Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Sad news: Maria Acevedo has died

The Central Park Gardens Tenants’ Association

mourns the loss of our long-time neighbor and former board member, floor captain and treasurer of our tenant association


who passed away on January 18, 2021 at the age of 77 of kidney failure.  

We extend our condolences to her brother Tom, with whom she lived.

There will be a short memorial on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 

from 9:30 to 10:30 AM 

at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street.  

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Get a COVID vaccine if you're eligible!


On Tuesday, I got vaccinated at a City site in the Bronx. I was given the Moderna vaccine and although my arm was a bit sore and I had a headache (it went away with Tylenol), I was fine on Wednesday.  My husband got vaccinated through his employer (Columbia) Wednesday morning with the Pfizer vaccine, and he's had no reaction at all.  You can schedule an appointment at https://vaccinepod.nyc.gov/  or Mt. Sinai's website.  or call 877-VAX-4NYC.  I'm sharing this because I know some people are nervous about getting vaccinated. 


The technology that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use ("mRNA") has been studied for years and has gone through all the proper safety trials.  These vaccines are NOT the virus itself, so you cannot get COVID from the shot. Instead, the vaccine primes your body to recognize (and then attack) just the spiky outside of the virus. 


While many people have a 1- or 2-day reaction to the second shot (you need two shots to be protected about 95%), COVID is way worse.  Many people with COVID are hospitalized, and many of those die. Risks are higher for those who are older - the very people for whom vaccines are now available.  But even younger people who have mild illness or are asymptomatic have experienced heart and lung damage - as tested in some college athletes.   Some people are still sick from COVID months after.  


Dr. Fauci estimates that about 70% to 85% of the population has to be vaccinated (or have had documented COVID) for life to return to some semblance of normal.  That's a lot higher than for the flu shot.  And vaccines work!

Viruses die out when there are not a lot of other people conveniently available to get infected.  That's what "herd immunity" is about:  when MOST people in a population are immune, the virus just dies out.  The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines work for 95 out of 100 people.   But you won't know whether you're one of the 5 unlucky ones. So even after you get vaccinated, wear a mask and observe social distancing until some 85% of us have been vaccinated and we get herd immunity.  Then we'll all be able to breathe safely again!  Click on "read more" to see if you're eligible. 

Sue Susman


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

2 new laws protect tenants

In response to tenant pressure, the State Legislature passed and Gov. Cuomo signed two new laws that protect tenants:

The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act

This pauses all eviction proceedings (except for creating a nuisance or hazard) until February 28, 2021.

That gives time for landlords to give tenants a HARDSHIP DECLARATION that the tenant can sign under penalty of perjury and return to the landlord or to the court.  If that hardship declaration is signed, the landlord cannot proceed with any eviction case (except for nuisance or hazard) until at least May 1, 2021.  Nuisance cases will proceed normally (but remotely because of the pandemic).

The tenant will still owe the rent money. 

If you get an eviction notice, call 311 for free legal assistance IMMEDIATELY. 

The COVID Rent Relief Program is only available through Feb. 1, 2021.  It will pay some or all of rent money due for up to 3 months to Stellar directly. 

To qualify, you must 
  • Be a renter and have a primary residence in New York State;
  • Have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020;
  • Fit the income requirement - which is pretty liberal:  Before March 7, 2020 and at the time the application is submitted, household income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size; and
  • Be paying (or supposed to pay) at least 30% of your income in rent between April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.