Public comments for: Mitchell Lama Rule Amendments

Comments

Comment:
As a long-standing resident shareholder in an UWS M-L co-op, I fully support the proposal requiring a 2/3 vote to initiate the costly and potentially life-changing process of privatization. This change is long overdue. There is simply no good reason to allow the expenditure of a co-op's sorely-needed funds on such a speculative endeavor based solely on the interests of anything less than an overwhelming number -- a “supermajority" --of those affected.
Agency: HPD
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I also strongly oppose the amendment to prohibit lateral transfers within Mitchell Lama buildings. There are many who have made the decision to move into a less desirable apartment knowing there's an option to be placed on a waiting list. This change would be unfair to future shareholders and especially to those who are, and have been on a waiting list for a while. Our dwelling choices should not be limited just to reduce administrative paperwork.
Agency: HPD
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I definitely agree with HPD's proposed rule change regarding feasibility studies for Mitchell-Lama Coops, requiring a 2/3 majority vote to authorize coop funds for a feasibility study. The current 50% majority of voters, is not sufficient to allow Mitchell-Lama coops to start the process of privatization, affecting their entire neighbors of cooperators with such a drastic decision. In addition, new HPD rules governing Mitchell-Lama coops should require funds for a feasibility study to come from a special assessment from shareholders and not from the general operating or reserve funds. Positive steps are necessary to keep Mitchell-Lama coops affordable.
Agency: HPD
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I am a member of CU4ML. I would like to endorse the proposed amendment to Section 12 Paragraph 6 of HPD Rules, "2/3 vote of the dwelling units in the hosing company to authorize funds for a feasibility study." This ruling will help Mitchell-Lama Shareholders to maintain support for their communities.. Maintenance Increase- My development was facing a very high increase that did not reflect the economic level of our community. The Shareholders had to meet to fight the rate of the increase. I am happy to see the additional requirement for information meetings before the HPD hearing. I also agree that the Boards needs to specify changes in all aspect of overhead (like wages, benefits, supplies, fuel & taxes. Shareholders need this information to support or disagree with major increases.
Agency: HPD
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“Internal Transfer” Shareholder should be allowed to transfer to the same unit if they qualify in all aspects. I’m on a transfer waiting list for my dream apartment for 7 years and this new proposal is a dream killer. I don’t see this proposal to benefit any old or new shareholder than HPD. It means one less paper work to review and to be approved. Solution: Please assign this duty to the Board or management agent to control internal transfer. They will provide an annual report to HPD with all the transfers and changes. There is one famous speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream“. Please do not kill my dream. Fabio E. Miliano
Agency: HPD
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I am a twenty year resident of the Village View Mitchell Lama housing corporation. I and my husband are AGAINST increasing the requirement from a majority to two-thirds of the units for approval of funds for a feasibility study. I feel that you are preventing shareholders from receiving basic information. That is unfair. I believe you are trying to take over our Mitchell Lama development with rules that only benefit the financially well off. The question of privatization is irrelevant for this proposal. As shareholders, we have the RIGHT TO RECEIVE full, complete and accurate information. Without a feasibility study, we are vulnerable to falsehoods and Trump like scare tactics. Witness this: I received a flyer under my door which said several things that I believe are false, such as my monthly fee would rise ten fold if I did not post a comment in favor of increasing the requirement to two thirds. The flyer went further saying that "millennials" would force me and my family out of my apartment and other nonsense. But, it is nonsense that my neighbors seem to accept as truth. What is it that Trump says, Fake News? But, the most horrible part of this flyer, is that it says that if I did not post a pro-two/thirds comment, then "people from outside my neighborhood" would likely become new shareholders. As a woman of color, I know all too well what this flyer and it's - lets be truthful - racist dog whistles are about. Shame on this committee if it allows the voices of hate and propagators of ignorance to win over justice and fair play. In closing, I ask that you DO NOT pass the proposal that increases the requirement from a majority to two-thirds of the units for approval of funds for a feasibility study. I also ask that you as a committee make a clear statement against the horrible people who have been trying to scare us into supporting this change.
Agency: HPD
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“Applicants to the lottery must be provided with at least 45 days to respond to the lottery (i.e. at least 45 days from the 1st publication of the lottery in at least two daily newspapers of general circulation.”The rationale is that in the past some lotteries have had less than 2 weeks notice, in a daily newspaper of general circulation, which does not promote fairness and equity. § 4. The following section should not be added as people should have the right to make transfers to same size units. “However, no tenant/cooperator currently residing in a development shall be permitted to transfer to an apartment in such development that is the same size as the one such tenant/cooperator currently occupies.” § 10. (9) Must not be added as it is poor statutory construction. This provision fails to take into account whether someone has been rehabilitated, whether the crime was a felony or involved violence, how long ago the crime occurred and whether other felonies should be considered.
Agency: HPD
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Require Independent Election Companies to provide cooperators with anonymous Election voting ballots, in order to reduce voter intimidation. Ballots must only be mailed to the shareholder’s address at the Mitchell Lama building.We should only allow directed proxies to reduce impact of door to door intimidation.We need paper trails in case of close votes and outcomes.Open observation of vote counting. To avoid any impressions of unfairness, The Election process should also allow poll watcher { such as cooperators; elected official; or HPD representative} to observe the Election process and ballot count. Open Observation encourages participation by shareholders and brings transparency to the whole process. Requiring a two-thirds vote of the dwelling units for authorization of a Feasibility Study is an important change which I support.Please require a primary residence audit six months in advance of the vote to authorize money for Feasibility Study. Too many residents of Mitchell Lama cooperatives complain of non-residents voting. We have shareholders that do not live in their apartments waiting for the development to privatize so they can sell. We have pointed out these vacant apartments to our managing agents and Board officers to no avail. Further, after a vote is taken by the shareholders for a vote on whether to spend money for a Feasibility Study, another study must not be permitted for a specified number of years so that shareholders money is not wasted. Further, funding of a Feasibility Study must come as a Shareholder assessment, not from building general/operating/reserve funds. Article XI does not advance the goals of affordable housing especially since there are inequities with regard to the AMI (Area Median Income) for the true cost of living in NYC, so delete. Further, the provision which must be added would include some of the benefits of remaining in an HPD building such as SCRIE, DRIE, competitive financing/grants/loans available for remaining an HPD building. § 13. (16) There should be a specific time frame (not timely manner) to respond to shareholder, such as two weeks or what may be deemed appropriate for the situation. (§ 13. HPD must fully investigate the allegations of violations of rules made within a specified time frame, such as thirty days of being informed of the allegation. Further, HPD must promptly report any criminal allegations to the police and/or Attorney General of New York State and/or Comptroller or appropriate governing body. This is to ensure that violations are addressed and that if there is someone at fault, that this person or entity does not be allowed to commit the same violations to other buildings/tenants.
Agency: HPD
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I support the proposal to require a 2/3 super majority to pass a Feasibility Study. I also urge HPD to NOT permit the money for a Feasibility Study to come from either general or reserve building funds. I further encourage HPD to require a waiting period of at least 10 years after the defeat of a Feasibility Study attempt before another Feasibility Study vote can be taken so as to discourage continued unrest in the building which interferes with competent long-term planning into the future. We all know that we need affordable housing in NYC more than ever. I believe these changes will support keeping more affordable housing units in NYC.
Agency: HPD
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I've just been shown a flyer by my neighbor at Village View Mitchel Lama Housing. The flyer says that if I don't make a comment in favor of a proposal to increase the voting threshold for a feasibility study, then I will either loose my apartment or be forced to pay ten times my current monthly fee. This is unacceptable. How dare anyone try to scare me or my neighbors into supporting any kind of regulation or proposed change in regulation. Shame on whoever is instigating this. Clearly supporting anything that requires an impossible to reach two-thirds majority for creating a study is wrong. I STRONGLY OPPOSE CHANGING THE VOTING REQUIREMENT FROM 50% TO 67% and ask that you keep the current simple majority requirement for a feasibility study. Further, I ask that you publicly chastise whoever organized this fear mongering in my building. It is toxic and illustrates how easy it is for bullies to force people to support something that clearly is against common sense and our interests.
Agency: HPD

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