Where are coop financials and budget?

I just sent this quick note to our new general manager, Shulie Wollman:

Mr. Wollman,

At last year’s annual meeting, a cooperator asked about the perennially late financial report that’s distributed just hours before our annual meeting, and you suggested that the coop’s auditors were to blame. Any luck this year getting them to move more quickly, or have you hired a new auditing firm, in order to get this information to cooperators in a more timely manner?

Also, we’re now 1/4 into our new fiscal year and I don’t see a budget posted for 2016-2017. Do you know when that will be available?

I’ll let you know what his answer is.

Lee Berman won race with votes at East River

lee-bermanLee Berman racked up huge numbers at East River Coop last week to win his seat as State Democratic Committee member.

Berman beat two other candidates in the 65th Assembly District: Chris Marte by 242 votes and Dodge Landesman by 432 votes.

But it was by running up his total in East River’s four election districts that Berman came out ahead: he beat Marte by 328 votes and Landesman by 354 votes here at home.


Paul Newell won East River in Tuesday’s primary

paul-newellWhile Yuh-Line Niou built a commanding lead throughout the lower east side and downtown Manhattan, Paul Newell received more votes than any other candidate in the four election districts of East River Coop.

Here’s WNYC’s map showing which candidate came out on top in each election district:


That orange corner in the upper right is East River Coop. And here’s how it broke out for each building (sorry the color key is different):


Here are the totals for our coop:

Yuh-Line NiouGigi LiJenifer RajkumarDon LeePaul NewellAlice Cancel

“Niou Era” for AD65: Yuh-Line interviewed on NY1

If you haven’t had a chance yet to hear from Yuh-Line Niou, you can watch this brief interview on NY1:

Click to watch interview on NY1.
Click to watch interview on NY1.

Interviewer Josh Rubin tries to pigeon-hole Niou into clarifying her relationship with disgraced former assemblyman Sheldon Silver. Rubin asks, Do you want to talk to Silver? Niou answers: “No. No I don’t think so. Our district is ready for a fresh start and I don’t think I would go and seek that meeting.”

AD65 results — Niou and Berman win

Yuh-Line NiouYuh-Line Niou succeeded in ousting Alice Cancel in the primary for state assembly yesterday, and East River’s Lee Berman beat two other candidates in the open seat for Democratic state committee member from the 65th assembly district.

Niou was running for the second time this year. In April, on the Working Families line, she lost narrowly to Cancel in the special election to fill Sheldon Silver’s seat. Niou will now face Republican Lester Chang Bryan Jung in November. Because of the district’s heavy Democratic enrollment, Niou is certain to win the seat for a full two-year term.

Cancel was selected as the party candidate in February by a closed nomination system that was largely seen as a last grasp of power by the Silver-Rapfogel machine that has controlled Democratic politics downtown for decades. Her showing yesterday — she came in a distant fourth in a field of six — is the strongest signal yet that the old political machine, tarnished by scandal and conviction, has lost its influence.

lee-bermanIn the race for state committee, the Truman Club (Grand Street’s old-guard Democratic club) did not even enter or endorse a candidate. Lee Berman, a member of the East River board of directors, has been an outspoken foe of the Silver-Rapfogel machine in our community and in our coop.

The other race in Tuesday’s primary: Democratic State Committee

Along with selecting Sheldon Silver’s replacement on Tuesday, Democrats in our district will be asked to select a representative to the Democratic State Committee, a largely ceremonial party post. The State Committee is officially involved in nominating state-wide candidates like governor and U.S. senator, though, practically speaking, those nominations are decided by primaries. (In other parts of the state, these representatives may also take part in judicial nominations, but in New York City elected district leaders have more influence over that process.)

There are three candidates for the post:

  • Lee Berman is a member of the East River board of directors.
  • Dodge Landesman ran unsuccessfully for City Council seven years ago — when he was in the 11th grade. (Website)
  • Christopher Marte was raised in the lower east side and has worked in investment. (Website)

The post is open because the incumbent, John Quinn (Alice Cancel’s husband), is not running for re-election.

Cancel picks up tarnished endorsement from Silver-Rapfogel club

Alice Cancel has been dogged by allegations all year that she is Sheldon Silver’s hand-picked successor. Win or lose, she’ll be unable to escape that shadow now that Silver’s political allies in the local Democratic club have gone public with their support.

A flyer this weekend from the Truman Democratic Club — the Silver-Rapfogel Grand Street political machine — announced its official endorsement of Cancel.

Cancel won the Democratic nomination in February for the special election in a closed party process that many decried because of the influence of cooperator Judy Rapfogel, Silver’s chief of staff. When voters had their say in April, Cancel won the 3-way race but, notably, lost East River to Yuh-Line Niou. After convictions of Sheldon Silver and William Rapfogel, Tuesday’s vote will be another big test of whether the local club still has political influence on Grand Street.

Rapfogel endorses Cancel