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Seward Park ULURP Vote this Wednesday!

Community Board 3’s Seward Park Committee will be voting on the ULURP application for the large urban renewal area this Wednesday, May 16th. Come show your support for permanently affordable housing, living wage jobs, and responsible economic development without big box stores. Location: 184 Eldridge St. at 6:30 pm.

To see a map of the sites, comprising 7 acres, and to read the EIS Statement and the ULURP application, click on the link below.

http://www.nycedc.com/project/seward-park-mixed-use-development-project

Learn About Affordable Housing, Small Businesses and New Jobs Coming to Seward Park Area

SPURAmapWhen:  Tuesday, April 10th 2012, 7:00 PM

Where:  Masaryk Towers Community Room- 75 Columbia Street

What: Special Informational Meeting on New Plan for Seward Park Urban Renewal Area

Are you a former Seward Park Site Tenant?

Do you or a family member need affordable housing?

After many years of inaction and broken promises, a compromise agreement was reached when Community Board #3 brought together all community stakeholders. The plan will include mixed income housing (50% affordable and 50% market-rate), as well as jobs, retail stores creation and cultural activities for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area.

Please come to an important informational meeting and find out how you can help make this plan become a reality.

SEWARD PARK AREA REDEVELOPMENT COALITION (SPARC)sparc40@gmail.com / c/o CHARAS P. O. Box 2258 NY, NY  10009

LEARN ABOUT PROPOSED MIXED-USE PLAN FOR SPURA

SPURAmap

Where & When

University Settlement

184 Eldridge St (btwn Rivington/Delancey Sts)
Weds April 18, 2012
5:00-6:00pm – Technical Question & Answer Session
6:30 pm – Public Forum

 

SUPPORT:

  • PERMANENT Affordable Housing
  • at least 50% for local residents (Community Board #3)
  • priority for former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) site tenants  (those who lived on Willet, Pitt, Attorney, Clinton, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Ludlow, Grand, Broome, & Delancey Streets)
  • COMMUNITY JOBS COMMITMENT
  • NO BIG BOX STORES

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

come & bring your neighbors

SEWARD PARK AREA REDEVELOPMENT COALITION (SPARC)sparc40@gmail.com / c/o CHARAS P. O. Box 2258 NY, NY  10009

New Greening Initiative On The Way

The Con Edison Settlment Fund Committee of Community Board 3 voted on Thursday, Jan. 5th to approve a $65,000 proposal we submitted in November.  We plan to outreach to at least two dozen low income cooperatives (HDFCs) near the East 14th Street Con Ed plant, and assist them with applying for NYS Weatherization funds and EmPower New York funds available to make their buildings more energy efficient and reduce their heating and air conditioning costs.

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Community Board 3 Supports LGBT Youth Housing

On October 24th, we received a unanimous vote of support (11 – 0) from the Land Use Committee of Community Board 3 for 222e13our proposal (in partnership with the Ali Forney Center) to turn a vacant city owned building at 222 E. 13th St. into housing for 12 – 18 homeless LGBT youth.  Community Board 3’s resolution will urge HPD (the City’s housing agency) to grant us site control so that we can apply for the funds needed to renovate the building.  We appreciate the support of the more than 500 people who signed the petition in support of our proposal.  We will continue to need community support to move this project forward to a successful conclusion.  There are over 1,500 homeless LGBT youth in NYC, so this is a small, but important, step in addressing the larger crisis. Get involved.  Help make a difference!

If you want to help do outreach to garner further support, contact Steve.

St Marks Bookshop – Letter from Community Board 3

September 28, 2011

 

We are writing to convey Manhattan Community Board 3’s support of the St. Mark’s Bookshop, a tenant of Cooper Union residing at 115 East 9th Street. It is our desire that it remain economically viable and in its current location for many years to come.

 

 

Since 1977, the St. Mark’s Bookshop has served the East Village as an independent bookstore offering books and reading materials customized to meet the needs of our unique neighborhood of students, artists, cultural institutions and other diverse groups. The St. Mark’s Bookshop has a loyal customer base of local residents who depend on this business to meet their needs.

 

Community Board 3 works closely with City and State agencies and elected officials as a platform for planning and decision making for our community. We recognize that the current recession has hit our community hard. It has caused local merchants to close their doors, giving way to what is becoming a glut of nightlife establishments and national chains that are permanently changing the character of our neighborhood. The St. Mark’s Bookshop typifies the type of businesses that we must retain, a business that is locally owned and has a long track record of success and deep roots in the community, and that provides daytime service and goods needed by the local residents.

 

Community Board 3 is proud to have Cooper Union as a part of our district and recognizes the significant contribution that your institution makes to so many individuals. We also understand that the recession has caused economic hardship for all of us and that you too have obligations to your constituents and donors. That being said, the revenue this lease represents to Cooper Union cannot be considered to be material in the scope of your vast enterprise, and that stands in stark contrast to the large impact it would have on our neighborhood if The St. Mark’s Bookshop were to fail.

 

Furthermore, the installation of The St. Mark’s Bookshop at this location was Cooper Union’s concession to this community for the much disputed construction of what was then a high rise dormitory.

 

Community Board 3 is asking that Cooper Union revisit the economic situation of The St. Mark’s Bookshop and the hardships it faces, and negotiate in good faith with it on a leasehold revision that will make it economically viable for this beloved bookshop to continue to remain open in its current location. We believe that without a meaningful rent concession The St. Mark’s Bookshop will potentially go the way of so many other local merchants and close its doors for good. This would be an enormous loss for our neighborhood.

 

We know that Cooper Union appreciates the unique character of the neighborhood in which it resides and has been and will continue to be an advocate for the welfare of that community. We sincerely hope that you will give this request the significant and thoughtful consideration that it deserves.

 

 

St Marks Bookshop – Letter of Support from Deborah Glick

August 3, 2011

 

T.C. Westcott

Vice President

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science

51 Cooper Square

New York, NY 10003

 

Dear Ms. Westcott;

 

While Cooper Union is a valued member of the community, the question of its special tax

treatment regarding its commercial real estate holdings has generated concern in the past.

The institution’s ability to provide a full tuition remission to its students is a valuable tool in

attracting the best students. Although the initial goal may have been to educate students from

the New York area, the changing mission of the institution has led to New York City taxpayers

essentially subsidizing students from places like Pennsylvania, or Texas or Alabama.

 

In the sweep of the past many years, much has been given to Cooper Union and Cooper Union

has been a good neighbor in many respects in return. Now there is an opportunity for a modest

but significant way for Cooper Union to assist the community in retaining another important

institution, the Saint Marks bookstore.

 

St. Mark’s is currently struggling to pay the market rent that Cooper Union is charging them at 31 Third

Avenue and assistance by Cooper Union could save this irreplaceable neighborhood institution. Given Cooper

Unions’ real estate investments, including the soon to be redeveloped 51 Astor Place as a fully commercial

building, I believe that a rent concession to St. Mark’s Bookshop would not constitute a large burden.

Furthermore, you would be greatly contributing to the artistic and community spirit of the neighborhood of

which you are part. Please do the right thing and help St. Mark’s Bookshop. The community would greatly

appreciate your contribution by helping to maintain this longstanding neighborhood business.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah J. Glick

Assemblymember

 

 

St Marks Bookshop – Letter of Support from Rosie Mendez

Dear Ms. Westcott:

I write to add my name to others who call upon Cooper Union to grant all favorable

consideration to the St. Mark’s Bookshop, an institution which has a long tradition in our

community and which serves an increasingly rare and admirable function. St. Marks is

currently struggling to pay the market rent that Cooper Union is charging them at 31

Third Avenue, and a significant rent concession by Cooper Union could save this

irreplaceable neighborhood institution.

St. Marks has occupied their small commercial space in the ground floor of your

dormitory building since the structure was built in the mid-1980’s. As I recall, Cooper

Union agreed to house the bookstore in this space, at least in part, as a concession to the

community when opposition arose to the construction of another dormitory along 3rd Ave.

I know that economic difficulties are affecting all manner of organizations in these trying

times. However, given the breath of Cooper Unions’ real estate investments, including

the soon to be redeveloped 51 Astor Place as a fully commercial building, I believe that a

rent concession to St. Mark’s Bookshop would not constitute a large burden for your

institution. It could on the other hand preserve a unique neighborhood bookstore.

I urge you to preserve St. Marks.

 

Sincerely,

Rosie Mendez

Councilwoman

cc: Claire McCarthy

 

Save the St. Marks Bookshop

Congratulations to the St. Marks Bookshop on receiving a rent reduction from Cooper Union, and thanks to everyone who signed our online petition in support of the bookstore and to Boro President Scott Stringer for intervening. Kudos to Joyce Ravitz and Frances Goldin for leading this effort.

Research Memos

Since coming aboard in May 2010, project coordinator and instructor John (also known as Edward) Dallas has been working hard to familiarize MHA residents with the operations and governance of the planned MHA housing co-op, through one-on-one meetings and workshops.  At the same time, John has also been working closely with the MHA board, the sponsor of the co-op conversion.  Drawing on his extensive dual legal and co-op background (elaborated on below as well as on his CV posted on this Web site), John’s most important activity in this collaboration has been an ongoing review of the MHA Cooperative Information Package or offering plan.  John’s findings and recommendations can be found in his research memorandums to the MHA board, some of which can be accessed here.

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Talking Points for the RGB

Rent Guidelines Board Public Hearings

Tenant Talking Points

 

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED RANGE OF RENT ADJUSTMENTS

At the RGB Preliminary Vote, the Rent Guidelines Board voted for rent increases ranging from 3%-5.75% for one year renewal leases commencing October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012 and from 6%-9% for two year renewal leases commencing October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. In addition, the Board voted on a 1% fuel surcharge for buildings heated by fuel oil and a sublet allowance of 10%.

 

SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS

 

1. YOU

• Introduce yourself and provide personal details. We want to show the RGB how diverse rent stabilized tenants are. Make sure to include that you are a vital member of New York City and the ways you contribute to your community.

• Include information about the economic hardship you may be facing. For example, include if you live on a fixed income, if you lost your job, if you are supporting your kids or other members of your household, or if you are working a few jobs to support yourself.

• If you are a member of Tenants & Neighbors, please mention this to the RGB members.

 

 

2. YOUR HOUSING

• Tenancy: How long have you lived in your apartment?

o Are there many tenants in your building paying market rent OR is there a commercial unit in your building (a local business or non-profit renting space)?

 If so, emphasize that your landlord has other sources of income than the rent from rent stabilized units. Recommend that the Board pass the proviso presented by the tenant representatives where tenants should receive a 0% increase if they live in a building where less than 80% of units are occupied by rent stabilized or rent controlled units.

o Is there much turnover in your building?

 If so, emphasize that your landlord receives large rent increases each time there is a vacancy.

• Heating: Is your building heated with fuel oil? Is your building heated inefficiently? (Do you have to open a window in the winter? Is your apartment weatherized?)

 If so, recommend that the Board abolish the proposed fuel surcharge. Emphasize that you are bearing the cost of your owner’s decision to heat the building inefficiently and waste expensive oil.

• Services: What is the quality of services in your building?

o Does management make repairs? Are there days that you have gone without heat and hot water? Does your building have many code violations? Do you call 311 to report code violations?

 If so, recommend that buildings with high code violations should not receive rent increases for quality of services that does not meet habitability standards.

• Rent:

o Preferential Rent: Do you receive a preferential rent? If so, are you worried that when you sign your next lease renewal that your rent will be raised to the registered rent?

o Permanent Rent Increases: Have you received MCI (Major Capital Improvements) for building structural improvements or 1/40th rent increases for apartment renovations? How do these permanent rent increases impact your ability to pay each month’s rent?

 If you have had a MCI or 1/40th increase, emphasize that owners are reimbursed more than the cost of the improvement because these rent increases are permanent. Emphasize that the RGB should take into account that owners have other mechanisms for raising rent beyond RGB adjustments and therefore should pass the lowest possible rent increase.

o Illegal Overcharges: Do you believe that your rent has been illegally overcharged?

o SCRIE/DRIE: Do you qualify for these programs? If not, why? Are you just above the income threshold ($29,000 for SCRIE or $19,284 for an individual under DRIE)?

o Casado: Were you affected by the supplemental rent increase?

 If so, please speak concretely about how you were affected. Are you now paying more than 30% of your income towards rent? If so, please tell the RGB.

• Predatory Equity Questions:

o Is your owner a predatory equity landlord who has intentionally overpaid for your building, intending to displace tenants and destabilize units?

 

 

3. YOUR OWNER

A. Owners should bear their fair share of economic burden because their profits are increasing. The average net operating income (NOI) for owners throughout the city increased by 5.8% and increased 22.2% for all areas excluding Core Manhattan, according to RGB statistics. This figure is the income owners receive after they have paid off expenses.

By Borough:

• Brooklyn: In my borough, from 2008-2009, the median NOI for owners in Brooklyn increased by 22.3% according to the latest RGB statistics.

• Queens: In my borough, from 2008-2009, the median NOI for owners in Queens increased by 9.9% according to the latest RGB statistics.

• The Bronx: In my borough, from 2008-2009, the median NOI for owners in the Bronx increased by 29.9% according to the latest RGB statistics.

• Upper Manhattan: In Upper Manhattan, from 2008-2009, the median NOI for owners in Upper Manhattan increased by 22.3% according to RGB statistics.

 

* The RGB does not prepare statistics for Staten Island because there is too small a sample size of rent stabilized units. Staten Island households are not included in citywide numbers.

 

4. YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS

• RGB should consider a 0% rent increase for all tenants. If there is an increase, it should not be any higher than what the data presented by the RGB warrants and the RGB should keep in mind the incredible hardship that any increase at all will cause to most low and moderate income tenants.

• Certain tenants should receive no increase at all (e.g. tenants in buildings with high numbers of units that have already been deregulated and tenants in buildings with poor conditions).

• The RGB should not vote for a fuel surcharge.

 

Tenants & Neighbors is a grassroots non-profit organization that works with tenants to preserve affordable housing and strengthen tenants’ rights. For more information about testifying at the RGB, contact Jessie at 212-608-4320 ext. 306 or jlevine@tandn.org.

Rent Campaigns – Current Status

  • Rent Laws
    • 6/22/2011: A Rent Laws Deal has been reached by Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos and Assembly Speaker Silver.  It renews the rent laws for 4 years and raises the vacancy decontrol threshold to $2,500 rent (from $2,000) and the income threshold has been raised to $200,000 (from $175,000).  The formula for Individual Apartment Improvement (IAI) rent increases has been changed from 1/40th of the cost of work to 1/60th of the cost.  Landlords will be limited to one vacancy renewal increase per year.  In exchange for these provisions strengthening tenant protections, the Legislature agreed to cap property tax increases at 2% per year.  For more details, follow us on Facebook.
  • Rent Guidelines Board:
    • On Monday 6/27, the Rent Guidelines Board voted for a 3.75% rent increase for 1-year leases and 7.25% increase for 2-year leases. We appreciate all the Cooper Square Committee members who turned out for the rally. City-wide, tenant turnout was not as high as tenant advocates would have liked.

Related articles below…

State’s High Court Blesses Minimum Increases for Low-rent Tenants

by John Edward Dallas

 

On March 24, 2011, the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state of New York, issued its long-awaited ruling in Casado v. Markus, a closely watched case that has been working its way up through the state legal system since a Manhattan Supreme Court issued a pro-tenant decision in January 2010 followed by a corroborative ruling from the Appellate Division in June 2010.

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Rent Laws: Situation Critical

The Rent Laws on 1.1 million apartments housing 2.5 million New Yorkers expire in less than 90 days!!! Tenants Need to Step Up and keep the pressure on until the rent laws are renewed and strengthened.

Keep calling Governor Cuomo’s office at (212) 681-4580 or (518) 474-8390, urging him to “Renew and strengthen the rent laws.  No more vacancy destabilization!” Call Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office at (212) 312-1420 and urge that he keep pushing for stronger rent laws.

 

 

Weds 3/23 @ 10am: Rent Laws Press Conference

SolidarityPlease join Council member Margaret Chin and Speaker Christine Quinn to show your support for stronger rent regulations, eviction protection,  and the repeal of the “Urstadt Law,” which unfairly gives control of New York City’s rent laws to Albany.

Who: Council Member Chin and housing advocates

What: Press conference to announce New York City Council resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to renew and strengthen the laws regulating rents and the eviction of tenants.

Where: City Hall Steps

When: Wednesday, March 23rd, 10:00 am

RSVP to:  Kelly Magee – kmagee@council.nyc.gov

GASLAND, an OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY BY JOSH FOX – Stop Hydraulic Fracturing Now!

A COOPER SQUARE COMMITTEE SPECIAL EVENT
SHARE AN IMPORTANT EVENT WITH US WATCHING AND DISCUSSING

“GASLAND”

OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY BY JOSH FOX

Stop Hydraulic Fracturing Now!

Before it contaminates our water supplies, destroys our precious ecosystem and poisons us and future generations.

Misleading the public under the false claim that natural gas is a clean energy, the oil and gas industry is currently using a toxic and hazardous process for natural gas extraction called hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracking”). This process, currently ongoing in thirty-four states, is causing irreparable damage to the environment, poisoning humans and animals, making farms, homes and large tracts of land uninhabitable.

Following the film a discussion will be led by a speaker from United for Action

!!FREE ADMISSION!!
SUNDAY                                              TUESDAY
April 10, 2011                                         April 12, 2011
2:00 – 5:00 PM                                       6:30 – 9:30 PM
Green Residence
200 East 5th Street
(corner of 3rd Ave.)

Lower East Side Coalition to Stop Hydraulic Fracturing! (List in formation) Cooper Square Committee,

CODA, Village Independent Democrats, St. Marks Church, GOLES, sustainable-nyc, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, anthony aiden opticians,

Wheel chair accessible                                                                             More info about fracking…

 

April workshop schedule (Eng/Span)

 

March 22, 2011

 

 

Dear residents:

 

The series of workshops on the major documents in the Cooperative Information Package continues in April with “Understanding the Certificate of Incorporation.”  For those of you who haven’t had a chance to look at the Package or have attempted to read it but found the language too complicated or even boring, the workshop series should be a tremendous help.  The main objective of all the workshops is to help you make sense out of the Cooperative Information Package and in this way increase your ability to understand what the co-op will be set up to do and how it will do those things and who will run the co-op and how they should run it.  As the old saying goes, knowledge is power.

 

If you can’t make the workshop scheduled for your building, feel free to attend any one that’s more convenient for you.  Here’s the schedule for “Understanding the Certificate of Incorporation”:

 

Date

Time

For residents in these buildings:

Tuesday April 5 (English)

6:30-8 p.m.

23 East 3rd Street, 60 East 4th Street, 67 East 4th Street, 69 East 4th Street

Thursday April 7 (English)

6:30-8 p.m.

83 2nd Avenue, 21 East 3rd Street, 27 East 3rd Street, 89 East 3rd Street, 56 East 4th Street, 58 East 4th Street

Tuesday April 12 (English)

6:30-8 p.m.

13 East 3rd Street, 25 East 3rd Street, 63 East 4th Street, 65 East 4th Street, 71 East 4th Street, 77 East 4th Street

Thursday April 14 (English)

6:30-8 p.m.

9 East 3rd Street, 57 East 4th Street, 73 East 4th Street, 75 East 4th Street, 13 Stanton Street

Saturday April 16 (Spanish)

12-1:30 p.m.

All buildings

Saturday April 16 (English)

2:30-4 p.m.

All buildings

Tuesday April 19 (English)

10-11:30 a.m.

All buildings

Thursday April 21 (English)

10-11:30 a.m.

All buildings

 

ALL THE CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON THE 4TH FLOOR OF 59-61 EAST 4TH STREET.  Please note they will promptly begin 15 minutes after the indicated start time.  So please arrive early to sign in.

 

The workshop series is jointly sponsored by Cooper Square Committee and the MHA, and is made possible thanks to a generous grant from The New York Community Trust.

 

I hope to see you at one of the classes!  If you have any questions about them or any other co-op related issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinator

Cooperative Housing Education Project

Phone:  (212) 228.8210

Email: johnd@coopersquare.org

 

 


 

 

El 22 de marzo de 2011

 

 

Estimados residentes:

 

La serie de clases acerca de los documentos principales en el Paquete Informativo de la Cooperativa sigue en abril con “Entendiendo el Certificado de Incorporación.”  Para aquellos que todavía no hayan repasado el Paquete ó hayan intentado hacerlo pero encontraron el lenguaje demasiado complicado y hasta aburrido, las clases les serán de mayor utilidad.  El objectivo principal de las clases programadas es ayudarlos a comprender cabalmente el Paquete y así aumentar su capacidad para entender, entre otras cosas, el propósito de la cooperativa, quién la administra y cómo debe hacerlo.  Como dice el conocido refrán, saber es poder.

 

Si no pueden asistir a la clase programada para su edificio, siéntanse libre de asistir a la que más les convenga.   He aquí el horario de las clases de abril:

 

Fecha

Hora

Para inquilinos de estos edificios:

Martes el 5 de abril (solamente en inglés)

6:30-8 pm

23 este de la calle 3, 60 este de la calle 4, 67 este de la calle 4, 69 de la calle 4

Jueves el 7 de abril (solamente en inglés)

6:30-8 pm

83 de la avenida 2da, 21 este de la calle 3, 27 este de la calle 3, 89 este de la calle 3, 56 este de la calle 4, 58 este de la calle 4

Martes el 12 de abril (solamente en inglés)

6:30-8 pm

13 este de la calle 3, 25 este de la calle 3, 63 este de la calle 4, 65 este de la calle 4, 71 este de la calle 4, 77 este de la calle 4

Jueves el 14 de abril (solamente en inglés)

6:30-8 pm

9 este de la calle 3, 57 este de la calle 4, 73 este de la calle 4, 75 este de la calle 4, 13 de la calle Stanton

Sábado el 16 de abril (solamente en español)

12-1:30 pm

Inquilinos en general

Sábado el 16 de abril (solamente en inglés)

2:30-4 pm

Inquilinos en general

Martes el 19 de abril  (solamente en inglés)

10-11:30 am

Inquilinos en general

Jueves el 21 de abril (solamente en inglés))

10-11:30 am

Inquilinos en general

 

TODAS LAS CLASES SERÁN EN EL 4TO PISO DE 59-61 ESTE DE LA CALLE 4.

 

Todas las clases son conjuntamente auspiciadas por el Comité de Cooper Square y el MHA, y son posibles gracias al generoso apoyo financiero de The New York Community Trust.

 

¡Espero verlos en alguna de las clases!  Si desean tener mayor información sobre las clases ó cualquier asunto relacionado con la cooperativa, no duden en contactarme.

 

Muy atentamente,

 

 

 

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinador

Proyecto de educación sobre la cooperativa de vivienda

Teléfono:  (212) 228.8210

Correo electrónico: johnd@coopersquare.org

March workshop schedule (Eng/Span)

March 9, 2011

 

 

 

Dear residents:

 

I’m very happy to notify you about the start of my highly-anticipated series of WORKHOPS on all the documents ― Certificate of Incorporation, Stock Certificate, Bylaws, and Proprietary Lease ― that make up MHA’s Cooperative Information Package.  The first workshop, Introduction to Housing Cooperatives, aims to increase participants’ knowledge about housing cooperatives by familiarizing them with the most important features of housing cooperatives.  (All the courses I’ll be giving will be jointly sponsored by Cooper Square Committee and MHA, and are possible thanks to a generous grant from The New York Community Trust.)  Here is the schedule for the first workshop:

 

Date

Time

Buildings

Tuesday March 15

(English)

6:30-8 p.m.

13 East 3rd Street, 65 East 4th Street

25 East 3rd Street, 71 East 4th Street

63 East 4th Street, 77 East 4th Street

Thursday March 17

(English)

6:30-8 p.m.

9 East 3rd Street, 75 East 4th Street

57 East 4th Street, 13 Stanton Street

73 East 4th Street

Tuesday March 22

(English)

6:30-8 p.m.

All buildings

Thursday March 24

(English)

10-11:30 a.m.

All buildings

Saturday March 26

(Spanish)

1:30-3 p.m.

All buildings

Tuesday March 29

(English)

10-11:30 a.m.

All buildings

 

All the workshops will be held on the 4th floor of 59-61 East 4th Street.  All the workshops will promptly begin 15 minutes after the indicated start time.  Please arrive early to sign in.

 

For more information about the workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Best regards,

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinator

Cooperative Housing Education Project

Phone:  (212) 228.8210

Email: johnd@coopersquare.org

 

 


 

El 9 de marzo de 2011

 

 

Estimados residentes:

 

Estoy muy entusiasmado de informarles del comienzo de mi muy esperada serie de clases sobre todos los documentos ― Certificate of Incorporation (Certificado de incorporación) Stock Certificate (Certificado de acciones) Bylaws (Estatutos), and Proprietary Lease (Contrato de arrendamiento al proprietario) ― que conforman el Cooperative Information Package de MHA.  La primera clase, titulada Introducción a las cooperativas de vivienda, pretende aumentar a los participantes su conocimiento acerca de las cooperativas de vivienda por familiarizarlos con las características más importantes de dichas cooperativas.  (Todas las clases que voy a ofrecer serán auspiciados conjuntamente por Cooper Square Committee y MHA, y son posibles gracias al generoso apoyo financiero de The New York Community Trust.)  He aquí la las fechas y el horario de las clases:

 

Día

Hora

¿Para cuales edificios?

Martes el 15 de marzo

(en inglés)

6:30-8 p.m.

13 East 3rd Street, 65 East 4th Street

25 East 3rd Street, 71 East 4th Street

63 East 4th Street, 77 East 4th Street

Jueves el 17 de marzo

(en inglés)

6:30-8 p.m.

9 East 3rd Street, 75 East 4th Street

57 East 4th Street, 13 Stanton Street

73 East 4th Street

Martes el 22 de marzo

(en inglés)

6:30-8 p.m.

Todos los edificios

Jueves el 24 de marzo

(en inglés)

10-11:30 a.m.

Todos los edificios

Sábado el 26 de marzo

(en español)

1:30-3 p.m.

Todos los edificios

Martes el 29 de marzo

(en inglés)

10-11:30 a.m.

Todos los edificios

 

Todas las clases se darán en el 4o. piso de 59-61 East 4th Street.

 

Para mayor detalles acerca de las clases, no duden en contactarme.

 

Muy atentamente,

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinador

Cooperative Housing Education Project

(Proyecto de educación sobre la cooperativa de vivienda)

Teléfono:  (212) 228.8210

Dirección electrónica: johnd@coopersquare.org

 

3/10/2011 Workshop Flyer (Eng/Span)

March 2, 2011

 

 

 

 

Dear residents:

 

I’m very happy to notify you about the start of my highly-anticipated series of courses on all the documents ― Certificate of Incorporation, Stock Certificate, Bylaws, and Proprietary Lease ― that make up MHA’s Cooperative Information Package.  The first course, Introduction to Housing Cooperatives, aims to increase participants’ knowledge about housing cooperatives by familiarizing them with the most important features of housing cooperatives.  (All the courses I’ll be giving will be co-sponsored by Cooper Square Committee and MHA, and are possible thanks to a generous grant from The New York Community Trust.)

 

For the residents of 83 Second Avenue, 21 East 3rd Street, 27 East 3rd Street, 89 East Third Street, 56 East 4th Street, and 58 East 4th Street only, Introduction to Housing Cooperatives will take place on Thursday March 10 on the 4th floor of 59-61 East 4th Street.  The course will begin at 6:45 p.m. sharp.  So if you plan to attend, I recommend you arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign in.  The course will end at 8 o’ clock.  (This class will be in English.)

 

I hope to see you on March 10th!  For more information about the courses I have planned, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Best regards,

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinator

Cooperative Housing Education Project

Phone:  (212) 228.8210

Email: johnd@coopersquare.org

 

 


 

 

El 2 de marzo de 2011

 

 

Estimados residentes:

 

Estoy muy entusiasmado de informarles del comienzo de mi muy esperada serie de cursos educativos sobre todos los documentos ― Certificate of Incorporation (Certificado de incorporación) Stock Certificate (Certificado de acciones) Bylaws (Estatutos), and Proprietary Lease (Contrato de arrendamiento al proprietario) ― que conforman el Cooperative Information Package de MHA.  El primer curso, titulado Introducción a las cooperativas de vivienda, pretende aumentar a los participantes su conocimiento acerca de las cooperativas de vivienda por familiarizarlos con las características más importantes de dichas cooperativas.  (Todos los cursos que voy a ofrecer serán auspiciados conjuntamente por Cooper Square Committee y MHA, y son posibles gracias al generoso apoyo financiero de The New York Community Trust.)

 

Exclusivamente para ustedes los residentes de 83 Second Avenue, 21 East 3rd Street, 27 East 3rd Street, 89 East Third Street, 56 East 4th Street, y 58 East 4th Street, el curso será el jueves 10 de marzo en el 4o piso de 59-61 East 4th Street.  El curso comenzará a las 6:45 pm en punto, así que si deciden asistir es recomendable que lleguen a las 6:30 pm para inscribirse.  El curso terminará a las 8 pm.  (Este curso será en inglés.)

 

¡Espero verlos el 10 de marzo!  Para mayor información sobre las clases que tengo programadas, no duden en contactarme.

 

Muy atentamente,

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinador

Cooperative Housing Education Project

(Proyecto de educación sobre la cooperativa de vivienda)

Teléfono:  (212) 228.8210

Dirección electrónica: johnd@coopersquare.org

3/8/2011 Workshop Flyer (Eng/Span)

March 2, 2011

 

Dear residents:

 

I’m very happy to notify you about the start of my highly-anticipated series of courses on all the documents ― Certificate of Incorporation, Stock Certificate, Bylaws, and Proprietary Lease ― that make up MHA’s Cooperative Information Package.  The first course, Introduction to Housing Cooperatives, aims to increase participants’ knowledge about housing cooperatives by familiarizing them with the most important features of housing cooperatives.  (All the courses I’ll be giving will be co-sponsored by Cooper Square Committee and MHA, and are possible thanks to a generous grant from The New York Community Trust.)

 

For the residents of 23 East 3rd Street, 60 East 4th Street, 67 East 4th Street, and 69 East 4th Street only, Introduction to Housing Cooperatives will take place on Tuesday March 8 on the 4th floor of 59-61 East 4th Street.  The course will begin at 6:45 p.m. sharp.  So if you plan to attend, I recommend you arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign in.  The course will end at 8 o’ clock.  (This class will be in English.)

 

I hope to see you on March 8th!  For more information about the courses I have planned, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Best regards,

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinator

Cooperative Housing Education Project

Phone:  (212) 228.8210

Email: johnd@coopersquare.org

 

 


 

 

El 2 de marzo de 2010

 

Estimados residentes:

 

Estoy muy entusiasmado de informarles del comienzo de mi muy esperada serie de cursos educativos sobre todos los documentos ― Certificate of Incorporation (Certificado de incorporación) Stock Certificate (Certificado de acciones) Bylaws (Estatutos), and Proprietary Lease (Contrato de arrendamiento al proprietario) ― que conforman el Cooperative Information Package de MHA.  El primer curso, titulado Introducción a las cooperativas de vivienda, pretende aumentar a los participantes su conocimiento acerca de las cooperativas de vivienda por familiarizarlos con las características más importantes de dichas cooperativas.  (Todos los cursos que voy a ofrecer serán auspiciados conjuntamente por Cooper Square Committee y MHA, y son posibles gracias al generoso apoyo financiero de The New York Community Trust.)

 

Exclusivamente para ustedes los residentes de 23 East 3rd Street, 60 East 4th Street, 67 East 4th Street, y 69 East 4th Street, el curso será el martes 8 de marzo en el 4o piso de 59-61 East 4th Street.  El curso comenzará a las 6:45 pm en punto, así que si deciden asistir es recomendable que lleguen a las 6:30 pm para inscribirse.  El curso terminará a las 8 pm.  (Este curso será en inglés.)

 

¡Espero verlos el 8 de marzo!  Para mayor información sobre las clases que tengo programadas, no duden en contactarme.

 

Muy atentamente,

 

John Edward Dallas

Coordinador

Cooperative Housing Education Project

(Proyecto de educación sobre la cooperativa de vivienda)

Teléfono:  (212) 228.8210

Dirección electrónica: johnd@coopersquare.org

Help Save the Rent Laws! Rally March 21st!

The Rent Laws for ALL rent-regulated apartments expire in 3 months!  We need Governor Cuomo to protect about 1 million tenant households by renewing and strengthening rent laws, and ending vacancy destabilization.  Come to a Rallly on Monday, March 21st at 4:30 pm in front of Governor Cuomo’s NYC Office at 42nd St. and Park Avenue.  Let’s keep this issue on the front burner!!!

Call Governor Cuomo’s office TODAY at 212-681-4580, and let his office know that you are a rent stabilized tenant, and that renters who helped elect him need his support.  Urge him to stand up to the special interests by renewing our rent laws and repealing vacancy destabilization.

This is the number one priority of the tenants rights movement.   We want the rent laws renewed and strengthened now.  We don’t want to wait until midnight on June 15th, when anything could happen.  If the rent laws expire, your rent could go up to market rate when your lease comes up for renewal.  What will you do if that happens?  Can you afford to pay $2,000 or more per month in rent?  If not, we urge you to call Governor Cuomo’s office, and politely but firmly deliver the message that the rent laws need to be “renewed and strengthened”.  No more deregulation when rents go above $2,000, no more 20% increases in rent stabilized leases upon vacancy, no more permanent MCI increases, no more personal use evictions of an entire building!

Thursday 3/10: Real Rent Reform – Press Conference/Rally

The renewal of the rent laws is the single biggest issue affecting New Yorkers right now, and we need to make sure that our message of protecting our homes and ending destabilization resonates.  Join WSNA, other city wide housing groups and supportive elected officials at City Hall at 1:00 pm to make sure that our voices are heard and the rent laws get renewed.

What: Real Rent Reform – Press Conference/Rally

When: Thursday, Mar. 10th at 1:00pm

Location: The Steps at City Hall (map/directions)

 

For more information contact Bennett Baumer at 212-956-2585 or bbaumer@hcc-nyc.org.