November E-Newsletter

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Community Board 3 – HPD Presentation on HDFC Regulatory Agreement

cb3-land-use-housingHPD has proposed changes to HDFC Regulatory Agreements for limited equity cooperatives in NYC. As a result, Rosie has received multiple calls from HDFC cooperators about the proposed changes. Rosie will meet with the HDFC Coalition, as well as the HDFC Task Force to discuss what their group sees as the detriments and benefits. Rosie’s and her staff are reviewing and analyzing the proposed regulatory agreement which she recently received from a community resident. Rosie was working on organizing a community forum where HPD would come to answer questions. Instead HPD has decided that it will attend community board meetings and make a presentation (with no opportunity for Questions and Answers) to inform residents about the proposed changes.

HPD will make a presentation to CB3’s Land Use, Zoning and Housing Committee on November 9, 2016 to be held at Cooper Union’s Great Hall located at 7 East 7th Street at 6:30 p.m.

The Opening of the Carmen Pabon del Amanecer Garden
cvug5xcwcaal2h0On October 26th, 2016 Rosie, BFC Partners, L&M Development, and Board members of the Carmen Pabon del Amanecer Garden organized a Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for community residents. In 1999, the City of New York conveyed four lots in a ULURP disposition to BFC Partners to build “80/20” housing. As a consequence, the Lower East Side lost Esperanza Garden located on East 7th Street and two of the three lots that comprised El Bello Amanecer Garden. During the hearing of the NYC Council’s Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions, Donald Capoccia of BFC Partners agreed to permanently set aside one lot that would be a community garden. The community would need to create a not-for-profit garden association and BFC would provide a trust fund for the perpetual care of the garden and issue a 99 year lease. Don Capoccia BFC Partner worked with Carmen Pabon del Amanecer Garden Board to draft up a 99 lease and landscaping of the garden. Carmen Pabon attended the event and celebrated with her family, friends and the community.

Rosie and Advocates Call for the Passage of Intro 1233, the Exotic Animal Ban
CvN6cy0WYAA5her.jpgOn October 20th, Rosie joined various animal rights advocates to call for the passage of her bill, Intro 1233, that she first introduced in April 2006. Intro 1233 would require NYC to prohibit the display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement. Rosie said, “I’m excited to get a hearing after 10 years of proposing legislation that would ban the display of wild or exotic animals now known as Intro 1233. I want to thank Councilmember Corey Johnson for co-introducing this bill with me. Intro 1233 is and always has been about the safety and security of animals and human beings. This bill is a step in ensuring that animals are in their natural state, not confined in boxcars or treated in other inhumane ways and thereby protecting humans from animals that might and have acted ferociously.”
Advocates Call for Passage of Rosie’s Legislation that would Protect Tenants from Asthma Triggers found in Apartment Buildings
CvixDO2WgAAzspD.jpgRosie and the Asthma Free Housing Coalition held a press conference in front of 225 East 14th Street, a building in which many tenants have been impacted by mold, to call for the passage of Rosie’s bill Intro 385B. The New York State Department of Health estimates the annual cost of asthma is $1.3 billion in direct medical costs and lost productivity to the state. Rosie issued the following statement: “For 10 years I have worked with advocates for passage of the Asthma Free Housing Act which is now known as Intro 385B. Asthma has a debilitating effect, especially on our children and senior citizens. Pests and mold are asthma triggers that produces poor indoor air quality and, in New York City, there are approximately one million individuals who have been diagnosed with asthma. A report just released by the Independent Budget Office found that the financial impact to New York City in implementing this proposed legislation is estimated at $1.6M to $3.5M per year. This amount is down substantially from the $20M that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development estimated under the previous draft version of this bill.”

NYC Council Committee on Aging Hears Rosie’s Bill on Right to Counsel for Seniors
Cvs2FH0WcAERYXV.jpgOn October 26th, the NYC Council’s Aging Committee heard Rosie’s Intro 96, a bill that would provide legal counsel for seniors facing eviction, ejectment, or foreclosure proceedings. Rosie issued the following statement on her bill: “Intro 96, Right to Counsel for Senior Citizens, is a bill that I introduced approximately 11 years ago. This legislation would provide our most vulnerable New Yorkers, senior citizens, with an attorney irrespective of whether they rent or own their home. Senior citizens are more apt to be subject to predatory lending or harassment by unscrupulous landlords. The poverty level and the number of seniors in NYC shelters have risen. In NYC, anyone who is about to lose their home should be provided a lawyer, but if we can’t do that now, then we should ensure that we do it for the elderly.”

Rosie and the NYC Council’s LGBT Caucus Sponsor First-Ever Transgender Sensitivity Training
CvJiwUhW8AA3UUF.jpgThe LGBT Caucus of the New York City Council under the leadership of its Chair Rosie sponsored the first-ever Transgender sensitivity training for Councilmembers and Council staff. The training was facilitated by the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the LGBT Center. It included the history of the LGBT community and terminology often used in the community, as well as role playing of scenarios with appropriate and inappropriate responses. All attendess left with a better understanding of the Transgender community.
Rosie Joins Advocates in Opposition to Hotel over Housing
With the pending demolition of 112-10 East 11th Street looming, advocates, elected officials and preservation groups gathered in front of the 5 buildings to hold a press conference. Rosie has gone on record opposed to the loss of housing for another boutique establishment and her disappointment with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s response to the site’s landmark application. These buildings’ unique look added to the diverse and distinct architectural history of our district. Here is Rosie’s most recent statement about this project:

“I stand by my original statement and my continued disappointment that we are losing five buildings in my district that contained several dozen affordable rent regulated units, as well as the fact that these were architecturally and historically significant buildings built in the late 1800’s. Instead we will have a hotel that will be architecturally out of character and out of scale with our neighborhood. I am extremely disappointed that this mayoral administration has not come forward with any legislative/zoning solutions to prevent these types of “as of right developments” from reoccurring. Not surprising is that AirBnB is distorting the facts for its own self-interest. The facts remain that legal hotels are a bitter pill when we are losing affordable housing, but illegal hotels are against the law.”

Rosie Attends Community Forum about MSBI Transition Plans
On Thursday, October 27th Rosie attended a community forum held at Baruch College to inform residents of the downsizing of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel campus located on 1st Avenue. These changes in provision of services will take place over 4 years. The Mount Sinai Health System has released a restructuring plan that will cost half a billion dollars after reports of serious financial losses.

Over time, the Beth Israel facilities will close with a new hospital appearing a couple blocks away along with an upgraded Eye and Ear Infirmary and enhanced Downtown Network, covering south of 34th Street from river to river. The new building will hold just 70 inpatient beds with flexibility to add on top of the proposed design should it be needed.

Although it is reported that only half of the approximate 800 beds were in use, many residents expressed their anxiety of such a low estimate, along with the loss of another level-1 trauma emergency room after the closing of St. Vincent’s on the west side.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. Elected officials commented that Mount Sinai and the State Department of Health did not address all of our concerns but had brought a lot more information to the public compared to the last informational meeting. Mount Sinai plans to start construction by 2018, and will sell the property after the transition is complete. Their portfolio may be subject to a public hearing and they have been asked to partner with a developer of affordable housing to address the crisis in our city.

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