The TA-Garodnick lovefest continues.... Someone on the TA Facebook posted this as an example of Dan being in Albany fighting for tenants rights in NY, and asking if another poster was there with Dan. First, let's watch this:
Now, how is that Roberts decision working out for ya? Previous market-rate tenants really aced it, didn't they? Their rents are now comparable to what true rent stabilized tenants are paying, aren't they? Everything worked out well for tenants, didn't it?
And, do you feel that tenant rights have been improved since the above speech?
Do you feel that CWCapital is being held accountable for the mismanagement going on here?
As for Dan showing up in Albany.... Bravo (truly), but it's his JOB to fight for the community and for tenants rights. His paycheck comes from doing things like this.
And as long as I have your attention, let me repeat my questions about Dan from a commentary post:
1) What does it say about Dan's influence in that he hasn't been able to
get CWCapital to fix all of the problems created by Hurricane Sandy and
still has to dump his garbage outside of his PCV building?
2) Is he not a major hypocrite in being against extending term limits and then using that extension to his own advantage?
Has he not supported the growth of high rises that mar the "postcard"
nature of Manhattan, as in supporting "Vornado Tower" which will take
away the view of the Empire State Building from the west? (Dan has, of
course, received financial contributions from Vornado.)
initially putting up a good fight did not Dan concede that CWCapital has
a right to create business entities (ie, stores) around the Oval?
But, yes, he's a nice guy and pleasant to look at.
UPDATE: 1/10/14. Defense of Dan on the TA Facebook: "How can Dan, or any politician, change issues on private property?"
He showed that he could do something when he stood up, briefly, to CWCapital for its use of the Oval for business entities, but then he dropped the ball completely:
As a lawyer, with a horde of lawyer compatriots behind him from his old law firm, Dan surely has much he can do legally to put pressure on CWCapital, yet, I believe, because the prize is tenant ownership of this complex, he doesn't want the process of potential conversion to remain in limbo in the courts due to any new lawsuits, etc. Look how long the Roberts case held everything in check before it was resolved. I believe that the TA has this same view, unfortunately. So we are allowing ourselves to be screwed because the hope is that one day in the near future the property will belong to its tenants.
It is amazing to think that Dan is really powerless regarding what's happening in his own building. While CWCapital is putting resources into building a new security office, concierge and management office--and continual wasteful "gardening"--it is proceeding at a snail's pace to finalize the work needed to be done in the PCV buildings affected by Hurricane Sandy. Is another year going to pass before Dan will be able to place his garbage in an appropriate place within his building, instead of outside of it? I know if I were a city councilman (and a one-time hopeful city council speaker and possible future mayoral candidate), I would be pressing CWCapital so hard on this issue, that their balls would be popping out of their eye-sockets. New Yorkers need fighters who can be bastards when appropriate, who have the testicular fortitude to press on and on until a win is achieved, or if it's not, at least they will be bloodied and exhausted in the fight. Dan is too much of a pretty boy, with a pretty boy's nice guy "I'm a compromiser" attitude, to be such a fighter.
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