This tenant doesn’t want to be ‘public’
To the Editor:
The Tenants Association is up to its old tricks again – forcing residents to list their name publicly (even if they don’t pay dues), or the TA will not act on their behalf, as a tenants’ representative.
I received an official looking letter from the TA, even though I have never paid dues to them. The letter said I must choose between two unappealing choices:
Choice A: I must list my name as a “Public Member” of the TA. The letter says that the TA will only speak for those who are willing to be listed publicly as Public Members.
Choice B: If I do not list my name, the TA states that I waive all rights to any benefit that a Court may award to residents of Stuyvesant Town. Choice B states:
“I do not wish to become a Public Member and hereby grant to the STPCV TA, its President or Secretary, and any legal counsel chosen by the Board of Directors standing permission to enter into settlements of legal claims with benefits which may accrue solely to those who sign the Public Member Pledges, and we waive any claim to such benefits.
What the TA is saying is that, if you don’t sign this “Unity Pledge,” then you are not entitled to receive any benefits that the TA would obtain in any action on behalf of all the tenants in STPCV.
Then, the TA threatens that if you do not agree to make your name public, you are “opting out” of the benefits that the TA might obtain in challenging management.
If the TA purports to be a “tenants association” and file claims on behalf of tenants, then it cannot legally exclude non-dues paying tenants from the benefits it obtains in Housing Court.
Name Withheld, ST
In response to the resident’s concerns about the letter, sent in May, Susan Steinberg, president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association, said it’s a bulletin that was also posted on the TA’s website. Steinberg also said:
“A tenant who is not comfortable need not sign. It will not affect his/her standing in a DHCR decision on an MCI. However, when it comes to a settlement outside of the DHCR, our attorney needs to be clear about whom he is representing, as does the owner’s attorneys who are not likely to offer settlements to those who are not parties to an open claim. The purpose of the PMP (Public Member Pledge) is to ensure that as many TA members as possible will be entitled to a piece of a settlement outside of the usual DHCR process.”
Steinberg also said the TA didn’t ask for the pledge in anticipation of any particular legal action.
“But if an opportunity arises to negotiate a settlement, we don’t want to be scrambling to get tenants on board with the Public Member Pledge,” she said.
Associated a necessity for residents
I am responding to two letters in Town & Village from June 29, “Well done, Tenants Association” and “Stuy Town no longer fit for a dog.”
I agree wholeheartedly with Pat, thanking Stuyvesant management for keeping Associated Supermarket in our neighborhood. We need a traditional supermarket in our community. While Trader Joe’s and Target will be an asset, I believe the new stores will not fill our general grocery shopping needs.
In response to Bobbie Martowicz, I sympathize with the frustration about the lack of space for dogs in Stuyvesant town.
However, dogs should not be permitted around the flagpoles. Residents and children sit and play at the base of flagpoles. Dogs frequently use the flagpole bases as urinals.
I hope you can understand residents’ needs for a clean, safe environment.
Barbara Bienenfeld, ST
Welcome back to the neighborhood
To the Editor:
I want to say a big “Thank you” to Maria Rocha-Buschel for the article she wrote in the May 18 issues of the Town & Village paper about Sal Anthony’s Restaurant that closed ten years ago but that has reopened at Third Avenue and East 19th Street this Easter on April 16.
My husband and I were warmly welcomed by Anthony Jr. on Saturday night and then had a hard time choosing from the many Italian dishes on the menu. We were not disappointed. Anthony Macagnone is also an environmentalist and with his family often visits Stuyvesant Cove Park.
When he closed his garden shop some time ago, Anthony sent a truck over with beautiful plants to be given to attendees at the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association annual meeting in the Stuy Town Community Center. While so many stores and restaurants are closing due to high rents, I think we are so fortunate to have Sal Anthony’s and Frank’s Trattoria within walking distance. I hope they are here to stay a long time.
Joy Garland, ST
Dropping bombs in ST dog war
Re: “Stuy Town no longer fit for a dog,” T&V letter, June 29
I do not dislike dogs but I’m not embarrassed to say that I preferred Stuyvesant Town when dogs were not allowed. Ms. Martowicz ends her letter by calling on dog owners to stage a peaceful protest against these “deplorable changes.” Based on the number of piles of dog droppings one can encounter on property on any given day, it would seem that dog owners are already staging their protest leaving the rest of us with a “deplorable change” we could well do without.
J.M. Polise, ST