Take the Poll about D.O.T. Changes to W.E.A. by 3/31

Community Board 7/Manhattan is conducting a survey to measure the impacts of the City’s D.O.T modifications on West End Avenue between 72nd and 106th Streets. They are interested in your opinions and experiences since the recent changes were put in place. (The DOT Corridor Safety project is available at www.nyc.gov/mcb7.)

The survey takes approximately 7 minutes to complete and the deadline for the survey is March 31, 2015 @ 11:59 pm.

The information you provide will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes on pedestrians of all ages, drivers, residents and businesses. The data obtained will be shared with the community, with NYC DOT and with relevant City agencies.

Check it out here.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Dear Residents,
If you would like to volunteer or donate to help those displaced by Hurricane Sandy and to start the rebuilding process, here are some useful links:     

NYCService has links to official ways via the City to volunteer and donate money or goods to those in need. Click the link below to find out how to give, donate, or volunteer. http://www.nycservice.org/

The Red Cross has a list of ways to get involved. www.redcross.org/Hurricane_Aid
The New York Observer also has a long list of ways to help out. Click the link below for more information. http://observer.com/2012/10/superstorm-sandy-aftermath-how-to-help/
The Department of Parks and Recreation has information on ways to help aid in the clean up and recovery at parks and playgrounds throughout the city. Click below to find information by borough.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management is in need of volunteers with emergency training or certification and skilled in managing a shelter, running an interagency taskforce (ITF) or working in the emergency operations center (EOC). If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nick Matthews at the NYC OEM by email: nmatthews@oem.nyc.com                                       
Thank you, 
Donald G. Skupinsky, Account Executive
Orsid Realty Corp., 310 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10025
Tel: 212.864.1700 | Fax: 212.866.8709 | Mob: 646.483.6889

About June 2012’s STAR rebate

Dear Shareholders,

NYS recently set a cap on the annual increase allowed under the STAR (School Tax Relief) program and retroactively applied it to the 2011/2012 fiscal tax year ending June 2012.

On your August maintenance bill you will notice a charge called “STAR” for $15.34. This is the NYS chargeback to STAR recipients that represents the excess of the allowable amount based on the cap.
Your June bill reflects credit of ($303.59) less this chargeback of $15.34 resulting in a net credit of ($288.25).

For those of you who do not receive the STAR rebate you may apply for it directly with NYS.

There are two types of STAR exemptions:
Basic STAR

  • available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners’ and their spouses income is less than $500,000
  • exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes

Enhanced STAR

  • provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes
  • exempts the first $62,200 of the full value of a home from school taxes as of 2012-13 school tax bills (up from $60,100 in 2011-12)

STAR exemptions apply only to school district taxes. They don’t apply to property taxes for other purposes, such as county, town or city (except in cities where city property taxes fund schools – Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers).

You can use the following link to learn about the program and apply.

Be advised that the deadline to apply for the 2012/2013 fiscal tax year was March 1, 2012. The deadline for the 2013/2014 fiscal tax year is March 1, 2013. You only need to apply for this program one time and will continue to automatically receive the credit on your apartment every year unless it is terminated by NYS. If you sell your apartment and purchase another primary residence in NYS you must reapply.

I apologize for not having this information available to distribute to you before you received your August bill.

Have a good weekend

Mitchell Stein
Account Executive
Senior Financial Analyst
Orsid Realty Corp
310 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10025
Direct 212-864-1700
Fax 212-866-8709

Town Hall Meeting Weds, July 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, in cooperation with Congressman Charles B. Rangel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Councilmember Inez E. Dickens, Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Community Board 7 Invite you to a
Town Hall Meeting
Do you live in the West 90’s or West 100’s?
• Speak to representatives from government agencies • Talk with your neighbors
• Share neighborhood concerns and get your questions answered
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ansche Chesed 251 West 100th Street
(between Broadway and West End Avenue)
RSVP 212-669-4462 or events@manhattanbp.org

Fire Escape Maintenance Scheduled

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Please be advised that a contractor will begin scraping, priming and painting the fire escape on Monday, July 16th and is scheduled to be completed by Friday, July 20th, weather permitting. The work will take place between the hours of 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

During this time, please be sure to keep your windows and blinds closed to maintain privacy as the workers will be traveling up and down the fire escape at all times during the workday.

During the scraping process, the entire fire escape will be encapsulated in plastic to eliminate any debris from exiting the encapsulated area. The encapsulation will be removed prior to priming and painting.

PMK Contracting was hired to perform this work and is fully certified, licensed, insured and will be performing all work in accordance to NYC Code regulations.

Please note that your replies to this email are not forwarded to us. If you would like to reply to this email you should address an email to mstein@orsidr.com or dskupinsky@orsidr.com.

Thank you,

Donald G. Skupinsky
Account Executive
Orsid Realty Corp.