2010 September
Focus on... Energy & The Environment

Energy Conservation Keeping Your Building Healthy
2010 September Keeping Your Building Healthy

Board members and building managers have a lot on their plates—maintenance issues, resident complaints, construction projects, and the hundred little tasks that make up the administration and upkeep of a multifamily residential building…

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Energy Conservation An Urban Green Metropolis
2010 September An Urban Green Metropolis

The Big Apple is looking awfully green these days. After all, there’s so much going on in the city to make it greener, more environmentally conscious and more energy efficient than ever before. A few years ago, New York City was named o…

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Energy Conservation Decisions, Decisions
2010 September Decisions, Decisions

Saving money is always a top concern of any co-op or condo board, but with tough economic times and high fuel prices, saving on energy costs can be a challenge. Thanks to deregulation of the New York energy market a little over a decade…

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Energy Conservation Seeing the Light
2010 September Seeing the Light

Lighting in the U.S. alone accounts for approximately 22 percent of all electricity used, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It is no wonder that in the current economic and environmentally-sensitive climate a lot of effort is…

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Energy Conservation Green Myths
2010 September Green Myths

Mom was right. Her admonition to “Turn out the lights when you leave the room!” is as valid today as it was a generation ago. And yet many co-op and condo buildings, while energy-conscious in so many ways, seem to feel it’s better to jus…

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Board Operations Here Comes Trouble
2010 September Here Comes Trouble

The vast majority of co-op and condo residents are normal folks who wouldn't dream of disrupting life in their building by being verbally abusive to neighbors, blowing up board members' phones and e-mail inboxes with endless complaints…

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Neighborhoods The Heart of Queens
2010 September The Heart of Queens

Linda Cunegin is extremely proud of the fact that she has lived and worked in South Jamaica, Queens since 1957—and she's planning to stick around. She is owner of Tri-County Home Nursing Services Inc., a company started by her mother in…

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Organizations NESEA and GreenHomeNYC
2010 September NESEA and GreenHomeNYC

The buzzword in energy today is “sustainability.” More than the installation of the sexiest new technology, sustainability is a melding of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It’s a blend that forms the foundation of the Northeast Su…

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Energy Conservation Hidden C of O Items Can Cost Big
2010 September Hidden C of O Items Can Cost Big

Q rior to giving owners or shareholders consent to seek work permits from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), condo and co-op boards should review their buildings' Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) for record of Class B or…

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Q&A Q&A: Must I Get Homeowner's Insurance?
2010 September Q&A: Must I Get Homeowner's Insurance?

Q The board of directors at my co-op recently mandated that every apartment must carry homeowner’s insurance and list the complex as “additionally insured.” My insurance agent says that by listing them as “additionally insured” on the po…

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Q&A Q&A: Dilemma Over Proxies
2010 September Q&A: Dilemma Over Proxies

Q If a co-op board member collects proxies from other shareholders and she or he uses those proxies to advance her/his own interests orpersonal opinion, to move forward a proposed amendment of the proprietary lease, for example; is t…

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Q&A Q&A: Sunshine Law and Co-ops
2010 September Q&A: Sunshine Law and Co-ops

Q Does the sunshine law pertain to co-ops? And if so how, as far as keeping shareholders in the dark about misused finances? We recently overturned our board except for the president that still is finishing her term. The new vice pre…

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Q&A Q&A: Ladies of the Night?
2010 September Q&A: Ladies of the Night?

Ladies of the Night? Q I am writing to find out information on how to deal with a current problem in our condo building in New York City. We have recently noticed a couple of apartments being used as brothels. We live in a new, …

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Q&A Q&A: Charged For Writing a Letter
2010 September Q&A: Charged For Writing a Letter

Q “My co-op recently charged a shareholder for a letter written to her by the co-op’s attorney. Other shareholders have received similar letters but haven’t been charged for them. Is it permissible for the board to charge such a fee an…

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