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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. They tend to be ignored, despite "the rules." So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change. Sorry.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Garodnick Fails to Answer Pivotal Questions and Gets Thanked For It



So, our councilman, Dan Garodnick, was publicly asked a couple of pointed questions on the TA Facebook page, amid a soft-ball one.  The soft ball one he answered, but as to these others: "Why did you not scream from the rooftops cautioning fellow neighbors and constituents not to sign the agreement? Did you really believe that the 'fine print' was an altruistic attempt on the part of CW to show that they were somehow forced to add a statement about raising rents but would not?"....  Well, in true politician/lawyer fashion, he requested that the rest of the conversation be held in private, between the questioner and himself.  His response elicited a sincere thank you from the questioner, "grateful" for "all your hard work."

And so it goes. 

UPDATE:  Monday, June 3.

Our councilman was asked the question below in the aforementioned TA thread, Sunday morning.  So far, no response.

Dan: Don't you think the Roberts attorneys - who were supposed to be representing tenants and their interests - should be called to account? The final "deal" the tenants' attorneys agreed to was, obviously, highly flawed and has now backfired on many in the Roberts class, while the attorneys enriched themselves. I know this may be a tad uncomfortable for you, given that you aligned yourself with the attorneys in this class action, but it is high time to discuss inconvenient truths: The Roberts attorneys blew it...!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have said the following for the last four years;
Garodnick is feckless. He will tell you what he thinks you want to hear at that moment in time. But, if you press him for details he never has an answer for you.
The fact that the TA had faith in this feckless elected official, speaks volumes about the TA.
Both are as useless as teats on a Bull.

Anonymous said...

What a phony.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I've said it before, but the TA is all we have and it tries to do what it can with limited resources and, perhaps, an ever-decreasing membership. (I'm assuming membership was greater ten years ago, for instance.) So, the TA is not useless. Neither is Garodnick useless. But, as I also stated before, we need a councilman (or woman) who is a pitbull. Not a smooth-talking nice guy.

Anonymous said...

I think it's too easy to blame Garodnick. I don't honestly think he knew or could do anything about this effed up situation.

Wanted to run his campaign on this, but it was a lost cause. move on from G people, it's futile.

Anonymous said...

Success has many fathers,but failure is an orphan

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I don't honestly think he knew or could do anything about this effed up situation.<<

He knew about the mid-lease clause and even commented on it, but the primary objective was to get Roberts settled so that a sale of the property to tenants could become a reality.

Anonymous said...

He knew about the mid-lease clause and even commented on it, but the primary objective was to get Roberts settled so that a sale of the property to tenants could become a reality.

...and he wants a sale to Brookfield so his former law firm reaps a sweet profit for all their work on the deal which never has received tenants approval...and he recieves a nice payoff errr, campaign contribution from the law firm, Brookfield and most likely members of the TA board.

Lopez, Smith, Espada, Monserratte, Garodnick...geese of a feather flock together.

Anonymous said...

He knew about the mid-lease clause and even commented on it, but the primary objective was to get Roberts settled so that a sale of the property to tenants could become a reality. >>

Sadly, that is unlikely to ever become a reality.

Anonymous said...

to 2:18 >>"I think it's too easy to blame Garodnick"<<
It's too easy because he DOES has a terrible record.
He gives his stock answers and never follows up.

Anonymous said...

Where did he comment on the mid lease rent hike?

Wow.

How did he address it?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Where did he comment on the mid lease rent hike?<

He addressed it a couple of times, once here:

http://www.garodnick.com/press-release/roberts-settlement-plain-language

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Here's another place:

http://www.garodnick.com/press-release/statement-council-member-dan-garodnick-roberts-settlement

Stuy Town Reporter said...

But here is Dan's take on the final settlement, with him underlining that there were no objectors.

http://www.garodnick.com/press-release/message-council-member-garodnick-final-roberts-settlement

Anonymous said...

But he was instrumental in relocating the Greenmarket! Oh. Well, he really did crack down on the motorized bikes in Stuy Town. Um. But he did stop the commercializaton of the Oval!

Oh I give up!

Anonymous said...

Garodnick is a do nothing!
Lets remember this the next time his name is on the ballot.

Anonymous said...

Right because facebook is known for being the best place to hold a heated discussion.

I don't know how you blame him for wanting to engage with someone in a medium that might actually be productive. Why don't you stop wasting your time blasting Garodnick, whos done nothing but try to do right by this communtiy, and instead focus on the real bad guys: CW.

Anonymous said...

From Garodnick's own press release: "It is our hope that the final settlement, to which there were no objectors, will present a new opportunity for CW Capital to now embrace the plan put forth by the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association to ensure the long term affordability and stability in our neighborhood." So what it's really all about in HIS mind is getting the deal done that HE brokered. Whose game are we a pawn in now? CW's? Garodnick's? Garodnick's buddies? Tomorrow maybe someone else's.

Anonymous said...

"It is our hope that the final settlement, to which there were no objectors, ...."

Only there were objectors, but they were talked out of objecting. Who talked them out of objecting?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

That's what I'd like to find out. And, yes, as I noted in an older post, Garodnick made sure to mention there were no objectors to the settlement, even though, originally, there were objectors.

Anonymous said...

Garodnick needs to put up or shut up. I doubt I will ever vote for him after his spineless capitulating to every anti-tenant force despite his rhetoric.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why this settlement includes the affected tenants losing their rights of succession. How was that even part of the suit?

Anonymous said...

Never mind protesting PCV/ST Management, ALL the tenants of these communities should flood the offices of Garodnick, Kavanagh & Maloney and demand their immediate resignations! They are supposed to represent and protect the taxpayers, but they knowingly fed us to the wolves.

Don't even get me started on Schimtt......