Election Corner 2013. What
do YOU want to ask the candidates? Questions are streaming
"Repointing" in Action. (click bottom right to enlarge)
Election Issues: Unresolved.
Once again, more than six months after yet documented fraud
in our election, no investigation has been undertaken.
Beer/Wine License for Eastwood?
Eastwood Chip Shop just opened on the corner of East Broadway
and Clinton. SPBuzz encourages Shareholders to come out in
support their application for a Beer/Wine License at the CB3
meeting on February 11.
Thanksgiving in December?
SPBuzz encourages Shareholders to tip the security, maintenance
and office staff whose dedication contribute so much to the
quality of our community.
For the Record. Election
issues of non-receipt of receipt and a documented instance
of a fraudulent proxy remain unresolved. In a message to our
Board on December 6, 2012, I quoted a message that I sent
on June 25, 2012, in which I quoted a message I sent on April
... When we
face problems in our elections year after year, it stops looking
like honest mistakes, conflicting priorities, or a desire
to “move forward”, and starts to look like deliberate
foot-dragging and obstruction.
DOT Rejects Essex Street Bus Depot.
An inside source reports that DOT rejected the option of putting
a bus depot on Essex Street alongside Seward Park.
Got Proxy Receipts (again)?
Two weeks after our election was certified, proxy receipts
still have not been received.
Open the Gates of Seward Park!
While we wait for our election results (and proxy receipts)
to come in, please consider a simple idea for adding vitality
to our neighborhood.
Terrace Tomatoes Update: Gearing up for July's
Tomato Tasting tournament; check
out the garden (youtube video)!
Tigers: What rules do we
have in our bylaws regarding tigers?
Terrace Tomato Tasting Tournament:
Do you grow tomatoes on your terrace? Stay tuned for the first
ever SPBuzz Terrace Tomato Tasting Tournament, coming in July!
New Treasurer, Steam Study, Financial
Update & Meeting: This flyer from Board President
Eric Mandelbaum was distributed in part of Building 2 and
perhaps nowhere else.
Election Corner in April?
The seasons are not the only thing out of whack; the first
campaign flyers have already come in beneath our doors.
Jump 11. We have a unique
opportunity for a world-wide moment of solidarity, and I don't
Man Over Board! Eric Mandelbaum
is our new President, and that Bill King has resigned, leaving
a vacancy to be filled at the Board's discretion.
The Re-results are in! Congratulations
to Wolfson, Aranoff, Goldstein and Mandelbaum!
Our Story So Far... On July
1, management announced that there were tallying errors by
the machine in Building-3, and that residents who voted there
would be asked to recast their votes. It was subsequently
announced that the whole community would be repolled, and
a date was set for September 14th. Meanwhile, Director Margarett
Jolly has resigned from the Board, and Candidates Finston
and Ramirez have withdrawn their candidacies. This is gonna
get ugly folks!
Our 15 Minutes of Fame. Our
election conflict gets covered by the NY Times and Director
Margarett Jolly resigns rather than be associated with what
she describes as "a preordained election outcome."
To Repoll or Not to Repoll, That is
the Question! Our election results have been proclaimed
to be inaccurate, with a repoll date for Building 3 scheduled
for July 19. Meanwhile, many in our community demand a brand
The People Have Spoken! Or
maybe not. The results of our election have not been certified,
and revotes for those who voted in the Building 3 booths are
scheduled for July 19.
Floor Refinishing Testimonial!
Who Keeps Track of Key Track?
Automated notifications when keys are removed and replaced
have not been working at least since April 7.
Fix Our Elections! The investigation
into the proxy fraud conducted during our last election opens
more questions than it resolves, leading SPBuzz to ask why
it is objectionable to properly investigate this issue.
Hester Fair/Greenmarket Update.
Last year's trial run has led to significant changes regarding
the Hester Street Fair and Greenmarket, and plans for a new
Gender Clubs an Election Issue?
At the March 2nd meeting, questioning the rationale behind
having separate Ladies and Men's clubs was referred to as
an "election issue".
Elections an Election Issue?
The promised investigation of the proxy fraud that was discovered
in our last election was never completed.
An overview of many projects, including a frank discussion
of the Hallways fiasco.
Hester Street Needs Us. When
the Hester Street Fair opened, there was a waiting list of
interested vendors. Now there are more than a few empty booths.
Proxy Haze. Details of how
our proxy problem was resolved have not been disclosed, and
SPBuzz is aware of one shareholder whose proxy ballot was
The People Have Spoken. Election
results have been reported.
More Spending on Gender-Based Clubs?
Plans are underway to relocate and refurnish the Ladies' Lounge.
Maybe we should seize the opportunity to reconsider how we
allocate our space?
Hester Street: Off the radar and onto
the map. By all accounts, the Grand Opening of the
Hester Street Fair was a great success.
When is a Proxy Recipt not a Proxy
Receipt? When it's not received. The SPBuzz team
is in place, mailing proxy ballots, hand-delivering proxy
ballots, and overriding proxy ballots. Hopefully this year
we'll get our receipts as expected.
State of the Co-op. The unprecedented
"State of the Co-op" Meeting that was held on May
12th was very informative.
SPHC Website. SPBuzz reflects
on the new website in light of information published in a
A shout-out to Mustafa, owner
of the Laura
& Melinda Tailor Shop (named after his daughters)
for his creative, resourceful, stylish, expert and caring
salvation of a bunch of old clothes. 137 Rivington Street.
Grand Plan for Grand Street?
A flyer by Director Deborah Finston claimed that our Board
was pursuing a covert plan to redevelop our Grand Street commercial
property. A memo was distributed by Board President Michael
Tumminia to refute her claims.
Meeting: New Website. A meeting
took place on January 12 at which the proposed website was
presented and discussed.
Local Law 11. At the November
meeting, our Board presented $2.5MM worth of work needed to
meet "Local Law 11" requirements. The process by
which they arrived at that number warrants some further disclosure.
New Website. The new SPHC
website is being unveiled. It's functionality is compelling.
It's price tag? Pretty steep.
Did Someone Say "Ethics"?
With ethics training under their belts, we can be especially
sure that our Directors will conduct elections in a robust
and ethical manner.
New Counsel. Audio recording
of informational meeting at which new counsel was introduced
Up, Up and Away!
Audio recording and notes from the November 3 meeting
at which our maintenance increases were discussed.