Cooperative Proposals

1. Strengthen our financial security with sound planning.

  • Develop new sources of revenue by identifying underutilized common areas and rental property.
  • Reduce expenses by reviewing costs from outside contractors and suppliers.
  • Establish maintenance security by updating and expanding the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) substitute for fixed- and low-income shareholders.
  • Repeal the new sublet policy that allows owners to become permanent landlords.
  • Establish a sensible pet policy aligned with shareholders’ wishes.
  • Perform recertification of parking spaces to make sure the cars in our lots are the ones that are allowed.
  • Eliminate surprises by reporting a long-term capital plan for anticipated maintenance.
  • Develop a marketing strategy to promote ownership and encourage sales.
  • Reform internal bookkeeping to provide timely and accurate financial documents to all directors.
  • Participate in neighborhood revitalization projects that impact real estate values.

2. Protect cooperators’ safety and health.

  • Install automatic entrances to protect the elderly and children from heavy doors.
  • Create and enforce clear penalties for cooperators who do not clean up after their pets.
  • Participate in NYC compost program to reduce pests and foul smells in our buildings.
  • Institute and publicize emergency plan in case of flood, blackout, or evacuation.
  • Upgrade front door intercoms to ensure security and accommodate cooperators without landlines.
  • Cooperate with local authorities and social services to assist neighbors whose apartments compromise the health of the coop.

3. Share ideas and information with openness and respect.

Over 75 cooperators signed these proposals when they were first distributed on 10/28/14. If you’d like to add your name to theirs, please visit this online form.

  • Keith Reichenbach

    What does it cost the coop to maintain the children’s playground? An inquiring mind wants to know.

    • C Wills

      Yes. I would like to know, particularly since the “play area” now encompasses the entire park. Perhaps I don’t want my maintenance money going toward that…

  • eastriverlife

    I think consideration should also be given to a gym upgrade. How large is the community room compared to the gym?

    • Community room is approximately the same size as the gym.

      (Please change your Disqus username to your real name if you would like your comments in the future to appear on this site. Thank you.)

      • eastriverlife

        jce? melp52?

        • I’m trying to clear out pseudonyms. As long as no one’s being mean, I see no reason to delete comments outright, but this is a small enough community that real names should be the norm. Thanks.

          • eastriverlife

            Hi Jeremy, i’d like to participate, but I’don’t understand why my name is important. I prefer not to- I’m sure that I’m not the only one- the dialog is whats most important- If you insist then I’m sorry but I will choose not to participate in any further conversation via Cooperatively Yours- I also participate in varied topics on The Low Down via disqus where I will continue to remain anonymous. Thanks

  • Kathleen Linnane

    I think the coop needs to put expiration dates on work permits and enforce rules as to work timeframes (no evenings, weekends, etc). Perpetual noisy construction lasting more than a couple of months is unnecessary and disruptive to the entire community. This is not a new issue and must be addressed.

  • C Wills

    You are in NYC. Manhattan. There are only so many parking spaces and no more. Before you got here, everyone waited his turn for a spot. But you think you should get what you want when you want it because you are spoiled and think if you throw $ in someone’s direction, you will get your way. I waited 12 years to get my spot. What makes you better than me? Nothing.

    • Recertification of parking means making sure that the cars parked are the ones that should be parked according to the waitlist — no one should be allowed to cut in line.

  • Ernie Yaverbaum

    Dear Board of East River. Hillman, and Amalgamated

    I am a Seward Park Housing resident for many years and I am writing
    about a serious issue facing our neighborhood and I am hoping you can

    There are two monstrosities about to be erected next to the
    Bialystoker home on Clinton and East Broadway because the Seward Park
    Board is trying to ram the sale of 162,000 square feet down our throats,
    so that the Ascend Group and its owner Rob Kaliner can build 275,000
    sq/feet with 10.5-foot ceilings. Should that happen, it will negatively
    impact our quality of life from the East River to Essex Street, and
    change the shape and zoning of our neighborhood. The neighborhood will
    become more tightly packed and it will feel less and less like our
    little oasis in the crowded City. Delancey Crossing impacts Broome
    Street more than it impacts Grand Street and East Broadway; now imagine
    how this will impact our whole village when we add so many more people
    on a single corner. There will be more cars taking street parking away,
    more crowding, and more congestion on Grand and East Broadway during
    the five years of construction and even after that.

    Our only hope now is to get the entire community involved. The new
    Democratic Club is the answer. They are doing this big anti-traffic
    advocacy effort tomorrow at 7PM in the Educational Alliance Manny Cantor
    Center. The effort surrounds the bottle neck to the Williamsburg
    Bridge, and the development of these two giant towers will create even
    more traffic and chaos then even they realize. The towers are expected
    to be close to 450 feet high, and will add to more difficulties. They
    will be Miami-style white, according to the plans we see, and will
    offend the neighborhood’s sense of style. They will block our sun into
    our apartments and the playgrounds, and will add about 400-500 families
    to one corner of Clinton Street.

    Let’s not forget the precedent we are setting. The new heights will
    now be demanded on every block along Grand Street between Essex and the
    edge of Hillman’s property by Cozy Corner; across from Amalgamated, and
    yes, it will even affect the shuls and shtibles on East Broadway (as
    will the busy construction zone affect those shuls). We should expect
    new air rights claims and zoning changes to match the new heights. The
    opposition to these buildings must be raised at the Grand Street
    Democrats’ meeting about traffic. We are racing against a clock now of a
    vote by the end of February.

    I appeal to you all to help us get involved as a community and not just Seward fighting this development project.

    How can we best work together to get your cooperatives to cooperate
    with us at Seward, and get the new activists at the Grand Street
    Democrats involved?

    Let’s work on this together please.

    To see more, look at these sites: – Shareholder site presenting critical view of proposed sale of air rights – shareholder site covering various SPC and community issues


    Thank you