Come to our annual Trick or Treat for the Tenant Association table on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Rosa Delgado in Apt .2T will take candy contributions in advance.
Get your flu (and pneumonia and shingles) vaccines. If you have insurance, they’re generally free at the RiteAid, CVS, and Duane Reade. If you lack insurance, ask our local Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell's office if there will be free shots offered.
Six out of 8 members of the Independent Democrat Conference, which caucused with the Republicans in the State Senate, were defeated in the Sept. 13th primaries. With them out of the way, actual Democratic control of the State Senate is possible, depending on November 6th elections. That will affect bills we can get passed when the rent laws are renewed in June 2019. Those bills include tenant costs for MCIs, and whether owners can continue to take vacant apartments out of rent stabilization. If they couldn't they'd be less motivated to try to get stabilized tenants out, and there would be more stabilized apartments for younger people. We'll have a meeting on this later.
SUBMETERING MCI (Major Capital Improvement)After 6 years, we lost our motion for reconsideration at the state's housing agency. If we don't appeal, Stellar will bill the tenants of each rent stabilized apartment a one-time retroactive amount of $72.48 per room for 8 months, under the DHCR order. That comes to:
- $217.44 for a one-bedroom apartment
- $289.92 for a two-bedroom apartment
- $362.40 for a three-bedroom apartment.
Stellar is hoping the rear balconies will all be completed by some time in November when cold weather halts the work. (Concrete doesn’t set well in cold weather.) Once the balconies are inspected, the scaffolding will be removed and in the Spring installed in front of the building. Tenants must remove everything from the balconies being worked on.
TRASH TALK with the dynamic Jacquelyn Ottman.
What’s the big deal?
$$$!! In 2018, $440 million of our tax dollars are being spent to pick up garbage and send it out of state for incineration or burial in a landfill. (Both are banned in NYC for poisoning our air and soil.)
IF we recycle more, the city will make more money selling the recyclables and spend less on exporting it. We’ll have more money for other programs we want and need. So NYC is trying for no waste sent to landfills or incineration by 2030. Quicker road repairs, anyone? More money for schools, parks, and more?
The environment: Decomposing food in landfills sends out methane gas that heats the climate. (Methane heats 25 times more than carbon dioxide.)
By recycling food waste, NYC can heat homes instead of the climate.
But I’m so busy, and I just got home from work with a pizza and . . . .