About Us

In October 2012, the Canarsie community was devastated by Super Storm Sandy. The community was neither prepared nor organized to respond to this disaster. In March 2014 through the NY Rising Program, Canarsie was awarded $11.9M by the NYS Rising Committe for recovery projects. A committee comprised of community leaders as formed to propose projects for the recovery of Canarsie. This committee proposed projects totaling $18.8M dollars of which $12M dollars were funded.

Canarsie Community Development Incorporated (CCDI) was formed by five members of that NY Rising committee to give a voice to the residents of Canarsie, and to help them prepare for any future disasters. Two of the goals of CCDI are, with the involvement and participation of community residents, to monitor the NY Rising projects that were funded through to completion; and to raise the additional $7M for the other projects, through government and private funding.

Our Mission

The mission of CCDI is: –

  • to help develop, strengthen and galvanize block, resident and tenant
    associations in Canarsie
  • to unify block, resident and tenant associations under an umbrella organization, thus establishing a unified voice when working with elected officials, state and municipal agencies in addressing the issues of concern in Canarsie
  • to financially and administratively promote and support community
    development programs including disaster relief and
  • to develop programs that engage the youth in Canarsie

Success Stories

In July 2017 CCDI worked with the Billion Oyster Project and the CEC for District 18 to bring the project to schools in Canarsie. At present there are programs in five schools in Canarsie.

On May 16 th , 2018 there was a Canarsie Reef Installation ceremony at the Sebago Canoe Club, at 1400 Paedergat Avenue North. Half of a million oysters were installed in six cabinets in the basin to clean the surrounding waters. CCDI was proud to have participated in that ceremony.

Our Partners

  • Science and Resilience Institute at Brooklyn College
  • Public Agenda, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Ioby and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Board of Directors

  • Harold Jones, President (Former Power Engineer with General Electric Co.)
  • Lucina Clarke, Director (Executive Director of MyTime Inc.)
  • Katherine Soverall, Director (Educator, VP Fresh Creek Civic Association)
  • Debbie Fook, Director (Canarsie Strong Civic Association)
  • Rabbi Serebryanski, Director and Treasurer
  • Joy Riley, Director (former President of Canarsie Chamber of  Commerce)


  • Citizens Committee for New York City Neighborhood Grant
  • City Council Of NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Grant