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Board Lives: Claudia Rosen, Board President

Claudia Rosen, Board President

 

The Co-op

Built 1928

LOCATION 710 West End Avenue

UNITS Originally 96 (currently 92 with combinations)

ELEVATORS 2 (plus service elevator)

DOORMAN 24-hour

WENT CO-OP October 1984

BOARD Seven members. She is currently serving her third consecutive year.

RECENT PROJECTS (CAPITAL)

Roof repairs; common areas redone; windows replaced to save energy.

 

BUILDING PROFESSIONALS

MANAGER
Blue Woods Management

ATTORNEY
Steven M. Goldman, Kurzman, Eisenberg, Corbin & Lever

ACCOUNTANT
Evan Unterlack,
Zeidman, Lackowitz, Prisand & Co.

 

PERSONAL STATS

AGE 41

JOB
Formerly a partner in a global consulting firm catering to the hospital and health industry

FAMILY
Living with partner of many years. No children, no pets. Three nieces live nearby.

FAVORITE EATERY
Taco truck, at corner of 96th Street and Broadway.

FAVORITE LEISURE-TIME ACTIVITY
Spending time with family.

RECENT BOOK SHE ENJOYED
To Kill a Mockingbird.

WHY SHE BOUGHT
“I was living in a co-op on 89th Street. I moved in here to be with my partner in 1991.”

 

WHY SHE RAN FOR OFFICE
“I was solicited by a neighbor who wanted to step down from the board to spend more time with their family and their job. I think it’s everybody’s obligation to serve on the board at some point, if they have the skills and the time. I felt it was my time; I had been in the building for five years or so.”

 

BIGGEST CHALLENGE
“Brokering the tension between people who had lived in this building for many years and people who had moved in more recently. There is some tension over capital expenditures, over increasing maintenance, over some projects.”

 

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
“The suspension of the NYSERDA [New York State Energy Research and Development Authority] program in July. We spent a lot of time doing the preliminary work [in applying for an energy-saving grant].”

 

GREATEST HOPE
“That the building remains extremely well-run and fiscally prudent. [This] is the single largest investment that most of us have, so I hope to continue to lead it with my fellow board members in a way that maintains its viability while continually improving it as a place to live.”

 

ADVICE TO OTHERS, LESSONS LEARNED
“Anybody who thinks they can get on a board and immediately make significant change should probably temper their expectations in terms of time frame.”

 

ADVICE TO HERSELF
“In my first term, I took a lot of what I heard at face value. I deferred a lot to board members who had more experience. I have learned a lot and that helps me lead a discussion better and help work with the board to make better decisions.”

 

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