The crucial summary from the TA meeting:
The TA lawyer, Tim Collins, believes the MCIs will be rescinded because the
DHCR seems to have mistakenly not taken into account the objections
already filed by the TA's lawyers. This doesn't mean we still won't get
hit by the MCIs at a later date, so that battle still continues.
The retroactive charges, if they stand, will only be collected in percentages at the end of the payment for the regular MCI charges. I'm assuming this means after the initial costs are met, as these charges, if they stand, become part of one's rent in perpetuity. But the message one should take away is that no one will be compelled to pay a lump sum now or in the future of these retroactive charges.
Those seniors who are under the SCRIE program or disabled tenants who are under the DRIE have 90 days to apply for a waiver from the MCIs. Contact the TA to help you fill out this waiver.
Everyone who has received a MCI is strongly urged to sign a Public Membership Pledge, which gives the TA the right to represent you in its fillings. You can opt out whenever you like. Form below. Click on it to make it larger:
From Edmund John Dunn's post on the TA: >>The form can be sent
via snail mail to ST/PCV-TA, P.O. Box 1202, New York, NY 10009-1202.
Alternatively you may fax to (866) 290-9036 or drop a copy off at any of
the TA’s drop boxes located on First Ave at Zeichner's Liquors,
Adriatic Restaurant, TD Bank or Rite-Way Pharmacy. Please put on the
envelope or fax over sheet, Attention Public Membership Pledge Form”.
Please download the form and the sending instructions and forward to
people not on FB or to those who do not have internet access."<<
The TA meeting will be available as an audio download soon.
My comments: The meeting had an overflowing of capacity, a splendid sign that tenants are up in arms over these MCIs and the insulting and threatening letter CWCapital slipped under everyone's door on Friday. The TA lawyer made a good point about the possible impetus for CWCapital to engage with the TA on these MCIs, as, if this matter gets taken to court, the length of the legal process will disrupt the ability of CWCapital to sell off PCVST. The reason these MCIs have arrived now appears to be due to the long time it took to settle the Roberts case. That case needed to be resolved first.
I had to wonder if the current lawyers for the TA are the same ones who dealt with the Roberts case, as that case did not go so well for affected tenants in certain areas. I was amused by the slams against big business and real estate while Dan Garodnick, who has accepted significant donations from both, was sitting right there without batting an eye. Truthfully, Bill de Blasio has also accepted such contributions. Hopefully both politicians will not favor "The Man" too much in their future decisions and be stridently aggressive in saving the middle class in New York.
Worse. Speaker. Ever. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney who popped in at the end and didn't seem to be aware of what the meeting was about, but who managed to, once again as she always does, talk about something else, this time the Tea Party (!), the recent government shutdown, and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Thankfully, her remarks were very brief.
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