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Neighborhood Chat / Shots fired on 81st street?
« on: December 06, 2021, 02:43:45 PM »
Heard four rapid shots about ten minutes ago.. sounded like pistol fire. Soon after, sirens are blaring. Coincidence? Anyone hear anything around 81st btw 37th and 35th?

Neighborhood Chat / The Omicron Variant
« on: December 02, 2021, 08:03:44 PM »
Anyone else waiting for a major newspaper to have an A1 headline, "SORRY FOR THE OMICRON BS"??

Why must the world financial markets and travel industry be upended by this overblown news? How many variants have there been? There are new variants all the time. And nobody is even getting very ill from this one. What gives?

Neighborhood Chat / Senate Bill S6350
« on: September 23, 2021, 12:29:16 PM »
Well, does this spell doom for co-op maintenance fees? What to make of this?

On September 6, 2021 (Labor Day), Governor Kathy Hochul signed Senate Bill S6350/ Assembly Bill A7434 into Law. The Bill, which is now part of the Real Property Tax Law and goes into effect on January 1, 2022.  It provides for Building Service Employees working for Cooperative Corporations and Condominium Associations to be paid the prevailing wage f or Building Service Employees. Please note that the law will only affect a Co-Op or Condo that employs non-union Building Service Employees for more than eight hours per week. Union buildings are theoretically already in compliance.  Any building which does not comply with the prevailing wage regulations will lose eligibility for the Co-Op Condo Tax Abatement Program. The two agencies involved, the Department of Finance and the Department of Labor are to publish guidelines and calculators during Q4 of 2021 which will greatly clarify this.  It is not clear if those buildings which employ services of independent contractors will be affected, though it would seem not.  Buildings not enrolled in the abatement program are also unlikely to be affected.  Definition is also expected to be forthcoming if Co-Ops can deduct any losses against Assessed Value.

Below is some immediate information about the Law that we would like to share with you:

1. The Prevailing Wage is defined as the salary and benefits received by members of the Local 32BJ Building Service Employees Union, regardless if the building is affiliated with 32BJ or not. 

2. A Building Service Employee is defined in the Law to include, but not limited to, watchman, guard, doorman, building cleaner, porter, handyman, janitor, gardener, groundskeeper, elevator operator and starter, and window cleaner.

3. Building Service Employees retained through a third-party service provider (i.e., independent security guard or maintenance companies) are exempt from this Law as they are not direct employees of the Co-Op or Condo.

4. The Law states that no Co-Op or Condo can qualify for the 17.5% Co-Op and Condo Tax Abatement unless the Co-Op or Condo pays its Building Service Employees the Prevailing Wage.

5. Exempt from this this Law are Co-Ops and Condos with an average unit assessed value of $60,000 or less, or properties with an average unit assessed value of $60,000 - $100,000 that contain less than 30 apartments or units.

Neighborhood Chat / Ice Cream Truck in February?
« on: February 24, 2021, 05:54:53 PM »
Pop Goes The Weasel already? Seriously? Where do they even park? Near 80th st and 37th ave.

Neighborhood Chat / 5G coverage at the Greystones
« on: February 08, 2021, 10:27:58 PM »
My Sprint/T-Mobile 5G coverage is wack here at the Greystones. Any carriers have better coverage in this area or is it probably just a location/building thing?

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