By Sabina Mollot
As was announced earlier this month, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association will be holding a meeting a number of issues on Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m.
Tenants Association President Susan Steinberg says those who attend can expect to learn more about the following topics:
One will be the L train, specifically residents’ concerns surrounding construction, and, once the shutdown begins, transportation.
“The MTA and the DOT are being awfully vague about what their plans are,” Steinberg said. “As you reported about the L train, they talk about mitigation steps but they don’t say what they are. And I love how they said they’re not really going to be 24/7, but if they need to be, they will.”
Out of the different quality of life issues the Tenants Association has been hearing about from residents, noise is the biggest one, but not just from the L train shutdown preliminary work on East 14th Street. Steinberg noted there are just as many complaints about noise from within ST/PCV from apartment work to inconsiderate neighbors.
Additionally, the TA will be giving updates on different major capital improvements with every building in Stuyvesant Town having been hit with heat/hot water MCIs. Last year, State Senator Brad Hoylman wrote to the state agency overseeing MCIs, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, to bring up what he thought were inconsistencies in the agency’s own regulations when approving certain MCIs in Stuy Town. “He never got a response,” Steinberg said.
With general elections on the horizon, rent regulations, up for renewal in 2019, will be discussed, along with the current power structure in Albany and how that impacts the regulations.
“Even though the IDC (Independent Democratic Conference) has been roundly trounced, it’s still a Senate fight and we just have to keep at it and not let the grass grow under our feet,” said Steinberg.
Affordability is always a concern, even with the Stuy Town apartment lottery having recently reopened.
“In terms of the lottery, I think people are surprised that the rents are still too damn high,” said Steinberg.
Another topic to be discussed will be rent freeze programs SCRIE and DRIE and residents will be invited to ask questions.
Congress Member Carolyn Maloney will be discussing consumer protections. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will discuss programs for seniors and the 13th Precinct will discuss its new neighborhood policing program, set to launch on October 2. State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein and Council Member Keith Powers will also be in attendance.
The meeting will take place at the Podell Auditorium at Beth Israel’s Bernstein Pavilion at 10 Nathan Perlman Place, between 15th and 16th Streets between First and Second Avenues. The space is smaller than where the Tenants Association normally holds the meeting, MS 104. However, the venue was changed in order to accommodate disabled residents since the school auditorium isn’t ADA-accessible.