Special Projects

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.

Monday, Jan 24th at 6:30pm :: Push Forward Affordable Housing Development on Seward Park!

SPURA

Come out for Community Board 3’s (CB3’s) vote on a mixed income housing plan in the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area!

 

At Henry Street Settlement’s Youth Gym

301 Henry Street

(near the corner of Jackson and Grand Sts.)

 

This Monday, January 24th at 6:30 pm

 

how to get there:

FJMZ to Delancey/Essex, F to East Broadway,

or M22 Bus to Madison/Montgomery Sts.

 

Help us keep momentum!
We need you to come out and show support for a plan that maximizes affordable housing!  Help us move forward the development of affordable housing which has been stalled for 40+ years!

Come out to show support and help bring much needed affordable housing to the LES!!!

Seward Park Planning Guidelines

The planning facilitator for Seward Park, John Shapiro, provided Community Board 3 with a 2nd draft of the planning guidelines for Seward Park on Monday, December 13th.  The near final draft spells out the land use plan for the largely vacant 7-acre urban renewal sites.  Seward Park Committee members and the public are invited to respond to the document.  Please email Cooper Square Committee to let us know your thoughts about the plans for commercial development and mixed-income housing on the sites.  We may be voting on the document in January, 2011.

 

 

Seward Park Planning Principles (Draft)

Community Board 3’s Seward Park Planning Committee is reviewing a first draft of a document that presents the planning principles for redevelopment of the sites, and a proposed land use program.  Local residents are strongly encouraged to take a look at this 4 page document. 

Seward Park Planning Principles :  http://www.nyc.gov/html/mancb3/downloads/cb3docs/SP%20Nov%2016%20meeting.pdf

 
 

 

SPURA – Community Information Meeting

Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00pm

St. Augustine’ s Church Parish Hall

292 Henry Street

 

SPURAmap

Did YOU Know That Community Board #3 is working on plans to build on the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)?

 

Questions & Answers About The Process:

  • How it works
  • Who is part of it
  • How you can participate

 

Come and Hear Presentations from:

NYC Dept. Housing Preservation Development, NYC Economic Development Corp., Manhattan Borough Presidents Office, Community Board #3

REMEMBER AND REBUILD

SPURA

Seward Park Urban Renewal Area
Vacant 43 years (Nov 1967 – Present)

Join your neighbors and friends at a gathering to honor the families and businesses that were displaced, and to support affordable housing, retail uses and community spaces on the site.

SUNDAY, NOV. 7th from 2-5pm

@ the corner of Suffolk & Delancey Sts

 

Sponsors: SPARC (Seward Park Area Redevelopment Coalition), LES People’s MHA, GOLES, Cooper Square Committee, Cooper Square MHA, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice CHARAS/ Tu casa Studio, St. Mary’s Church and former site tenants

 

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Seward Park: Cooper Square’s Findings and Planning Recommendations

The Cooper Square Committee has prepared an analysis of the Seward Park Urban Redevelopment Area (SPURA), including the racial and economic demographics of the surrounding community, housing indicators, local school enrollment, day care providers, amount of open space and other useful information.  We also looked at the zoning of the 10 SPURA sites to assess how much housing and commercial development they can accommodate, and we recommended zoning changes to allow for development of a sustainable mixed-income community on the sites.  We hope you will read it, and we welcome your feedback.

See the findings and recommendations: SPURA Area findings (Part 1, 5MB)

See the data tables: SPURA Area Data Tables (Part 2, 3MB)