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Posted: July 14, 2021

CNYC WEBINAR ON THE FLORIDA CONDO COLLAPSE

To help members separate fact from rumor and to understand what implications this disaster could have for their buildings, CNYC will bring together experts at 5PM on Tuesday, July 27th to for a webinar exploring structural questions, legal issues, insurance concerns, lenders’ perspectives and the role of management in helping New York buildings avert any such catastrophe. CNYC board chair Stuart Saft, Esq. will lead the discussion; he will be joined by fellow CNYC board members, engineer Peter Varsalona, and property manager Michael Wolfe, and by banker Casey Fannon and insurance expert Mark Kaufman Everyone is welcome at this important webinar, but advance registration is required. Register at workshops@CNYC.coop.

AIRBORNE INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPOSURE PREVENTION PLAN REQUIRED

June amendments to the New York HERO Act required the New York State Labor Department to publish model workplace safety plans to prevent the spread of airborne infectious diseases. Employers are required to adopt the model plan (or a more stringent version of their own) by August 5 2021. Employers must share their plans with employees within 30 days of adoption. A 9-page general model plan is now available on the website of the State Department of Labor https://dol.ny.gov/ny-hero-act by scrolling down the page. Below this general plan are industry specific templates, but there is not yet one specifically for residential buildings. Note that these plans must be adopted now, but they are to be put into effect only when an airborne infectious disease is designated by the NYS Commissioner of Health as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public. No such designation is currently in place.

REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Local Law 97 of 2019 created the Climate Mobilization Act whose goal is an 80% reduction of NYC’s 2005 carbon footprint by the year 2050. The legislation sets goals that buildings 25,000 square feet or larger must meet in 2024 and 2029 and an Advisory Board has been formed to recommend future goals and possible modifications/amendments to the law. Buildings are wise to begin now to consult with knowledgeable professionals and to prepare for the upgrading and eventual replacement of various building systems to endure carbon reduction. Here are some good sources of help.

HELP AND GUIDANCE FROM THE NYC ACCELERATOR
The NYC Accelerator has funding to help buildings understand their energy and carbon reduction needs and to find service providers and possible sources of funding for improvements. There is no cost for the services of the NYC Accelerator. Contact them at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycaccelerator/index.page.

RETROFIT NOW! A 4-DAY COURSE FOR PROFESSIONALS AND INTERESTED BOARD MEMBERS
The American Institute of Architecture is sponsoring an energy-conservation focused class to teach designers and other professionals how to retrofit buildings to comply with Local Law 97. It covers a broad array of strategies, including ones that will get buildings pretty far down the road without breaking the bank. Classes are being offered in July (19th, 20th, 26th and 27th) and August (23rd-26th) and monthly throughout the fall. For costs and further details go to https://calendar.aiany.org/2021/07/19/retrofit-now-reducing-carbon-and-complying-with-ll97-day-1-2/


Posted: June 30, 2021

ABATEMENT EXTENDER SIGNED INTO LAW

On June 29, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed into law the bill introduced by Assembly Member Dan Quart and State Senator John Liu to extend through June 30, 2023 the property tax abatement program for qualifying home owners in housing cooperatives and condominiums in New York City, making it Chapter 184 of the Laws of 2021.

The Department of Finance had included these abatements on property tax bills mailed earlier this month and payable tomorrow, July 1st.

CNYC thanks our lawmakers, the Governor and the Department of Finance for the important parts that they have played in ensuring the seamless continuation of the abatement program. We will provide further updates as more of the legislation passed by both legislative houses is sent to the Governor and signed into law.  

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL

CNYC extends best wishes for a safe, relaxed and happy holiday weekend to all its members and subscribers.


Posted: June 16, 2021

NYC PRIMARY ELECTION

Early voting is now in progress through Sunday,  June 20th and Primary Day is Tuesday,  June 22nd.

Please review all offices for which you will be voting and be prepared to rank up to five of the candidates as your top choices.
 
CNYC joined with HABITAT magazine and the Presidents’ Coop and Condo Council to invite the eight leading Mayoral Candidates to discuss issues important to housing cooperatives and condominiums.

Four candidates accepted this invitation.  Click to view interviews with Kathryn GarciaEric AdamsScott Stringer and Shaun Donovan.


Posted: June 11, 2021

MANY BILLS PASSED IN CLOSING DAYS OF ALBANY LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The Albany legislative session closed yesterday with a flurry of bills passed by both Senate and Assembly.  Several of these are of importance to New York housing cooperatives and condominiums.  None have yet been signed into law by Governor Cuomo: 

CO-OP/CONDO ABATEMENT PROGRAM EXTENDED THRU JUNE 30, 2023.  Passed last week, this legislation continues the abatement program for qualifying home owners in New York City whose cooperative or condominium is their primary residence.  CNYC thanks Dan Quart who sponsored this legislation in the Assembly and John Liu for the Senate version.  

PREVAILING WAGE LEGISLATION takes effect in July 2022.  Sponsored by Brian Benjamin in the Senate and Carmen de la Rosa in the Assembly, this legislation requires that any cooperative or condominium of 30 units or less that is assessed at $100,000 or more and any cooperative or condominium larger than 30 units that is assessed at $60,000 or more to certify that it is paying the ‘prevailing wage’ to all building service employees in order to qualify for the abatement program above.  The prevailing wage published on the comptroller’s website corresponds to the wages and benefits in the 32BJ residential contract.  This legislation also gives shareholders and unit owners the responsibility of confirming to the Department of Finance that their units are their primary residences.  

REVERSE MORTGAGES FOR SENIORS IN NEW YORK STATE HOUSING COOPERATIVES will become possible if Governor Cuomo signs legislation just passed.  We are cautious because of his surprise veto of similar legislation two years ago.  Once signed into law, this legislation will require that new forms and protocols be established before implementation can begin.  CNYC has worked long and hard to enable seniors in housing cooperatives to tap the equity in their homes for funds to enable them to meet the costs of living on in those homes.  Our thanks to Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz and Senator Alexandria Biaggi  for all their help with this important issue.  

CLARIFYING PART M OF HSTPA – Senator John Liu and Assembly Member Ed Braunstein have passed legislation that clearly exempts most housing cooperatives from provisions of Part M of the stringent rent law HSTPA passed in 2019 in cases where no landlord/tenant relationship exists. 

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS IN PURSUIT OF DELINQUENT BUILDINGS

FINES FOR FAILURE TO POST ENERGY GRADES
Buildings of 25,000 square feet or more are required to benchmark their water and energy use annually using the EPA Portfolio Manager online portal.  From this benchmarking information, the City of New York has derived Energy Grades, which buildings are required to download and to post prominently on all public entrances to the building.  Enforcement has begun to track down buildings that have not yet downloaded their Energy Grades for posting.  For information on remedying such a situation click here [June 10  notice from DOB)

OVERDUE FAÇADE REEPORTS AND LONG TERM SIDEWALK SHED
The Department of Buildings has reached out to CNYC for help contacting buildings whose Local Law 11 (FISP) reports are overdue and those where sidewalk sheds have been in place for more than five years.  These are two of DoB’s Trifecta of Non- Compliance.  (happily, residential buildings are not subject to the sprinkler requirement that the City has imposed on commercial buildings higher than 100 feet.).  See the CNYC website for a webinar on this issue,  and watch the CNYC calendar for another such webinar where you can participate and get answers to your questions about FISP reports and sidewalk sheds.


Posted: June 10, 2021

CITY SEEKS HELP BRINGING BUILDINGS INTO FISP AND SHED SAFETY COMPLIANCE

The Department of Buildings has reached out to CNYC for help reaching those CNYC members who may be among those whose buildings need to be brought into compliance regarding sidewalk sheds or Façade Inspection Safety (FISP) requirements. Below is a video of the webinar describing DoB’s TRIFECTA OF NON-COMPLIANCE (happily, residential buildings are not subject to the sprinkler requirement).

The Department of Buildings will hold another webinar on this topic where CNYC members will be able to ask all questions that they have relating to their FISP filing and long term sidewalk sheds. Watch the CNYC calendar for the announcement of the date of that webinar.


Posted: June 4, 2021

2-YEAR ABATEMENT EXTENDER PASSES SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

CNYC thanks Assembly member Dan Quart and State Senator John Liu for sponsoring the legislation that extends the abatement for qualifying primary residents of New York City housing cooperatives and condominiums thru June 30, 2023.   Please urge Governor Cuomo to sign A.7126/S.7031 into law.

THREE JUNE HEARINGS OF THE PROPERTY TAX COMMISSION

The Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform continues its series of hearings on the ten recommendations in its Preliminary Report,   with the Queens hearing online at 6 PM on June 9th,  the Bronx hearing online at 6 PM on June 14th and the Manhattan hearing online at 6 PM on June 16th.  Testimony can be given at any of these hearings, regardless of where you live, but registration is required. Oral testimony is limited to two minutes; written testimony of any length can be e-mailed to the Property Tax Commission or uploaded on their portal. 


Posted: June 4, 2021

There are only a few weeks left until the 2021 New York City Primaries on June 22. These elections will shape the future and recovery of New York - which is why it's important to know the candidates who are running to lead our City!

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Posted: May 25, 2021

PROPERTY TAX ADVISORY COMMISSION -- SECOND HEARING IS THIS THURSDAY EVENING

The Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform for New York City will hold the second of five virtual hearings on the ten recommendations in its Preliminary Report on Thursday, May 27th at 6 PM.  This is said to be the hearing for Brooklyn, but all interested New Yorkers are encouraged to attend any hearing that is convenient (or more than one) and to provide substantive testimony on the recommendations of the Commission.  Click here to register for Thursday’s hearing.

CNYC and the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes were represented at the Staten Island hearing on May 11th and testified on the Commission’s recommendation that certain houses, cooperatives and condominiums receive a homestead exemption based on the finances of the owner. The Commission sees this homestead exemption as replacing the current abatement program for primary residents in cooperatives and condominiums.  CNYC and the Action Committee expressed the strong opinion that EVERY home owner in the City for whom their home is their primary residence should get a homestead exemption.  Thursday’s testimony will address  support for any property reform program that the Commission proposes to include and to expand  ‘circuit breakers’ designed to mitigate the tax burden on veterans,  seniors, etc.

Three more hearings have now been scheduled.  The Queens hearing will be on the evening of June 9th,  the Bronx hearing on June 14th and Manhattan on June 16th.  Any New Yorker is welcome to register and to testify in any one (or more) of these hearings. 

CITY PRIMARY ELECTION WILL USE RANKED CHOICE VOTING

Primary Day is June 22nd; and early voting can be done from June 12th thru June 20th.  The new system of ranked choice voting allows each voter to select not only their first choice for the office,  but up to five choices, ranked in order of preference.  This avoids the cost of run-off elections which are often poorly attended, and ensures that the winning candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.  It also demands more of the voter, in that one should now try to learn about ALL of the candidates running for each office.

To help members learn the views of Mayoral candidates on issues important to housing cooperatives and condominiums, Habitat Magazine, CNYC and the Presidents’ Co-op and Condo Council are conducting candidate interviews which are posted with transcripts on the Habitat website www.habitatmag.com.  The Mayoral interviews can be also be viewed by clicking here


Posted: May 19, 2021

Effective May 19, New York has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People,” issued May 13, for most businesses and public settings.

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Posted: May 14, 2021

VIEW MAYORAL CANDIDATE DISCUSSING CO-OP & CONDO ISSUES

CNYC has partnered with HABITAT Magazine and the Presidents Co-op and Condo Council to invite Mayoral Candidates to address our issues. As these interviews are completed, they are posted at www.youtube.com/user/HabitatMagazine. Beginning on Monday afternoon, the video interviews and transcripts will be posted on the Habitat website at www.habitatmag.com. In this year of ranked choice voting it is important to study the positions and goals of all candidates, to best be able to list several choices on primary ballots in June.

ZOOM INTERVIEW SERIES WITH CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Next in the series of zoom interviews with candidates for City Council sponsored by REBNY, CNYC, Coalition for Livable Neighborhoods, NYRAC and YMWREA is an interview on Tuesday Morning, May 18th at 11::00 AM with Lynn Schulman, who is running to represent Kew Gardens, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Richmond hill. Please register for this event by clicking here Webinar Registration - Zoom. Please feel free to forward this information to friends and colleagues.

REMINDER: PPP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MAY 31st

Thanks to Senator Schumer, housing cooperatives with financial losses due to Covid-19 are eligible to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from the Small Business Administration www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program. Qualifying portions of these low interest loans can be converted to grants. Applications must be filed by the end of this month.


Posted: May 10, 2021

CITY PRIMARY ELECTION TIME DRAWS NEAR

The system of term limits in our city tends to result in a really big election every eight years as incumbents reach the end of their allotted two four-year terms. This year, New Yorkers will elect a new Mayor, a new Comptroller, several new borough presidents, many new City Council representatives, and more! The general election will occur in November but a significant portion of the decision making takes place in the Primaries which are held this year on June 22nd, with early voting from June 12th to 20th. Voters will be asked to use RANKED CHOICE VOTING, which encourages us to learn more about all of the candidates for each office.

RANKED CHOICE VOTING -- HOW DOES IT WORK?

Ranked choice voting is intended to eliminate slow and costly run-off elections which often have very low turnout. With Ranked Choice Voting, voters are asked to indicate not only their first choice candidate, but up to five candidates, arranged in preferential order. If one candidate receives over 50% of the vote as number one ranked candidate, the election is over. If, however, no one receives over 50% of first ranked votes, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated and the 2nd to 5th choices of their supporters are redistributed among the remaining candidates until a winner emerges with over 50% of the votes. This year, New York conducted a few Special Elections using Ranked Choice Voting, but the June primary will be the first time the system has been implemented citywide.

ON May 18th CNYC is one of the partners sponsoring a REBNY webinar on ranked choice voting. To register click here

LEARNING ABOUT THE CANDIDATES

The internet provides many opportunities to get to know the candidates, who all have their own websites and supporters. The various candidates can be found grouped by the office they aspire to or the City Council district in which they are competing to represent you. Additionally, various group are sponsoring interviews, panel discussions and debates that focus on their area of interest.

To learn the views of the leading Mayoral candidates on issues important to housing cooperatives and condominiums, CNYC has partnered with HABITAT Magazine and the Presidents Co-op and Condo Council to conduct a series of one-on-one interviews. These interviews will soon be posted online by all three interviewing entities.

In addition, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has invited CNYC to be part of its Tuesday afternoon series of interviews with candidates for the City Council and later for borough president.   These take place via Zoom every Tuesday at 1 PM.   Here is the link for tomorrow’s interview with  Gigi Li one of nine candidates running to represent District 1 at the southernmost tip of Manhattan.


Posted: May 3, 2021

NYC PROPERTY TAXES AGAIN FRONT AND CENTER

ADVISORY COMMISSION HEARINGS ON PRELIMINARY REPORT
The Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform appointed in 2018 by the Mayor and the City Council that issued its Preliminary Report on January 31, 2020, has announced the reopening of its 5-borough hearings on that report which had been postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual hearings will be scheduled for all boroughs for comments on the 10 recommendations in the Preliminary Report, specifically whether they would achieve the goals of a fairer system, would be improved by certain modifications, or should be enhanced with additional recommendations. Presently scheduled are sessions for New Yorkers in 
                Staten Island at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 11th 
                Brooklyn at 6 PM on Thursday, May 27th 
Anyone wishing to testify must register no later than 24 hours in advance on the Commission’s website
It is important that home owners in cooperatives and condominiums participate in these hearings with specific comments on the recommendations in the report. 

At the May 5 meeting of the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes the recommendations in the Advisory Commission Report will be discussed. 

ASSEMBLY MEMBER DAN QUART INTRODUCES ABATEMENT EXTENDER 
Legislation to extend the Property Tax Abatement program for qualifying home owners in New York City cooperatives and condominiums for two years in its present form has been introduced in the Assembly by Dan Quart (A.7126). CNYC strongly supports this legislation, while still requesting for a longer extender. Please encourage your Albany representatives to support this vital extender.

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Posted: April 28, 2021

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Posted: April 26, 2021

The 2021 Benchmarking compliance deadline for the 2020 calendar year data reporting has been extended. The 2020 calendar year data is now due no later than June 1, 2021.

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Posted: April 16, 2021

PPP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 31ST

Since all  designated funds have not yet been allocated, the Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program Loans (qualifying portions of which can be converted to grants).  These loans are available to housing cooperatives that have suffered financial loss due to the pandemic.  For more information click here

NYC ACCELERATOR: FREE EXPERT GUIDANCE TO FUTURE-FIT NEW YORK

The NYC Accelerator is back after a covid-imposed suspension.  Launched in 2012 by the Mayors Office of Sustainability, this program provides advice and guidance to help buildings all across the City to lower pollution and carbon emissions.  Experts at NYC Accelerator are prepared to help your building with clear explanations of compliance requirements, technical assistance, short and long term planning,  information about financial incentives,  and help finding skilled service providers. On Tuesday morning, April 20th from 9:30 to 10:00, the NYC Accelerator will conduct a Virtual Reconnect, where you can learn about how the program can help meet your building’s needs.  You will be able to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an energy expert.  Click here to register.   

GAS PIPE INSPECTIONS FILINGS

Local Law 152 of 2016 requires all buildings to file certification of periodic inspection of exposed gas piping in non-tenant spaces performed by a licensed master plumber or a qualified individual working under the direct and continuing supervision of a licensed master plumber.  This individual must certify whether conditions requiring correction were identified and whether additional time is required to correct those conditions. Compliance is staggered as described in the following chart and must repeated every four years

DATE RABGE FOR INSPECTION 

BUILDING IN COMMUNITY DISTRICTS

January 1, 2020 – June 30 2021

1, 3 and 10 in all boroughs

January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021* 2, 5, 7 13, and 18 in all boroughs
January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022* 4, 6, 8, 9 and 16 in all boroughs
January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023* 11, 12, 14, 15 and 17 in all boroughs
January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024* 1, 3 and 10 in all boroughs

* and no later than December 31 within every 4th calendar year thereafter.


To identify your community district,  search by address at communityprofiles.planning.nyc.gov

If the building does not contain a gas piping system a registered design professional (Professional Engineer or Registered Architect) must submit to the Department of Buildings on its online portal a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification stating that the building does not contain gas piping  by December 31, 2021 that

ALBANY BUDGET BRINGS CAPITAL BASE TAX TO ZERO FOR COOPERATIVES

As had been promised, the State budget sheltered housing cooperatives from any increase in the Capital Base Tax and followed prior phase out legislation in reducing this tax to zero for housing cooperatives, beginning this year. 

WITH THE BUDGET IN PLACE, ALBANY IS NOW CONSIDERING OTHER BILLS:

As had been promised, the State budget sheltered housing cooperatives from any increase in the Capital Base Tax and followed prior phase out legislation in reducing this tax to zero for housing cooperatives, beginning this year. 

PLEASSE ENCOURAGE YOUR ALBANY REPRESENTATIVES TO EXTEND THE COOP/CONDO ABATEMENT
The abatement program for qualifying home owners in housing cooperatives and condominiums  sunsets on June 30, 2021 and needs to be extended.  Because the Advisory Commission charged with suggesting property tax reform for New York City was unable to complete its work, CNYC asks your vocal support for a four year extender of the abatement program to give the new City administration time to address property tax reform.  The abatement was enacted in 1996 as a first step towards property tax fairness for home owners in NYC cooperatives and condominiums; it has been repeatedly extended since that time and was modified in 2013 to apply only where the cooperative or condominium is the primary residence of its owner.  Adjustments made that year also give higher percentage of abatement to homes of lower assessed value. At this writing, no legislation has yet been introduced.  Updates will be provided at our April 21st Informational meeting and the May 5th Meeting of the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes. 

PLEASE SUPPORT REVERSE MORTGATES FOR SENIORS IN HOUSING COOPERATIVES
In December of 2019, Governor Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have enabled seniors in New York housing cooperatives to tap the equity in their homes through reverse mortgages -- an option available to seniors in single family homes and in condominiums.  The veto message expressed concern that HUD would not oversee these loans.  Assembly member Dinowitz and Senator Biaggi have reintroduced their legislation (A.1508/S.760) which they hope to amend  to meet the Governor’s concern.  The Covid pandemic has significantly increased the need for such legislation to enable seniors to afford to live out their lives in the cooperatives that have long been their homes.  

LEGISLATION IS NEEDED TO CLARIFY THAT PART M of HSTPA DOES NOT APPLY TO COOPERATIVES
Stringent rent legislation passed in 2019 includes a Part M, which applies to ‘all leases’.  Because cooperatives have Proprietary Leases, prudence has dictated that cooperatives comply with Part M until such time that it is clarified that Part M does not apply to housing cooperatives.  A.4199 Braunstein/S.5105 Liu would accomplish this important goal. 

PLEASE HELP CNYC OPPOSE LEGISLATION TO CONTROL THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS IN COOPERATIVES
Three bills seek to control the admissions process which is vital to a cooperative’s ability to welcome members who will share in the responsibility of operating their home and their community.  CNYC opposed these attempts to impose a one-size-fits all time frame on the admissions process and to require reasons when candidates are denied admission.  Please ask your Albany law makers to oppose passage of S.1449- Saunders/A.6510 Walker, which would amend Civil Rights law to require reasons when an applicant is not accepted by a cooperative, A.5856 Lavine/S.2846 Kavanaugh,  which imposes time frames on the process,  and  A.1623 Perry/S.2874 Kavanagh,  which imposes both time frame and reasons requirement.


Posted: April 12, 2021

NEVER BENCHMARKED BEFORE?
BENCHMARK EVERY YEAR?
EITHER WAY, WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED!

Posted as a courtesy to the Sustainability Help Center

How to Benchmark Training for First Timers
This free training series will equip you with all you need to know to prepare and submit your Energy and Water Benchmarking Report to the City of New York. We will walk you through the process from start to submission!

Here's What We'll Cover

  • Benchmarking Fundamentals
  • How to set up an account in Portfolio Manager
  • How to add a building and collect building data
  • How to submit your report to the City
  • and More!

Upcoming Dates
This is a three-part training:

  • April 12 | Monday 2:00 pm
  • April 19 | Monday 2:00 pm
  • April 26 | Monday 2:00 pm

Register

Refresher Training for Returning Users
Benchmarking is required every year but only once a year, making it easy to forget the steps.
This free special refresher will walk you through the steps you need to take to submit your 2020 data well in advance of the May 1st deadline!

Here's What We'll Cover

  • Review property details
  • Review automated energy and water data uploads
  • Report to the City of New York
  • NEW COVID guidance for Benchmarking
  • NEW Letter Grades
  • and More!

Upcoming Dates
This is a one-hour training:

  • April 9 | Friday 9:30 am
  • April 13 | Tuesday 1:00 pm
  • April 16 | Friday 1:00 pm
  • April 27 | Tuesday 9:30 am

Register


Posted: April 2, 2021

‘REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION’ NOTIFICATION REQUIRED – BUT DEADLINE POSTPONED 
New York State Human Rights law was amended in December to require that tenants and prospective tenants – including shareholders and unit owners – be proactively notified of their right to ‘reasonable accommodation’ for physical or mental disabilities.  Notice was to be provided by April 1st, but Governor Cuomo has postponed this deadline pending the promulgation of rules by the Division of Human Rights (with a common period before the rules are implemented).  CNYC will keep members apprised of progress.  

COOPERATIVES NOT TO FACE CAPITAL BASE TAX INCREASE 
As we prepare this notice, State budget negotiations are still ongoing, but CNYC has had assurances that housing cooperatives are not the target of any increase in the Capital Base Tax that may be part of this budget.   

PLEASE HELP PUSH TO EXTEND THE PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT 
The top priority of CNYC and the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes is to ensure a multi-year extender of the Property Tax Abatement Program for Qualifying Home Owners in NYC Cooperatives and Condominiums before its sunset date of June 30, 2021.  This program was initiated in 1996 as a small first step toward property tax fairness for these home owners, while awaiting a long term plan to treat all New York City taxpayers fairly and equitably.  In the intervening years, abatement program has been extended multiple times, while still awaiting tax reform.  The pandemic halted efforts by the latest Commission convened for this purpose.  We are hopeful that a 4 year extender of the abatement program would give the new city administration time to put forth a fair and equitable property tax plan for New York City.  Please urge your Albany representatives to support a 4 year extender of the abatement.  

STATE YOUR OPPOSITION TO ALL BILLS SEEKING TO CONTROL CO-OP ADMISSIONS  
Listed on the CNYC website and described in previous e-blasts are a number of bills that seek to impose time frames on co-op admissions and to require reasons when candidates are rejected.  CNYC has long argued that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all framework for this important procedure for ensuring prospective member of the cooperative community are qualified. Please urge your elected representatives to cease sponsorship of such legislation and to oppose any that come before them.


Posted: February 10, 2021

PLEASE GET TO KNOW YOUR ALBANY REPRESENTATIVES

Find your State Senator at nysenate.gov and your Assembly Representative at nyassembly.gov

Please contact their local offices, introduce yourself,  tell them about your cooperative or condominium  and ways that they could be helpful to you.  Suggest that they might come to one of your meetings or social events once we get past the pandemic.  In your conversation, please be sure to make the following points. 

  • Ask that they support a 4-year extender of the property tax abatement program for NYC housing cooperatives and condominiums, well in advance of its June 30 sunset date.

  • Ask for their support for reverse mortgages for seniors in housing cooperatives. A.1508/S.760 would enable seniors to tap the equity in their homes for funds needed to continue to live there.  The pandemic has exacerbated the need for this. 

  • Ask that they protect your cooperative/condominium by opposing many different pieces of legislation that seek to control admissions and other aspects of cooperative and condominium home ownership.  Some of the current legislation is listed on the CNYC website in our posting of February 1st.   More bills are introduced daily.  Help CNYC make the point that cooperatives and condominiums function well;  they are already subject to a myriad of laws and regulations if they behave badly, and that education of shareholders and unit owners to exercise their responsibilities to serve on committees and on the  board to make their home the best place that it can be. 

Posted: January 29, 2021


Posted: February 1, 2021

PROPERTY TAX

ASSESSMENTS FOR FISCAL 2021/2022
On January15th the Department of Finance published the tax rolls for Fiscal 2021/2022, While the new assessments are significantly lower than those for the prior year, it must be noted that last January’s assessments predated the Covid-19 Pandemic and were therefore an increase over the prior year. Multi-family buildings have until March 1st to protest their assessments by filing appropriate forms with the City. This will be a topic at the February 10th meeting of the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes as will the urgent importance of a strong grass roots effort with Albany law makers to ensure that the property tax abatement program for qualifying home owners in housing cooperatives and condominiums will be extended beyond its June 30, 2021 sunset date.

EXEMPTIONS APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILES WITH DoF BY MARCH 15th
Please remind those who have received NYC exemptions as qualifying seniors, veterans, clergy or people with disabilities in your cooperative or condominium that they must now register annually with the Department of Financer in order to continue to qualify. Details are posted on the CNYC website.

PPP LOANS FOR HOUSING COOPERATIVES

SOME LENDERS IMPOSE CONDITIONS ON PPP APPLICATIONS
As housing cooperatives make application for PPP Loans, some lenders are requiring personal information about shareholders. Senator Schumer and Representative Nydia Velasquez are looking into the matter on our behalf.

ALBANY LEGISLATIVE SESSION

PLEASE SUPPORT REVERSE MORTGAGE LEGISLATION
Assembly member Dinowitz and State Senator Biaggi have reintroduced the reverse mortgage legislation that they piloted through the legislature last year, only to have it vetoed by Governor Cuomo. The pandemic has further accentuated the urgent need for seniors in housing cooperatives to be able to access the equity in their homes through reverse mortgages in order to afford to stay in their homes. Please call your State Senator and Assemblymember and ask that they support A.1508/S.760 which would enable seniors in housing cooperatives to access reverse mortgages.

PLEASE HELP CNYC OPPOSE LEGISLATION INIMICAL TO CO-OPS & CONDOS
In these early days of the new legislative session, lawmakers are re-introducing legislation that CNYC has opposed in the past. The following five have already been introduced in this session. As more appear, CNYC will share their bill numbers with you. Please contact your State Senator and Assembly representative and ask that they oppose these bills. If they are the sponsors, please explain to them how the law they are proposing would be detrimental to your condominium or cooperative.

  1. S.2887 would disqualify cooperative and condominium units with assessed values of $200,000 or more from the property tax abatement program. This would increase by more than 21% the property tax paid by the affected units. It has been introduced by Brian Kavanagh and currently has no companion bill in the Assembly.
  2. S.2846, also introduced by Senator Kavanagh and also currently without a companion bill would impose time frames on the admissions process in housing cooperatives in the name of transparency as compared with the sale of a private home. However, the two transactions are far from comparable. Unlike sales of private homes, prospective purchasers in housing cooperatives are applying to becoming members of a community to which they will be expected to contribute in positive ways. No one-size-fits all parameters should be imposed on the careful review of the application to become a member of a cooperative.
  3. S.2874/A.1623 by Senator Kavanagh and Assembly member Perry would impose time frames as above and would also require that reasons be provided when an application is denied.
  4. S.1449, introduced by Senator Saunders also requires that reasons be provided for rejections; it amends the Civil Rights law to do so.
  5. S.3082, introduced by Senator Salazar, this bill claims to prohibit eviction without good cause. It sets stringent requirements for the eviction of individuals from rented units, virtually requiring recourse to the courts for every eviction. It does list among its exceptions the right of the owner of a unit to recover it for their personal use and occupancy.

Posted: January 11, 2021

HOUSING COOPERATIVES SUFFERING FINANCIAL LOSS DUE TO COVID ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR PPP LOAN PROGRAM

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has recently released additional PPP forms and guidance:

Guidance & Resources

For more information and updates, visit SBA.gov/PPP or Treasury.gov/CARES


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Policy Update Wednesday, January 6, 2021

SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has recently released additional PPP guidance:

For more information and updates, visit SBA.gov/PPP or Treasury.gov/CARES


STIMULUS BILL EXTENDS AND EXPANDS GOVERNMENT HELP

The long debated and long awaited Federal Stimulus legislation passed last night provides help to individuals, hospitals, and businesses, extending and expanding Small Business Administration lending programs, enhancing vaccine distribution, and providing funds to bolster public transportation, cultural institutions and restaurants. Senator Chuck Schumer has worked relentlessly to bring this relief to the people and institutions of our nation.

HOUSING COOPERATIVES NOW ELIGIBLE FOR PPP LOANS

When the first stimulus bill was passed last March, we learned to our dismay that cooperative housing was not zeligible for the SBA PPP loans that were made available to businesses. Senator Schumer and the New York Congressional delegation made sure that the HEROES Act passed by the House of Representatives in May included a provision correcting this. And the stimulus passed by both Senate and House yesterday expands PPP eligibility to housing cooperatives. If your cooperative has experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic, consult with management or with your bank to be prepared to apply once the SBA website is updated to provide forms.

Here is a link where you can write your own thanks to Senator Schumer E-Mail Chuck | Contact | U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York (senate.gov)

HOLIDAY WISHES

The board and staff of CNYC wish you and your families a pleasant, prudent holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year. Let’s all remember to thank the people who helped make this incredibly difficult year more bearable.


Posted: December 4, 2020

40TH ANNUAL HOUSING CONFERENCE
ONLINE ONLY

40th Annual Housing Conference

NEW RESOURCE: See the Directory of Products & Services from the Conference Program

Directory of Products & Services

CNYC thanks all those who attended our 40th Annual -- and first all - virtual -- Housing Conference

We apologize to those of you whose links didn’t come thru on the first try,  we have done our best to fix all glitches and to get you to your classes.  We dare to hope that our 41st Annual Housing Conference on Sunday,  November 14, 2021 will again be an in-person event and that you will be there.   In the interim, we welcome your comments on this Conference.  


Posted: December 7, 2020

CITY COUNCIL CONTEMPLATES LEGISLATION REQUIRING EXTENSIVE SPRINKLER RETROFIT

On Wednesday at 1PM two committees of the City Council will consider Int. No. 1146-B which would require all  existing buildings over 40 feet in height to retrofit their entire interior with sprinkler systems within a nine year period and to provide interim reports along the way. The astronomical cost of such an endeavor is equaled only by the stress of chopping into each and every room in the building to install the sprinkler system.  CNYC will testify in opposition to this bill.

Most of the affected buildings are non-combustible.  The FDNY has a sterling record for its quick response, its ability to quickly control fires within affected apartments and to save lives.

Mandating the tremendous capital expenditure for sprinklers will surely divert scarce funds and attention from other urgent goals of carbon reduction, energy conservation, etc. with minimal impact on public safety. 

Please contact your City Council representative and ask that they oppose Int. No. 1146-B. The Real Estate Board of New York has shared this helpful link which quickly gives you the address of your own Council members plus the sponsors of this legislation. https://www.votervoice.net/REBNY/campaigns/78372/respond

Int. No. 1146-B is one of fifteen pieces of legislation that will be considered at this hearing,  which you can watch at https://council.nyc.gov/livestream  in Room 2.  Written testimony may be submitted by e-mail to testimony@council.nyc.gov up to 72 hours after the close of the hearing. 


Posted: November 20, 2020

Homeowners must renew their property tax benefits by March 15, 2021

The season for homeowners to renew their property tax benefits has begun.

All initial and renewal benefit applications must be submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) by the March 15, 2021, deadline.

Property owners who have questions about the renewal applications should contact the Department of Finance at recertify@finance.nyc.gov, or call 311.

More information about the various programs and applications is available on DOF's Benefits for Property Owners webpage.

SCHE/DHE Renewal

The law requires that the Senior Citizen Homeowners' Exemption (SCHE) must be renewed every two years and the Disabled Homeowners' Exemption (DHE) must be renewed every year.

The Department of Finance has mailed a total of 38,620 renewal reminder notices to these populations, comprising 35,836 SCHE notices and 2,784 DHE notices.

  • Homeowners can renew online (e-file) and should be encouraged to do so.
  • Blank, fillable SCHE and DHE renewal applications are available on our website, but DOF recommends using the pre-populated forms sent by mail, if possible.
  • Homeowners must estimate their total combined income, enter the amount in Section 3 of the renewal application, and submit all required income documentation. Homeowners can use the income calculation worksheet to estimate their total combined income.
  • SCHE and DHE frequently asked questions are available online.

Clergy Renewal

The clergy exemption must be renewed annually. Clergy property tax exemption renewal applications have been mailed to 1,321 clergy exemption recipients. Completed applications must be returned to DOF by March 15, 2021.


Posted: October 27, 2020

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Posted: October 21, 2020

EARLY VOTING STARTS IN NEW YORK ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

Click here for the location of your early voting place and the times that it will be open.


Posted: October 13, 2020

FIRE SAFETY NOTICES ON INSIDE OF FRONT DOOR

FDNY promulgated rules many years ago requiring property owners to distribute signs to residents stating whether their buildings were combustible or non-combustible and listing procedures to cope with a fire in each case.   These notices were to be affixed to the inside of the front door of apartments, but CNYC and others were successful at the time in arranging that the boards of cooperatives and condominiums would simply be responsible for distributing the notices to residents and replacing them if requested.  

New FDNY rules now seek to better ensure that Fire Safety Notices are in place.  They require owners of multiple dwellings (or their representatives) to inspect each dwelling unit at least once evey three years to confirm the presence of a Fire Safety Notice in every unit and to replace missing or damaged notices.  In a multiple dwelling with a cooperative or condominium form of ownership, the  FDNY offers the alternative  that the shareholder or unit owner either post the notice that the board provides or signs a written certification that includes a statement from the Fire Department regarding the importance of the Fire Safety Notice confirming that they have received the Fire Safety Notice.

If a shareholder or unit fails to return the certification which confirms that the fire safety notice has been received and is posted on the inside of the mail entrance to their apartment, the board must have the unit inspected and any missing Fire Safety Notice replaced. 


Posted: October 13, 2020

NYC WORKS TOWARD ZERO LEAD PAINT

In April of 2019, the City Council passed several laws that further strengthen the City’s strict lead paint requirements and better  protect young children from lead paint poisoning .  Local Laws 66 and 70 are of direct concern if your building was built before 1960, when lead paint was outlawed in New York. 

Local law 66 lowers by 50% the allowable blood lead levels triggering concern in small children and similarly reduces acceptable levels of lead in paint,, paint chips and lead dust on floors and window sills.  As of June 1, 2021 the lead dust definition for floors and window sills will be further reduced.  This means that units and buildings that have previously qualified as Lead Free by XRF testing may have to be retested to ensure that they meet the new requirements.  

Local Law 70 expands lead inspection and record keeping requirements in all multiple dwellings built before 1960 where a child under 6 resides.  It expands the definition of ‘resides’ to include any dwelling where a child under 6 spends 10 hours or more per week.   Apartment units meeting these qualification are to be inspected annually for deteriorating lead paint and any problems found must be remedied at once, using approved protocols (including certified contractors for work covering more than two square feet) and a dust wipe clearance at the end of every job.  Records of every lead related job are to be maintained for a period of 10 years and can be audited by HPD at any time.  HPD has developed forms which can be used (but are not required) for this record keeping.

When an apartment where a child under six resides is a cooperative or a condominiums, responsibility for this inspection and remediation belong to the shareholder or unit owner who owns the unit, but, if the unit is rented, the board is now responsible for ensuring that both inspection and remediation take place.   

Individual units or whole buildings can become exempt from the annual inspection requirement after an XRF inspection applying the new maximal allowable lead levels results in certification that they are LEAD FREE (For further information visit safework@health.nyc.gov).


Posted: September 9, 2020

No later than October 30, 2020, and October 30 of each year after 2020, owners of buildings over 25,000 square feet – or multiple buildings on a lot that total 100,000 square feet or more – that appear on the NYC Benchmarking Covered Building List must post a Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to their buildings.

Click here for more information (PDF)


Posted: September 2, 2020

Funding Available for New Water Efficiency Projects

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering funding for water efficiency projects through the Water Conservation and Reuse Grant Pilot Program. The Program reimburses water efficiency projects totaling greater than $50,000 on a single private property that include conventional fixture retrofits and/or innovative water saving technologies, such as on-site water reuse. It is anticipated that up to $1 million will be available, to be distributed amongst selected applicants that agree to the terms of DEP’s Grant Funding Agreement.

Click here for more information (PDF)


Posted: August 6, 2020

NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER EXTENDS COVID PROTECTIONS THRU SEPTEMBER 4TH

On August 5, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed a new executive order continuing thru September 4th temporary suspension and modification of laws relating to the Covid-19 disaster emergency. In addition to continuing rent and mortgage forbearance provisions and eviction prohibitions, the Executive Order extends deadlines for school tax payment in Nassau and provides additional time for aspects of the conversion of rental properties to cooperatives or condominiums.

NYS SENATORS PUSH HARD TO MODIFY SIMULUS BILL TO INCLUDE PPP ELIGIBILITY FOR HOUSING COOPERATIVES,  CONDOMINIUMS & HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS

The House HEROES Act, passed in May includes this important eligibility.  Our Senators continue to push for its inclusion as the Senate finally considers a fourth Stimulus package.

ALBANY JULY SESSION CLOSED WITHOUT ADDRESSING CO-OP LEGISLATION

CNYC thanks all members who responded to our Action Alert in July and contacted their Albany representatives to ask that they oppose the legislation seeking to control the Admissions process.. CNYC’s strong memo in opposition was also circulated to every law maker . The brief July legislative session closed without A.1267-D (Perry)/S.6408-B (Kavanagh) coming to the floor in either house.   CNYC will continue to watch this legislation closely and may ask again for your help again in preventing its passage. 

BENCHMARKING EXTENDED DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15th

NYC buildings of 25,000 square feet or more must submit their benchmarking data on energy and water use to the city portal by August 15th or be subject to fines for failure to comply.

NYC DEP ANNUAL WATER QUALITY NOTICE NOW AVAILABLE

Federal and local guidelines mandate that the Department of Environmental Protection make available to all interested New Yorkers its annual report on the {excellent] quality of New York City water.  Click here to read this report. 

CNYC EVENTS ONLINE

The CNYC website www.CNYC.coop has a new section for webinars and podcasts, where you can find a growing library of audi and video recordings , including a video of Dan Wurtzel’s June 22 class HOW TO RUN A VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING and a podcast previewing Bryan Mazzola’s class on BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES AS EMPLOYER AND HOUSING PROVIDER which will air live on August 12th. 

CNYC’s 40th ANNUAL HOUSING CONFERENCE: AN ONLINE MINI-CONFERENCE

On Sunday, November 15th , CNYC will hold a virtual Mini-Conference via Zoom, where participants can select one morning class and one afternoon class from a roster designed in part to reflect lessons of the pandemic, along with classes on basic aspects of operating New York cooperatives and condominiums.   The online format enables CNYC to include a  Plenary Session that all registrants may attend, where CNYC leaders will provide updates on a variety of issues and introduce special guests speakers.  

PLEASE COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO SO

Census data determines each state’s share of Federal Funding as well as Congressional Representation.  New York continues to be undercounted as the COVID-19 Pandemic keeps people from attending to normal task.   Access the census online at www.census.gov  by entering the address of your primary residence. 


 

ACTION ALERT, July 16, 2020

LEGISLATION TO CONTROL CO-OP ADMISSIONS RESURFACES

URGE YOUR ALBANY LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE A.1267-D/ S.6408-B

Incomprehensively, as the State Legislature convenes this week for a session which one would expect to focus on Covid-19 and budget issues,  instead a revised version of the same old attempts to impose time frames on the admissions process in housing cooperatives and to require reasons when applications are declined are being fast-tracked for stealthy passage.

A.1267-D/ S.6408-B is as impractical as it is unnecessary.  Please call your State Senator and Assembly Representative today to urge their strong opposition to this legislation.  Explain the importance of a careful admissions process in ensuring that the members of the cooperative understand their responsibilities to the community and will be contributing members of that community. 

Find my Senator: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator
Find my Assemblymenber: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search


CNYC Wishes Members, Subscribers and Friends
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

From its new office at
850 7th Avenue, Suite 1103
New York, NY 10019-5230

Please make a note of our new address.


NEW STIMULUS - STILL NO PPP LOANS FOR HOUSING COOPERATIVES OR CONDOMINIUMS NOR FUNDING FOR STATES

Yesterday Congress passed a new injection of federal stimulus funding; although funding available for hospitals and small businesses is greatly enhanced, the legislation did not alter eligibility to include housing cooperatives and condominiums for Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans. New York lawmakers continue efforts to correct this in the next stimulus legislation. CNYC thanks members for your efforts to make this a priority with your elected officials, and ask that you continue to do so. A resolution introduced on Wednesday in the City Council by Queens Council Member Paul Vallone (Res 1289) calls upon Congress to help housing cooperatives and condominiums. The resolution is co-sponsored by 24 other Council Members. Please make sure that your Council member supports this resolution as you continue to raise this issue with your Washington representatives as well.

Additional funding was allocated to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program, which may now be able to fund more loans that housing cooperatives and condominiums seek. Unlike the PPP loan, where a portion of the loan is eligible for forgiveness, EIDL loans simply defer the commencement of interest payments (which cannot exceed 4%) and have a term of up to 30 years.

This stimulus does not provide any funding to help states defer the enormous unanticipated expenses of fighting this pandemic. Please include in your message to Congress the plea that funding be provided to the states in proportion to the costs of fighting Coronavirus.

NYC SUSPENDS ORGANICS COLLECTION AND FASHION NYC

With the City budget and personnel stretched by the demands of Coronavirus, the Department of Sanitation has had to suspend curbside pick-up of organics as of May 4th, scheduling the program to recommence at the end of June of 2021. The RefashioNYC program is also suspended as no new pick-up appointments are being scheduled due to current Coronavirus concerns.

CNYC EVENTS POSTPONED

CNYC has also cancelled evening meetings in these difficult times. We are now exploring postponement dates for the meetings scheduled in May. These will soon be posted on the CNYC website. We hope to see you in person at many of those events.

Stay safe!


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CARES ACT CURRENTLY DOES NOT ALLOW HOUSING COOPERATIVES OR CONDOMINIUMS TO ACCESS PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS

Interim Regulations issued Thursday night (April 2) by the Small Business Administration state that "Businesses that are primarily engaged in owning or purchasing real estate and leasing it for any purpose are not eligible” and that "Apartment buildings and mobile home parks are not eligible", and that "Residential facilities that do not provide healthcare and/or medical services are not eligible."

Locally and throughout the country groups are working to change this to enable housing cooperatives and condominiums to access these loans. Our communities should have this much needed help to keep afloat in these trying times!

Please contact your Congressional Representative and U.S. Senators and ask that they expand the CARES act to enable housing cooperatives and condominiums to access PPP Loans. Point out the lost or deferred revenue you are facing and the extra expenses the pandemic is imposing on the functioning of your community. Ask also that additional funding be provided, since the current program will soon be depleted.

Use this link to Democracy.io to find your Members of Congress and contact them TODAY! https://democracy.io/#!/

If possible, please advise CNYC of the contacts that you have made.

Thank you and stay safe.


SOME SUGGESTIONS AS WE COPE WITH COVID-19

As the challenging days of empty streets and social distancing continue, a variety of concerns arise in our community.  CNYC will try to provide some direction here on frequently asked questions we have received.

STAFFING YOUR BUILDING
Building service workers have been acknowledged as essential service providers and management companies have been working diligently to keep buildings running as smoothly as possible, and Local 32BJ whose members work in many of our buildings has been very cooperative in helping meet issues as they arise, as have other unions. 

CNYC members run the gamut from small, self-managed buildings to large buildings with the unionized workforce.  Our smaller members are using creative strategies to meet the challenges inherent in ‘shelter in place’ orders and the need for enhanced cleanliness.  Larger members are facilitating temporary pandemic-related work arrangements to meet essential needs without compromising worker protection.  Relevant agreements may be found on the website of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations Inc.  (the RAB) at www.rabolr.com in the box at the right about COVID-19; these add flexibility to your ability to adjust schedules either to allow longer hours in fewer days for some staff members (with their agreement) or to stagger shifts for better social distancing. 

If members of your own staff are not able to come to work and you seek reliable help in keeping the building clean, on the RAB website in the COVID-19 box the title Contractors has a list of companies that clean office buildings whose workers would be happy for temporary work during the pandemic.

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has a wealth of helpful information on its Coronavirus Resource Hub: https://rebny.com/content/rebny/en/Coronavirus.html.

PAYMENT ISSUES
The shocking increase in unemployment over the past two weeks affects our community. Cooperatives and condominiums with retail and professional space are receiving requests for deferral or abatement of rents.  Shareholders and unit owners experiencing economic hardship may not be able to make full maintenance payments on time.  These factors can threaten the ability of the cooperative or condominium to make timely payments itself.

Boards need to anticipate the likely impact of this prolonged emergency on their residents and finances and develop to manage these challenges.  Encourage shareholders/unit owners to discuss their situation - with management or the board treasurer - early rather than fail to pay carrying charges.  Try to be practical and accommodating in structuring payment plans.

Commercial tenants forced to close or to severely curtail their revenue-producing operations may be able to make partial payments during the pandemic, and then quickly get up and running afterwards.

ANNUAL MEETING
Another casualty of the pandemic is the Annual Meeting which many cooperatives and condominiums hold in the spring. Many are simply postponing their Annual Meeting to the summer or fall, while others are arranging virtual Annual Meetings.  Either should be acceptable (check with your attorney regarding necessary specifics).

Whether online or in-person,  your Annual Meeting this year should be the occasion to report on the special efforts of staff and management - and, yes, the board! - and their ingenuity and goodwill in meeting the many challenges of this unprecedented situation.


Building Service Workers Perform Essential Services

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order requiring a 100% reduction in on-site personnel for non-essential businesses specifically lists as ESSENTIAL SERVICES those of cleaning and maintaining buildings as well as security functions.   

STAFFING YOUR BUILDING DURING THE PANDEMIC 
While your cooperative or condominium is surely considering various scenarios that could occur in the rapidly changing landscape of the coronavirus pandemic, the Executive Order makes it clear that those service employees who are able to come to your building have a right to do so.  
Consider providing a letter to each employee confirming that their presence is essential to the running of your building.  Remember to thank your employees for their service to your building and to be considerate of those unable to appear because of the illness or of child care issues. 

Efforts are underway to compile lists of individuals willing to fill in to help keep buildings clean and safe during this crisis when they are unable to go to work at their regular jobs.   CNYC will keep members advised as these lists become available. Details will also be found on the website of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations Inc. (The RAB) at www.RABOLR.com.


HOW MULTI-FAMILY BUILDING OWNERS, COOP AND CONDO BOARDS, AND MANAGING AGENTS SHOULD DEAL WITH COVID-19

Prepared by the firm of Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP

Owners of multi-family buildings, boards of condominiums and cooperatives and their managing agents should be aware of their legal obligations that arise from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  In general, owners, board members and managing agents must do what a reasonably prudent person would do when faced with a similar problem. The federal, state and city governments and their agencies are recommending procedures to be followed to minimize health risks to the public and to employees, to deal with individuals infected with the COVID-19 virus, and to be followed by those having come into close contact with such individuals. Deviating significantly from these standards can result in potential claims.

The Center for Disease Control (the “CDC”) maintains that a majority of people have a low risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. The CDC detailed that the following individuals are at an elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19:

  • Within a community where COVID-19 has been reported;
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19;
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19; and
  • Travelers returning from areas where community spread is occurring.

New York State has declared a state of emergency due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in our state. Until we are advised that the virus is under control and the state of emergency has been ended, we believe that all multi-family buildings and managing agents are expected to implement reasonable procedures and protocols in order to mitigate risks and potential claims. We recommend that the following steps be taken in most situations.

I. Standard Protocols for keeping Buildings, Building Staff and Residents Safe

A. Building and Resident Safety

  • Building staff should keep all common areas, furniture and equipment sanitized with the use of an EPA approved disinfectant (must contain at least 70% alcohol). Common areas may include lobbies, elevators, mail rooms, playrooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms and gyms, and common furniture and equipment located therein. Door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, and other commonly touched areas should be disinfected regularly.
  • Building staff should ask all contractors, vendors and delivery persons who enter through the service door to wash their hands and any guests or delivery persons entering through the lobby to cleanse their hands at the hand sanitizer dispensers in the lobby before proceeding further into the building.
  • Provide hand sanitizer dispensers (must contain at least 60% alcohol) and disinfecting wipes for use by building staff, residents and visitors in the lobby, service entrance and in areas where people congregate in the building.
  • Ensure there is always soap and paper towels in bathrooms, that all sinks are in good repair and post reminder instructions for 20-second hand washing.
  • Post flyers and information in readily accessible areas for all the residents and employees to see information on COVID-19. Find links below.
  • Encourage all persons exhibiting symptoms of infection to seek medical care, follow their doctor’s orders, and report themselves to the CDC and local health department.
  • Encourage all persons who have come in close contact with an infected person to self-quarantine in their home for at least 14 days.

B. Building Staff Safety

  • Building staff should wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, according to existing policies and procedures, as well as following label directions for cleaning products.
  • Encourage staff when entering individual homes to inquire with residents if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and if they have traveled to high-risk areas. If the resident answers yes to either of these questions, and the visit may be postponed, it is encouraged that the staff postpone the visit. If that is impossible, the resident should remain in a different room during the visit with the door closed, if possible, wear a face mask, and the employees should immediately wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an approved alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Require building staff to stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Implement a course of action for prompt identification and isolation of infected individuals.
  • Ensure there are face masks, hand sanitizers, soap and sanitized towels readily available for all staff.
  • Employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Hazard guidelines (“OSHA”) and provide a place of employment free from recognized hazards which may cause death and harm. Please see link at end of document.

II. Procedures if you Suspect an Infected Individual in the Building

  • Buildings may temporarily suspend services to public areas like gyms and conference rooms.
  • Attempt to keep the names of suspected infected individuals confidential from other residents but inform all building staff that may come into contact with that individual.
  • The staff should inform management of the name and address of each person suspected of being infected so management can inform the CDC and local health officials.
  • Direct the building staff not to come into contact with the suspected infected or quarantined individual without following the above protocols, i.e. request the suspected individual to exit the room, wear protective face mask and properly sanitize after the visit.
  • Advise all infected or quarantined persons that deliveries will be left outside the apartment door, that the delivery (or staff) person will ring the doorbell to advise of the delivery and will depart immediately without interacting with such person. 
  • Report to the CDC and to the city, county or district health officer any suspected infected individual who is not remaining quarantined.

III. Links for Further Guidance

CDC - Coronavirus Summary
NYC - Guidance and Safety Tips – Recommended to Post for Residents and Employees to see
NYC - Flyer – Recommended to Post for Residents and Employees to see
CDC - Home Cleaning and Disinfection
NYC - Disinfection Guidance for Commercial and Residential Property
OSHA Guidelines for Employers


GOVERNOR'S VETO DASHES CURRENT HOPES FOR REVERSE MORTGAGES FOR SENIORS IN CO-OPS

On Friday the 13th, Governor Cuomo issued his Veto #213, disappointing hundreds of seniors who supported this important legislation as they aged in place in New York  housing cooperatives. Many of these seniors call CNYC on a regular basis for progress reports on the legislation that would have enabled them to live out their lives in the homes and communities dear to them.   Now many will be forced to sell their cooperatives for the funds to cover their living and medical expenses in their ‘golden years”. 

CNYC has worked for years to enable seniors in housing cooperatives to use the equity in their homes through reverse mortgages.   This year,  Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz and Committee Chair Kenneth Zembrowski, brought together organizations such as AARP and those involved specifically with mortgage foreclosure prevention.   All those involved recognized the vital need to help seniors in housing cooperatives.   We worked with good will to understand one another’s concerns and to produce legislation with  ample consumer protections.

With our thanks to the law makers and organizations who worked for this important legislation, and deepest aplogies to the seniors whose hopes have been dashed by this veto, please know that CNYC will continue its efforts to enable seniors in housing cooperatives to access reverse mortgage-type loans. 


Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) has issued the following press release following the introduction of the Disaster Assistance Equity Act for common interest communities including cooperatives and condominiums:

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) introduced H.R. 5337, the Disaster Assistance Equity Act, along with Representatives David Rouzer (NC-7), Joe Cunningham (SC-1), Lee Zeldin (NY-1), Eliot Engel (NY-16), and Peter King (NY-2). This bipartisan legislation will ensure that common interest communities, including co-ops and condominiums, are eligible for the same FEMA assistance available to other homeowners.

The bill accomplishes this by making two key changes to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act:

  • Makes essential common elements of a common interest community (such as a roof, exterior wall, heating and cooling equipment, elevator, stairwell, utility access, plumbing, and electricity) eligible under FEMA’s Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households Program;
  • Makes common interest communities eligible under FEMA’s requirements for the removal of debris in the aftermath of a major disaster.

"Seven years ago, thousands of New Yorkers and other Americans were shocked to learn that FEMA's eligibility rules left them with no way of restoring their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy," said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. "Since that time, common interest communities across the country have faced similar hardships. This is simply unacceptable. A natural disaster doesn't care what type of home you live in, and FEMA should treat all homeowners equally. I am proud to join Representatives Rouzer, Cunningham, Zeldin, Engel, and King in re-introducing this critical bill, which will ensure that every American can rebuild their home after a natural disaster."

Full press release


Thank you to all who attended ...

CNYC's 39th ANNUAL
HOUSING CONFERENCE
& EXPO

held on
Sunday, November 17, 2019

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
25 West 18th Street, Manhattan

We would like to thank all of our speakers, exhibitors and registrants for helping to make this year's Housing Conference a success! We look forward to seeing you at next year's Conference, and at our classes and other events throughout the year.

Click to download the
2019 Conference brochure


JOIN THIS PETITION TO EXEMPT COOPERATIVES FROM PART M

Since June, when the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (HSTPA) became State law, inadvertently including housing cooperatives in stringent new provisions imposed by Part M on “all leases”, CNYC has urged members to contact their Albany lawmakers to seek clarifying legislation exempting cooperatives from Part M.

HSTPA is directed at protecting tenants in landlord/tenant situations. Coopertatives are swept into Part M of HSTPA only because the relationship between shareholders and the cooperative is governed by a ‘lease’ – the proprietary lease. However, the relationship is not the same as that between landlords and rental tenants. In a cooperative the shareholders are also the owners.

Iimplementing Part M against cooperatives will have a materially adverse impact on the ability of cooperativess to function efficiently, will increase the cost of operations, decrease fee income causing increases to operating budgets, and will reduce the quality of life for residents.

Please continue to work for the exemption of cooperatives from Part M of HSTPA. Here are petitions that your board or your shareholders can complete and return to CNYC to help show the grass roots strength behind our push for legislation to exempt cooperatives from Part M. If your board opts to circulate the petition to shareholders, here is a sample letter that you may wish to use.


Why do I need this inspection?

New York State law requires that Con Edison perform an inspection of all gas service lines from the service to the outlet of the meter. This aligns the state with federal code. Customers in business districts must be surveyed every 15 months and residential districts every 36 months.

What will happen during this inspection? How long does it take?

The inspection work will include a gas leakage survey and a visual inspection for atmospheric corrosion on all exposed piping to the outlet of the Con Edison gas meter inside each home or building.

  • The inspection takes approximately 15 minutes per meter.
  • If there is a safety concern, a Con Edison crew will be dispatched to the address.

How often are you finding a safety concern? We're very worried about being turned off

We have found very little corrosion (less than 0.5%) and a low percentage of leaks (less than 3 percent). Of the leaks we have found, most of them have been easily remedied. Actual shutdowns of service have been extremely rare. Our primary concern is the safety of your building and residents, but the results from tens of thousands of inspections that have been completed thus far show that you do not need to fear the inspection process.

What happens if I refuse to have an inspection done?
Since this inspection work is required by law, if we are unable to gain access, a $500 no-access fee will be charged to each account.

  • This fee may be assessed each month that we are unable to access your gas meter.
  • Service termination proceedings arising from non-compliance will be initiated if we are unable to complete the inspection.

Who can I call to schedule an appointment?
We have hired a contractor, Precision Pipeline Solutions, to assist us with performing this work. All Precision Pipeline Solutions technicians carry a Con Edison photo ID. For your safety, if you would like to verify the status of the contractor at your door, you can call 1-800-75 CONED.

You can help us obtain access by calling the following numbers to schedule an appointment.

  • Bronx, Queens and Westchester customers can call Precision Pipeline Solutions at 1-888-617-0510 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Manhattan customers can call Con Edison at 1-800-643-1289 (press option 3) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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UPDATE ON ALBANY LEGISLATION - July 1, 2019

The New York State Legislature closed its busy 2019 Session on June 20th , having passed a number of bills that impact housing cooperatives and condominiums. Four bills are of major concern.

  • Coop/Condo Abatement Program Extended for Two Years
    Introduced in the last week of the Albany legislative session, the City approved bill extending the property tax abatement program for two years was quickly passed it was sent to the Governor for signature on June 28th. Happily, the Department of Finance had included the abatement in property tax bills for July 1st payment.

  • Reverse Mortgages for Seniors in Housing Cooperatives
    Bronx lawmakers Jeff Dinowitz and Alexandria Biaggi sponsored legislation that enables seniors in New York cooperatives to seek reverse mortgages. The bill will take effect 180 days after it is signed by the Governor.

BUT

  • Prevailing Wage Bill Also Passed
    This would require all cooperatives and condominiums valued at more than $60,000 per unit that wish to receive the abatement to attest annually that all building service workers are paid prevailing wages. This would create hardships for many non-union buildings or those using security guards, etc. CNYC has asked all members to contact the Governor and ask that he VETO A.8280/S6219. Please join this effort. Call the Governor’s Office at 518 474-8390 or write, using ideas from this sample letter

  • Provisions in Sweeping Rent Laws Affect Co-ops & Condos
    Part N. of the new rent laws completely overhauls the conversion process, doing away with eviction conversions and requiring that 51% of tenants in occupancy subscribe to purchase before a conversion plan can be declared effective.

    Part M sets new requirements for all rentals , including limitations on security deposits, on application fees, etc, which can be construed to apply to sublets in cooperatives and rentals in condominiums. CNYC will work for a technical corrections amendment to clearly exempt cooperatives and condominiums in the next legislative session.

Several additional bills may affect your cooperative or condominium, generally in a positive way; they will be reviewed in the next issue of CNYC Highlights.


LEAD IN DUST STANDARDS - NEW REQUIREMENTS

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“DOHMH” or “the Department”) is writing to inform you that effective June 11th, NYC will have new lower lead in dust standards. Local Law 66 of 2019 outlines new lead reference/action levels and standards relating to lead-based paint hazards.

The new standards for lead dust clearance and lead dust hazard risk assessment testing in New York City are as follows:

Area Current Standards New Standards
Floors 40 mcg/ft2 10 mcg/ ft2
Window Sills 250 mcg/ft2 50 mcg/ft2
Window Wells 400 mcg/ft2 100 mcg/ft2

The new standards apply to all clearance dust wipe samples collected in New York City on or after June 11, 2019. Please see the attached document for more important information.

Should you have any questions about the above requirements, please email questions to the DOHMH’s Healthy Homes Program at safework@health.nyc.gov referencing “New lead in dust standards.” Please also provide your name and phone number with your inquiry.


Water Conservation and Reuse Grant Program 2019

DEP is launching a new Water Conservation and Reuse Grant program this July. Conservation projects must propose a one million gallon water saving per year and will cover costs for replacement of inefficient fixtures and more. Building owners may save substantial costs by participating. Applications will be open till October.

Any questions or to be sent and application email waterconservation@dep.nyc.gov.


City council passes Int. 1253-C

On May 18th the City Council has passed Int. 1253-C which Mayor DeBlasio is expected to sign into law on Earth Day, April 22nd. While well-intentioned, this legislation unfairly forces larger coop and condo buildings to bear a disproportionate share of the burden of reducing the City’s carbon footprint by 40% in 2030 and 80 % in 2050. CNYC members whose buildings are 25,000 square feet or larger and have no rent regulated tenants will be forced to invest millions of dollars to meet greenhouse gas emission caps or face draconian fines, making necessary capital improvements even further out of reach.

CNYC will continue to advocate for an approach that includes all buildings, setting realistic but challenging goals for progressive percentage reductions in energy use and carbon output. As the legislation is implemented, CNYC will continue to work for these modifications.

www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edit-green-buildings-20190414-shgbvgat5zfadb3ugyno2kgkmq-story.html

www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2019/04/16/city-s-green-proposal-has-co-op---condo-owners-seeing-red

STATE BUDGET EXPANDS TAXATION OF REAL PROPERTY INCREASING TRANSFER FEES ON LARGE REAL ESTATE SALES

New York State has delivered a budget on time, and one that depends in part on an escalating transfer taxes on the sales of individual homes, cooperatives, condominiums.

The This Real Property Transfer Tax is payable by the seller. The rate of this tax is 0.4% of one percent of the purchase price up to $2,9999,99. This tax has been increased for sales of $3 million dollars and more to or more the tax is 0.65% of the purchase price.

The “Mansion Tax” to be paid by the purchaser is increased from 1% for all residential sales of over $1 million dollars in municipalities of more than a million people to

  • 1.25% for of sales price on all residential sales of $ $2 million dollars but less than $3 million dollars OR
  • 1.5% of of sales price on residential sales of $ 3 million dollars but to less than $5 million dollars, OR
  • 2.25% of sales price on residential sales of $ 5 million dollars but to less than $10 million dollars. OR
  • 3.25% of sales price on residential sales of $10 million dollars but to less than $15 million dollars, OR
  • 3.5% of sales price on residential sales of $15 million dollars but to less than $20 million dollars, OR
  • 3.75% of sales price on residential sales of $20 million dollars but to less than $25 million dollars, OR
  • 3.9% of sales price on residential sales of $25 million dollars or more.

This graduated transfer tax supplants the proposed pied-a-terre tax that has been extensively discussed in the press.


Anti-Harassment Policies and Training Class at CNYC's Annual Conference

In 2018 both the NYS Legislature and the NYC Council adopted new legislation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Guidance and information on the new requirements, which apply to ALL employers, are available at CNYC's November 11 Conference in "Anti-Harassment Policies and Training: Don't be the Next Headline."

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NYC Building Operator Training:
No-Cost Energy Efficiency Training for Multifamily Operations & Maintenance

  • 30-hour training program designed by building operations & maintenance training experts
  • Covers building systems (heating, electrical, water) with emphasis on preventative maintenance & energy efficiency
  • More than 300 supers have already completed the training and are seeing energy- and money-savings results!
  • Classes take place at locations throughout the city
  • Course materials available in Spanish and English

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SPECIAL OFFER FROM CON-ED: "UPGRADE YOUR LIGHTING ON US AND SAVE $$$$"

Get FREE LED lighting upgrades for common areas in your multifamily building (5+ units) and save big. Last year, Con-Ed upgraded 450 buildings - at no cost to the customer - saving each building an average of $4,300 in electric costs each year.

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NYC ZERO WASTE PROVIDES TIPS
ON RECYCLING & DISPOSAL

Read the latest NYC ZeroWaste newsletter, with information on how to "Dispose of Harmful Household Products" and "Schedule Electronics Pick-ups".

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