35th Annual Meeting Celebrates Neighborhood Success + Community Engagement

District 2 Councilmember Carlina Rivera, USP’s Jennifer Falk, The New School’s President David Van Zandt, USP’s President + Co-Chair Lynne Brown, and USP’s Co-Chair Bill Abramson

District 2 Councilmember Carlina Rivera, USP’s Jennifer Falk, The New School’s President David Van Zandt, USP’s President + Co-Chair Lynne Brown, and USP’s Co-Chair Bill Abramson

On Monday, May 6, 2019, over 250 area residents, business and property owners, and key stakeholders gathered together for USP’s 35th Annual Meeting + Networking Reception at the W New York–Union Square. USP’s Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of our contributions to the neighborhood over the past year. From beautifying Union Square Park and the surrounding district to supporting community partners and local businesses, we continue to play a multifaceted role in shaping and elevating the experience of everyone who lives, works, and visits Union Square. In addition to our core services including sanitation, public safety, marketing + events, and economic development, this year we worked closely with our community to examine how to best meet the area’s evolving needs and positively transform our community for years to come, through a comprehensive Visioning + Planning initiative.

Read more in the 2019 Annual Report.

USP Executive Director Jennifer Falk gives the 2019 Annual Report

USP Executive Director Jennifer Falk gives the 2019 Annual Report

USP Treasurer Kenneth Salzman shares updates on the 2020 budget

USP Treasurer Kenneth Salzman shares updates on the 2020 budget

USP Secretary Jordan Brackett presents the 2019-2020 Slate of Directors

USP Secretary Jordan Brackett presents the 2019-2020 Slate of Directors

At this year’s meeting, USP was thrilled to welcome special guest speaker, The New School’s President David Van Zandt. To kick off the program, he shared his thoughts on The New School’s centennial celebration year, and spoke on his tenure as president and the university’s long history with the Union Square Partnership. Learn more on The New School’s 100th anniversary and find ways to join the celebration here. USP also presented President Van Zandt with our annual Norman Buchbinder Community Service Award in honor of his decade of service to The New School and the important role he has played within our community.

The New School’s President David Van Zandt speaks on The New School’s Centennial Celebrations and his tenure with the university

The New School’s President David Van Zandt speaks on The New School’s Centennial Celebrations and his tenure with the university

The Buchbinder family presents President Van Zandt with the 2019 Norman Buchbinder Community Service Award

The Buchbinder family presents President Van Zandt with the 2019 Norman Buchbinder Community Service Award

Annual Meeting attendees next heard a review of USP’s year-to-date financials including our fiscal year 2020 budget, from our treasurer Kenneth Salzman. USP’s secretary Jordan Brackett presented the new Slate of Directors, and eligible members voted to approve the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

Residents, business + property owners vote on the 2019-2020 Slate of Directors

Residents, business + property owners vote on the 2019-2020 Slate of Directors

President + Co-Chair Lynne Brown speaks on USP’s contributions to the neighborhood

President + Co-Chair Lynne Brown speaks on USP’s contributions to the neighborhood

Attendee reads The Villager’s 2019 Salute to Union Square

Attendee reads The Villager’s 2019 Salute to Union Square

The meeting was followed by a networking reception, sponsored by the W New York-Union Square, where attendees enjoyed drinks and refreshments alongside a live jazz performance by The New School Jazz Trio.

Thank you to all attendees and partners who helped make the night a success! Check out event photos in our Flickr Album (all photos by Jane Kratochvil), be sure to read The Villager’s Salute to Union Square, and view full details on our year-in-review in our 2019 Annual report.

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