This may turn out to be a pinned post during this time when we are being hit with one outrageous MCI after another. At this point, I would strongly urge everyone to follow the TA Facebook page and also the TA website for the latest information. Also, if you haven't donated to the TA, please do so. It is CRUCIAL that we stick together to fight these MCI charges and retroactive payments which are going to financially burden the true middle class among us. I'll be posting more on this entire matter in the near future.
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If you get a MCI letter, the TA requests that you fill out the following simple forms:
If you live in Peter Cooper Village:
If you live in Stuyvesant Town:
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10/28/2013. Do our filthy rich landlords really need MCIs to improve PCVST? Or is it just a way to pass the buck to tenants while making their property more valuable, with the ability to promote "luxury" housing and sell rentals at higher and higher prices? Why are middle-class tenants here paying for their own removal and destruction? I can see the value of MCIs for struggling landlords who must, somehow, improve their buildings, but is this true in reference to Tishman-Speyer and CWCapital regarding PCVST? With all the wasteful money being spent on landscaping? And "events"?... The Ice Rink? And why are the new rents, with the added MCIs, solidified without being rolled back once the MCIs are paid for?
This is a beautiful scam for our landlords and others like them. Get tenants to finance unnecessary upgrades to a property and then sit back and watch the rents increase. No wonder these guys have shit-eating grins when photographed.
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I keep reading on the TA Facebook about Pataki, Pataki, Pataki whenever pro-landlord legislation is mentioned. Well, Pataki hasn't been in office since 2006. Here are the governors that followed him--all Democrats, btw: Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, Andrew Cuomo. Guess when Tishman-Speyer bought PCVST? 2006. Since then we've had the progressive and deliberate eradication of the middle class in PCVST, and our position here is getting worse every year.
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Although I have some doubts about Bill de Blasio on some major issues, I think he may be the last hope of the middle class in Manhattan--if he keeps to his promises and let's his "radical" temperament take precedence. Mayor Bloomberg has been not only useless but harmful in keeping the middle class in Manhattan, and our City Council weak and too pro-real estate. And, yes, I include our councilman, Dan Garodnick, in that mix. What's necessary is a bold, uncompromising revolution in how this city deals with real estate entities and affordable housing, a revolution which de Blasio can possibly lead. If he goes soft or, worse, caves in to the real estate lobby, we and New York have had it. Finito, Benito.
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10/28/2013 Evening Update: Town & Village reports on the MCIs.
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10/30/2013 Update: The Tenants Association will hold a meeting this Saturday, November 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, in the auditorium of Simon Baruch Intermediate School 104, East 20th Street between First and Second Avenues. Topic of discussion: the MCIs, of course. TA lawyer Tim Collins, our councilman Dan Garodnick, our state assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Brad Hoylman should be present. Seating is first come, first served. I expect to find out just how we are going to get screwed and why.