In 2 separate elections, a very large minority (2/3 of the apartments less 1) has mandated the board to pursue privatization. the 1/3 includes empty apartments and presumed illegal sublets thus leaving way a very small minority who are opposed to privatization. The Mitchell Lama program cleverly gives us the right to leave the program.The reason buildings were allowed to leave ML is because the framers of the ML law realized that after decades, these building will need expensive repairs.
The harsh reality is the state and city governments are facing budget crises. There is not going to be the public monies to help us pay for repairs that the politicians who came to the anti’s aid promised. In order to make needed repairs (plaza reconstruction, elevator modernization, garage, plumbing, etc.) that we have put off way too long, major assessments will be required. The plaza alone could result in a $500 – $1,000 monthly assessment on top of the current window assessment. Going private would pay for these repairs.
I say let’s vote again. A new Black Book would only need to be modified, not re-done from scratch.
In a 6-0 decision the NYS Court of Appeals ruled against EMP in it’s bid for privatization. The court ruled that:
- The privatization vote must be by apartments, and
- The Attorney General has the right to use the Martin Act for privatization issues.
Mark Andermanis, Janice Kabel and Eleanor Goldman are running for re-election.The EMPTCA Executive Committee supports their re-election.
There will be 3 vacant seats on the EMP Board of Directors. If you wish to run, nominating petitions are due by November 30 at 5pm. See the flyers posted for additional details.
Mon. Dec. 17, 7pm; Candidates Night. H Community room.
Tues. Dec. 18, 8pm; Annual Meeting. NYC Dental School Auditorium.
Wed. Dec 19, 1pm-9pm. Elections. H Community Room.
It is almost 3 weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit and the VA Medical Center is still dark (see photo)! Their web site gives no date for re-opening http://www.nyharbor.va.gov/
We have heard that NYU Medical Center will be closed for a year!
We hear that Bellevue is also closed and that Beth Israel is inundated.
Please give generously to the EMP Holiday fund. This is a way of rewarding all the EMP employees who worked so hard for us during Hurricane Sandy. Checks made payable to East Midtown Plaza must be dropped off in the Management Office before Dec. 14.
We are sorry to note the passing of Hon. Theodore T. Jones. Judge Jones was one of the NY Court of Appeals jurists who heard our privatization case on October 10, 2012. After reading about him, he was quite an impressive guy. Our condolences to his family and colleagues on the court. http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/
Bao Noodles at 391 2nd Avenue (22-23 Street) has closed. We can’t see we are sorry to see it go-Their food had gotten