Saturday, January 13, 2018
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Elections and a country divided
At the Nov. 15, 2017 General Tenants Meeting, Norman Lafond, Chair of the Manhattan Policy Forum, outlined why our country is so divided electorally. Few people actually go to the polls in this country. The only people who regularly turn out to vote are the most motivated - and that often means those who feel the most strongly about a particular issue. That leads candidates to play to those small interest groups, and that leads to further division. The upshot: If we want a less divided country, more people have to get out and vote. (The Catch-22: how to motivate people to do that?) There was a rousing discussion, with tenants on both sides of the aisle civilly raising their points. An excellent example of democratic debate!
will talk about our credit (whether paying rent on time should become part of our credit report, which it isn't now), and why the buses don't work - as well as other topics under his purview as NYC's Comptroller.
In between, the tenant association's Board and Floor Captains have a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
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Monday, October 16, 2017
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
(Naturally Occurring Retirement Community)
The next step in seeing whether we qualify:
Are you over 60 and meet the income cap:
1 person household: Income is no more than $90,180 per year.*
2-person household: Income is no more than $103,140 per year.*
3-person household: Income is no more than $115,965 per year.*
4-person household: Income is no more than $128,790 per year.*
* gross annual income taken from your federal 1040.
Seniors: please email sue /at/ janak /dot/ org to say that you meet or don't meet the cap.
The NORC grant would be through Goddard Riverside, and would - if it happens - provide activities and services for all the seniors in the building, whether or not they meet the income limit.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
This summary integrates what happened at the General Tenants Meeting with a meeting on Sept. 13th with building manager Niti Jakupaj and the tenant association's executive committee.
Despite it being election day, a good tenant turnout greeted Yegal Shamash, Assistant Commissioner for Investigative Engineering Services at the NYC Department of Buildings (DoB), and Ophelia Phipps, the DoB's Liaison for Intergovernmental and Community Affairs.
Mr. Shamash explained that of the million buildings in NYC, his department only regulates 14,000 (those over 6 stories). Lower buildings were omitted primarily for political reasons - when politicians didn't want to anger smaller building owners. Of those 14,000, many were built like ours, in the 1960's.
This building has "cavity" walls: an outer layer ("façade") of brick tied to an inner layer - probably of cinder block. The ties connecting the two walls are metal rods, but builders have been known to have skimped on the number of ties when buildings like this one went up. (We have no specific information on the ties for this one.)
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