This week East New York lost a true community advocate, Dennis Taylor, who passed away unexpectedly during what seems to have been a routine colonoscopy procedure. No further details are available at this time. See Dennis’ bio below.
Dennis Taylor’s wife, Mrs. Anita Joyner-Taylor told EastNewYork.com, “Dennis was a servant leader and believed in service for his family and community. He taught me, as well as those around him, the importance of giving your time or financial support to those who are in need. I thank God for the years I had with him.”
“I recently met with Dennis for lunch, along with another community member, Carlos Bristol, to discuss the state of East New York and how we can work together to make positive change for homeowners, renters and small businesses. Dennis was always advocating for a better East New York. He will be missed,” stated Vernon Jones Sr., Founder of EastNewYork.com.
“Mr. Dennis Taylor was heavily committed to our community. He used his resources and position to help provide opportunities for others. He encouraged building positive relationships and growth. I am Thankful that I was a part of the journey that God laid out for him.
May God Bless Your Soul and continue to provide favor to your family because of your genuine kindness to others.” stated Nikki Lucas, Community Advocate and 2021 East New York City Council Candidate.
“Dennis Taylor was a friend and mentor, and the ultimate statesman. He was loved by his community and loved his community with all his heart. He will never be forgotten and always admired. He was my big Bro and will be sorely missed”, stated East New York Community Activist, Chris Banks.
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Dennis Taylor Bio
Dennis J. Taylor was a founding partner of T & T Development Group. He began his professional career more than 30 years ago as a Community Organizer in the East Brooklyn area. As an Organizer, Dennis Taylor created initiatives and developed strategies for resident advocacy, tenant organizing, and community activism. As an active member of the Department of Justice’s Weed & Seed Community Initiative, Dennis Taylor secured linkages and established partnerships between law enforcement, faith-based organizations, and the community.
In 2003, Dennis Taylor founded The Sabaoth Group, Inc. (TSG, Inc.), a nonprofit organization that partners with management companies to provide tenant support services to more than 1000 low income families throughout New York City. In addition, Dennis Taylor and his team provided apartment location services for hundreds of families in the East Brooklyn community. In 2005, the organization received its community development status and partnered with GuyTech Management to build a $12 million/56-unit tax credit building called, The RiverRock Apartment complex.
In addition to his work in the East Brooklyn community, Dennis Taylor supported the establishment of several other community-based, nonprofit organizations, including; Community Partners Commission Association (CPCA, Inc); Where the Healing Begins, Inc. (WtHB, Inc.); New Creation Ministry; Empowering Youth Towards Excellence, and The College Shop. Dennis Taylor served on East New York’s Community Board #5 for many years. During his tenure, Dennis Taylor oversaw the initial stages of many of East New York’s community economic initiatives.
Dennis Taylor resided in East New York with his family. At the time of his transition, Dennis and his partners were actively involved in the LFT community development project with Bishop Hezekiah Walker. The business venture will provide affordable housing for hundreds of New Yorkers. Dennis supported organizations and program initiatives that are committed to the revitalization of the East Brooklyn community.