Greetings all. We're in the process of finalizing our keyfob system and currently grappling with how to respond to requests for extra fobs for their emergency contact. We are a Mitchell Lama coop and only those listed on our annual income affidavits receive fobs. Some requesting fobs for emergency contact state it that simply... others have more detailed requests. We're agreed that management oversee the distribution decision, and management has suggested issuing temporary id passes after a formal request is submitted. There is concern around not wanting security to have access to specific personal information submitted on the request. We also have a suggestion that specific coded fobs be issued and access history reviewed to detect abuse. Has anyone addressed these issues, and if so, how did you handle it/them. Thanks for your replies.> Join the conversation Comments (2)
I just received this email from Otis, one of my elevator companies...
"As your elevator service provider, we are informing you that the NYC Department of Building has adopted a new mandated requirement for all existing automatic passenger and freight elevators – Door Lock Monitoring. All elevators under the NYC Department of Buildings jurisdiction must comply with this new requirement by January 1st, 2020. Our goal is to complete these upgrades quickly and efficiently so that you will be in compliance by the effective date.
Attached you will find the Door Lock Monitoring proposal for your specific building’s elevator(s). Please be aware that demand, labor and price for this task will be expected to increase closer to the compliance date, therefore, it is best to take action as soon as possible. "
The quote was for 23,000. ... wow, what a shocker!
So I did some research, especially since the elevator was a complete Mod done by Otis last year and found out the following:
All controllers built to meet the A17.1-2000 Code (which came out in 2000) should have the door lock monitoring provisions already built in... It was only prior to 2000/02 that NYC followed the A17.1-1996 Code so it’s safe to assume older controllers do not have provisions, but the newer ones should.
“As per ASME A17.3 of 2002, as modified by Chapter K3 of Appendix K Section 3.10.12 of the New York City Building Code, all automatic passenger and freight elevators must provide a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation with faulty door contact circuits by January 1, 2020.”
That said, be careful, know when your system was installed or upgraded and question your elevator company .... don't just sign the blanket proposal they probably send out to all their clients!
Due to the litigant nature of society, we should Prohibit, to the extent possible, sharing of public video surveillance data with third parties, including private litigants, and restrict sharing with other governmental entities.
Communities should restrict use of public video surveillance data by third parties. Especially to the extent the data reveals identifiable individuals, sharing of data with private litigants or other governmental agencies without the consent of the affected individuals severely undermines confidence in official motives for collecting such information, further threatens constitutional rights and values, and could generate legal liability for law enforcement. While releasing footage may be beneficial in some cases, such as to enlist public aid in apprehending a suspect or to perform an audit, in general, disclosures to third parties creates increased risk of the information being used for improper and unaccountable purposes.
I want to come up with a set written policy and procedure for my buildings and an indemnification of some sort to be signed when I actually do provide access to video… Plus a reimbursement fee to pay for the superintendents time for the retrieval process….
That said: Does anyone have any existing written policies and procedures in place? Possibly an indemnification and hold harmless for those entrusted with information? What are your policies?
I was recently subject to a discriminatory comment made by the Property Manager in my NYC Coop. I am aware that most discrimination lawsuits happen due to the denial of Board approval to become a shareholder.
I currently reside in this coop, and have for many years with a disability, which laws would apply to my situation and is there any recourse that I can take.
Evidently, you can personally have a camera in an apartment hallway only so long as it shows your doorway only and no activity of the neighbors or in the hallway itself.
The new "smart" door bells - which have a direct line of sight out into a hallway - might reveal the neighbor , say, getting his newspaper in his/her jammies or people going to and from his / her apartment.
This seems illegal. And/ or these types of doorbells may invade your neighbors privacy. Has anyone dealt with this issue his in their coop or condo?
For the fourth time in a dozen years, I’ve put together a chart of the average maintenance fees that co-ops charge in many Manhattan neighborhoods. It’s based on sales listings in 2017, and since it goes back to 2006, you can see the changes, which of course are generally up. You can download the pdf, along with the supporting data, here: https://www.thepinehurst.org/on-the-market/.
Keep in mind that the chart shows neighborhood averages per square foot. What it does _not_ show is the fee per share (which is how co-ops charge it, but sales listings rarely mention shares), whether there’s also an assessment in the building, or what the building’s amenities are like (24-hr doormen, porters and parking — or just one part-time super). So don’t use the chart to decide if you are paying too much (or too little!). Remember, it’s an average of buildings in a neighborhood, which means it’s based on the average amenities in a neighborhood, among dozens of other things.
I live in a coop that seems to have less & less work as an examples: Our boiler is automated, we have an automatic sprinkler system for all landscaping, we out source a number of tasked that use to be the suppers job, also board highers non union workers to work around the building.
Our live in supper hangs out in his apt. most of the day. Handyman covers for the supper by doing most of his work, the handyman with the porter picks up the garbage in the morning. We are a union building, most coops and condos are selling the suppers apt. and having a 24/7 on call companies that are doing the suppers job after 5PM. By doing so the building is saving money. Is it possible to put the full time workers on Pt. hours? How hard is it to replace supper on site.
A shareholder passed away. She was the sole owner and only her name was on the Stock Certificate and proprietary lease Her will leaves the co-op to her son's who are her beneficiaries.
Her family is in the process of selling the apartment but have not listed it to date.
The bylaw state you must be a shareholder (have your name on certificate) to vote at the annual meeting.
My question is, can the son vote or appoint another shareholder to vote at the annual shareholder meeting?
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