"Dear William [Wu] ,
According to the DEC website which describes the MGP program there are 200 MGP sites in New York State. My question is why the trump village site is given priority over the other 199 sites or are there plans to remediate all of the other 199 sites this year as well?
The DEC lists prioritization on its website in 9 points. Given that the investigation found no potential issues with keeping the site sealed, should this site be prioritized over others? Why are DEC resources such as yourself being committed to an MGP that is not causing a problem as it currently stands? The only point on this list that fits the criteria is point number 7. Potential reuse, although the land is already being used for a strip mall.
Thanks and regards..."

"Dear Mr. ...,
As you note, the Dangman Park site ranks relatively low under current site conditions, since the contamination is only found below the ground surface, and the presence of buildings and pavement largely precludes human contact with the contamination.
As long as the current situation remains the same, this prioritization would remain in effect. However, DEC does not have the legal authority to ensure that this situation remains unchanged. Specifically, DEC does not have the authority to prevent the current landowner from exercising its rights (subject to local control) to redevelop the site.
If such redevelopment takes place, the prioritization of the site would change significantly, and rapidly. If the property owner breaches the site cover and excavates into contaminated subsurface soils, people working at the site would be exposed to the sub-surface contamination. Under certain circumstances, exposures could take place in the surrounding areas as well. This could be a threat to human health, and it is DEC’s responsibility to proactively step in and to remediate the site, so subsequent subsurface construction activity would not be a health threat to workers and the people in the surrounding community.
Sincerely,
William Wu
"

"Dear Mr. William,
During Wednesday's meeting we were told that the developer cannot break ground until the NYSDEC approves the remediation of the site.
In the below email you are stating that its possible for the developer to break ground before remediation occurs thereby making it a high priority cleanup. These two statements contradict each other. Can you please advise which is correct?
While I understand that the NYSDEC cannot prevent development it does have a responsibility for environmental justice.
Regards..."

Dear TV4 Shareholders,

by now we all received election proxies and candidate biographies. There are 5 candidates for 2 Board positions. 4 out of 5 Board candidates are current or previous Board Members: Bradley Polack (over 20years), Sandra Malachowsky (over 12 years), Lilya Tamakhina (over 6 years) and Judy Kaley (over 40 years); and then there is, Mariana Iberkleyd, who probably was elected in the 2012 election due to her popularity with Shareholders, but official and certified results were never displayed and therefore, the winners were handpicked.

Most of the Shareholders found flyers for Lilya Tamakhina and Bradley Pollack under or in the doors and even received robocalls in both Russian and English, leading us to a conclusion that those Board Members are extremely wanted by current Board and its President.

The flyers were not picked up by our security guards despite the fact that distribution of campaign materials is a violation of our current non-soliciting policy and calls were most likely made through TV4 emergency system that demonstrates abusing of administrative source. Not only did the guards not stop this, but they were ones who were forced to distribute the fliers to all 1114 apartments, while on duty (not part of their job).

Who are these vital candidates that TV4 Shareholders' money is being used to promote?

According to candidates’ biographies:

#1 Lilya Tamakhina identified herself as a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She held a position of Board Treasurer without having any experience neither degree in Economics/Accounting/ Management. She must have done a great job, leading to significant leakage of finances which led to a maintenance increase and a future loan.

#2 Bradley Pollack wrote that he “worked as an electrical engineer” which should describe him as a valuable source for TV4. Then we raise a logical question: why did TV4 tenants overpay for electrical services all those years? As you can recall “Reliable Electrics” a company, that TV4 was monopolized by, charged about $450 for a basic outlet installation. He hopes “that my past experience will be rewarded with a vote” for not only being actively involved in energy conservation, but for spending most of his valuable time sunbathing in Florida.

#5 Sandra Malachowsky is running for the office again this year. Her biography misses any reminders about her college education or any degree. Does she have any? Ms. Malachowsky states that she held a position which gave the experience to deal with legal landlord/tenant problems on the Board. If she is experienced, why did she allow TV4 to initiate countless meritless cases in Housing Court? Dozens of cases initiated by our corporation were dismissed in Court and all financial losses were paid by the TV4 Shareholders. She mentioned she “made sure the buyer received the blue book”. Is this kind of unreplaceable and sophisticated jobs? Can anybody else perform it? Does the blue book hold any value if most of the stuff that is written in it, has been disregarded by our Board?

#3 Judy Kaley is the candidate whose picture is distorted to such a degree in the election handout, that most Shareholders failed to recognize her face. What was the real reason for that? You will not meet her on the Buyers Approval Committee anymore despite her professional and unbiased approach conducting board interviews is in high demand, and would facilitate the buying/selling process that is vital for the survival of this corporation.

#4 Last but no less important is Mariana Iberkleyd. She has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed an Accounting Course. Mariana has been working for NYC for 11 years and occupies a position as a Fraud Investigator. Her candidacy was disapproved last year without any reasonable explanation, but despite your votes, our Board might make sure she scores the least amount of votes.

Make your choice wisely! If you can attend the Annual Meeting and vote there, we encourage you to do so.

Best regards,
Your friends and neighbors.

We're One Community harnessing our diversity for a united and stronger community

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Ben Akselrod
February 20, 2014 (718) 887-6449

We’re One Community President Ben Akselrod Calls on
Local Legislators to Focus on Passing Three Bills
Providing Co-op and Condominium Owners
With Clear Dispute Resolution Options

State Legislature Failed to Pass a Co-op Bill in Over a Decade

We’re One Community President, Ben Akselrod, is calling on local legislators to pass three bills that would significantly enhance the ability of cooperative unit shareholders and condominium owners to resolve disputes with their boards or other unit owners, as well as provide information to protect would-be condo and co-op purchasers and current owners.

“This is the legislative session that we need activity. It’s becoming a tale of two states when you consider co-op and condo legislation. The state Legislature has not passed a single co-op bill in over a decade despite the fact that there are over 370,000 co-op units, housing over one million residents, in New York City alone,” Akselrod stated.

A.00034/S.03152 would create the Office of the Cooperative and Condominium Ombudsman within the New York State Attorney General’s Office. This office would have the power to provide mediation and other types of dispute resolution services, offer vote counting assistance to assure fair elections of board members and advise the Legislature and Governor on legislation affecting either co-op shareholders or condo owners. The Ombudsman would also create and provide educational materials for everyone involved with co-ops and condos to inform them of their rights and responsibilities under federal, state and local laws and regulations.

A.05838/S.4626 would empower the New York State Attorney General to appoint a hearing officer to handle the appeal of disputes between shareholders and boards of directors of co-ops.

A.00372/S.01809 would create a separate part in Housing Court to hear cases involving co-ops and condos.

“So many of the apartment units in southern Brooklyn are either co-ops or condos and disputes between unit owners and their respective boards or other unit owners are all too common,” Akselrod explained. “Whether it is an individual unit owner or a group of owners who take issue with an action or decision of their board or another owner, challenging it is difficult and expensive.”

The New York State Attorney General currently only has jurisdiction over the sales offerings of co-ops and condos. Once a co-op or condo plan is declared effective, co-ops fall under the state’s Business and Corporation Law and condos are regulated under the Condominium Act. The current body of law primarily requires co-ops and condos to address certain issues in drafting the legal documents that enable them to control their building(s). It does not address resolving situations when boards do not follow either their own bylaws or city, state or federal laws and regulations.

“I have been made aware of too many unresolved disputes between either unit owners or groups of owners and their boards or other unit owners. If the board or unit owner stands firm, the only choices are either attempt to elect a new board or begin legal action, neither easy options,” Akselrod said.

“There are over a dozen bills in the Legislature this session that address issues with the current co-op and condo environment. I would like to see most of them passed into law. However, I believe that these three bills, which provide a viable mechanism for resolving disputes, will provide the greatest relief to co-op and condo owners. This is why I urge everyone, whether or not they own a co-op or condo, to contact their Assembly Member and State Senator and let them know you want these bills passed. We have to get the legislature moving,” Akselrod stated.

“Our homes, including co-ops and condos, should provide a peaceful sanctuary from the hustle and bustle and stresses of the outside world. That’s why when conflict arises in a co-op or condo development it is vitally important to provide a direct mechanism for its expeditious resolution,” Akselrod concluded.

We're One Community is dedicated to bringing Southern Brooklyn's diverse ethnic and religious communities together to work to improve the entire neighborhood for everyone.

Phone 718-887-6449 • Fax 877-967-4220 • wereonecommunity@gmail.com"

"Our organization (http://www.coopabuse.com/) unites shareholders of more than 100 cooperative buildings around the City and State of New York. Generally, there are around 370,000 units of cooperative housing throughout the City of New York alone which has a total population above 1,000,000. And we insistently promote rights of shareholders of cooperative housing through visiting state and city lawmakers, lobbying new laws and effective prosecution in order to protect co-op shareholders. Of course, we expect our lawmakers to be involved and work tirelessly to guarantee well being of our members - their constituents. At least, they declare that tirelessly. What's in reality?

Today I'm going to review the reality in 3 New York State Assembly Districts which cover your respective areas.

1) AD-41 (Sheepsheadbay) which is represented by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein. She also chairs Judiciary Committee in Assembly. This is exactly the Committee which deals with all levels of justice: prosecution, courts, etc. Sheepsheadbay is full of cooperative housing. Assemblywoman Weinstein states she knows about suffering of co-op shareholders. However, during this current legislative session, she has not submitted even a single bill about issues of cooperative housing. She has also not organized any Public Hearings or Town Hall meetings to bring cooperative housing issues to the spotlight. Regardless of her leadership in Judicial Committee, nothing has been done to approach service of the Office of NYS Attorney General for the needs of shareholders of cooperative housing. All our reminders come to the same refrain: we know about co-op problems, and we're working on it. All attempts to clarify when this "working on it" process will come to some tangible results for struggling co-op shareholders has come to next repeating of the said refrain.

2) AD-45 (Midwood) is represented by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. He was previously a member of Housing Committee of Assembly but now is not. His district has 36 cooperative buildings (considering the average cooperative building has about 100 apartments and the average family at each apartment has 3 members, this totally comes to above 10,000 population). Logically to consider, that their problems are in the epicenter of attention of their representative at the State Assembly. In fact, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz has not introduced even a single bill covering issues of cooperative housing during current legislative session; a Town Hall meeting with this agenda has also not been offered. He is also involved into this "working on it" process.

3) AD-46 (Coney Island) is represented by Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. This district has 50 cooperative buildings with tens of thousands in population (just consider Luna Park, Trump Village, etc.) Also, Assemblyman Brook-Krasny is a member of Housing Committee of the State Assembly. However, during this current legislative session he has submitted just one bill about cooperative housing-A-05866 (clarification about co-op ownership). That's it. Than, it comes to the above mentioned refrain "we're working on it" which has never come to the end.

As of today, there is a number of pending bills for issues of cooperative housing in NY State Assembly and Senate. There are no such bills submitted even by a single Senator from Brooklyn. In Assembly, Bill Colton from Bensonhurst acts as co-Sponsor for many appropiate bills. One of the bills submitted by Nick Perry. These are the only Brooklyn legislators concerned about problems in cooperative housing. Everyone else who represents Brooklyn in NY State Assembly and Senate is just "working on it". Perpetually and endlessly.

What do I have to say to conclude? I abstain from conclusion. You are the voters, this year we have the state election. Make your decision."

Alex Litvak
Coordinator.
Cooperative Community Organization.

PS. TV4 Shareholders were asking for help at a meeting with Alec Brook-Krasny in 2012, but did not receive any.

The website thanks Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein for her significant input to a resolution that asks Congress to amend the Stafford Act so that co-ops are recognized as single-family homeowners which would require FEMA to assist in their repair.
Assembly Passes Weinstein Resolution Calling For FEMA To Cover Co-Ops

This page is opened for any discussion and information regarding currect housing (Coops) situation with our politicians. Send us your information links and legitimate info would be uploaded promtly on the web.

All Shareholders receiving a Basic STAR property tax exemption must reregister with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in year 2014 and after. The registration requirement is not satisfied by original application to local assessor.

Senior Citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR are not affected by this new requirement and do not need to register.

The STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.

All registered Shareholders had to receive a letter from NYS Department of Taxation and Finance with the Basic STAR code by now. Go to the Tax Department's website: www.tax.ny.gov and click on "Register Online" button. If you do not have Internet access, you can register by calling at (518) 457-2036.

To complete the registration process, you will need to know the following:
-the STAR code at the top of your letter;
-the social security numbers of all owners of the claimed property (and their spouses);
-whether the 2012 combined income of resident owners and their spouses was $500,000 or less.

The registration deadline is December 31, 2013. Shareholders who do not register will not receive the STAR exemption in 2014.

"As one of the two newly elected Republican District Leaders of the 46th Assembly District, I strongly disagree with Mr. Storobin’s statement that he lost his election because the Russian electorate did not come out to vote. In a conversation with Politicker, in an article entitled “Non-Russian Triumphs in ‘Super-Russian’ Council District” by Ross Barkan on 11/07, Mr. Storobin blamed turnout for the letdown. “It’s disappointing the Russian community tends not to come out in high numbers,” he said, reflecting on his bid.

I am of Russian descent, and I am convinced that my victory, together with my running mate, Lucretia Regina-Potter, in the September 2013 Primary election was successful because of the strong support that we received from the Russian Republican community. In order for us to receive such support, we personally asked for it by meeting with as many Republican voters as possible throughout the entire 46th Assembly District.

In spite of the fact that the established factions did not support us, we were able to overcome those obstacles and their very strong opposition. In my opinion, Mr. Storobin lost because he failed to reach out to those people, including myself and my new co-leader, who had just succeeded in convincing a large number of Republican voters to actually come out and vote in a Primary election. At this stage, one is inclined to conclude that perhaps Mr. Storobin did not value our support, or worse, he may have been instructed not to reach out to us by his alignment with one established Republican faction.

Again, the result of all of this bickering and infighting amongst Brooklyn Republicans is that it is almost impossible for Republican candidates for public office to be elected.

We must stand united, work for a common victory, and overcome these petty differences in order to succeed. It is not a community that is disappointing, but perhaps the candidates that take the community for granted.

Marcus Aurelius Nussbaum, Esq.
Republican District Leader 46th AD"

Motivating The Community

Non-Russian Triumphs in ‘Super-Russian’ Council District

Chaim Deutsch Crosses Ethnic Barriers To Defeat Storobin By Wide Margin!

"Dear Shareholders of Cooperative Housing:

After numerous meetings with the state and city politicians with no tangible results, we decided to make a short clip and place it on YouTube. It will include direct conversation from a few particular co-op shareholders about particular problems at their Co-Ops. We intend to bring publicity to this total unwilingness of our state and city politicians to be involved into Co-Op problems; it means insufficient lawbase and lack of enforcement. We need to select a few Shareholders who are willing to speak to the camera.

Please, reply through our website: http://coopabuse.com/ directly or through our e-mail info@coopabuse.com.

Please, mention how we would be able to contact you (e-mail address, phone, etc.)"

ONE question often asked is whether it makes sense for a co-op to convert to a condominium. And most lawyers say that completing such a conversion is almost always more trouble — and more costly — than it’s worth.

The reasons that condo values are so much higher are mostly related to buyers’ preference for individual control over home finance, and independence on matters like home improvement, according to area real estate brokers. Condo maintenance fees are also generally much lower.

Most proprietary leases require a “super-majority” of shareholders, as many as 80 percent, to make this sort of change, and persuading that many residents to vote in favor is the first hurdle. Next, the shareholders would have to agree on new governing documents, and the co-op would have to hire an architect to prepare and certify a new set of plans for the building “as built.”

But if sales values could be counted on to spike with a conversion, then so could property taxes — and there, of course, is a sticking point. Then every owner with a share has to get a loan to pay it off or obtain consent from the lender to convert it to a mortgage. The co-op corporation would also have to pay off any mortgage on the building itself.

There are also potential tax implications for both individual shareholders and the co-op corporation. Converting an apartment from a co-op to a condo is considered a sale for tax purposes because shareholders exchange their co-op shares and proprietary leases for deeds to their apartments as condominium units. Since the transactions are considered sales, shareholders have to calculate their taxable gains based on the current market value of their apartments. Since the deed is valued at the current market value of the apartment, any increase in value over the years, from the very inception of the co-op, is considered taxable.

There are also tax consequences for the co-op corporation. When the co-op corporation gives a shareholder a deed in exchange for shares and the proprietary lease, that also is considered a taxable event for the co-op. Since the deed is valued at the current market value of the apartment, any increase in value over the years, from the very inception of the co-op, is considered taxable. And while the tax laws specifically exempt from taxation any gain associated with an apartment used as a principal residence by the shareholder, that exemption does not apply to apartments owned by investors and those not used as principal residences.

This here is the company that conducted the conversion: ROA Hutton

A Co-op in Fort Lee Considers Converting to Condo

Converting a Co-op to a Condominium

Cooperative Community Organization  website (coopabuse.com) has been updated to include the following Information:
 
We had – first in history- a debate between candidates for City Council in Districts 47 and 48 about cooperative housing ONLY on Sunday, August 11th of 2013.

Cooperative Community Organization with significant support of Russian-American Community Coalition had held a political debate in Brooklyn. First in history in the City of New York, this forum did not touch any of usual questions which all politicians love to talk about which means public education, public housing, etc. All politicians prefer not even to mention issues of working class and economical questions. They love to talk about spending of our money, spending, spending and again spending many times.

Our forum was dedicated to one issue only: rights of Shareholders of cooperative housing. It's why many of politicians decided not to come to face their constituents.

However, 5 candidates were present to show their views on the said issue. There were John Lisyanskiy and Mark Treyger (District 47) and Chaim Deutsch, Ari Kagan and Theresa Scavo (District 48). They presented their views and responded questions from the audience.

It was significant that this debate had a totally different format of participation. Usually, all political debates require audience to submit their questions prior to debates, and it is up to the mediator to present a particular question or no. In our view, this practice is wrong and unfair since everyone has a right to be heard regardless of agreement or disagreement with the mediator. So, all our visitors were able to ask any question about their co-op situation. And following how our candidates responded these questions and what knowledge they showed in cooperative housing, we were able to select what candidate to endorse. Do not forget that both 47 and 48 Councilmanic Districts have over 100 cooperative buildings with about 30,000 voters in each which is a totally decisive proportion towards victory at both Districts.

Ultimately, we decided to support the following candidates to New York City Council:

*District 48, Brooklyn - Ari Kagan
*District 6, Manhattan - Helen Rosenthal
*District 11, Bronx - Shelley Keeling
*District 47, Brooklyn - John Lisyanskiy

We will work with these candidates during election period and wish them full success in election. We also hope they will realize their promises to push cooperative housing issue to an ultimate solution. We also call for all shareholders of cooperative housing to vote for the above candidates since we need our true representative in the City Council.

PS Igor Oberman did not show up for the event.

Council Candidates Tackle Co-Op Regulations, Tenants’ Rights At Debate.

Dear Trump Village Sec.4 Shareholders,

Pearl Siegelman, District Leader (45th Assembly District), and Theresa Scavo, Candidate for City Council, invite you to join them for the Democtratic Club Headquarters:

2658 Coney Island Ave.
Every Thursday
07:00-09:30 pm

Theresa Scavo:

For the past 13 years, I’ve served as a member of Community Board 15. In 2006, I was elected Chairperson of the Board. I am currently the 61st Precinct Community Council Treasurer, Vice President of the High-Way Democratic Club, 2nd Vice Chairperson of the Coney Island Advisory Board, Member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board and District 15 Team Leader of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). I recently was honored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz with the Lady Moody Leadership Award.

I was the owner of a retail business from 1982 to 2008. It actually was an invaluable help for my public service career, because every day in the store, I spoke to customers and friends and better understood the common threads we all shared in raising a family, earning a livelihood, coping with illness and tragedy to live a happy life.

I received my formal education at Hunter College where I was awarded my Bachelor of Science degree and then went to Richmond College and earned my Master’s Degree in Science. I also have a certificate of Supervision in Education. I was a New York City teacher and taught for several years in the public school system. I am married and have two grown children and a Yorkshire terrier named Rambo.

Dear Trump Village Sec.4 Shareholders,

We work hard within our limits to bring positive changes into our complex. Your voluntarily help and individual support are extremely urgent and welcome. Many official agencies on city and state levels have been informed regarding our problems and issues. We are aware of your efforts too. Please keep calling and complaining to politicians and government offices. One of the most effective resources is the Brooklyn Borough President--Eric L. Adams, and his housing matter assistant—Boris Noble.

Brooklyn Borough President
Eric L. Adams
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 802-3700
Website:  http://www.brooklyn-usa.org/
Email: askeric@brooklynbp.nyc.gov

Mr. Boris Noble’s (Housing) official email: bnoble@brooklynbp.nyc.gov
говорит по-русски phone:(718) 802-3973

Customer Complaint from Trump Village Section 4 - 08/31/2012 05:19 PM:

Loud Screeching Noise on West 8 station in Brooklyn!!!!
Discussion: Thread
     The F train is making an extremely loud screeching noise when traveling to and from West 8th station in Brooklyn. It is impossible to tolerate this sound! To better describe the sound - it is much worse than what has been used in some parts of the world to torture prisoners! We cannot open our windows. We end up closing our ears when the train passes. It affects our mental stability and health! We are unable to live in a restful environment. It is disturbing us 24 hours a day 7 days a week! It is impossible to sleep at night.
     Additionally, and regardless of the screeching noise, both Q and F trains are very loud! When all four trains are running at the same time going both directions, plus the screeching noise from the F trains, you can go CRAZY! We are requesting the following changes immediately:
     1) Fix the tracks on the F line to eliminate the screeching noise.
     2) Request that both the Q and F lines slow down when approaching or leaving the West 8th station in Brooklyn.
     Immediate attention is required to this!!!! Thank You!

Response (Shakil Azam) - 09/05/2012 11:31 AM
This is in response to your recent e-mail to MTA New York City Transit reporting excessive noise at the West 8th Street station on the F and Q lines.

We sincerely apologize for the conditions you describe as having occurred in connection with our subway system. Please be assured that New York City Transit is committed to providing environmentally sound public transportation, and all subway cars and tracks are routinely inspected and tested for defects that may result in excessive noise. Consequently, in response to your complaint, we are referring your e-mail to supervision in our Division of Maintenance of Way for review and investigation. Be assured that their personnel will inspect the tracks at the location you reported, and repair any defects found that may result in excessive noise or vibrations.

If you have further questions or concerns, you can call us at 511, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., to speak to a customer service representative.
We take the concerns of our customers very seriously and thank you for having taken the time to report this matter.
Shakil Azam
Customer Service Representative