2017 Board of Directors Election

The Annual Meeting of the Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, Inc., will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 423 East 23rd Street. At that time, members will vote to fill three seats on the TA Board of Directors. All members who are current in their dues as of May 22, 2017, the record date set for the meeting, are entitled to vote.

The Board of Directors, on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, has endorsed the following persons to be elected to those seats:

Sherryl Kirschenbaum, who raised her two children in Stuyvesant Town, is now retired as a registered nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center. A longtime volunteer and building leader with the Tenants Association, she trains and oversees the activities of the volunteers who respond to resident inquiries to the TA’s Message Center, keeping them abreast of the up-to-date information they need in responding to resident queries and complaints. Sherry became a board member in 2013.

Judith Preble Miller has lived in Stuyvesant Town since 1975. A practicing attorney and supervisor for the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice for nearly 40 years, she serves on the TA’s Legal Committee and as the Board Chair of the STPCV Tenants’ Association Foundation, Inc. Judy joined the Board in 2010.

Sandro Sherrod, a technology director at NYU Medical Center, has been a resident of Stuyvesant Town for 25 years. A past chair of Community Board 6 and past president of the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club, he serves on the Board’s Communications and Outreach Committees. Sandro was elected to the Board in 2013.

Other TA members interested in being elected to the Board were provided the opportunity to be nominated by submitting a petition signed by 30 current members of the Tenants Association no later than April 11, 2017. Because no such petitions were submitted, only the three persons endorsed by the Board have been nominated. All three are incumbents on the Board.

Since the election is uncontested this year, in an effort to minimize expenses, no proxies or ballots will be distributed. The election will be conducted at the Annual Meeting.

The Nominating Committee consists of the following members of the Tenants Association: Kevin J. Farrelly, Soni Fink, Gary Ireland, Keith Powers, and Patricia Sallin.


Rent Guidelines Board Schedule for Renewal Leases as of Oct 1, 2017

Tues, April 25, preliminary vote at Cooper Union: Rally at 6 p.m., vote at 7 p.m. Rent freeze? Rollback? Or increase?

Wed, June 14, 2 p.m.–8 p.m.: Tell the RGB in person (2 minutes) what you think should happen with increases this year. U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green.

Tues, June 27, 7 p.m.: Final vote. Baruch College, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue (corner of 23rd St.).

RGB schedule and RGB reports


TA Letter Against Tax Break for Real Estate Developers

Albany recently renewed a generous tax break for developers tied into providing new affordable housing for the city. It hasn’t worked so far and, renewed, will still not be meaningful. Worse, this tax break, known as 421-a, used to expire at the same time as the rent laws, giving tenants leverage in negotiations. Prior to the vote during the budget process in Albany, the TA sent a letter to elected representatives stating our objection to the renewal of the tax break.


Local Events of Interest

Tuesday, April 4—6:30–8:30 p.m.

East Side Coastal Resiliency Project—Public Hearing

The plan to protect us from the floodwaters of the next superstorm.

Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway (M14A to Grand St., M9 to East Broadway, or F train to East Broadway)

The city has completed a proposed amendment to its plan for the $4.21 billion in Federal disaster aid to help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy. You may comment on the plan until April 24.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/cdbg/html/proposed/action_plan_amendments.shtml

 

Thursday, April 6—6:30–8:30 p.m.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Community Forum

Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square

10 Union Square East (between 14th and 15th Sts.)

2nd floor conference room

Learn more about the Mount Sinai Beth Israel transformation.

 

Sunday, April 9—Deadline

Mayor’s Office Internships

High school, college, and graduate students; recent grads; and recent veterans can intern in various units of the Mayor’s Office.

 

Free Tax Preparation

NYC Free Tax Prep allows New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less in 2016 to file their taxes for free. For more info, consult the Department of Consumer Affairs website.

 

And looking ahead:

Saturday, April 15—Deadline

Housing Needs for LGBT Seniors—Survey

The City Council’s Committee on Aging and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus seeks input from LGBT seniors about their housing needs.

 

Tuesday, April 18—6:30 p.m.

13th Precinct Community Council

230 East 21st St., between 2nd and 3rd Aves.

Hear a monthly update from the local police, and bring your concerns directly to them.

 

More events and information at Community Board 6’s page News You Can Use.


Procedure to File Petitions for Election to the STPCV TA Board of Directors

The Annual Meeting of the Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, Inc. will be held on May 31, 2017. At that time, members will vote to fill three seats on the TA Board of Directors.

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NEW DATE: L Train Community Workshop

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7 p.m.–9 p.m., at Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St. RSVP to eastsideL-train.eventbrite.com

The MTA and the NYC Dept. of Transportation are holding an interactive community workshop for residents of the east side of Manhattan about the L train closure. The agencies will provide information on the Canarsie Tunnel repairs and solicit community feedback on possible alternate travel options during the planned 18-month closure. Elected officials and representatives from the MTA and DOT will be there to hear your ideas and answer your questions.

Read the press release.

See the letter from various elected officials to the MTA and DOT.


Feb. 16, 2017: Asser Levy and Murphy’s Brother’s Playgrounds Redesign

Two playgrounds will be redesigned as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. Come give your input and bring the kids. Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the VA Medical Center atrium (423 E. 23rd St.).

 


POSTPONED: L Train Community Workshop

Thursday, February 9, 2017; 7 p.m.–9 p.m. 

Town and Village Synagogue 

334 East 14th St. 

The MTA and the NYC Dept. of Transportation are holding an interactive community workshop for residents of the east side of Manhattan about the L train closure. The agencies will provide information on the Canarsie Tunnel repairs and solicit community feedback on possible alternate travel options during the planned 18-month closure.

Read the press release.

See the letter from various elected officials to the MTA and DOT.

 


East Side Coastal Resiliency

The plan to keep us dry in the next superstorm and enhance the public waterfront.

Community Design Update Presentations

East 14th St. to East 25th St. (Project Area Two)

Monday, November 28, 2016

6:30–8:00 p.m.

Washington Irving High School

40 Irving Place (17th St.)

 

Montgomery St. to East Houston St. (Project Area One South)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Gouverneur Health Center

227 Madison St.

 

East Houston St. to East 14th St. (Project Area One North)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Community Center at Campos Plaza

611 East 13th St.

Wheelchair accessible. Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese interpreters will be present at the community design update presentations. A Fujianese interpreter will be present on December 1. Dinner will be provided. For special needs assistance, please contact Fay Lee at (718) 391-2411 or leefa@ddc.nyc.gov five days before the event.


Video Intercom MCI for 10 PCV Buildings

The TA is going to fight this blow to your budget, so please follow the instructions below. If you’re not yet a member, please join now.

Within 30 days of the mailing date on the MCI notice, here is what we need you to do by filling out page 3 of the MCI notice—the Tenant Response form:

1. Print your name where indicated on top.

2. In the open space, write the following:

I request a 60-day extension of time to respond to the MCI application dated [fill in mailing date from top right corner]. I understand that DHCR is not always able to provide a written response to an extension request. Therefore, unless I hear otherwise, I will assume that this request has been granted.

Thank you for your courtesies in this matter.

3. Sign and date the form on the bottom.

4. Make 2 copies of the form. Keep one copy for your records. Send the other copy to the TA by mail (Video intercom MCI, P.O. Box 1202, NYC 10009-1202) or by placing it in one of our drop boxes (Community Center, Oval Concierge, or Zeichner’s Wines & Liquors).

5. Mail the original of just the response form to the MCI Unit at the address on the top of the form. Keep the original of the MCI notice (pages 1 and 2) for your records.

6. Spread the word to your affected neighbors who are longtime tenants (see list of buildings below).

REMINDER: TA member dues pay for our attorney. If you are not already a member, won’t you participate and help defray the expense by joining now? You can donate securely online at stpcvta.org/donate.

WHAT ELSE WE NEED: If you kept copies of management’s handouts from the 2001/02 intercom installation, please send us a copy. If you have any other documentation, such as management’s wall post announcing the new system or a work ticket from the 2014 installation, we will add that to the file.

AFFECTED BUILDINGS: 420 E 23, 440 E 23, 350 First, 360 First, 370 First, 390 First, 2 PCR, 3 PCR, 431 E 20, 441 E 20.

Once you’ve filled out and returned the Tenant Response form, the TA and its attorney will take over, but we also need a copy of your MCI notice (pages 1 & 2). You may place a copy (not the original—save that for your records) in one of our drop boxes or mail it to us (see item 4 above).

If you’ve received a notice, tell us about it by using our short MCI docket tracker found here.