putting the �public� back into public education, and Mr. Feldman and Mr. Lewis believe that the school system can only benefit from such interaction. They left brochures and folders for the edification of the members, and indicated their willingness and availability to answer any questions.
The Captain then proceeded to educate the members on protecting themselves from Identity Theft by suggesting the following actions:
Do not carry your Social Security card or anything indicating your Social Security number in your wallet.
With respect to computer use, go only to
reputable web sites when using the Internet; change your password every 2
months; install a fire wall; and remove the hard drive from old computers prior to discarding them.
Put yourself on �fraud alert� with the three
major credit reporting services so that you are notified anytime there is a
request for your credit information.
Get a credit report because credit cards that you believe to be cancelled may, in fact, still be active.
Be on the alert for mail theft in the
neighborhood � a common scam is for unscrupulous persons to put or pretend to
a flyer in your mailbox in order to steal the mail contained therein.
Sergeant Burns advised that there have been 15 graffiti arrests so far this year and indicated the importance of taking a picture of any graffiti activity prior to promptly removing it. He offered his direct telephone number (718 279-5218) and urged members to call and report any incidents to him.
Mr. Mugdan thanked the Officers for their attendance at the meeting and for their efforts to educate and enlighten the community with respect to police matters.
With respect to old business, a neighbor of the 41-93 Morgan Street project advised that she was contacted by letter from a Staten Island contractor advising that the remainder of the building at the site will be demolished; it was reported that there has been no new activity at the 44th Avenue vacant property; and Mr. Mugdan indicated that he was looking into the alleged illegal tenant activity at the newly constructed building on 44th Avenue. As always, vigilance in monitoring these and other problematic construction situations was urged.
The members were asked to march in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 30th with the Westmoreland group assembling at 2:00pm in front of Starbucks on Northern Boulevard.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:55pm.
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