Stuy Town General Manager Sean Sullivan replaced

Sean Sullivan in April at the Peter Stuyvesant Little League Parade Photo by Sabina Mollot

Sean Sullivan in April at the Peter Stuyvesant Little League Parade
Photo by Sabina Mollot

By Sabina Mollot

Sean Sullivan, the general manager of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, is no longer employed with the property, Town & Village has learned.

Reached on Thursday morning, Sullivan, who worked in ST/PCV for just 13 months, said he was not at liberty to discuss the reasons why. A former Marine, Sullivan is also a real estate industry veteran, previously having worked at Avalon Bay Communities and Tishman Speyer, though he left the latter company long before the Stuy Town purchase in 2006.

One source said he was let go, but a spokesperson for CWCapital said Sullivan left to “pursue other interests.”

While management employees and tenants don’t always see eye to eye, Sullivan has been described as a straight shooter by tenant leaders in ST/PCV.

Responding to the news of his departure, ST-PCV Tenants Association Chair Susan Steinberg said she was disappointed.

Although sometimes they’d be in adversarial positions over various issues, Steinberg said, “I felt that Sean had genuine sympathy for some of those issues, but of course he doesn’t work for the TA; he’s a property manager for CWCapital. But we all liked him. It’s hard not to like him. When someone would talk to him about something, he was on it.”

Sullivan came onto the scene last May, replacing then General Manager Jim Yasser. At the time, Sullivan was working under Rose Associates, the management firm CWCapital let go at end of last August when it hired CWCapital’s subsidiary company CompassRock. However, Sullivan remained on board after CompassRock took over.

At the time of his hiring, he told Town & Village, “Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town is celebrated for its strong sense of community within this city. I am very proud and honored to join the effort to make PCV/ST a place that this community is happy to call home.”

When asked for comment on Sullivan’s departure, Brian Moriarty, a spokesperson for CWCapital, said, “Sean left PCV/ST to pursue other interests. As our residents know, Sean led our community through the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and ensured our community was back up and running as quickly and safely as possible. CompassRock and the PCV/ST community are grateful for Sean’s contribution to this property, and we wish him well as he embarks on his next challenge.”

David Sorise, senior vice president of CompassRock Real Estate, has since taken over day-to-day operations in the community.

“David has been involved with operational initiatives at PCV/ST since January 2012,” Moriarty said. “With the assistance of the current onsite executive team, David will continue the improvements that commenced with the transition to CompassRock Real Estate last year.”

According to Sorise’s company bio, he’s a New York registered property manager and receiver and serves on the Rent Stabilization Association, an organization for owners. He began his career in real estate at PriceWaterhouse where he focused on operational analysis and process improvement. Most recently, Sorise was vice president for Laramar Communities and vice president of operations for Dermot Realty, where he was responsible for all capital improvements, budgeting, leasing, staff supervision and business development. He left that company in 2010, according to a Dermot blog post, which referred to Sorise as a “giant of a man — figuratively and literally.” Along with heading the property management group there, he was also, the blog noted, the tallest person at the company.

This article has been revised to include information from CWCapital on Sullivan’s departure and replacement.

Letters to the Editor, June 20

Lyric the latest loss in neighborhood diners

To the editor,

Several months ago, a resident of the building I live in went to the Lyric Diner at Third Avenue and 21st Street to get his morning coffee and found it closed. For several days, we all waited anxiously to find out what had become of Lyric. Finally, we saw a sign in the window, saying that the restaurant was being remodeled and would reopen in a month.

A restaurant called Taverna has opened on the site of Lyric. Its hours are considerably shorter, its menu items more expensive. The police from the precinct and Police Academy and the students from the School of Visual Arts, who routinely jammed Lyric at lunchtime, are conspicuously absent.

Lyric is just the latest of several neighborhood coffee shops to go. Remember Pete’s, the coffee shop on Third Avenue and 21st Street with the lovely old tiled floors and the decorative metal ceiling? Their back room frequently resembles an annex of the police station and the academy. Then there was the Third Avenue diner around 24th Street. They served the best Sunday brunches in the neighborhood, and a very serviceable pizza as well. I understand that it is a difficult and expensive proposition to run a restaurant these days. Rents are high, help is not cheap and food is perishable. One remedy is to get a liquor license. Some coffee shops don’t always have them, but many do.Sunday brunch at that nice Third Avenue Diner always came with a bloody mary!

We have a few diners in the larger neighborhood, and they are always busy. But there are none in my immediate area. I wonder where the cops go for lunch?

Bettijane Eisenpreis,
Gramercy Park

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Notary services available for residents exempt from mid-lease rent increases

Letter issued by CompassRock

Letter issued by CompassRock

The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association has announced that notary services will be available on several different days for the tenants who were led to believe by leasing agents that there would be no mid-lease increases and then got them, anyway.

On Monday, Town & Village Blog reported that following an investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, an agreement was reached with management so that those residents will not have to pay their new, higher rents.

Residents in this situation have until June 30 to fill out an affidavit that was slipped under their doors on Friday by CompassRock and have it notarized. Otherwise, they’ll have to start paying their increased rent in July. In related news, the agreement reached by the attorney general and CompassRock means there will be no additional mid-lease increases.

Schneiderman, Council Member Dan Garodnick and the Tenants Association have been working together over the past few weeks to identify 39 tenants who were misled.

Commenting on the settlement, Tenants Association President John Marsh said, “We appreciate the Attorney General’s taking the important action that he did. The allegations of misrepresentations were serious and numerous. We urge all those who received either written or verbal assurances that their rent would not be increased mid-lease to sign and return the affidavit.”

The TA also issued instructions, via email to residents, who need to get their paperwork notarized:

Complete the affidavit and sign it in front of a notary public.  If you have an e-mail or other correspondence with a renting agent, attach it.  If you simply recall a conversation on the matter of the mid-lease clause, write about it in the space provided.

Take the affidavit and any supporting material to be notarized. You must appear in person to sign and show photo ID. To facilitate this process, Tenants Association volunteers with a notary’s license will be available, at no charge, at the Community Center Tuesday, June 18, Thursday, June 20, and Tuesday, June 25, between 6:00 and 8:00 pm., and Saturday, June 22 and Sunday June 23, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.  Please note that a notary only affirms your signature, not the content of the document.

(If you have discarded the material that came under your door, thinking it was a ruse, you can pick up a new affidavit at the Community Center at those hours) or you can print out the letter and affidavit linked here.

Return the notarized affidavit and support material, if any, by June 30th to:

Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York
Attn: Elissa Rossi
Real Estate Finance Bureau
120 Broadway, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10271

Send a copy of this affidavit to:

PCVST Legal Department
Attention:  Roberts Administrator
317 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

Important:  Your response must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2013