Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Dec. 27: NYC Vaccine Mandate Goes Into Effect for Workers

This includes employees in your home, like babysitters, painters, and house cleaners. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Happy Holidays!

Let's all stay healthy and united!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Get vaccinated and boosted against the omicron variant of COVID

Omicron is spreading  (the number of cases doubles every 3 days), so get yourself vaccinated. 

Here's an excerpt of a chart from the NY Times showing COVID cases in New York.  The red line is going higher and higher. 

The omicron variant of COVID can infect you even if you've had COVID before, and even if you're vaccinated.  BUT you are not likely to get sick if you've had your booster shot.  All COVID vaccinations are FREE, whether or not you have insurance. 

You can get it at the local RiteAid or CVS or Walgreens or the Ryan Center on West 97th Street.. If you haven't been vaccinated at all, you can sign up for vaccination in your own home if you are 75 or older or have a disability. 

Governor Hochul has ordered masks in all public indoor spaces where vaccines aren't required - including our corridors and lobby and laundry room and mailroom. 

Unfortunately, people who are elderly or immune-suppressed remain likely to become seriously ill, and we have several of those in our building.  Be kind and save lives.  Please continue to wear a mask and get yourself vaccinated and "boosted."   If you're living alone and worried about a reaction, please let the tenant association know and we'll try to have someone available to help you. 

You should be able to get yourself tested on West 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam or at home. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

The tenant association thanks all of you for your generosity and making us a stronger, kinder community .

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time to change State law to help more tenants

Rally on Tuesday Nov. 16 at 11 AM at Hudson Yards (10th Ave. /32nd St.) or sign the petition to #HouseNY.

After Housing Justice for All won major legal changes in 2019, a few things were left.  And COVID made some of the needs starker.  We need: 

  • Eviction and steep rent increases for good cause only.  Rent stabilized , rent controlled, and a few other tenants have this, but the rest don't.  If we're to be a community, we all need it.  The bill would limit rent increases above 5% to those cases where landlords can show they really need it.  And evictions would be because the tenant misbehaved (or the landlord is going to live in the apartment), and not just because the owner wants the tenant out.  So even market tenants could complain about poor conditions without fear of losing their homes.
  • Permanent rental assistance to those who need it. 
  • No more tax breaks for luxury development.  Why should our tax dollars subsidize construction of luxury units?  (And on my own personal corollary, why should buildings that the government subsidized for years be allowed to go private?)

Housing Justice for All (HJ4A) is the Upstate/Downstate Coalition that brought us the revolutionary 2019 housing law (the law that caps Major Capital Improvement increases to 2% annually and bars de-regulating apartments, among other things). Our tenant association is a member. 

Watch the Medicare Zoom at your leisure

Our tenant association hosted Medicare expert Jess Joseph on November 3, 2021, talking about how to save money with your Medicare plan(s).  You can view that Zoom here. 

Jess highly recommended that people watch State Senator Liz Krueger's annual virtual town hall on Medicare at 2 PM on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, detailed below.