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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.

Monday, June 2, 2014

SCRIE To Be Expanded

Finally, splendid news that should be of considerable interest and assistance to our seniors and prospective seniors and a plus for affordable housing:

http://town-village.com/2014/06/02/council-backs-expansion-of-eligibility-for-scrie/

"The plan, which was first enacted in the state two months ago, would increase the maximum income a senior can have in order to qualify for the rent assistance program from $29,000 to $50,000. SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) limits rents for people over 62 in rent-regulated housing who pay more than a third of their incomes in rent. Any rent hikes after leases are signed get paid to the landlord through a tax abatement, not by the tenants. The expansion is expected to make 22,000 additional seniors eligible for the program, Kavanagh said."

Thank you, Brian Kavanagh.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes. Thank you, Brian Kavanagh. This is the best news I've heard in a long time! This will certainly help many seniors who are struggling and have to decide between rent or food; rent or medication. There are many more such seniors suffering than most people realize, especially as those seniors generally don't complain as long and loud as the younger generation. This legislation will certainly take some of the hard edge off growing old and being poor in today's New York. Not everybody is fortunate enough to have a pension or a lot of savings and Social Security has certainly not kept up with the cost of living. Thus, this is literally a life-saving piece of legislation.