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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. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. 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, though the "selling" of this place is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.

Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rent Laws Expiring June 15

New York's rent laws are set to expire June 15. While I would be shocked to see no renewal (a real revolution would follow if so), I do think it is important to keep pressure on our legislators and press for more tenant protections and a reversal of some of the perks landlords get, like MCIs in perpituity.

To this end I do support the TA's request to send letters to Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie and Assemblyman Kavanagh, which can be printed at this link. Better yet, you can write your own letters to these gentlemen, both snail mail and email.

There is also this petition to Governor Cuomo and NY State legislators, set up by Kavanagh, which just needs 500 signatures but is only about half way there.

I know many residents are jaded in these kind of endeavors (as I am), but we need to keep up the fight, even if we don't feel politicians are responding to us, aside from their expected platitudes.


Anonymous said...

No more fucking permanent MCI's!
Total bullshit law.

Anonymous said...

It is a disappointment in the current roster of people holding office that they need their bosses, us, to keep on top of them to force them to do their jobs, serve the people. If I had to keep on top of the people who work for me to get them to "minimally" do their jobs they would be FIRED! What irks me most is we all, working people, are expected to show up for work, do our jobs, deliver results. These guys are making us beg and plead for them to do their jobs on top of every day doing our own jobs. It is twice the work for us, twice the burden put on the working people to get government to do what they are supposed to do, work for the people. It makes me angry.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you, 12:18 PM. These people currently holding office are not working for us, they are working against us and we know it. We need campaign finance reform and a total purging of all incumbents. I hope that the arm of Mr. Bharara reaches further and further into the dealings of this filth we have who call themselves our "representatives."

Anonymous said...

We need campaign finance reform and a total purging of all incumbents