2012 December
Focus on... Safety & Security

Security Too Hot to Handle
2012 December Too Hot to Handle

 The discovery of fire is considered a major turning point in man's evolution  from cave dweller to outer space explorer. Control of fire allowed early man  warmth for his habitat, a way to cook his meals, and light for his  surroundings. …

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Security Staying Safe
2012 December Staying Safe

For most people, nothing is more important than knowing that they and their families are safe and secure in the place they call home. Boards, management and security firms all must work together seamlessly and cohesively to create that…

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Security A  Private Matter
2012 December A Private Matter

The issue of intellectual property and an individual’s right to privacy has become a greater concern since more and more people conduct their lives online—whether for banking, social media or dating. While the aforementioned generally h…

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Finance By the Book
2012 December By the Book

 Unless you have a degree in accounting, your first board meeting could come as a  bit of a shock. You probably knew board members oversee the finances of the  corporation, but who knew there were so many records to produce and filing  dea…

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Management Disaster Relief
2012 December Disaster Relief

 When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast at the end of October, hurling  a record breaking 13 plus-foot water surge at New York City, knocking out power  to millions of residents and devastating parts of Queens and Staten Island,…

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Real Estate Trends What the Future Holds
2012 December What the Future Holds

 The worst of the recession—big-time failures of investment banks and mortgage companies, huge banks in  trouble, companies laying people off in the thousands—may be over. There are some signs of hope, and residential buildings that were  …

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Real Estate Trends Getting to Know You
2012 December Getting to Know You

 Valerie Smaldone lives in a lovely, well-kept, prewar building in the Midtown  East area, known as the Beekman area. Her building was built in the late 1920's  and, among other amenities, has an extraordinary rooftop garden where she  occ…

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Q&A Q&A: Park at Your Own Risk?
2012 December Q&A: Park at Your Own Risk?

Q My car was vandalized four times on the co-op’s property. We pay to park there each month. I have paid three times now for the repairs and I think the co-op should pay. There are no signs in the lot saying they are not responsible. …

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