Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holidays!

Happy Holidays one and all!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Summary of the Dec. 12, 2012 Meeting

We voted and we ate . . .   But first:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Elections for Tenant Association leaders - Wed., Dec. 12, 2012


Come VOTE at the

Tenant Association Election *

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Building Issues

The Executive Committee met with Building Manager Lucio Pedraza on November 19, 2012:

1. The frequently-breaking west side door on the ground floor will be replaced.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Summary of Nov. 14, 2012 Meeting

Governor Paterson
The room was packed as former NYS Governor David Paterson spoke about changes in Albany since the election.  Based  on his two years as governor and his 22 years representing our area as State Senator and Senate Minority Leader, he showed tremendous breadth and depth of familiarity with the system (and a great sense of humor). 

He noted that the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (passed in 1973) that many tenant advocates agreed to was in fact a time bomb, with high-income decontrol  destined to de-regulate virtually all apartments. 

In response to a question from a frustrated market-rate tenant, Gov. Paterson noted that right now there are few protections to keep the owner from raising the rent ridiculously high - and to keep market-rate tenants from paying 60% of their income in rent.  (Assembly Member O'Donnell concurred, and didn't see any protection for them soon.)


While our State Senator, Paterson fought against J-51 as it now stands (and as it's waiting to be renewed). 

He also said that the tax bill that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was trying to get passed when the legislative session ended in June 2012, had some good things: tax breaks for co-op and condo unit owners - as well as the not-so-good J-51 bill.  O'Donnell was the first Assembly Member to write to Speaker Silver opposing the bill since it includes not one tenant protection.   








Gov. Paterson pointed out that even though there are shifting sands in the State Senate (Senator-elect Simcha Felder has suddenly shifted from the Democrats to the Republicans, and 4 "Independent Democrats" may also side with the GOP), Democrats won the majority of seats - and that means that pro-tenant voters are in the majority.   (He noted that even Simcha Felder's district has a lot of tenants.) So it should be easier for tenants to win more protections. He also said that advocates should not compromise - and should not be cowed by legislators. 

Governor Paterson, now a radio host on WOR710, was followed as a speaker by 
Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell.

A.M. O'Donnell said that he learned from the long fight to gain marriage equality in New York that advocates must stick to a single point - not four or five - and not offer legislators the chance to dodge by endorsing just one, or the one that is sure to fail.   He assumed that the promise to invite over 400 legislators to his wedding if marriage equality became law was not the reason they supported his bill. 

He also pointed out that some of the worst legislators are now out and sane ones in - in part as a result of the work of State Senator Liz Krueger who advised A.M. O'Donnell on which candidates needed support.  

In response to questions, A.M. O'Donnell said that stopping Jewish Home Lifecare from constructing a tall building in an inappropriate location on West 97th St. was a matter of city zoning law (rather than of approval by a state board dealing with nursing homes) but he supported his colleague Catherine Grad, a tenant attorney, who represents Park West Village residents opposed to JHL's construction here.   

He also said that the tax bill that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was trying to get passed when the legislative session ended in June 2012, had some good things: tax breaks for co-op and condo unit owners - as well as the not-so-good J-51 bill.  O'Donnell was the first Assembly Member to write to Speaker Silver opposing the bill since it includes not one tenant protection.   

His office is sponsoring free flu shots this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the Ryan Center on 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.  To reserve a shot, please call 212-866-3970 or email beirnea@assembly.state.ny.us.  

Nominations 
Mike Gaye
Marlene Melton
Following the two politicians,  Marlene Melton presented the candidates listed so far for our tenant association's Executive Committee (6 members) and Advisory Board (another 12 members).  We have three open slots for the board.  Click here for a sheet listing all the current candidates with photos as we have them.   Marlene and Mike Gaye (both floor captains) are our "election committee" for 2012.   If you’d like to run or to nominate someone, put the name on the attached nominations sheet and get it back to Marlene in 10V (212-222-0618) before the tenant association election on  WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012 at 8 PM.


Issues for the Building Manager? 
The Executive Committee will be meeting with building manager Lucio Pedraza on November 19, 2012 in the morning.  If you have issues to raise in addition to the ones below, please let one member of the Executive Committee know:
Submitted by the Executive Committee
- Sue Susman, president, sue AT janak DOT    org
- Na'ava Ades, vice president, naavaa [@] gmail  [use a dot] org
- Joan B. Browne, treasurer, jbbrownefaison [at  ] att [  Dot]net
- Rich Jordan, vice president, RICHJ214[   @  ]  aol dotcom
- Steve Koulish, vice president, eskoolman  [A T] yahoo [   .  ]  com
- Greg Murray, vice president, geeemurr [  at  ] aol [dOT]  com

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gov.David Paterson coming TONIGHT - Wed., Nov. 14, 2012 - . at 8 PM

Gov. David Paterson
Who better to discuss New York State election results and what they mean for tenants than 
Governor David Paterson - formerly our own State Senator and Senate Minority Leader.



WEDNESDAY, NOV.14, 2012 at 8 PM 
in the Community Room

at our General Tenants Meeting.

That will be followed by nominations for the Central Park Gardens Tenant Association (CPGTA) executive committee and advisory board.   



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tenants Meeting on Wed., Nov. 14, 2012

Come to our


GENERAL TENANTS MEETING
8 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

We'll:
Bring a chair and a neighbor!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

VOTE on TUES., NOV. 6, 2012


We live in the 40th Election District of the 
69th Assembly District*

We vote at P.S. 163
163 W. 97th St.
Polls will be open from 6am to 9pm


*Note: Our Election District number has changed due to the once-a-decade redistricting that occurred this year

NO RENT BILLS YET

Stellar did not send our rent bills by Oct. 29th when the storm hit, and the bills still had not arrived by Sunday, November 4, 2012.  You have a choice:

PAY NOW
Add your base rent, the electric bill (from 3 weeks ago), and the garage space if you pay for one.  Put the total in a check.
  • Send the check to P.O. Box 215, Laurel, NY 11948  OR
  • Walk the check to Stellar's office - either at 70 W. 93rd St., or at 158 William St.
or WAIT UNTIL YOU GET THE RENT BILL, and then pay as usual. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Successful Fundraiser

In just a few hours on October 31, 2012, our tenant association collected $3,590 at the Trick or Treat table in the lobby.  

Thanks to Rosa Delgado, Joan Browne, and Debbie Gonzalez for the work of setting it up, getting the candy (with the help of Paul Fisher and a few board members), providing music, lovely decorations, and inviting neighbors
to donate.

If you haven't yet paid your 2012 tenant association dues ($10 per year for each apartment) or contributed to our legal fund ($100 per year per apartment), please give what you can to 


  • Treasurer Joan Browne in Apt. 12F, or
  • your floor captain, or
  • any other member of the Executive Committee:
Sue Susman, Na'ava Ades, Rich Jordan, Steve Koulish or Greg Murray.

Thanks to everyone who worked on the fundraiser and to everyone who contributed.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat for the Tenants' Association TODAY

We made it through Hurricane Sandy.  Fortunately, our building was unscathed - although many others are suffering through no electricity, gas or heat.  

Volunteers needed for 
  • the overnight shelter at Brandeis HS at West 84th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. for  tonight (after 8:00 PM)
  • Medical and mental health trained volunteers at IS 118 - West 93rd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. at all times and for the same and other volunteers for overnight tonight and tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, back in our building, today, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 : 

  • Toddlers and their parents are welcome to join a play date in the Community Room. 
  • All the adults are invited to "Trick or Treat for the Tenants' Association"  
TODAY - Wed., Oct. 31, 2012
4:00 - 7:30 PM in the lobby. 

Have you been meaning to contribute?   Come to the lobby table, leave a check, take some candy. 

FUNDS, UNITY & SWEETS!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oct. 31, 2012 - 4-7:30 PM Funds, Unity & Sweets


WED., Oct. 31, 2012
4 – 7:30 PM
In the lobby

Been meaning to contribute?
Come to the lobby table, leave a check, take some candy.

FUNDS, UNITY & SWEETS!



Friday, October 12, 2012

Last Day to Register to Vote!

Friday, Oct. 12th is a critical deadline for both the 2012 Election AND for 2013

This is the last day you can register to vote in the 2012 Election.

It is also your last chance to CHANGE YOUR PARTY AFFILIATION in order to be able to
vote in the citywide primary in 2013.

Why is this important?
Because for races like City Council, Borough President, Public Advocate, City Comptroller and, yes, even Mayor of New York City, there will be hard-fought primary campaigns. For most and maybe all of them, the winner of the primary will also win the general election in November. You must be a registered with a party in order to participate in that party's primary election. New York State election law says you cannot change your enrollment and vote in the new party primary of your choice in the same year – so if you’re going to switch party enrollment, you need to do so by Friday!

How can you register?
Online on the DMV’s website in their new Electronic Voter Registration Application. Click here: https://my.dmv.ny.gov/crm/?register=T



Friday, September 28, 2012

Summary of the Sept. 27, 2012 General Tenants Meeting

We had a full house!  And we had a lot to talk about:

INCORRECT ELECTRIC BILLS: Stellar replaced faulty electric bills with correct rent/electricity bills. Pay the corrected bill.  If you’ve already paid the incorrect first bill, make sure you see a credit on your rent bill next month.

MCI – We voted to appeal the MCI increase of $1.39/room. This appeal, within DHCR, is a “Petition for Administrative Review” – or PAR.  Our lawyer has already done most of the research.  In the meantime:   
rent stabilized tenants MUST PAY THE INCREASE of 
1 Bedroom = $4.17 / month more
2 Bedrooms = $5.56 / month more
3 Bedrooms = $6.95 / month more. 

No retroactive amount should be charged until the PAR is resolved – usually in a year or so.
SCRIE and DRIE tenants and those receiving public assistance,  who received the DHCR order should file an Adjustment of Abatement form with a copy of the notice.  The address is on the form. Click on "SCRIE" or "DRIE" for the form. Send it by certified mail, return receipt requested, and keep a copy of everything you send in. 
 Building – Floor tiles are being replaced; check for your name on the intercom.  Call in any corrections to Ferida at 212-222-4430.   The heating season begins Oct. 1st.  That means that:

  • From 6 AM to 10 PM,  when the OUTSIDE temperature is below 55 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 68.  
  • From 10 PM to 6 AM, when the OUTSIDE temperature is below 40 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 55. 



Financial Report – Joan Browne reported our bank balance, and urged tenants to pay not only 2012 dues of $10 per apartment, but also the $100 legal fund contribution.  Give the money to your floor captain or bring it to Apt. 12F and get a receipt. 


The Real Rent Reform Campaign (R3) is working in the short term to urge Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from passing J-51 landlord tax breaks unless tenants get
A limit to MCI increases
City Council say in the composition of the Rent Guidelines Board.
An end to preferential rent sharp increases (relevant mainly in the outer boroughs.)

Tenants at the meeting filled out and sent a bunch of postcards to that effect, and you are urged to do the same if you haven’t already.) Sue has postcards.

For the longer term, R3 is planning strategy for the June 2015 expiration of the rent laws - working to organize many more of the 2 million rent regulated tenants,  to reach out to market-rate tenants, and to raise money for a successful media campaign. 

NEW NOTE: Tenants PAC Fundraiser on Tuesday!  For as little as $25, you can hear live jazz, enjoy good food & company and an open bar - and support candidates who support tenants. 



Photo by Greg Richter
CONGRESSMAN JERRY NADLER 
spoke and answered questions for over an hour and a half.
He talked about the economy, saying that the  social safety net programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Unemployment Insurance are needed precisely when people are out of work: those programs permit them to live and to spend some money (as opposed to none) to keep the economy going.  So we need more stimulus now (even if it runs up the deficit for now).  He pointed out that the deficit will decrease as more people get back to work – as happened when the Clinton administration had a huge surplus.  He noted that we can look at England, Spain and Germany as examples of what happens if you follow  (or not) the Romney plan for cutting subsidies to the middle class and the poor.  

In response to questions about who will win the U.S. House of Representatives, he said that there were contests for 4 seats in the U.S. Congress that Democrats could pick up in New York State: Mark Murphy in Staten Island; Sean Maloney in Westchester and other counties upstate; Julian Schreibman in Ulster/Duchess Counties; and Dan Maffei in Syracuse.  In addition, there are seats where Democrats are already likely to win, including Louise Slaughter in Rochester and Genesee Counties; Tim Bishop in Suffolk County, Kathy Hochul in Buffalo, and Bill Owens in the Watertown area. Rep. Nadler urged people to help those candidates win. 


Cong. Nadler pointed out that some-times bad policies (like FISA, authorizing wire taps) become institutionalized when they’re passed under one administration, and the next administration does nothing.  He contrasted that with Social Security, which was passed under Roosevelt but strengthened by GOP President Eisenhower. 

At our request, he agreed to contact State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and urge him not to renew J-51 (a landlord tax break) without tenant protections.  Rep. Nadler noted that he had blocked J-51 for 2 years when he was a member of the NYS Assembly until tenant protections were provided, including 
  • Limiting Major Capital Improvements (MCIs) so they are not indefinite rent increases;
  • Requiring City Council say on who is appointed to the Rent Guidelines Board, and
  • Ending sharp rent increases for tenants with "preferential rents" (mainly an issue in the outer boroughs). 

Ruth Ellin thanked him for helping to begin our tenant association – in her apartment.  Thanks also to all the tenants who were here at that time and helped the organization get going, including Helen Merber, Alitha Mobley, Ruby Barber, Mary Martin, and many whose names I don’t have in front of me right now! 

The Congressman stayed around to chat with tenants enjoying the coffee, tea, fruit and cookies. 

Guest Marc Landis, a District Leader of Community Free Democrats, noted that the Obama/Mark Murphy storefront at  80th St. and Columbus (410 Col., opposite the Museum of Natural History), run by Community Free Democrats and Ansonia Independent Democrats is open  Monday through Thursday, 3 to 9 pm, and  Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 pm.  Also present were Joan Paylo,  the other CFD District Leader; Chuck Tice  and Maggi Peyton of Park West Village's Tenant Association; Mark Diller, chair of Community Board 7; and Helen Rosenthal.  

Marc Landis, Helen Rosenthal, Mel Wymore and Debra Cooper are among the candidates vying for Council Member Gale Brewer's term-limited seat in 2013.   Whether we remain in Melissa Mark-Viverito's district or end up in Gale Brewer's district depends on . . . 


REDISTRICTING: Thurs., Oct. 4, 2012 beginning at 5:30, the City Redistricting Commission is meeting at Schomburg Plaza to determine whether we stay in the district of Melissa Mark-Viverito.  Go testify!


If you’re not registered to vote, register – and support pro-tenant candidates.   





The Executive Committee
- Sue Susman, sue @ janak dot org
- Na’ava Ades, naavaa AT gmail DOT com
- Joan Browne, treasurer, jbbrownefaison  aT atT dot net
- Rich Jordan, richj214 At aoL dot Com
- Steve  Koulish, eskoolman  @    yahoo doT com
- Greg Murray, geeemurr  AT  aOL .  COM


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Corrected Rent Bills arriving Thursday

Because of a computer error, the first rent bill you received for October has the wrong electric charge.  Stellar will distribute corrected rent bills on Thursday, Sept. 27th. 

And that's the day of our 
GENERAL TENANTS MEETING 
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012
8 PM sharp 
to talk about the MCI notice 
and then to meet
CONGRESSMAN JERRY NADLER
Our new representative in the U.S. House of Representatives - and a founder of this very Tenant Association - when he was a district leader for Community Free Democrats.


Coffee, tea and fruit will be available.  

Please bring a chair. We're expecting a full house!



Monday, September 24, 2012

9/27 at 8 PM: MCI notice & Cong. Nadler

Our agenda for the GENERAL TENANT MEETING just got a little fuller:

8 PM sharp - Hear about the new MCI order.  


8:15 PM - Meet Congressman Jerrold Nadler.  

Happily, we have a strong tenant association - that Jerry Nadler helped found. 

Now we need it!

If you haven't paid your dues ($10/apt.) or contributed to the legal fund in 2012, now is a jolly good time to do it.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Congressman Nadler coming here Sept. 27

Tenants old & young, new and long-time, are invited to meet Representative Jerrold Nadler, our new Congressman - as a result of redistricting.  

Read more about Congressman Nadler here, and come meet him at our 

GENERAL TENANTS MEETING 
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012
8 PM
in the Community Room 
Cong. Nadler (L),  our new representative
with Cong. Rangel, (Rt.) our former representative 

(note: Only Cong. Nadler will be present!)

New tenants who are not yet members of the Central Park Gardens Tenants' Association - please bring dues ($10 per apartment).  All tenants are welcome to join.  

Please bring a chair!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

City Council Redistricting - Speak Out on Thurs., Oct. 4



Since the Redistricting Commission is planning to carve up the West Side, speak out.  Click here for comparison maps (before and after the proposed changes).  You can click on District 8 (where we're located) and enlarge it to see how far it goes now and how it will be changed.  We would go from District 8 to District 6.  (Dist. 6 is now represented by term-limited Council Member Gale Brewer.)

We've been represented for the past few years by Melissa Mark-Viverito, a big supporter of affordable housing. 

The next hearing in Manhattan will be :  

THURSDAY, OCT. 4 at 5:30 PM
at the Schomberg Center in Research for Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd. 
New York, NY 10037.

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                                                     September 12, 2012
Commissioners
Benito Romano, Chair
Jamila Ponton Bragg
Scott Cerullo
Kamillah M. Hanks
Robert W. Hart
Linda Lin
Oscar Odom III
Thomas Ognibene
Frank Padavan
Roxanne J. Persaud
Madeline Provenzano
John Robert
Gloria Carvajal Wolfe
Marc Wurzel
Justin Yu

Staff
Carl Hum
Executive Director
DISTRICTING COMMISSION ANNOUNCES SECOND ROUND OF CITYWIDE PUBLIC HEARINGS
New Yorkers are encouraged to attend and provide input on how the Commission should redraw the city’s district lines.

The New York City Districting Commission Chairman Benito Romano and Executive Director Carl Hum today announced the second round of public hearings to solicit testimony related to the preliminary draft of the Council district map which was released at the public hearing on September 4th. The current district lines for the preliminary draft map were adjusted for population utilizing the most recent census data. The Commission also released an online mapping tool for the public’s use to draw district maps that could be submitted to the Commission for its consideration. The citywide hearings will begin next month and the public encouraged to pre-register for speaking time or submit testimony via the NYC Districting Commission’s website at www.nyc.gov/districting.

“The Commission is excited to receive feedback form the public on the preliminary draft map published in early September,” said Benito Romano, Chairman of the NYC Districting Commission. “As the districting process unfolds, the Commission is hopeful that the final district map will accurately reflect our City’s population and more importantly, our communities.”  

“The second round of hearings furthers the opportunity for New Yorkers to be heard during this important districting process,” said Carl Hum, Executive Director. “With our interactive website and the hearings in varied locations throughout the five boroughs, there are so many opportunities for the public to be heard.” 


BRONX
Tuesday, October 2nd
5:30PM
Bronx Community College (CUNY)
2155 University Ave
Bronx, NY 10453
MANHATTAN
Thursday, October 4th
5:30PM
Schomberg Center in Research for Black Culture
515 Malcom X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037
STATEN ISLAND
Tuesday, October 9th
5:30PM
New Dorp High School
465 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
                         QUEENS
Wednesday, October 10th
5:30PM
LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
31-10 Thompson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
                        BROOKLYN
Thursday, October 11th  
5:30PM
      Medgar Evers College    (CUNY)
1650 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225


SPEAKERS BUREAU

The Commission, in their continued commitment to ensure that the districting process is transparent and inclusive, announces that they have staff members with multi-lingual capabilities on hand to speak to local community boards, non-profit organizations and churches for anyone who wants to learn more about the Commission and how they can get involved in the decennial districting process.

RESOURCE ROOM

The Commission invites anyone from the public to use their mapping resource room for those who need assistance with the online mapping software. Terminals are available by appointment only and can be booked by calling the Commission’s office at 212-442-6940or emailing Justin Bassett at jbassett@districting.nyc.gov
                               
For more information about the Commission, schedule an appointment to use the online mapping tool or book a Commission staffer to speak at local organizations, please call 212-442-6940 or visit www.nyc.gov/districting

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Meet Cong. Nadler - Thurs., Sept. 27

Our building has been re-districted out of Congressman Rangel’s District. So we are now  represented by Congressman Jerry Nadler in the new 10th Congressional District. Click here for a map of the district and type in our address. 

MEET CONGRESSMAN NADLER
at our
GENERAL TENANTS MEETING

Thurs., Sept. 27, 2012 at 8 PM  in our Community Room




As District Leader he helped found our tenant association.  He was in the NYS Assembly from 1977-1992, and then joined the U.S. Congress. From 2007 until the GOP became the majority, he chaired the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.  Now he is the Ranking Democrat on that Committee. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday night, 8/30-8/31: Mosquito Spraying

The City is spraying against mosquitos that carry West Nile virus during the night:

Thursday, Aug. 30 - Friday - Aug. 31 

from 1 AM to 6 AM

from West 97th St. and the Central Park drive all the way to West End Avenue and 58th St.

Close your windows!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Epoch Times on Jewish Home Lifecare proposed construction on 97th St.

20-Story Nursing Home Raises 

Concerns in Upper West Side

By Amelia Pang
Epoch Times Staff
Created: July 19, 2012Last Updated: July 20, 2012
Related articles: United States » New York City


Teachers guide students into Alfred E. Smith P.S. 163, on Thursday in Manhattan. The school is next to a parking lot that may become a 20-story nursing home. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)
Teachers guide students into
Alfred E. Smith P.S. 163, on
Thursday in Manhattan. The
school is next to a parking lot
that may become a 20-story
nursing home.
(Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)
NEW YORK—A proposal to build a 20-story nursing home adjacent to an elementary school is causing unrest for parents  and neighbors on the Upper West Side.


Representatives of more than half a dozen government agencies attended a town hall meeting to discuss the issue Wednesday. A winding line of more than 100 neighbors curled around the room—the majority of them expressing concern over the proposed nursing home.
The proposed developer, Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL), is planning to move from its 2-acre building at 106th Street to West 97th Street at Park West Village— currently a parking lot. The proposed site is next to PS 163 elementary school, and parents are concerned that noise from construction could obstruct their children’s learning.
Avery Brandon, a mother, lives across from the proposed nursing home site. Her daughter will begin kindergarten at PS 163 this fall. At the town hall meeting, Brandon read a letter outlining her concerns that construction could affect the development of PS 163’s children.
“How do you ensure these kids will not be subjected to sound levels so high that it will be impossible for them to hear their teachers—or just plain think?” she said.
Spokesman for the 160-year-old nonprofit nursing home, Ethan Geto, said JHL would do their utmost to communicate and work with the neighborhood’s concerns.
Projected nursing home. (Courtesy of The Working Group to Stop JHL at PWV)

Projected nursing home. (Courtesy of The Working Group to Stop JHL at PWV)
"Most people don’t realize that we have also been working closely with the principal  and the school,” he said. “We are limiting construction during certain hours, such as when kids are entering or leaving—even if it will make construction more expensive.”
The meeting was moderated by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who openly opposes the nursing home. “We are trying to put road blocks in the way of the project that I do not support,”
 Stringer said. “I am not going to let them do anything to let them harm the children on their way to 163.”
Last November, Stringer’s office found a loophole that violates open space zoning regulations, which aim to conserve parts of open space in developments. Stringer said the Department of Buildings (DOB) will not evaluate the complaints until JHLsubmits a building plan for the 97th Street lot.
Geto said JHL submitted the plan to the DOB long ago. He said when Stringer expressed concern in November, DOB told JHL that open space zoning was not an issue for the 97th Street lot.
The DOB is still reviewing JHL’s final plan.
A public hearing with the New York State Department of Health about the new building is scheduled for September, Stringer said.

A Novel Nursing Home for New York

The new JHL building would be based on the “Green House” model, which avoids the enforced dependency found in most nursing homes. With personal  kitchens and bathrooms, the elderly would be encouraged to live independently, while care would still be available if needed.
“This will be the least institutionalized setting for nursing homes in New York,” Geto said.
According to the “No JHL at PWV [Park West Village]” website, JHL applied to rebuild on its current site in 2008, but later looked into another site on 100th  Street in conjunction with a developer. After JHL discovered the 100th Street site had zoning issues, the group started looking at the 97th Street parking lot  site around the start of 2011.
JHL said the nursing home is moving because its out-of-date facilities are operating at “65 percent efficiency.” The current building was designed in the 1880s.
The nursing home said it cannot afford to design a new campus with the 106th Street building, and it wants to remain in the Upper West Side community that their seniors have made a home. The most inexpensive solution is to construct a new building on 97th Street, JHL said.
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