Co-op City Times 05/18/2024

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Riverbay Board of Directors Election Supplement, pgs 25-34

Voting Begins Monday, May 20! Please cast your vote by Friday, June 14.

First Candidates’ Forum: TODAY, Saturday, May 18-Vol. 59 No. 20 Saturday, May 18, 2024 $1.25 Scan QR code to read the Co-op City Times online! See page 4 for Board Meeting Agenda
-Voting Period in 2024 Riverbay Board Election Begins Monday, May 20 First Candidates’ Forum in Dreiser at 3 p.m. TODAY-1.--Ask the Candidates: Forum #2 (Continued on page 2) (Continued on page 4) Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Standards Legislation Passes in U.S. House-Be an Engaged Shareholder –VOTE! Building Association Lobby & Townhouse Decorating Contest for the 2024 Riverbay Board Election! Dear Building and Townhouse Associations, Theme ParticipationVoting Prizes(Continued on page 3) Open Board Meeting in Dreiser, Tuesday, May 21--

Only one ballot per residential unit is allowed by a shareholder of record as of April 1, 2024. This year, 5035 ballots are needed for quorum. In addition to electing six members to the Riverbay Board of Directors, shareholders are also voting on a referendum question on an indoor smoking ban within the Riverbay campus. The question on the ballot is: “Resolved, that the Corporation should ban indoor smoking of tobacco and cannabis products within all residential apartments.” Shareholders will then check “Yes” or “No” on the ballot to indicate whether they support such a ban or not. A majority of shareholders would have to approve this measure for it to be implemented.

Shareholders are voting to fll six open seats on the Riverbay Board of Directors. Twelve candidates who met eligibility criteria to participate in the election were certifed by the 2024 Election Committee, cochaired by Board Directors Anika Green-Watson and Claudia Sampson. The order in which the candidates’ name will appear on the ballot and their places at the three offcial Candidates’ Forums was determined by a random drawing at the April 22nd Candidates’ Orientation Meeting. That order is Jacqueline Smith, Mary Pearson, Aaron Carnegie, Shanauzelda Montgomery, Bernard Cylich, Ezekiel Springer Jr., Corazon Fernandez, Sheila Richburg, Kyshawn White, Kevin Foggie, Leah Graham and Andrea Leslie. This order will be randomly rotated on the offcial ballots. The order was also rotated in the second and third election supplements published in the Co-op City Times to give each candidate a chance to be among the top fve presented to the community.

Starting with the Saturday, May 4th issue of the Co-op City Times, the frst of three consecutive election supplements are being published in the newspaper in which the candidates introduced themselves and their platforms to shareholders. This issue of the newspaper carries the third and fnal supplement on pages 25-34. Starting next week, Saturday, May 25, the frst election supplement will be reprinted in the Co-op City Times, followed by the reprint of the second supplement in the June 1st issue and the third supplement in the June 8th issue.

Physical copies of the Co-op City Times can be picked up in building lobbies and community centers on Saturday mornings, or read online at https:// or on X, @coopcitytimes. The newspaper is also accessible on the Home page of the offcial Co-op City website at https://www.

To further familiarize shareholders with the candidates seeking their votes, three offcial Candidates’ Forums have been scheduled by the 2024 Election Committee. The frst forum will take place today, Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m. in the Dreiser Auditorium. It will be live streamed to the community on the Riverbay Crawler (channel 12 for MATV subscribers and channel 591 for Optimum subscribers), and rebroadcast in the days following the forum.

Director Green-Watson, co-chair of the 2024 Election Committee, stated: “We hope you will join us today, May 18th, at 3 p.m. in Dreiser Auditorium B for the frst Candidates’ Forum. If you’re unable to make it, there will be two additional forums on 5/22 and 5/29. Please check the schedule for location and time. As a reminder, shareholders can submit questions in advance of each forum by using the form provided by the Election Committee on page 6 of this issue of the Co-op Times.”

“Starting today at 3 p.m. in Dreiser Auditorium B, the frst of three Candidates’ Forums will be aired

live and recorded for viewing on the Crawler starting next week through June 14th, or until we reach quorum,” said Director Sampson, co-chair of the 2024 Election Committee. “Please show your community spirit by attending the forums starting today, Saturday, May 18, or on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. You’re invited to come out to hear the candidates narrate their stories and reasons why they deserve a seat on the Riverbay Board.

The second forum will be held on Wednesday, May 22, in Room 45 of the Einstein Center. Shareholders who would like to submit questions to be asked at the May 22nd forum must do so in advance. There are three options to send in questions:

1. The form, printed on page 6, can be cut out, completed, placed in a sealed envelope and delivered to your respective CSO in advance.

2. You may email the 2024 Election Committee at

(Those utilizing options 1 & 2 above must include their full name, building # and apartment, and the question to be asked.)

3. You may also complete the form electronically at https://tinyurl. com/ycy7e4rd or scan the QR code at right.

“Questions submitted in advance to the candidates via the forms printed in the CC Times, as well as electronically using the QR link and directly to the CSO, will be asked by the EC moderators,” said Director Sampson. “We invite you to listen and form your own opinions about the candidates, so that when you receive your green ballot in the mail, you can cast your votes starting Monday, May 20. Thank you for your support as your vote matters!”

The May 22nd forum in the Einstein Center is in-person and will be recorded for broadcast on the Crawler following the event.

The third forum will take place on Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. in Room 31 of the Bartow Center. In addition to attending in-person, shareholders can also tune in to the live stream on the Crawler at 7 p.m. The May 29th forum will also be rebroadcast on the Crawler in the days following the event.

The 2024 Riverbay Board Election is overseen by the Election Committee which, in addition to Directors Green-Watson and Sampson, is comprised of shareholders Diane Alleyne, LaVonne Barksdale, Jewel Crawford-Duncan, Dorothy Davis and Debra Jones.

“Thank you to our wonderful volunteers on the Election Committee who have been working hard to make this election a success and fnd ways to engage the community,” said Director Green-Watson. “Building and

Share Your Comments & Suggestions with Riverbay

Shareholders are encouraged to submit input on how to improve services and service delivery as well as other ideas that impact quality of life.

Visit the Home page of the offcial Co-op City website,, scroll down to the bottom and click on the “Comments & Suggestions” link. Engage with Riverbay. Share your comments, compliments and ideas.

Townhouse Associations are invited to decorate their lobby areas for a chance to win one of three prizes, decided by shareholder vote! Show your Coop City spirit by actively participating during this election season!”



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Shred Fest Today

AARP, Council Member Kevin Riley and Riverbay Corp. are co-sponsoring Shred Fest today, Sat., May 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or until the truck is full. There will be two locations: 120 Erskine Place and 140 Benchley Place.

Annual Co-op City Community Fair

The annual Co-op City Community Fair will be Saturday, June 1, noon to 7 p.m. on the Greenway at 100 Bellamy Loop. There will be vendors, entertainment, food and much more. Come enjoy this family-oriented community event. For vendor information, contact the Riverbay Community Relations department at

Senior Food Distribution

Senior Box distribution sponsored by Riverbay Corporation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Dreiser Center by the hardware store.

Public Safety Reminder

Shareholders ordering online packages are strongly encouraged to utilize alternate delivery locations supplied by online services. Direct delivery to lockers, hubs, and secure alternate delivery locations will decrease inconvenience, reduce crimes of opportunity and provide a reliable method of securing items delivered. To reduce package thefts, alternate delivery methods are strongly encouraged.

Bartow Mall Parking Alert

Shareholders, guests and shoppers are reminded that there is a two-hour parking limit in the Bartow Mall. Parking is for the exclusive use of customers while shopping within the Bartow Mall, with a posted twohour limit. Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Co-op City Firehouse Celebrates 50 Years of Service

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Engine 66 and Ladder 61, also known as the “Bronx Vikings,” has a long and storied history of serving the community of Coop City. This year marks their 50th anniversary.

Engine 66 was established in 1898 and was originally a marine unit located at the foot of Grand Street at the East River until it was ultimately disbanded in 1955.

Due to the development of Co-op City, the FDNY constructed a firehouse that was to house an engine and ladder company to protect Co-op City residents. Engine 66 was reorganized on January 19, 1974 and a few months later, Ladder 61 was organized on March 23, 1974. Together, Engine 66 and Ladder 61 form a strong and cohesive team that works tirelessly to protect the residents of Co-op City.

Over the last five decades, the men and women of the “Bronx Vikings” have received numerous awards and accolades for their bravery and dedication to duty and will continue to serve proudly for decades to come.

A/C Change-Over

Heat has been shut down and the Power Plant has begun transitioning to cooling operations this week. Although some cooling may be evident by this weekend, full air conditioning will be dependent on the weather.

2024 Election Committee Notice to Buildings Associations, Certified Clubs & Organizations

The 2024 Riverbay Board Election Committee reminds building associations and certified community clubs and organizations that the election Rules and Regulations prohibit the use of their Riverbay-provided facilities for election-related and/or campaign-related activities in the ongoing Riverbay Board of Directors election.

The Election Committee has scheduled three official Candidates’ Forums to be held today, Saturday, May 18 (Dreiser Auditorium); Wednesday, May 22 (Einstein, Rm. 45) and Wednesday, May 29 (Bartow, Rm. 31). Building Associations and certified clubs and organizations may not use their meeting rooms or other gathering spaces provided by Riverbay Corporation to host candidates’ meetings or forums, or for campaign-related activities, programs and/or fundraisers.

Election Rule E (3) states: “No candidate or organization may use the facilities or public meeting areas, community rooms, lobbies, hallways, mail rooms, building association rooms, or similar areas of the Riverbay Corporation for gatherings of more than ten (10) individuals at one time, or for campaign rallies or activities, except as provided herein…”

Failure to adhere to the election rules can result in loss of your Riverbay-provided privileges and/or possible penalties.

Should you need clarification on the Election Rules and Regulations, you may contact the 2024 Election Committee at

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Co-op City.

If your Association would like to participate, please reach out to the Election Committee at Riverbay2024election@ for a copy of the rules. We will provide further details and guidelines to ensure a fair and enjoyable contest for all.

Let’s make this election season one to remember by adding a splash of color and creativity to our building lobbies! Looking forward to the community’s enthusiastic participation!

Best Regards,

2024 Riverbay Board Election Committee

Memorial Day Ceremony

American Legion Post 1871 and the Riverbay Fund will co-sponsor a Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at 3 p.m., to honor US Armed Forced personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their military duties. The ceremony will be held at Co-op City’s Harley J. Mosley Sr. Veteran’s Memorial Park. Light refreshment will be served following the program.


In the May 11 issue of the Co-op City Times, it was reported in “Co-op City Little League Parade” article that Jamaal T. Bailey threw out the first pitch. In fact, Congressman Jamaal Bowman threw out the first pitch. We apologize for the misidentification.

Riverbay Phone Service Interruption

Sunday, May 19, 2024

7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Riverbay will be performing electrical work in the Bartow Data Center, which will impact incoming and outgoing phone service across the corporation. This work is expected to take approximately eight hours. CCPD will only have four active lines available during the outage, so shareholders are advised to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

Shareholders will be notified when the process has been completed and phone service restored. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience.

—Riverbay Management

Be An Engaged Shareholder

Shareholders are encouraged to submit input on how to improve services and service delivery as well as other ideas that impact the quality of life of Co-op City residents. If you have a suggestion you’d like to share with the Riverbay Board and/or Management, visit the Home page of the official Co-op City website,, scroll down to the bottom and click on the “Comments & Suggestions” link or scan the QR Code here to be connected.

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Deepest Condolences

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. James Payne on Friday, May 10, 2024. Mr. Payne, an active member of the community, was president of the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club and Male District Leader, 82nd Assembly District–Part A. Please keep Mr. Payne’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

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The House passed the legislation with a vote of 378-34 on Wednesday. As for the next steps, the bill needs approval from the U.S. Senate, followed by President Joe Biden’s signature before officially becoming law.

If passed, the CPSC would have one year to develop and integrate the new consumer product safety standards.

Representative Ritchie Torres, who first introduced the bill in March 2023, discussed the need to create federal consumer product safety standards for lithium-ion batteries on Wednesday with Spectrum News NY1

“The electric micro mobility devices that lithium-ion batteries power have quickly spread far and wide across our cities and many service workers rely on

them. However, we must ensure that the proper safety standards accompany this heightened usage. It is incumbent upon us as elected officials to do everything in our power to put a stop to future preventable fires, which is exactly what this legislation will do,” Rep. Torres said.

In early March of 2023, the New York City Council passed five pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening fire safety laws related to electric mobility devices. Mayor Eric Adams later signed those pieces of legislation into law that same month. The City Council then passed two more pieces of legislation, in late January of 2024, designed to improve lithium-ion battery safety standards.

Lithium-ion batteries have caused many fires in NYC with the FDNY reporting 268 fires caused by the batteries in 2023, which resulted in 18 deaths and 150 injuries.

FDNY Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Flynn have both been advocates for federal regulation of lithium-ion batteries, having traveled to Washington D.C. to discuss legislation multiple times in the past months.

During a hearing in February of this year, Flynn detailed that despite NYC’s efforts to regulate lithium-ion batteries, the city needed federal regulation to prevent faulty batteries from other parts of the country proliferating across the city. “We have regulated it (lithium-ion batteries) within New York City. And we’ve seen many violations of that law that we put in place locally. We cannot regulate devices that are coming into the city from the surrounding area,” Flynn said during the February hearing.

Locally, Riverbay’s Board of Directors passed Board Resolution #22-58 in November of 2022, with a majority of Board Directors in support of the measure. The resolution stated that “shareholders may not store or charge battery-operated electric bikes, electric scooters or their batteries in apartments, garages, community rooms, or other indoor common areas within any building at Coop City.” Violators of this resolution will incur a $1000 fine and possible termination of their occupancy agreement. Notably, this resolution does not pertain to electric mobility devices used by individuals with disabilities.

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James Payne




y name is Jonathan Soto, and I am a Puerto Rican interfaith leader, movement organizer, and public school parent running to be your New York State Assemblymember in District 82. We are forging a movement to build the Bronx that we so richly deserve.

Growing up, I moved between New York and Puerto Rico, raised by working-class parents who worked as many as four jobs at a time to make ends meet. Their sacrifce inspired me to dedicate my life to uplifing my community.

For too long, the Bronx has been le f last, but I believe “The Last Shall Become The First.” We’ve done so much without the resources we deserve. When we send our Bronx movement to Albany, The Bronx Shall Lead The Way:


We deserve the freedom to live safely in our homes without fear of being priced out. The 8.1% carrying charge increase is an existential threat to cooperators.

I will fght to make sure Co-op City stays an oasis of afordability by developing sustainable funding solutions that protect residents’ economic well-being and ensuring infrastructure is kept safe, up-to-date, and working.


Bronx children deserve fully-funded schools and youth programming run by the Bronx, for the Bronx.

Why should living in the Bronx mean my daughter or any of our children have to go to schools without basic resources? I will fght so that we don’t have to settle for a status quo that keeps defunding vital institutions like Truman High School.


We need to protect the planet our children will inherit. As Borough Director for the Bronx Long Term Recovery Group, I worked alongside faith leaders to help the Bronx recover from Superstorm Sandy and I helped launch the campaign to pass the Build Public Renewables Act, which will help slash energy bills and create a new era of green union jobs.

In the Bronx, we know leadership comes from bringing people together to build from the ground up. Whether leading eforts to aid Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria or working alongside Alexandria OcasioCortez to bring free tutoring to thousands of kids—I’ve spent my life in the service to communities like ours.

When we send our Bronx movement to Albany, we’ll change New York. I am honored to have the opportunity to earn your vote on June 25th.

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Important Notice to clubs, and religious and community organizations

The articles of recognized organizations are published weekly at no cost to your organization, but at a considerable cost to Riverbay, in order to inform your members and the community at-large about your organization’s programs, services and events, not as editorial space for personal comment, opinions, or to make political endorsements or critical comment during the Board election.

There is limited space in the paper each week as well as limited resources and funds, but every effort is made to accommodate the many certifed clubs, religious institutions, and other community organizations that submit articles for publication.

To better accommodate everyone, weekly submissions to the Co-op City Times MUST NOT exceed 500 words. Articles that do not conform will be edited for content and space availability. At the same time, articles that signifcantly stray from their purpose of informing the community of the respective organization’s programs, services and events will also be edited or omitted altogether.

Remember also that the deadline for submission of articles from clubs, religious institutions, community

organizations and building associations is 3 p.m. each Monday. Articles that are received after this deadline will be considered on a frst-come, frst-served basis, and as space allows.

The deadline for Directors’ viewpoints is 5 p.m. on Mondays.

Submissions must be emailed to cctimes@riverbaycorp. com or hand-delivered to Room 21 in the Bartow Center.

Remember to pick up the Co-op City Times on Saturday morning from the newspaper bin in your building lobby and read it for important news affecting your homes and community. When removing newspapers from the bins, please take from the top of the bin and leave the rest of the newspapers neatly stacked in the bin. Pulling a newspaper from the middle or bottom of the stack results in an untidy mess.

You may also read and follow the Co-op City Times online at http:// issuu/com/cctimes, or by scanning the QR Code here to be connected.

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The Co-op City Times welcomes issue-oriented letters to the editor to be considered for publication. All letters, in prose, not poetry, must be addressed to the editor, not to third parties. All letters must be signed by the writer and include their address and phone number, which will be kept confdential, so that the editor can verify the authenticity of the author. Writers will be limited to one letter per topic. Anonymous or unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Letters cannot exceed 350 words. Ideally, they should be typed. All letters must be submitted to the Co-op City Times by 3 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication in that week’s edition. Email or mail to 2049 Bartow Ave., Room 21, Bronx, NY 10475. Views and opinions expressed in letters and Directors’ Viewpoint are solely the writer’s, and not necessarily shared by the Co-op City Times or Riverbay Corp.

Advertisements and classifed advertisements in the Co-op City Times do not necessarily refect an endorsement from Riverbay Corp. of goods and services, but present greater options to cooperators of products and services available. The Riverbay Corporation does not assume any responsibility nor is it a party to any contract or agreement between the cooperator and the vendor. All matter published herein is copyrighted by the Co-op City Times Permission for reprints of advertising or editorial contents produced by the Co-op City Times must be obtained in writing from Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Ave., Bronx, NY 10475.

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Public Safety Report

Acceptable Noise

While some level of noise is inevitable in a metropolitan environment, understanding what constitutes socially and legally acceptable noise in residential locations is crucial for fostering harmonious community living.

The Co-op City Department of Public Safety and Riverbay Corporation are committed to promoting a safe and peaceful living environment for all shareholders. Before delving into what is considered socially and legally acceptable noise, it’s essential to understand the nature of noise itself. Noise is defined as any unwanted or disruptive sound that interferes with normal activities, communication, or sleep. What may be tolerable to one person could be distressing to another, highlighting the subjective nature of noise perception.

Several factors influence how individuals perceive and respond to noise. Noise tolerance levels may vary depending on the time of day. While daytime activities typically allow for higher noise levels, nighttime noise disturbances are generally less tolerated due to the need for restful sleep. Continuous or frequent noise exposure can be more bothersome than sporadic or intermittent noise. Different types of noise, such as traffic, construction, or loud music, may elicit varying degrees of annoyance. Individuals have different thresholds for noise tolerance, influenced by factors such as age, health status, and personal preferences.

In a densely populated city like New York, some level of noise is inevitable and even expected. Certain activities and behaviors are generally considered socially acceptable within residential areas. Normal conversation levels are generally considered acceptable during daytime hours. Sounds associated with typical household activities, such as cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry, are generally tolerated during reasonable hours. The sounds of children playing within designated play areas or playgrounds are considered part of community life and are generally accepted during appropriate hours.

Playing music or hosting gatherings at moderate volumes during daytime hours is generally acceptable, provided it does not disrupt neighbors or violate noise ordinances. Minor maintenance and repairs within residential units, such as plumbing or carpentry work, are generally acceptable during daytime hours.

While social norms provide a framework for acceptable noise levels, legal regulations exist to ensure that noise disturbances are kept within reasonable limits. In New York City, noise regulations are governed by the New York City Noise Code, enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection

Alert: Graffiti vandalism

If you witness anyone tagging or spraying graffit on Co-op City property, notfy Public Safety immediately at 718-671-3050. If your cell phone is handy, snap a photo and send it to Public Safety.

Public Safety Blotter

May 5 – May 11, 2024

May 05, 2024

100 Asch Loop – CCPD responded to a confirmed shots fired in the vicinity of Building 20. CCPD officers pursued and apprehended one suspect and a firearm was recovered. During the apprehension, two CCPD Officers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing to identify any additional suspects who were involved.

May 06, 2024

140 Benchley Place – A cooperator reported that a confirmed delivered package was removed from in front of her apartment door by an unknown individual without her permission.

May 07, 2024

920 Co-op City Blvd. – A complaint received from a cooperator who reported objects being thrown from a window. Upon investigation, a CCPD Officer observed objects being thrown out of a window. The shareholder was identified and issued a Community Complaint.

May 08, 2024

100 Darrow Place – A coopera-


Key provisions of the New York City Noise Code relevant to residential dwellings include quiet hours. Quiet hours are enforced between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays and between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekends and holidays. During these hours, noise levels must be kept to a minimum to avoid disturbing residents’ sleep. The New York City Noise Code establishes specific decibel limits for various types of noise, both indoors and outdoors. For example, indoor noise from a residential unit must not exceed 45 decibels during daytime hours and 42 decibels during quiet hours.

Construction activities are subject to specific regulations, including restricted hours of operation and permissible noise levels. Construction noise is generally prohibited between 6 p.m. and 7 am. on weekdays and between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Excessive vehicle noise, including honking, loud music, and modified exhaust systems, is prohibited under the New York City Noise Code.

Residents play a vital role in upholding noise regulations within their community. If you are experiencing a noise disturbance that exceeds socially or legally acceptable limits, you can take the steps outlined below for a peaceful existence.

In many cases, noise issues can be resolved through respectful communication with neighbors. If the noise issue persists or escalates, contact the Co-op City Department of Public Safety for assistance. Our officers are trained to address noise complaints and enforce relevant regulations. If the noise disturbance violates legal regulations, you can file a noise complaint with the appropriate authorities, such as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Provide detailed information about the nature of the noise and its impact on your quality of life.

In 2023, the department of Public Safety responded to 2,793 noise calls, with 670 resolved by the officer, 133 mediated by the CSO, and over 1,600 found to be unnecessary or not confirmed. Public Safety also issued 97 Community Ccomplaints.

Navigating noise in a bustling metropolis like New York City requires a balance between social norms and legal regulations. By understanding what constitutes socially and legally acceptable noise in residential dwellings, we can foster a more harmonious and peaceful community environment. CCPD remains committed to promoting safety, security, and quality of life for all residents.


For informaton on CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES ONLY, please contact: Lenya Garcia at; and Anatoliy Budnitskiy at Please note: emails should be sent to both partes.

Please DO NOT email resumes for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES to the aforementoned emails. For EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, please see below for specific directons.

tor reported that a confirmed delivered package was removed from the lobby area by an unknown individual without her permission.

May 09, 2024

2047 Bartow Avenue – A Dollar Tree employee reported a suspect removing numerous items from the store shelves and leaving the store without paying. CCPD conducted a canvas of the area and apprehended the suspect with the stolen items still in his possession. The suspect was placed under arrest and processed.

100 Einstein Loop – A cooperator reported that a confirmed delivered package was removed from the lobby area by an unknown individual without his permission.

May 11, 2024

Opposite 920 Co-op City Blvd. – CCPD responded to a call of a parked vehicle with the rims and tires removed. Upon investigation, CCPD observed the parked vehicle and conducted a canvas of the area for possible suspects with negative results.

There are no contract opportunites to list this week. Please check back. CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES


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Candidates may review full positon descriptons and apply at any site Current Riverbay employees should submit a transfer request and resumé directly to the HR department.

Thank you for your interest in working for Riverbay Corporaton.

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Kristina, your graduation day is a day of celebration and joy. It’s a time to recognize the challenges overcome, the hard work accomplished, and the amazing future ahead! Congratulations on your graduation. May your future be flled with happiness, success, and boundless opportunities.

Love always, ––Dad, Mom, and Emi

Assembly Member Benedetto 2024 Scholarship Competition for Co-op City Students

Assembly Member Michael R. Benedetto has announced the kick-off of the annual Co-op City Scholarship competition, an initiative to help students who live in Co-op City achieve their dreams of attending college.

“I don’t need to tell parents that the cost of attending college has become increasingly expensive,” said Assembly Member Benedetto who is a member of the Assembly Committee on Education and a former school teacher. “However, I do want parents to know that community scholarships like ours do exist to help offset the high expense of college and I want the youth of Co-op City to take advantage of them. Cost should not play a large role in a student’s decision to pursue higher education.”

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be Co-op City residents in their senior year of high school, currently serving or have served their community in a volunteer capacity, and have a C+ grade average or better.

Each year, the Co-op City Scholarship Fund awards scholarships of $500 each to use for school-related expenses like books or tuition. The Fund has awarded more than 35 students since its inception in 2011.

Applications for the scholarship can be picked up at the assembly member’s offces at 177 Dreiser Loop, Room 12. Applications are due on Monday, June 3, 2024.

For more information, contact the assembly member’s offce by calling 718320-2220 or by email to Tremaine O’Garro at

Shareholders, if you have a graduate or a student who excelled this past school year, let us know so their accomplishments can be shared with your neighbors. Send your submissions to or call us at 718-320-3300, x3375/7.

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH 2024 3PM - 8PM THE MOTOWN STORY COMES TO CO-OP CITY Co-op City Dreiser Community Center AUDITORIUM B 177 DREISER LOOP BRONX NY 10475 646 771-2032 GET TICKETS $60 ADMISSION LIGHT BUFFET $75 VIP LIGHT BUFFET & FREE DRINK JOHNNY CARSON KENDRICKS ROBINSON THE SUPREMES, DAVID RUFFIN, DON CORNELIUS & THE SOUL TRAIN GANG AND MANY MORE! Cash Bar. No outside food or beverages allowed. $12 dollar parking voucher provided. LADIES OF MOTOWN For tickets go to: Want to see the show, you can pay later! No interest/no credit needed. Select After-pay at check out.
Congratulations, Kristina! It’s Graduation Time!
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City Releases Survey Looking to Assess Needs of Older New Yorkers

New York City is looking to get feedback on the needs of residents who are 60 years and older, after announcing a citywide survey on May 6.

The New York City Department for the Aging (NYC Aging) is handling the implementation of the survey, which is called the Service Needs Assessment. Participants in the survey will be asked a range of topics, such as their experience with healthcare providers, internet accessibility, housing accessibility, managing fnances and social isolation, to name several. Caregivers are also encouraged to fll out the survey as the frst portion deals with caregivers.

Individuals interested in participating in the survey can go online to gov/agingsurvey or complete the survey at a community outreach event. For questions regarding the survey, individuals can contact NYC Aging by calling 212-244-6469.

In total, the survey should take roughly 20 minutes to complete and NYC Aging gathers those results anonymously. The survey is available in 10 different languages. Participants do not have to answer every question in the survey.

NYC Aging is hoping to use the insight gained from the survey to better understand “the current needs of older residents, see where gaps of service exist, and better advocate for their needs.” The Service Needs Assessment will also “help the city prepare for the continuing growth of older New Yorkers living in the fve boroughs,” the agency went on to say.

NYC Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez spoke about the role the survey plays in helping improve services for older New Yorkers during the announcement of the survey.

“The community-care model we are implementing can only be successful if we engage directly with the people we serve, and those who do not use City or State services. We created this survey to reach the vast number of diverse older adults who call New York City home. This will allow us to evaluate our programs and collaborate with our providers to meet their needs. I look forward to seeing the results so we can continue to build on the progress we have already made,” Cortés-Vázquez said during the survey’s announcement on May 13.

New York City has an older adult population, specifcally individuals 60 years and older, of roughly 1.77 million that is “rapidly growing”, according to NYC Aging. Looking ahead to the future, data provided by NYC Aging in its 2023 Annual Plan Summary highlighted that NYC’s older adult population is

expected to grow to 1.88 million by 2040, which would account for just over one-ffth of the city’s total population.

Data from the Annual Plan Summary also showed that during a period between 2010 and 2021, the number of individuals between 60-64 years old increased by 19.6%, the number of individuals between 65-74 years old grew by 38.4% and the number of individuals between 75-84 years old increased by 16.1%. Demographically during the same period, the 60 and older population for Black non-Hispanic New Yorkers grew 22.9% while the Hispanic population of New Yorkers 60 and older grew 39.5%.

Riverbay Telephone System Call Center: (718) 320-3300

Press 1 if you have a Public Safety emergency

Press 2 to to reach the Call Center – (which still handles Maintenance, Restorations and Inspections)

Press 3 to schedule Extermination Services

Press 4 to reach Cooperator Services Offce

Press 5 to reach the Rent Bookkeeper

Press 6 to reach Parking, Storage Facilities, Rental of Community Rooms & Commercial Leasing

Press 7 to reach Residential Sales

Press 8 to reach Co-op City Times

Press 9 to Dial by Directory

To repeat these options press 0. Stay on the line to speak to an Operator

These are other numbers that may be of use for shareholders: MATV (Master Antenna) - Ext: 3529

Coinmach Laundry - (800) 734-8851

Cablevision - (718) 617-3500

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Director’s Viewpoint Daryl Johnson Oversight Needed for the $51 Million That Riverbay Received

erbay just received $51 million

As you probably know, Riverbay just received $51 million from NYS. So, in my opinion, this community deserves to know the plans for how this money is going to be spent. Thereafter, this community should receive a full accounting of how this money was spent.

Spend Properly

I want to thank Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senator Jamaal Bailey, Councilmember Kevin Riley, and everyone else that was responsible for us to receive $51 million. According to published statements, $50 million is supposed to go for our capital projects. Then, $1 million is supposed to go for our operating expenses.

This huge sum of money can probably benefit our community. However, the key is to make sure that Riverbay spends this money in a proper way. For instance, there was an article in last week’s edition of the Co-op City Times about work that was done on the Dreiser auditorium and the exterior areas of our buildings. This article clearly stated that the renovation cost for the auditorium was supposed to be $5.6 million.

However, the final price for this work more than doubled. Why? Well, the article stated that there were additional costs for “architects and engineers, asbestos abatement, an HVAC system, and a roof terrace.” But, why didn’t Riverbay mention these items before this project was started? Think, how could anyone miss these basic issues with this huge project?

For instance, did Riverbay know that an architect or an engineer would be needed to file specific documents with the NYC Department of Buildings before the commencement of this work? What about the other cited matters? If the answers are yes, then should Riverbay make excuses for doubling the price of this work after the project was finished? No!

This same article also pointed out that the final price for the work that was performed on the exterior areas of our buildings came to $77 million. But, how is this possible if the initial price was $35 million? Why was the initial price of $35 million offered in the first place? Why weren’t other issues offered at the beginning of this project? Sure, it’s possible that unexpected issues can arise during

construction work. But, do you think that a jump from $35 million to $77 million could be a major issue for our community?

Absolutely! But, did you ever read one word in this newspaper about this extra spending contributing to Riverbay exceeding their budget? No! If you remember, Riverbay blamed everything for increased spending on insurance and natural gas purchases.

But, you can do your own budget work on the above-cited issues with the Dreiser auditorium and the work that was done on the exterior areas of our buildings. For instance, Riverbay budgeted $5.6 million for the auditorium renovation work. However, Riverbay paid over $10 million for this work. So, do you see how much this one project impacted Riverbay’s budget?

Similarly, the work for the exterior areas of our buildings was budgeted at $35 million. Regardless, Riverbay paid more than $77 million for this project. Again, can you see how this other project impacted Riverbay’s budget?

Now, let’s get back to the $51 million that we received from NYS. Well, we know that $1 million of this sum can be used for general expenses. So, do I think that every penny of this money will be spent as soon as possible? Absolutely! But, again, I think that Riverbay needs to be transparent and show our community exactly how this money will be spent.

Also, in reference to our capital projects, let’s say that Riverbay were to say that a project was going to cost $20 million. Then, we discover that Riverbay has to pay out $50 million for this project. So, how would you feel if Riverbay started making excuses why every penny of the money that we received is spent?

Do you see a major problem here? Do you see why I say that politicians should create a no-nonsense oversight committee before they issue donations to Riverbay. This way, the oversight committee can govern exactly how every penny of their donation will be spent. Now, naturally, some hired personnel might not like having their work

reviewed by an oversight committee. Therefore, they should consider moving on from Riverbay. Bottom line: We only covered two cases of how Riverbay handled some of their construction projects. Regardless, Riverbay knew that our cooperators would be forced to pick up the tab for their overspending. However, several politicians came to the rescue and gave $51 million to Riverbay. So, um, how do you think that Riverbay is now going to view our cooperators and our politicians?


We have to make a lot of changes to the Riverbay Corporation. Thereafter, Riverbay cannot be allowed to handle projects as indicated above. Moreover, Riverbay cannot be allowed to spend lots of money and expect to issue huge carrying charge increases to our cooperators.

Thank you.

Contact Information

Please send a letter to: Board Director Daryl Johnson, Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475. Currently, here is my ONLY email account: djohnson@riverbayboard. com

I will never ask for or accept money from anyone. Therefore, please do not respond to any message with my name on it that requests money, money transfers, gift cards, personal information, or anything from you. And, please do not ever send money or anything to anyone because you saw my name on a false message.

Also, please call me ONLY at 718-671-4544 if you would like to have a brief discussion with me. And, please hang up your phone immediately if someone calls you and says that they’re Daryl Johnson or is associated with me and asks you for money or anything else.

Okay, that’s it for now. So, please have a wonderful week. And, may God bless you and your family. Thank you.

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JASA Health Fair

JASA held their annual Health Fair on Wednesday, April 15, in the Dreiser Auditorium. Dozens of vendors set up tables to share information with the community about the best ways to take care of their physical and mental health. The event was full of education and entertainment, including music by DJ

As attendees walked into the auditorium, they were introduced to both preventative and restorative responses to illness, including blood pressure monitoring. There were representatives from Elderplan, Essen House Calls, Integrity Social Work Services, Social Security Administration, Baychester Library, Wellcare, and more. Volunteers distributed produce from Agatha House Foundation, including milk, apples, potatoes, and cucumbers.

NORC Advisory Council Chairperson Ione Foote also honored Merianne Fabian, an organizer of the event and the NORC program director, at the fair. “Putting on programs takes a lot of work, and we on the advisory council are very proud of Merianne Fabian who has a promotion and will be leaving us. So this is a bittersweet time for us because she was always supportive of the Council as well as in her job as a NORC program director.”

Fabian, who has worked in Co-op City for sev-

contribution to JASA. She has played a pivotal role in bringing presentations, classes, and workshops to NORC and keeping seniors active. She worked with Michelle Sajous, Riverbay’s Director of Community Relations, to have the health fair during Bronx Week.

“Without our partners and other organizations, this is impossible to do,” said Fabian. “So we are so blessed to have a lot of organizations and elected Sherron Clarke, president of the dance group Swingers, emphasized that they are more than a dance group, but rather a sisterhood of retired women. Regardless of an individual’s experience, they are welcome to participate and exercise with others. She says that while some people may not dance, everyone is welcome to be in fellowship with each other.

“It brings a lot to people who might just want to stay in the house, and sit on the couch, and don’t have friends, don’t have family,” said Clarke. “We are friends, we are family.”

The Health Fair reminded attendees that wellness includes taking care of one’s body as well as their mind and spirit.

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Photos by P.M. Campbell

Director’s Viewpoint Lynette


The Power of Legislation

Last week, I wrote about the need for revenue to meet the demands of our budget as well as savings through identification of inefficacies. This week, I will address the recently awarded $51 million, but more importantly, the political power we should use as voting constituents.

The $51 million is divided into two sections: $50 million for our capital expenses and $1 million to cover our operating expenses. The difference between the two is capital expenses are projects that are needed for upgrades to things like the building façade, elevators, garage infrastructure, etc. These are geared towards short term projects, e.g. façade work is required every 5 years, but (hopefully) wear and tear isn’t so bad that they’re working on the same exact areas five years later. Operating expenses are ongoing costs like supplies, payroll, health insurance, taxes, etc. These are the things that keep business running day-to-day. Most of the state funding goes towards our aging infrastructure, a crucial need to ensure modernization and, most importantly, safety. One hundred and twenty-four million ($124M) of our $621 million HUD loan also covers many of our projected capital expenses; however, it is a reimbursement program. We need to pay for the work first before receiving the money back. I am currently unclear if we can use the $50 million directly or if it, too, is a reimbursement agreement.

I’ll preface my next statements by quoting Ms. Linda Collins, president of Cooperators United: “Every time the bill gets paid, every time they give us money, whether it’s from capital funds, any kind of, in case of a bill, it makes it affordable for us and it makes our quality of life better.” Being in high esteem of elected officials has its rewards. However, funding is fleeting. We have a slew of NECESSARY capital construction projects and upcoming unfunded mandates that the money should be going towards (not a park and not a recreational center). Money is always welcome, but fair legislation that lets us keep more of our revenue is better and enhances our sustainability. Here are some examples of unfunded mandates which have good intent, but are increasing our operating expenses: State and City Mandates on Green Energy/Decarbonization

Both NYS and NYC have two different mandates related to becoming more energy efficient. Simply stated, NYS requires that all sources of energy be renewable sources. NYC’s Local Law 97 requires us to meet energy efficiency standards that are expensive to install, not quality efficient, and, most importantly, have limited funding support, e.g. supported by carrying charges. Both have a 2035 deadline. Meanwhile, NYCHA has the same requirement but receives no fine for not complying. We, on the other hand, do not have the ability to comply 100%, regardless of how much money is thrown at the problem. This will cost tens of millions of dollars annually in city fines, and that isn’t including the undefined amount of fines from the state. How is legislation being passed for technology that doesn’t exist to the scale we would need yet, but we are somehow responsible for? We cannot comply with what has not yet been created. Copper-Silver Ionization Testing Requirements

After discovering Legionella Disease in our water systems in 2018, we installed Copper-Silver Ionization systems which are used to disinfect our domestic hot water systems, starting with building 11. This preventive method proved to be effective in December 2018 when the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene reported no detection of legionella. Within four years, we completed the installation of all residential buildings. Every month, we collect and test five samples on each of our 43 water tanks. This results in an annual cost of

$500,000. The City is now mandating we increase monthly testing from five samples per tank to 10, resulting in an additional annual cost between $180,000 to $360,000. More testing does not make our water any safer than it already has been proven to be.

Asbestos Testing

New York City requires that every time we separate glued tiles from the floors, we need to do testing to ensure there are no asbestos airborne particles. Thus far, after over 100,000 tests for over a decade, we have had ZERO confirmed samples of asbestos in our flooring. The City’s stance is regardless, on the potential that we might discover asbestos, we need to continue. This 2023-2024 fiscal year, we were budgeted to spend approximately $8 million on testing.

NYC’s Local Law 11

Local Law 11 is the façade work to the residential buildings. Although this law has existed for a while, the City Council continues to make updates to the law which increase expenditures annual. Hence, even if we budget for a specific amount, the changes will increase our total cost past our budget allocation. For example, previous Executive General Manager Bob Klehammer outlined in 2022 that,

at the time, the law had been updated to require that our gas line distribution system needed to be inspected every four years by a licensed plumber certified in gas inspection. This year, it will cost us an additional $400,000. The law, while needed, has no additional funding but from carrying charges. Many of these changes occurred around the same time or at least within less than a decade. There is no end in sight to additional changes as they occur annually and increase the operating budget; hence, we overspend on our budget when the laws are updated or when additional unfunded mandates are created. While receiving money is always good, once it’s spent, it’s gone. Legislation has lasting detrimental financial impact. I believe that the government should share the financial load, at the very least. Every year is an election year; this year is no different. The current legislation is idealistic but not practical. Learn more about the laws we are bound by and, every year, ask those who want to represent us how they envision low to moderate income families supporting the financial load of this type of legislation especially when it doesn’t make us a healthier, safer community.

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Building 13 Association

Today! AARP Shredder Trucks will be in Co-op City on May 18 from locations in Co-op City. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be a truck near the -

Summer Fun Day

youths to arrive. Save the date and join the fun.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Visit our Facebook page at

Leslie Peterson

Building 24 Association

Dear cooperators,

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plan activities. Dues are $5 per year.

––Bruce Silberman

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African-American Association od Co-op City

Spelling Bee Today! 4th Grade to 8th Grade

here in the Co-op City Times

Save the new date:

AAACC Meetings & Events

May 18: May 19: Zoom

June 22: June 30: Our Gift to You

Join the AAACC Zelle us the African-American Association of Co-op AAACC Programs

Belly Dance Classes – Contact Evening Line Dance Classes –Yoga & Pilates Classes –Co-op City Baptist Church “Gospel Line Dancers” – Contact

––Michelle Marbury

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Building 10 Association

Greetings, fellow cooperators.

New Cooperators – Welcome to all new cooperators. We look forward to seeing you at the next general membership meeting.

General Membership Meeting – The Building 10 Association would like to thank Mr. Joshua Blake, Interim Deputy General Manager, and Mr. Arthur Taylor, Interim Director of Janitorial Services, for coming to our meeting and answering our questions and concerns.

Riverbay Board Election Forums – The Riverbay Board Election forums begin today at 3 p.m. in the Dreiser Auditorium. Come out and hear the candidates for the Riverbay Board of Directors. Check the Co-op City Times for more dates and locations.

Riverbay Board Election – The Riverbay Board Election will begin on Monday, May 20, and end on Friday, June 14, at 9 p.m. You can vote by mail or online. Please see your ballot, which you will receive in the mail for more information.

Emergency Resolution #24-26 – This resolution will be on your Riverbay Board election ballot. This resolution asks if the Riverbay Corporation should ban indoor smoking of tobacco and cannabis products within all buildings in Co-op City. Please vote.

Summer Fun Day – Save the date: Summer Fun Day will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 12-5 p.m. Location: intersection of Casals Place and Carver Loop. The first 50 children will receive a free T-shirt beginning at 12 p.m. Rain date: Sunday, June 23. More details to follow.

Building 10 Association Dues – The collection of Building Association dues for 2024 began on March 1. Building Association dues are $10 per apartment. We are still collecting building association dues. Please note, the money collected is used for association-related expenses, such as flyers, meeting and party supplies and refreshments.

If You See Something, Say Something – For emergencies, call Co-op City Public Safety at 718-671-3050 and NYPD at 911. For non-emergencies, call 311. You can also contact CCPD at their anonymous tips hotline:718-879-6311.

Suicide Prevention – If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or in emotional distress, the number to call for help is 988, you can call or text. Someone is available 24 hours a day.

Questions, Comments and Suggestions – You can contact the Building 10 Association via email at We are also on Facebook, “Building 10 ABC Association.” Like our page and get notified of all the happenings in and around Building 10.

We would like to wish all who are born this month an incredibly happy birthday. Celebrating an anniversary this month? Happy anniversary!

To the homebound and sick, we wish you a speedy recovery. To all who have lost a loved one recently, we offer our deepest condolences.

Have a wonderful week.

––Jewel Crawford-Duncan

Stay Vigilant

Be mindful of your surroundings at all times.

Black Forum

Emergency Food Pantry

Located at 920 Baychester Ave., Bldg. 1A (opposite basketball court). The pantry is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Guests are eligible to pick up food once a month. All guests must present a pantry card, at least four to six clean shopping bags with handles and a shopping cart to receive food. Section 5 guests should visit the Co-op City United Methodist Church at 2350 Palmer Avenue to pick up groceries. They are open Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1p.m. Religious affiliation is not necessary. Masks are a must! Anyone who does not wear a mask may not be served by the staff at their discretion. This protects everyone.

New Client Registration and Recertification for Returning Guests Registration and recertification have been extended through May 2024. Guests must be 18 years or older to apply or recertify. Required identification: NYC I.D. (10475 zip code), NY State Driver’s license, or NY State Non-Driver’s license. Passport, Medicaid and Medicare cards, employment identification and Access-A-Ride identification are not accepted. At the time of registration or recertification, every member of the household must be present and produce valid identification with the same 10475 address. The intake forms will only include the number of household members who are able to show up in person. Those living in Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 will register or recertify at the 920 Baychester location. Section 5 residents will register or recertify at the 2350 Palmer Avenue location on Thursdays.


Support our community with a fun day out! Your participation in these events help cover the rent, insurance and supplies needed to keep our emergency food pantry running strong. Help us ensure local families have access to nutritious food and household supplies.

Saturday, June 8 – Caesars Casino boarding times: 920 Baychester Avenue stop boards at 8:45 a.m. and leaves 9 a.m. (sharp); Asch Loop stop boards at 9:10 a.m. and leaves 9:25 a.m. (sharp); Einstein Community Center stop boards at 9:40 a.m. and leaves 9:55 a.m. (sharp). Seats are still available for Caesars. $55 (cash only), rebate: $10.

Saturday, August 17 – The Nordic in Rhode Island and Foxwoods Resort Casino in CT ($225). The first payment ($75) was due by March 15. The second payment ($75) is due by May 24 and the third payment ($75) is due by June 28. Those who missed the first payment can make it up. The Nordic is an all-you-can-eat buffet with lobster, crab, prime rib, filet mignon, shrimp, salads, veggies, and more. Foxwoods hosts six casinos, 250 gaming tables and 5,500 slot machines. It’s one of the ten largest casinos in the world and has Tanger Outlet shops on-site.

Saturday, October 19 – Black Eyed Sally Southern Cajun Kitchen with MGM Casino ($120). The first payment ($60) is due by September 6 and the second payment ($60) is due by October 4.

We are accepting payments for trips now. Nonrefundable payments will only be accepted in the following forms: cash, personal checks, and only postal money orders. Call 917-209-5334 to book trips.

Contact us at

—D. Illis

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Building 9 Association

Greetings, Building 9 Association family and friends. I hope your Mother’s Day weekend was everything you hoped it would be.

Building 6 Association

On Thursday, May 9, Co-op City history was made. New York State Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto held a press conference in the Dreiser Auditorium (pictured at right) to announce the offcial presentation of the $51 million New York State budget carve-out to the Riverbay Corporation and residents of Co-op City. The purpose of the press conference was to publicly inform the shareholders of Co-op City that Governor Hochul, at the behest of New York State Speaker Carl Heastie, signed the State’s budget which included funding to support Riverbay Corporation’s capital projects. I was honored to speak at this press conference, along with Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, New York State Speaker Carl Heastie, New York State Senator Jamaal Bailey, New York City Councilmember Kevin Riley, Riverbay Corporation Executive General Manager Marvin Walton, and Riverbay Corporation Board of Directors President Sonia Feliciano. We should be resolved to treasure Co-op City as the $8 billion asset that happens to be our home.

The Building 9 Association executive board members have received great feedback on our Game Night social event on May 4. By popular demand, we will host a Game Day one afternoon in June. Stay tuned for additional details.

Sadly, on May 10, we lost the Co-op City Male Democratic Club leader, James Payne. Our condolences to the Payne family and to the Democratic Club family.

Please, actively participate in the Riverbay Board elections. Read the candidates’ articles and watch the candidates’ forums. This year’s quorum requirement is 5,035. Please vote.

The primary election early voting period begins on June 15 and will continue until June 24. Primary Day will be June 25. Elections have consequences. Please vote.

“A goal without a plan is just wishful thinking.”

Building 12 Cooperator’s Association

Greetings, from Building 12 Cooperator’s Association!

What a wonderful feeling to be a part of an actively engaged and fully transparent association! The Building 12 Executive Board, in collaboration with all of our chaired committees and of course our shareholders, have indeed had a great few months.

Last month, we were provided free notary services and were able to notarize over 280 affdavits. Our shareholders appreciated the convenience of this service, giving many thanks to our volunteer notaries.

We also held our frst hip-hop ftness class, where we were blessed to have participants ranging in ages from 20-something to 80-something years old! Residents have shown great interest and are asking for our next class…coming soon!

The Building 12 Walking Club is off to a dynamic start. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, at 10 a.m., we are promoting a healthy lifestyle, and everyone is welcome! Once or twice around the greenway, at your own pace. Stay tuned for our upcoming evening walking group announcement.

Building 12 is very proud to announce that we sold the most Summer Fun Day t-shirts this year. Please come out on June 22 to experience this memorable event, supporting unity in our community.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! This year, Building 12 held a raffe drawing with 89 residents participating, and 41 winners in total! We were able to award the frst six winners with a gift of $25 and an additional 35 winners received a Mother’s Day boxed ornament that was donated by one of our residents. We also received a donation of cupcakes and roses to gift the mothers of our building and all the moms were very happy!


It is almost election time for our Riverbay Board of Directors. Please attend the frst Candidates’ Forum on May 18 at 3 p.m. in the Dreiser Auditorium. Your vote is important and meeting our quorum the frst time around is extremely important.

Our next general meeting will be held on May 23 at 7 p.m. in the association room.

Don’t forget to like, follow and share our new social media pages!



Wishing you all a peaceful, positive and productive week!

—Tanya Clark-Ingram

Happy Saturday neighbors, I hope when you read this it fnds you in great standing. We will be having a Family Game Night on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26, in the newly renovated association room. Last week Thursday, I attended a press conference held by elected offcials in the Dreiser Auditorium, where they announced the allocation of $51 million in the New York State budget for Co-op City. Out of the $51 million, $50 million will go towards capital projects and the other $1 million is for operations.

Saturday, May 18 Events

Please join us in-person or virtually for our frst Youth Committee meeting at 12:30 p.m. Our goal is to brainstorm and get a consensus of what our fellow neighbors would be interested in seeing and doing for our Building 6 youth. All ages are welcome to join! Meet us in our building association room in the rear of the building or on Zoom. Meeting ID: 920 7364 1402; Passcode: 031991. Come with ideas! Contact the treasurer, Charity, at 646-309-4932 if you have any questions.

The frst offcial Board Election Candidates’ Forum will also be held today at 3 p.m. in the Dreiser Auditorium. Go and meet the candidates, I’m imploring everyone to vote.

Upcoming Events: Our next general building association meeting has been postponed until June; more information to come. If you have questions, please submit them to President Lassiter, 347-366-7690, so everyone has a chance to be heard.

Needed: We are looking for a secretary to join our Building 6 Association e-board! If you are interested and available, we are looking for a neighbor who is organized, has great communication skills, is able to transcribe meeting minutes and has great energy. You are exactly what we need! Please send an email to and come out to our next association meeting. A special election will take place in the upcoming weeks.

Til then I pray for safety over all, God speed.

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

–Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

—Lauren K. Lassiter

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Building 21 Association

Our next building meeting is Thursday, May 23! We are having a live and in-person meeting in our gathering room in the back of Building 21B’s lobby. It will begin at 7 p.m. sharp! We will have a guest speaker so please arrive on time.

We would like at least one member from every family to come and represent.

A reminder that this is your community. We must stay informed and engaged!

We are also seeking 11 volunteers to help us with spring cleaning our gathering room. Only the actual volunteers will be privy to the rewards that await them. Email us your name and contact number to be placed on the list for Saturday, May 25. You must be 16 and older. Only the frst 11 volunteers will be chosen and two alternates.

Your Building Association is where you can start to be engaged in your community.

Riverbay Board Elections are coming up. Please make your vote count by voting on time!

We need foor captains on every foor, please volunteer to be a foor captain on your foor.

Questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome. You can place dues and/or suggestions in our lockbox located in the laundry room (next to the television). Our yearly dues are $10.

Our regular monthly meeting is every fourth Thursday of each month. You may contact us at our email us at

Congratulations to all who are graduating this year!

May God bless and continue to keep you and yours safe.

Section Five Association

Please stay vigilant. The viruses are still around. Spring is in the air, trees and fowers are blooming all over the place. Still be careful and wear your mask, if needed. People are still wearing their masks, that is a good thing.

Good News Today – Councilman Kevin Riley and Riverbay are sponsoring a shredder truck at two locations: 120 Erskine Place in Section 5 and 140 Benchley place near Co-op City Blvd. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the truck is full. The limit is three large bags, no paper clips or staples.

Our Elected Offcials – We thank Senator Jamaal Bailey, Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto as they presented a check for $51 million to Co-op City; $50 million was allocated for capital projects and $1 million for operations. We as a community are their constituents and we are to reach out to them when in need.

Resolution #24-26 – This resolution will include a vote on whether Riverbay Corporation should ban indoor smoking of tobacco and cannabis products within all residential apartments. The resolution will be on the ballot and shareholders must vote for it to become a policy. Make sure your family and friends are aware to place their vote. The ballots are coming in a green envelope. Each year we must vote for a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has fduciary responsibilities of governing and setting policies in the best interest of the corporation. We as shareholders need to make it known to the candidates, we thank them for volunteering their time.

Voting to Elect Board of Directors – To new shareholders, we vote each year for the Board of Directors. Ballots will be coming in green envelopes and it will indicate how many candidates to vote for. Voting begins Monday, May 20, to Friday, June 14. Try to attend all three forums. The frst forum is today at 3 p.m. in the Dreiser Auditorium. The second forum will be May 22 at 7 p.m. in Einstein Center, Room 45; and the third forum will be May 29, at 7 p.m. in Bartow Center, Room 31. All three election forums will either be broadcast or rebroadcast on the Crawler.

The vice president of SFA, Ms. Carol Arthur, gave information regarding 501c, OMNY Card will be in affect very soon and we will look into other options. SCRIE/DRIE, she is able to offer assistance and all shareholders are eligible for the STAR Program, but you must register.

We regret to announce the passing of the leader and president of the Roosevelt Democratic Club of Co-op City, Mr. James Payne. We offer our sympathies and condolences to all families who lost a loved one.

We wish all the best of good health. Happy birthday wishes.

One may reach Nelson Sweeting, president, at or 914-7095395.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

Building 22A & B Association

Happy news! Our elected offcials announced $51 million for the residents of Co-op City – $50 million for capital projects and $1M for operating expenses. We thank all who worked diligently towards our goals for Co-op City. Happy Mother’s Day, hope your day was full of wonderful surprises and blessings. The frst forum for the Riverbay Board of Directors Candidates will take place on Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m., in the Dreiser Auditorium. Please come to meet and learn more about the candidates. For more information about our $51M and the election, please read the Co-op City Times.

Unfortunately, there was an electrical fre in Building 3B on Saturday, May 4. Thank God no one was seriously injured. Riverbay’s Safety department reminds cooperators to follow fre prevention rules.

Our thanks to building maintenance for doing a great job when they were shorthanded.

Our next Building Association meeting is Monday, May 20, on the B side. Bring your chair. Hope to see you.

Compactor Room: Please continue to recycle your boxes and newspapers and follow the instructions on the wall. Wash all containers, put raw garbage in the chute not in plastic bags.

Laundry Room Etiquette: Please remove your clothes on time, others are waiting. Clean out dryer trays and put fabric softener sheets in trash.

Our prayers to all who lost loved ones. If you see something say something. Thank you and blessings to all.

Building 1A&1B Association

Good day, Building 1A and 1B Association.

Have you seen the beautiful fowers that are blooming in front of Building 1A and 1B?

On behalf of the entire executive team, they would like to thank all of the shareholders who attend and participate in the monthly shareholders association meetings in-person.

Dues: Shareholders, please be advised that yearly dues will be collected in a couple of weeks for 2025.

Congratulations: To all 2024 pre-K to college graduates, much success on your continued educational journey. Congratulations also to all who have received an employment promotion in 2024.

As we continue to journey into 2024, shareholders are needed on the following committees:

Decorating Committee: Please join and express your creative ideas. All ages are welcome.

Fundraising Committee: Assistance is needed, and your ideas are welcomed.

Floor Captains: Everyone’s assistance is needed.

2024 Plans: Fish fry, paint and sip, cake sale, family fun date. Suggestions are welcomed.

Sick and Shut In: If you know of someone who is sick or shut in, please inform us so we may keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Tips of the Week: Keep your eyes open, because cars are being broken into and packages are being stolen. Etiquette: Do not throw trash on the elevator foor. There is a garbage can in the lobby. Safety: Do not open the lobby door for strangers. See Something, Say Something. Thank you.

—Desiree Scurry

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Youth Caregivers: A Call to Action

How many informative facts about youth caregivers do you know? Are you ready to take on the challenge?

1) True or False: Youth caregivers are family caregivers caring for a child? 2) True or False: Youth caregivers speak freely about their challenges and concerns? 3) True or False: Youth caregivers are from diverse socioeconomic lower-income backgrounds and households? 4) True or False: Youth caregivers go unnoticed by healthcare providers, educators, and other service providers in the community. 5) True or False: Youth caregivers may experience higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression compared to their peers? Answers: 1) False, 2) False, 3) True, 4) True, 5) True.

There are over 1.4 million youth caregivers from age 8-18 in the U.S. This population suffers from a systemic lack of support from their schools and communities, which can have direct consequences for a youth’s ability to succeed. In 2006, the Gates Foundation issued a report, the Silent Epidemic, which showed that 22% of high school dropouts leave school to care for family members from diverse socioeconomic lower-income backgrounds and households.

In 2015, COME collected data from grades 6 to 11 in District 11 in the Bronx. Of the 454 students, 43% indicated they were youth caregivers. These students assisted a sick, disabled sibling, adult, or older person in or outside their home. These students also stated that they felt isolated, ashamed and embarrassed about their role and were afraid to share their caregiving status with their teacher, guidance counselor, friends or school nurse.

COME recognized a need to bring youth caregivers out of they needed. This led to the inception of a Youth Caregivers Initiative (YCI) SHARKS Program (Students Helping and Assisting Relative with Knowledge and Skills). The program, which recognizes and supports youth from ages 12 to 21 years of age who care for a sibling, adult, or elderly family member, offers educational and emotional support sessions, respite, community outreach opportunities, and scholarships to college, providing a ray of hope for these young caregivers.

The Youth Caregiver Initiative focuses on three programmatic areas to make a substantive and far-reaching impact on the youth caring landscape.

Direct student services: Partnering with schools to engage youth caregivers with programming that supports their health and well-being. Educating healthcare professionals to provide resources and tools to support youth caregivers.

Research: Assessing the need for youth caregiver support in the NYC Public schools and the effect of caring on a youth’s psychological, physical, emotional, social and academic stan act authorizing and directing the commissioner of education to conduct a study on the number of children who are caregivers and how being a caregiver impacts their education. The bill was passed and is going through the legislative process.

Coalition Building: Partnering with educators, healthcare organizations, and social services to advocate for policy, regulations, and legislation that supports youth caregivers.

––Diane Cooper

Building 27 Association

Hello, neighbors,;we trust all is well. Even though it was sort of a rainy day, there were still cars on the road. We hope all mothers and all who give in the motherly way enjoyed the day.

Shredder Truck Today – AARP, Council Member Kevin Riley and Riverbay Corporation are co-sponsoring the shredder truck at two locations from 11-2 p.m. They will be located at 120 Erskine Place in Section 5 and 140 Benchley Place on the other side of Co-op City. This is fantastic, we will not have to travel to another Section. The limit is three large bags only, no staples or clips.

Amazon Delivery – We have Amazon lockers to prevent packages from being stolen. However, one will need a smartphone or iPhone to secure your package. If you do not own one to retrieve your package, your package will be returned to Amazo. This has happened twice. In the meantime, packages are still left in the lobby by other delivery carriers. Now what?

2024 Board of Directors Election – To new cooperators, we are required to vote each year for a Board of Directors. We encourage you to keep abreast by reading the Co-op City Times -

dates is today, Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m. at the Dreiser Auditorium. In the meantime, please read the candidates’ viewpoints in the weekly Co-op City Times. Voting begins Monday, May vote, vote.

Emergency Resolution #24-26 – Please take note, this resolution will be on the ballot for your vote. The resolution is regarding whether Riverbay Corporation should ban indoor smoking of tobacco and cannabis products within all residential apartments within the Riverbay campus. Please place your vote. The ballots will be arriving in green envelopes, voting online is the way to go if it is available to you.

With Deep Sorrow – The Building 27 Association regrets to announce that our faithful treasurer, Lillian Sumpter, and our baker, Margie Delgado, have passed on. Our sincere sympathies and condolences to the families and may they both rest in peace.

Happy birthday to all celebrating this month. We wish all the best of health and safety. Contact Lydia Rondon at 718-583-3040 and she will gladly acknowledge your birthday by sending you a card, she is excellent in sharing goodwill. Also, notify her of any illness, or if a neighbor has passed on or transferred to a nursing home.

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” –Margaret J. Wheatley. H. Overman


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has profoundly affected the struggle for civil rights and equality for all during the course of 20th Century American History. Join the NAACP to help us do the work. We march to defend democracy. Membership is the lifeblood of the organization. We meet the fourth Sunday of the month at Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

May General Meeting: In honor of those who gave their lives in the interest of freedom and justice for all and in light of the work the NAACP has done over the years to also uphold the truths of this nation that “All men are created equal,” for our May meeting we will join the Co-op City Branch of the American Legion Post 1871 on Memorial Day in recognition of our fallen heroes. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, at the Harley J. Mosley Sr. Veterans Memorial Park. Please check the Co-op City Times for the exact time. Weather permitting, wear your NAACP shirt.

Primary election day is June 25. Early voting dates are Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 23

To request an absentee ballot for the State and Federal Primary Election, go to: The last day to apply is June 15. The primary list of candidates are for federal,

Your Right to Vote:

and national level while utilizing a combined effort of litigation and mobilization to ensure every Black American can cast their ballot in November! We are currently litigating seven other voting rights cases across the nation while working to educate, engage and mobilize millions of Black voters throughout the 2024 election cycle.

NAACP 115th National Convention – July 13 – July 17, 2024, in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit: naacp. org/convention.

African American Day Parade – Sunday, September 15. More information forthcoming.

NAACP 88th New York State Conference Annual Convention – October 11-13, 2024. More information forthcoming.

Voting: This election season, we hold the most powerful tool to make democracy work for Black Americans: our vote. The issues that affect our communityica’s broken democracy by voting. For more information on the NAACP’s work to mobilize Black voters, visit

You can follow us on Facebook: Co-op City NAACP. April is our spring membership campaign. Become a member, gift a membership or upgrade your

right to vote. Annual membership: Adult: $30, Youth: $10, or Silver Life: $750. Make checks/money orders payable to: NAACP Co-op City, mail to: NAACP Co-op City, 135 Einstein Loop, Room 36, Bronx, N.Y. 10475 To leave a message, call the or email: naacpccity2210@gmail. com.

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National Council of Negro Women

NCNW Co-op City Section – Our Section, in establish Co-op City Section, we began with 55 Charter members who were the foundation of our Section. Of those original 55 members, we have only one left and we cherish her dearly. Olive B. Glasgow, our remaining Charter Member, celeon May 6. Olive was our remained in that appointserved on important committees such as the Membership Committee, the Good & Welfare Committee, the International Committee, and the 35th

Olive Glasgow (seated) celebrating her 100th birthday with Rev. Beverly Spruill

Over the years, she received numerous awards from NCNW as well as other organizations. In with our Section to Las Vegas and viewing the so pleased that our Chaplain Rev. Beverly Spruill and our past President Eleanor Donnley representby presenting her with a homemade pound cake -

bers of the Co-op City Section. She is truly a treasure to our Section.

Health Committee – We are inviting all our weekly GirlTrek Sisterhood Saturday walks in the Greenway. We meet at 9 a.m. each Saturday in Dreiser Loop. We are walking together for a shared mission of health, unity and Black girl power. for more information.

Harambee Committee – The Harambee Committee is moving forward with plans and enthusiasm for our upcoming Harambee Celebration to be at the Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Course. This year’s theme is “Freedom! To Live! To Serve! To Thrive!”

This year’s honorees will be Councilman Kevin Riley, Dawna Michelle Fields, Lynda Wright and Christopher Robinson.

be purchased through Eventbrite, https://www. to NCNW Co-op City Section and mailing to -

ad, please email coopcityncnwharambee@gmail. com to receive more information on how to submit your request.

We are also looking for vendors for this event. If you know any vendors, please provide the contact information to our Fundraising Committee by email to

Neely and Lisa Wade-Stewart, at:

Social Media –our website: Instagram: NCNW Co-op City and email: ncnwco.

––Joyce Howard

Velocity Track Club

The blessings continue for Velocity Track Club! On Saturday, May 4, we competed in the Northeast Twilight Challenge at Icahn Stadium. The meet was well organized with great competition. Medals were awarded to the top three athletes in their division and event. Therefore, they were hard to earn. Velocity Track Club was up for the challenge and bronze) medals! Plus, many athletes broke their personal record (PR).

The following athletes earned medals: Lyon, two

Jordan, Madison S & Royana earned silver medals in shot put. Royana also earned a bronze medal in

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hurdles and a bronze medal in the shot put and KaylynnE earned a bronze medal in the shot put. The following athletes broke their PR: Layla Our next meet is on Sunday, May 19, at the Coach Dinkins
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JASA’s Mother’s Day Luncheon

Co-op City’s JASA Older Adult Center hosted their annual Mother’s Day luncheon on Friday, May 10. The event was organized by the JASA centers on Dreiser, Einstein, and Bartow and held in the Dreiser Auditorium at 11 a.m. Attendees enjoyed food, music and live performances as they gathered to celebrate mothers. Volunteers from JASA, Riverbay, Ashley Furniture, and Jacobi Medical Center helped with the preparation and serving of food.

Shareholder Rose Belin celebrated her 101st birthday at the event. Ms. Belin, also known as Mother Rose, received birthday wishes from Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Senator around her to take pictures, wish her happy birthday and to watch as she cut the cake.

“We want to make sure that they feel celebrated and want them to feel included as a part

After a poem by Isilda Modesde, David Hammer introduced the JASA Drama Bunch. Lyon Hall performed the poem “Mother,” and Eleanor Donnley performed “My Mother’s Garden.” The act also included a skit by Jessie Johnson and David Hammer called “Papa Loves Mama,” about a married couple bickering over advancements in technology.

Ola Waymmana, who teaches dance classes at Dreiser on Tuesdays and Thursdays, led the dance group named the Olettes. They were followed by dance numbers by Cynthia’s Line Dancers, led by Cynthia Dixon. Waymmana said that having a dance group made mostly of mothers and grandmothers, “brings harmony, it brings love, it brings peace, because a lot of people don’t socialize and get to meet each other.”

by P.M. Campbell

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JASA Co-op City NORC Program Invites You for These In-Person & Virtual Activities

JASA Free Tax Preparation 2024 – Income limit, single: $32,000; w/dependents: $60,000. 2049 Bar-

2066 for appointments.

Agatha House Foundation National Diabetes Prevention Program to 9 month program. For more information or to reg-

Bartow OAC Trips – BJ’s/ShopRiteer Joe’s Costco

$6. Walmart

FREE: Bartow OAC presents Older American Day Celebration Common Pantry New applicants, contact, or call

Acupuncture w/Dr. Flora Lyando 2066.


(NORC) Line Dancing with Bartow Swingers (ONLY) 12-1 p.m., Every Mon.

Walk w/Odessa 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Blood Pressure, 12-1 p.m., (1st & 3rd Tues.)

Health & Wellness w/Ann 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Adult Coloring, 12-1 p.m.

Smart Phone & Tablet Class w/Julesa, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Dinner Hour: 3-4:30 p.m.

Stay Well Exercise w/Odessa 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Bereavement Hour w/Dorine (1st Wednesday only per month), 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Line Dancing w/Cynthia Wed. & Fri., 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Dominoes w/José 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dinner Hour: 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Arthritis Exercise w/Damion, 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Visual Arts w/Laura via Zoom 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Knitting/Crocheting with Lynne and Betty, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Card Games with Frankie, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Dinner Hour, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Massage Therapy

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Manicure, 10:30 a.m-12 p.m.

Line Dance with Cynthia 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Drama Club w/Dazee Windley 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., in the back of the JASA NORC Office Dinner Hour, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Intergenerational Arts & Crafts w/Denise, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Salsa with Rasheed 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Word Games

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Bingo on Saturdays

1:30-3:30 p.m. in the back of JASA NORC Of fce

SuCasa Creative Writing w/Americo – Final -

Bartow OAC Trip, “Motown Show” – Windows

Dreiser OAC, Spirit of NY “White Party” cruise

Einstein OAC, Holiday Hill Senior Day


Mindful Mornings Tai Chi

9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Line Dance w/Sassy 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Book Club, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ageless Facials & Self Care

1 p.m.-3 p.m., Rm. 35 Appointment only.

Never Too Old to Learn Spanish, 10-11 a.m., Rm. 35

Bridge to Care Arthritis Exercise 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Rm. 45

Creative Arts & Painting 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Rm. 35

Go Easy on us Computers 2:30-3:30 p.m., Rm. 40

Walk Club, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Hair Care 4U, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Appointments only

Spring in Your Step Stretch & Tone w/Ola 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Rm. 45

Action Bodies In Motion 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Room 45

Prize Bingo & Board Games

1 p.m.-2 p.m., Rm. 49A

Visual Arts, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Salsa Dancing, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Walk With Ease, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Chit Chat, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Coloring for Calmness

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m

Chess Club, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Blood Pressure Screening 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Let’s Get It on Zumba 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Steel Drum Classes

Technology Class

Line Dance with Bartow Swingers Notary

Notary – Dreiser OAC, Weds., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Notary

Please call Einstein OAC

more. for appointments.



Alternate Kosher Meals are available

Chair Yoga w/ Charles Tyler 10-11 a.m. (Virtual), 863-4924183, Passcode: Dreiser23

Stay Well w/Denise 10-11 a.m., Rm. 2 Arts and Crafts w/Karen 10-11 a.m.

Movie Time “Origin,” 1:15-3:30 p.m.

Game Time, 9-10 a.m.

Staying Active & Independent for Life w/Gail, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Rm. 2

Zumba w/Ola, 1-2 p.m., Aud. A Tai Chi w/Jimmy, 2-3 p.m., Rm. 2

Computer & Tablet Class w/Ralph 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dial-in #: 347-893-2966. Meeting ID: 854 2963 5300. Passcode: Dreiser23

Game Time - Jenga, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Su Casa Arts Program w/Gina, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Rm. 2

Annual Health and Wellness Fair Aud. 2nd Fl., 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Drama Club 1:30-3:30 p.m., Rm. 4

Game Time, 9-10 a.m.

Current Events, 10-11 a.m.

Wellness Mornings, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

SAIL - Staying Active and Independent for Life w/Gail, 1-2 p.m. Rm. 2

Nutrition Presentation, 1-2 p.m. Meeting ID: 816 1164 3463 Passcode: dreiser23

Manicure Services, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Twice a month)

Sewing Class w/Joy, Rm. 2 Knitting /Crocheting w/Loretta 10-12 p.m.

Alert and Alive w/Cathy/Essie 10-11 a.m., Rm. 4

Line Dance w/Sassy 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Auditorium A Advisory Council Meeting 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Rm. 4 Bingo w/Gay Brown 1:20 p.m.-2:50 p.m., Rm. 4

Menu Fee for lunch is $2 & $5 for guest. ALL meals served with margarine and fresh milk. Menu subject to change without notice. For information, please call: (718) 320-2066. Schedule subject to change without notice.

Payments for trips can be made where noted, Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. only.

Funded by: The NYC Department for the Aging, the NYS Office for the Aging and Riverbay Corporation Must be 60 or older to become a JASA participant.




LUNCH : KOSHER: Classic Chicken

NON KOSHER: Cabbage w/ Shredded Carrots



NON-KOSHER: Cheese, Steamed Broccoli, Apple




NON-KOSHER: Fish with Fresh Salsa Relish, Brown Rice, Steamed Kale, Orange

LUNCH: KOSHER: Filet of Fish Whole

Israeli Salad. NON KOSHER: Rice, Steamed Carrots


NON-KOSHER: Cooked Cabbage w/Carrots, Apple


NON-KOSHER: Fish w/Fresh Salsa Relish, Brown Rice, Steamed Kale



NON-KOSHER: Cobb Salad w/Grilled

Saturday: Lunch served at 12:30 p.m. : BARTOW ONLY

KOSHER: Classic Chicken Cacciatore, NON-KOSHER: Wedges, Steamed Sliced Carrots, Banana

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Fri., May 24 Sat., May 25 Mon., May 20 Tues., May 21 Thurs., May 23 Bartow Room 31 unless otherwise noted Einstein Room 49 unless otherwise noted Dreiser Room 7 unless otherwise noted
Wed., May 22

Goose Island Seniors

With a sad heart, we announce the passing of Lillian Sumpter and Marge Delgado, two very good friends of Goose Island. Our condolences to their families.

Resort World Casino – Tue., May 21; Monticello, NY. Price: $65, $25 slot play. Wait list. Bus arriving: Einstein Loop, 8:15 a.m.; Asch Loop, 8:45 a.m.; Dreiser Loop at 9 a.m.

Indoor Picnic – Fri., May 24; 1 p.m. in our club, Rm. 39. Members only. Bring covered-dish or pay $15 at door. Free for May birthday members.

Barbados Family and Friends Tour – Fri., May 31 to Wed., June 5. Price from $1,002.50 per person, double; to $1,650, single. Call: 646-579-1701.

The Motown Story – Sat., June 8, at 177 Dreiser Loop Auditorium B. Price $60, VIP $75 + tax. Motown impersonators, buffet included; 3-10 p.m.

Villa Roma Resort – Tribute to Diana Ross and Gladys Knight; Tue., June 11. Wait list. Price: $125. Down payment $50 to reserve seat. Balance due by Mon., May 20.

Tribute to Whitney Houston – Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City; Thu., June 27. Wait list. Price: $150. Bonus: $25 slot play and $20 food voucher. Deposit $50 to reserve seat on bus. Balance due Wed., June 5.

Lego Land (Cancelled)

Virginia Beach Getaway – Tue., July 9, to Fri. July 12. Call: 646-579-1701.

Wind Creek Casino – Thu., July. 18. Price: $65, $25 slot play.

Resorts Casino AC – Thu., Aug. 8. Price: $65, $10 slot play. Holiday Hills Picnic – Prospect, CT; Tue., Aug. 20. Wait list. Price: $130; $50 deposit. Balance due Wed., July. 17. Make checks to Goose Island Seniors. Norwegian Cruise – Hawaii, Sat., Aug. 31-Sat., Sept. 7. Call: 646-579-1701.

Resorts Casino A.C. – Tue., Sep. 10. Price: $65, $10 slot play.

Latin Day at Brownstone – Thu., Sep. 26. Price: $145. $50 deposit. Balance due Wed., Aug. 28.

Las Vegas Trip – Fri., Oct. 11th-15th. Call: 646-579-1701.

Motown Holiday Party – Windows on the Lake in Long Island; Thu., Dec. 12. Price: $145; $50 deposit. Balance due Wed., Nov. 13.

Notary – Yvonne Menefee. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 135 Einstein Loop, Room 39. Call: 718-379-9613.

Bingo – Mon., Wed. and Fri., 1-3:30 p.m. Members only. Admission: $5 for three cards; $0.25 each additional card; 12 games and jackpot. Refreshments.

Game day – Tue. and Thu., 1-5 p.m. Dominoes, Bid Whist, movies, socializing.

To all members: Happy birthday to our members who celebrate in May: Jacqueline Roy-Twiggs, Dorothy Drayton, Emma Rumph, Linda Singleton, Bernice DeCarmo, Sonia Dixon, Edna Senior-Williams, Mary Pilla, Becky Reyes, Doris Bailey, Juliana Wattley-Epps, Gerald “Jerry” Ortiz, Josephine Betancourt (Deceased), Geneva Lindsey, Carmen Crespo and Hattie Overman. May birthday cake celebration at the picnic party on May 24.

Sick and Shut-in – Mary Pilla, former president, sends her love. Call her at (718) 753-1816.

Our club is at 135 Einstein Loop, Rm. 39, Bronx, NY 10475, Section 5 Community Center, (718) 379-9613, Stephen cell: (347) 847-1941. Our email address is $StephenCarlSr.

Good health to all.

––Stephen Roberts, Sr.

Retirees of Dreiser Loop

Greetings, retirees and friends.

How is everyone doing? We hope all the ladies were treated like the queens they are on Mother’s Day. Fellows, your day will be up next.

Atlantic City Overnight Trip – Seats are still available for Tropicana Casino/ Hotel; Wednesday, May 29-30. One-night hotel stay and tribute to the “Jersey Boys and Girls” show; $295pp/double, $345pp/single; $15 bonus slot play and $25 food voucher. Payments are due now. Bus pick up at 9 a.m. at Dreiser Loop in front of H&R Block. Return trip drop-offs at Einstein, Asch and Dreiser Loop. Carnival Cruise 2024 – Sold out. Eastern Caribbean nine-day/eight-night cruise (traveling to Amber Cove (Dominican Republic), Grand Turks, and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas) on the beautiful new ship Venezia leaving from NYC on July 16 (cruising through July 24, 2024).

Ace in the Hole – Wednesday, August 21, 2024. Lunch and a tribute show to Luther Vandross, Barry White, Isaac Hayes, and Teddy Pendergrass. A $50 deposit to reserve your seat or full payment of $140 is due now. Bus pick up at 9:30 a.m. at Dreiser Loop in front of H&R Block. Return trip drop offs at Einstein, Asch and Dreiser Loop. Please contact Serita at (347) 564-5722 for information regarding all trips.

Entertainment Committee – Our annual June luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the beautiful Marina del Rey. Tickets are $110 (includes transportation on a frst-paid frst-seated basis). Daisy will be in Room 19 on Tuesdays and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Questions can be addressed to Daisy at (718) 671-6122 or (917) 292-7010 and Jay at (201) 310-2972.

Scholarship Committee – Scholarship applications are available in Room 19. The deadline for the submission of completed scholarship applications to the Scholarship Committee is May 24. Contact JoAnn at (718) 710-9082 with questions.

Membership Committee – Annual membership dues for 2024 are $25. Personal checks payable to the “Retirees of Dreiser Loop” can be mailed to Retirees of Dreiser Loop, 177 Dreiser Loop, Room 19, Bronx, NY 10475. Questions may be addressed to Mary at (718) 655-9170.

Happy Birthday – We wish all May celebrants an incredibly happy birthday and continued peace and happiness throughout the year.

Condolences – Please continue to pray for those who have recently experienced a loss.

Good and Welfare – Please keep Ida Stewart and others who are sick or shut-in, in your thoughts and healing prayers. Please notify Lorraine Parker at (718) 671-6403 of any member illnesses or deaths.

General Meeting – Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. in Dreiser Center, Auditorium C. This will be our last meeting prior to our summer break. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

––Georgianna Rodriguez

AARP Chapter #4997

Happy Mother’s Day to all who are flling that very special role in the life of someone else. We salute and appreciate everyone for all they do! Our committee is working hard on our next trip. On June 18, we will take a trip to the Vynecrest Winery and Wind Creek Casino with buffet. This one-day excursion is only $139, and we will be leaving from Dreiser Loop near the H&R Block offce. The pick-up time is still to be determined. For any questions, contact Ms. Wright, 718-379-3370; or Ms. Brown, 718-379-7962. This will be a wonderful start to your summer activities and a nice way to say Happy Father’s Day.

Our next General Membership Meeting will be Monday, May 13. Time: 1 p.m., and the location is in Auditorium “C” of Dreiser Loop. We have a scheduled guest speaker, Mr. Barzelatto, from the Riverbay Corporation to deliver a workshop on “How to Respond to an Active Shooter Situation.” This is a topic that, unfortunately, we need at this time in our lives. Our offce hours are now Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 177 Dreiser Loop, Room “0” on the second foor. Telephone number is 718-320-1946; email: aarp4997@gmail. com, please leave a message and we will return your call on our next in-offce business day. AARP State offce, working with Councilman Riley is sponsoring a shredding event in Co-op City on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., or until the trucks are full. There will be two locations: Section 2 and Section 5 greenways. Please come out and bring with you all your unnecessary paper. No folders or boxes.

Co-op City community is now in the process of conducting our Riverbay Board of Directors’ Election. Voting begins on May 20 and ends June14. This year, we have 12 candidates and there should be no reason that we do not reach a quorum during the frst voting period. Scheduling an extension becomes very costly for all of us as shareholders.

During July and August, our offce hours will be Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and we will be scheduling appointments for the SYEP (Summer Youth Employment Program) members to assist with any technology issues you might have. The program begins on July 8 and lasts for six weeks. You must bring your own device and charger to your appointment; sessions are one hour each with one-on-one instruction. Appointments are preferrable but, if possible, we will take walk-ins. When we begin to make appointments, there will be a notice in our offce and in this article.

Our membership contact, Ms. Baker, 718-379-2088; can still be reached to make annual dues payments or new registrations. Annual dues are $20. From Mrs. Wilson, Good and Welfare contact, it appears that the prayers we send up for members and friends are working well. People continue to improve, and we continue to send blessings to all who have suffered a loss.

We are here to serve – not to be served.

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2024 Riverbay Board Election 2024 Riverbay Board Election


1. Jacqueline Smith

2. Mary Pearson

3. Aaron Carnegie

4. Shanauzelda Montgomery

5. Bernard Cylich

6. Ezekiel Springer Jr.

7. Corazon Fernandez

8. Sheila Richburg

9. Kyshawn White

10. Kevin Foggie

11. Leah Graham

12. Andrea Leslie

Wednesday, April 17

Monday, April 22

Saturday, May 4

Saturday, May 11

Saturday, May 18

Saturday, May 18

Monday, May 20

Wednesday, May 22

Saturday, May 25

Wednesday, May 29

Saturday, June 1

Saturday, June 8

Friday, June 14

Wednesday, June 19

Thursday, June 20

Friday, June 21

Wednesday, June 26

2024 Board Election Schedule

Certification Date for Candidates

Candidates’ Orientation Meeting, Bartow, 8 p.m. (Virtual)

Publication by Co-op City Times of first Election Supplement

Publication by Co-op City Times of second Election Supplement

Publication by Co-op City Times of third Election Supplement

First Election Forum, 3 p.m., In-person & broadcast live from Dreiser Audit.

Annual Meeting, Election Period & Voting begins

Second Election Forum, 7 p.m., Einstein Center, Rm. 45, In-person & recorded for rebroadcast on the Crawler

Re-publication of first Election Supplement in the Co-op City Times

Third Election Forum, 7 p.m., In-Person & Broadcast live, Bartow, Rm. 31

Re-publication of second Election Supplement in the Co-op City Times

Re-publication of third Election Supplement in the Co-op City Times

Election Period ends at 9 p.m. (If no quorum, see Extended Voting period)

Election Committee Public Meeting to Certify and Announce Final Count of Ballots (In-person & Live Broadcast, 7 p.m., Rm. 31, Bartow Center)

Public & Electronic posting of Official Results, 10 a.m.

Deadline to file electronic Challenges (5 p.m.)

Swearing in of Newly Elected Board Members

Candidates’ Statements appear on pages 26-31



Voting will be conducted by mail-in or online ballot

Monday, May 20 –Friday, June 14, 2024.


To ensure the integrity of the election, ALL mail-in ballots must be returned DIRECTLY to YesElections in the stamped, pre-addressed envelope provided with your ballot. Under no circumstance should your election ballot be mailed back or delivered to Riverbay Corporation, or enclosed with your carrying charge payment.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Friday, June 14, 2024 Online votes may be cast beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 20, and ending at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024. Please follow the directions included with your ballot to cast your vote online.

Election Committee Notice – Ask the Candidates

There will be three official Candidates’ Forums in the 2024 Riverbay Board of Directors election. The Election Committee is accepting questions from shareholders to be asked at the forums. If you would like to ask a question at the May 18th forum, you may submit it by email to, or fill out an election question form at and either submit it electronically

or print and submit it to CSO by the close of business on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. The submission must include your name, building, apartment number and the question to be asked.

The three Candidates’ Forums will take place on: Sat., May 18, 3 p.m., Dreiser Auditorium; Wed., May 22, 7:30 p.m., Einstein, Rm. 45; and Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 31, Bartow Center.

Extended Voting Schedule

Extended Voting Period (if no quorum)

Friday, June 14, 2024 Continue election (as of 9:01 p.m.)

Friday, June 28, 2024 Election period ends at 9 p.m.

Monday, July 8, 2024 Election Committee Review and Certify Final Count of Ballots (Bartow, Rm. 31, 7 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Public and Electronic Posting of Official Results, 10 a.m.

Wed., July 10, 2024 Deadline to file Electronic Challenges to Election, 5 p.m.

Wed., July 17, 2024 Swearing in of Elected Board Members, Bartow Center, Rm. 31, 7 p.m.

Additional Extended Voting Period (if no quorum)

Friday, June 28, 2024 Continue election (as of 9:01 p.m.)

Friday, July 12, 2024 Election period ends at 9 p.m.

Wed., July 17, 2024 Election Committee Review and Certify Final Count of Ballots (Bartow, Rm. 31, 7 p.m.)

Thurs., July 18, 2024 Public & Electronic Posting of Official Results, 10 a.m.

Friday, July 19, 2024 Deadline to file Electronic Challenges to Election, 5 p.m.

Wed., July 24, 2024 Swearing in of Elected Board Members, Bartow Center, Rm. 31, 7 p.m.

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Corazon Fernandez Ezekiel Springer Jr. Ezekiel Springer Jr.

Shanauzelda Montgomery

Again, community of shareholders, I will only support initiatives that improve our community and ensure that it remains under shareholder control. As we prepare for an exciting period of growth and development, change is inevitable. Therefore, we should welcome change and use it to our advantage. As shareholders, we ensure our community’s health and well-being. We must work together to address the problems we can no longer ignore. Accepting yearly increases will eventually make it unaffordable for many. Unaffordable hardship for many community members.

This can result in a decrease in the overall quality of life, as well as potential displacement. We must prioritize our community’s long-term sustainability and affordability by electing a Board of Diall shareholders. Therefore, we need to vote and elect an experienced Board of Directors who can help us achieve our goals.

The Community First Team will take the following steps:

• Conduct annual budget reviews using outside audits to identify cost-cut-

• Control spending by setting clear budgetary limits, regularly monitoring expenses, and implementing cost-saving measures to allocate resources wisely.

• Improve Board Accountability to shareholders to ensure that all Board members are held accountable for their actions and that decisions are made in the community’s interests.

cooperative housing.

• Enhance community safety and security by investing in crime prevention measures, such as restoring community policing (CCPD) to full capacity to combat rising crime rates and improve neighborhood safety. Monthly discussions and updates with CCPD. This includes restoring garage attendants and looking into community “Watchmen” programs.

Aaron Carnegie

in the upcoming Riverbay Board of Directors election, I want to reiterate the crucial need for innovative income sources within our community. Throughout this campaign, I’ve consistently emphasized the urgency of exploring alternative revenue streams. Unlike my opponents, I’m not just highlighting the issue—I’m presenting a tangible plan for progress.

One key facet of my strategy is the introduction of revenue-generating events tailored toforts to bring a vibrant food festival to our community. This initiative is not merely a hopeful proposal that aligns with existing successful models in other parts of the city.

The mechanics of this plan are straightforward yet impactful. Each vendor participating in the festival will be charged a reasonable fee, ranging from $400 to $500. This pricing structure is standard for events of this scale and

target of 100 vendors, I anticipate generating between $40,000 to $50,000 pertainable income stream that can be reinvested in vital community initiatives,

It’s worth noting that similar successful events are already thriving in neighboring areas like Fordham Road, showcasing the viability and appeal of such endeavors. By leveraging our community’s strengths, resources, and potential,ture for Co-op City.

My vision goes beyond rhetoric—it’s a blueprint for action and prosperity. I urge you to vote for me, as together, we can empower Co-op City with sustainable income solutions and a thriving community spirit.

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Mary Pearson

Dear neighbor,

The Impact Team wants what you want for -

munity clean, green, and lean. All of that takes money, but more importantly, it takes a spirit of co-operation, caring, and pride.

Keep it affordable, keep it safe, keep it well maintained. And keep in mind – the best deal in town is more than a carrying charge number. It’s not about doing it on the cheap. That’s not what living in a co-operative is about.

Enhancing each other’s lives, looking out for each other, making life a little easier and a little better for each other – that’s what living in a co-operative is about.

When Riverbay Board directors are sworn-in, they pledge to “work cooperatively ... to develop and oversee policy for the good of the entire Co-op City community.”

The Common Good and the Golden Rule rolled into one – that’s Co-op the Bigger Picture. Only then – with proper communication, fairness, and respect for residents and staff alike – can we experience all the good parts of the best deal in town.

That’s the recipe for an even better Co-op City. Together, we’ll continue to build on past ideas and incorporate innovation. And now (thank goodness!) we’ll do it with a helping-hand from Governor Hochul and our NYS legislators.

Get to know Sheila, Zeke, and Kevin. Appreciate the “institutional knowledge” of Bernie and Andrea. Each member of the Impact Team is dedicated to a thriving Co-op City.

And each has a particular set of skills to put to work for you.

Mine? Passion, persistence, and attention to detail (aka pickiness) on many, many issues.

Thank you.

Sweet wishes, Mary Pearson/Co-operator

I remember it like it was yesterday, a wide eye little girl who touched down from the South Bronx. The year was 1971 and the surrounding area called Section 5 had a lot of empty lots with some completed co-op apartments. My new playground was a huge mound of dirt, milk machines in the building basements and a grocery store inside Garage 7. Right in front of my eyes, a neighborhood was developing. What memories!

With that vision in my head, a deep love for Co-op City; I’m ready to serve. My name is Jacqueline Smith, I am running as a candidate for a seat on the Riverbay Board of Directors.

Through the years, I have served on several Riverbay committees and always felt a sense of community pride. During my committee experience, I had the opportunity to observe cooperators come together to formulate solutions to situations that, left unchallenged, would severely devastate our community. Through unity, being stronger together, those committees yielded fruitful, successful results. Wow, what Riverbay used to be doesn’t have to be a memory!

Vote for my team, Community First Team.

Leah Graham, Shana Montgomery & Doctor Kyshawn C. White. we are stronger together when we put Community First!

My Goals as a Riverbay Board Director

Reinstated Co-op City’s Community Relations Committee

Implement CCPD Community Policing

Enhanced Dog Policy Accomplishments

MTA Ad-Hoc Committee – Fighting for Co-op City bus routes

Best & Brightest Committee – Saluting Co-op City students’ academic excellence

2017 Co-op City Election Committee

NYC Union Delegate

Co-op City Toastmasters International

National Council of Negro Women, Co-op City Section

MSW, Fordham School of Social Work

Hunter Graduate School of Social Work – Management Development Program

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Andrea Leslie

3, certainly a scary event for many. We hope all who were affected, directly or indirectly, are

we now have a

Directors and

Dear cooperators and friends,

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Leah Graham Leah Graham

Sheila Richburg

Greetings to my fellow cooperators of our beloved Co-op City community. I am honored to earn your vote to serve as Riverbay Board director. As stated, I have a history of competent and dedicated service to this community from the third week after moving here 13 years ago. Research has proven that yes, past behavior is the most accurate predictor of future performance.

porting and investing in our community by allocating $50 million of State funding for our Corporation to be used for capital projects and $1 million for operating expenses.

I look forward to participating in the forums scheduled over the next few weeks to answer community questions. Please tune in to these forums and make sure to exercise your voting right. Let’s show our community spirit and strive earnestly for quorum.

keeping carrying charge increases as low as possible. My past experience with maintaining a sound personal budget and overseeing a responsible budget as president of a community-based organization is an exchangeable skill that will

I pledge to work collectively in committee to explore innovative solutions goal is to provide effective oversight to maintain the delicate balance between

In conclusion, I humbly ask for your vote during this election. Your vote is key to choosing the candidate/s to ensure successful oversight of our cooperative.

Vote, Sheila Richburg to serve as your Riverbay Board director, from the Impact Team.

Team members are Bernard Cylich, Andrea Leslie, Mary Pearson, Ezekiel Springer and Kevin Foggie.

Thank you.

Dear members, I am honored to present myself as a can-

decades of residency within this community, I share a deep understanding of the needs, the challenges and desires we face for the optimal quality of life that we expect as shareholders. My commitment is clear: to be an advocate for the shareholders, demanding accountability and ensuring responsibility of the Management

sated for their duties.

leled with transparent communication. If I am elected, I pledge to ensure that

that together, we can do better and will accomplish the objectives that we set.

My name is Kevin Foggie, and I have resided here in Co-op City since 1971. I have attended the schools here in Co-op City, and together with my wife, we have nurtured three beautiful children, each of them currently making their positive contribution to society.

Thank you for considering my candidacy. I look forward to the possibility of serving you on the Board of Directors.

Elect the Impact Team: Bernard Cylich, Andrea Leslie, Mary Pearson, Ezekiel Springer Jr., Sheila Richburg and myself, Kevin Foggie.

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Kevin Foggie Kevin Foggie

In the changing environment of the Co-op City community, the Community First Team to meet the changing needs of our residents is paramount. We are dedicated to prioritizing the well-being of cooperators not just during election season, but consistently throughout our tenure.

Our agenda encompasses several crucial areas of focus:

First and foremost, our primary focus is to safeguard the voting rights of shareholders in all forthcoming elections. Your voice holds paramount importance, shaping the decisions within the Co-op City community. Every shareholder’s right to vote is inviolable, and no one should ever be denied this fundamental privilege. Recognizing our nation’s troubled history with voter disenfranchisement, I am committed to ensuring that your rights as shareholders are protected without fail. I stand as your advocate, steadfastly championing your voice within Co-op City. In my opinion, not extending the election a second time was a travesty and should never have occurred. I am fully committed to working tirelessly to ensure that such occurrences are prevented in the future.

Lastly, we prioritize stabilizing and halting future increases in Carrying

creation of new operating subsidies. By identifying savings in operational subsidies, we can maintain stability in carrying charges and allocate funds for renewable tax exemptions within our operating budget. Our commitment is to uphold responsible governance practices, safeguarding against unfair burdens charges.

tirelessly strive to serve the best interests of Co-op City.

Bernard Cylich

Under the Mitchell-Lama program, 95,000 cooperative apartments have been constructed, including Co-op City, providing affordable homes for middle-income families in integrated communities. Built in the1960’s-70’s, many face infrastructure problems that, if not addressed, from Washington, Albany, or City Hall, housrepairs, while maintaining homes affordable. Further exasperating these problems, the City keeps adopting costly, unfunded mandates and continues to raise sewer/water bills.

The Board in Amalgamated Houses, North-

ing built in 1927 – to fund repairing infrastructures – has proposed raising carrying charges by 45%. Many cooperators fear the unaffordable increase would drive them into the ranks the 60,000 + NYC unhoused.

During from backed-up condensate water due to clogged convector drains, is costing Riverbay $7M to $9M annually. A consulting engineer that Management hired has projected that to correct the convector system could cost a prohibitive $1.2 billion.

Recently, the state legislature and Governor Hochul signed a law earmarking $80 million for infrastructure repairs in M-L cooperatives ($51 million would represents Albany’s pledge to ensure the preservation of middle-income M-L housing.

Our Impact Team joins Riverbay President Sonia Feliciano in congratulating Bailey and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, for sponsoring and guiding its adoption. That $51 million will go a long way in beginning to address our needs. However, it is only a down-payment for upgrading our infrastructure.

Elect the Impact Team; vote for Sheila Richburg, Andrea Leslie, Mary Pearson, Foggie, and myself, Bernard Cylich.

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2024 Riverbay Board Election Rules and Regulations



1. The Election Committee of the Board of Directors of the Riverbay Corporation (hereinafter, the “Election Committee” or “Committee”) shall be established during the month of January of each calendar year, or as soon thereafter as feasible.

2. The election of Directors of Riverbay Corporation will commence on Monday, May 20th, at 6:00 a.m. and continue through 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14th, ballot is received before May 20th, 2024 it shall not be shall be counted. The Election Committee reserves the right to extend voting hours. The Annual Shareholders Meeting will occur virtually and if possible, in person, on Monday, May 20th, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

3. serve on the Board of Directors of the Riverbay Corexpired terms.

4. The election shall be supervised by the Election Committee.

(a) The Chairperson(s) of the Committee, (hereinafter “Chairperson/s”) shall be a member of the Board of Directors of the Riverbay Corporation (hereinafter “Board”), who is not a candidate in the election. The Chairperson/s shall be appointed by the President of the Board (the “President”), and approved by the Board.

(b) The Chairperson/s shall recommend to the President the appointment of such additional residents as the Chair/s deem prudent for membership on the Election Committee.

All members shall be resident shareholders, appointed by the President and approved by the Board.

(c) The Committee shall be assisted by Riverbay’s General Counsel.

(d) No member of the Committee or their immediate family shall in any way engage in any campaigning either for or against a candidate or slate of candidates. Committee members shall, to the extent reasonably possible, refrain from publicly commenting upon any issue in the campaign and shall not engage in any activity that may create the appearance of partiality.

The Chairperson/s of the Committee shall refrain from writing viewpoints during the period commenc-tinuing through the date of the election, including any extended period.

(e) A member of the Committee who violates the provisions of Paragraph A (4)(d) or whose family member violates the provisions of Paragraph A (4)(d) shall immediately be removed from the Committee.

(f) Nothing contained herein shall be construed as limiting a member of the Committee or a member of his/her immediate family from voting.

5. There will be one vote per occupied unit by residents who were shareholders of record on April 1st, 2024 Quorum shall be determined based upon one share per occupied unit and not based upon a percentage of dwelling units.

6. Voting, by mail or electronically, shall be deemed to be “in-person” and will commence at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20th, 2024 and conclude at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14th, 2024, unless extended in accordance Riverbay is received before 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Mayness and shall be counted if otherwise valid.


1. A candidate must be a resident shareholder as inof Family Income.

Candidates must continue to reside in Co-op City for

2. No more than one resident shareholder of a single unit may be a candidate for the Board; and no more

than one resident shareholder from a single unit may concurrently serve as a Director.

3. No candidate may be indebted to Riverbay on are counted. If a candidate is indebted to Riverbay on

addition, all candidates must remain current throughout the election period for unpaid carrying charges or other debts to Riverbay until the candidate is sworn in if elected. A candidate shall not be indebted to Riverbay for purposes of this rule if their monthly carrying charges and maintenance are fully paid by the 10th day of the month in which it is due. At the close of business one

thereafter, Riverbay’s Finance Director will provide a written list to the Chair of the Election Committee of all candidates’ indebtedness to Riverbay, if any.

4. Prospective candidates may, after signing the required authorizations for background checks and upon

the Board if they:

• are shareholders of record;

• maintain their primary residence at Riverbay,poration,

• do not hold a political party position or public of-

• have not been convicted of a crime against the Corporation,

• have not been removed from the Corporation’s Board of Directors, or from employment with the Corporation for cause; and

• are otherwise in compliance with the requirementserning documents and their occupancy agreement.

(a) Prospective candidates shall sign and complete a Statement of Intent in the form annexed hereto as Exhibit A, and submit the executed Statement of Intent to the Election Committee by email, addressed to, on or before midnight on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024. In the event that the prospective candidate lacks access to email, then the prospective candidate shall return the completed Statement of Intent to the Public Safety Department, attention Riverbay 2024 Election Committee. On thespective candidate will be checked and a background check shall be initiated.

(b) A candidate who is current on a written arrearage agreement shall be considered current on charges to Riverbay if such candidate is not otherwise indebted to Riverbay.

(c) In addition to the Statement of Intent, prospective candidates must also execute and return with the Statement a document acknowledging the candidate’s receipt of the Rules, the candidate’s agreement to abide by the Rules, and an authorization to perform a backDepartment.


1. The Committee will verify a prospective candi12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024. Notice the Co-op City Times on Saturday, April 20th, 2024.

2. Rules for all candidates or their designees on Monday, April 22nd, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.

3. A random drawing will be made to determine the order of placement of candidate statements and free campaign ads in each of the three election issues of the Co-op City Times and the order of speakers at each candidates’ forum. Candidate names on the ballot will automatically rotate. The name of each candidate on the ballot must correspond to the name of the candidate as it appears on his/her occupancy agreement and

signature card, or the name by which each candidate is commonly known.


1. Except as provided in Rule E (3), no audio and/ or video equipment, other than personal electronic devices, may be used at Election Forums, outdoors in Co-op City, or in building lobbies, elevators, or common areas, by candidates or by those campaigning for candidates in connection with the election.

2. The posting of all campaign signs, literature and other material (posters, gummed stickers, etc.) in Coop City is prohibited except on personal property, or within a shareholder’s premises, with the owner’s perto, lobbies, elevators, bulletin boards, walls, doors, garages, vehicles, commercial stores located on Riverbay property, and common areas.

(a) Residents, employees, candidates and their supporters may remove any improperly posted non-electronic campaign material, as a service to Co-op City, and the Committee will cause a notice to this effect to be published in the Co-op City Times

(b) Candidates shall, if requested by the Committee, remove or modify any electronic campaign material or data posted to any website, social media platform (eg. Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat) or similar electronic forum, under the Candidate’s control, if the Committee, in its opinion believes that said material is false, defamatory, deceptive, or constitutes a personal attack on another candidate. Examples of a personal attack include, but are not limited to, comments upon a candidate’s physical appearance, disability, religious beliefs, gender, race, mental state, mental capacity, or false assertions of criminal acts. In addition, Candidates shall, if requested by the Committee, disassociate themselves from, and request that any third-party or third-party website, account on a social media platform, or similar electronic forum, cease and desist from the publication of any emails, materials or posting relating to the election or any candidate for election, if the Committee, in its opinion, believes that said material is false, defamatory, deceptive or constitutes a personal attack on a candidate.


c) Candidates shall not (i) use social media or email anonymously or under an assumed name, (ii) engage in personal attacks on fellow candidates or shareholders, or (iii) make defamatory statements. Any such conduct shall be a violation of these rules and the candidate may

(d) Candidates and/or their supporters shall not use robo-calling or similar systems to contact shareholders for campaigning or election related purposes.

3. Except for the material prepared and published by Riverbay as described herein, all campaign material used, posted, transmitted or distributed by or for a candidate must include the name, address, or post such email or campaign material, and in the case of an organization, the name of the chairperson or treasurer.

4. Campaign literature may be slipped under apartment doors between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and campaign handouts are permitted.

5. The unauthorized use of the Riverbay logo in any form is prohibited for use in or on campaign materials.

6. No member of the Election Committee, the Board, or any of Riverbay’s employees, management staff, or contractors, can participate in, or receive any prize(s) or award approved by the Board during the election period for the purpose of increasing shareholder participation in the election.

7. Riverbay shall not be liable for any defamatory statements made by any candidate, or by any person or entity in the course of the election campaign, nor shall Riverbay be required to insure, defend or indemnify any such candidate or conduct. Candidates agree to indemnify Riverbay for any and all costs and expense incurred by Riv- (Continued on page 33)

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erbay, including attorney’s fees, incurred by Riverbay in the defense of any defamation claim arising out of any statement or publication of any kind made by said candidate, or by any person or entity acting on their behalf, during the election.

8. It is inappropriate for any person or entity doing business, or soliciting business with Riverbay, including present or prospective managing agents, contractors, vendors, professionals, unions, their employees, commercial tenants, or persons having a direct or indirect interest in such companies, to make campaign contributions or pay campaign expenses, whether in cash or in-kind, of persons running for the Board. Directors of a corporation act in a fiduciary capacity with respect to the corporation and are required to place the corporation’s interest above their personal interests.

Accepting campaign contributions from parties who contract with the corporation creates at least an appearance of a conflict of interest and, in most circumstances, an actual conflict as well. Any candidate who knowingly accepts campaign contributions or payment of campaign expenses, direct or indirect, in cash or in-kind from any person or entity doing business or soliciting business from Riverbay, including but not limited to the managing agent, or any vendor, union, commercial tenant, professional or contractor, their employees, or persons having a direct or indirect interest in such companies, will be disqualified.

9. No campaigning shall commence until after prospective candidates have been certified. This includes, but is not limited to distribution of campaign materials, canvassing, public meetings, etc. Any campaigning occuring prior to certification will lead to disqualification from the election.


1. There shall be three official candidates’ forums conducted in person, if possible, and virtually. The first forum shall take place on Saturday, May 18th, 2024 at 3 p.m. in the Dreiser Auditorium. The second forum shall take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 at 7 p.m. in the Einstein Auditorium. The third forum shall take place on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 at 7 p.m. in Room 31 at Bartow.

(a) The Committee shall televise the forums over Riverbay’s public access channel and re-broadcast them on the web throughout the election period using Riverbay’s Webex account. The transmission by Riverbay of any statement made by any person at the forum shall not be an endorsement of any such comment or statement by Riverbay and Riverbay shall not be responsible for, nor shall it indemnify, any person or candidate who makes any false or defamatory statement.

(b) All certified candidates will be invited to participate in the forums in accordance with the rules and procedures established by the Committee. If a candidate cannot participate in the forum, and the candidate provides the Chairperson(s) with the reason for nonparticipation, the Chairperson(s), with the permission of the candidate, may take such reasonable accommodations as may be required to enable the candidate to participate, or alternatively announce the reason why the candidate cannot participate to the audience.

(c) The Committee shall establish rules and procedures for the civil conduct of all forums, including the establishment of time limits for questions and answers, the limiting of participation, the editing of statements, and the muting, either visual or auditory, or both, of individuals, including candidates, who, in the opinion of the Chairperson, are disruptive to the orderly conduct of the virtual forum or who engage in personal or malicious attacks, or who make defamatory statements.

2. The use of any outdoor space owned by Riverbay for public gatherings related to the election is prohibited.

3. No candidate or organization may use the facilities or public meeting areas, community rooms, lobbies, hallways, mail rooms, building association rooms, or similar areas of the Riverbay Corporation for gatherings of more than ten (10) individuals at one

time, or for campaign rallies or activities, except as provided herein.

4. At no cost, Riverbay will publish pictures of each candidate and up to three (3) different narrative statements or articles by each candidate in successive print and electronic issues of the Co-op City Times beginning with the Saturday, May 4th, 2024 issue. The Editor shall set the deadlines and technical standards for these submissions. All candidates’ articles will be reviewed by the Committee prior to publication. The Committee reserves the right to delete any material which in its exclusive opinion contains libelous statements, personal attacks, or material misstatement of fact.

(a) In conjunction with the statements described herein, Riverbay will also publish at no charge a ¼ page campaign ad by each candidate in successive print and electronic issues of the Co-op City Times beginning with the Saturday, May 4th, 2024 issue. The same ad will be used in each of the issues and will appear opposite each candidate’s article for that week. The Editor shall set the deadlines and technical standards for these submissions. All ad copy will be reviewed by the Committee prior to publication. The Committee reserves the right not to publish, or to delete any material, which in its opinion constitutes a libelous statement, personal attack, or material misstatement of fact.

(b) Starting on the day candidates are certified and continuing during the period of the campaign, board members who are not running for election shall be free to write Viewpoints of a “non-political” nature, except that a board member may endorse candidates in one viewpoint only. It shall not be deemed to be “political” for a non-candidate Board member to describe the activities and achievements of the Board as a whole, including the activities of any incumbent candidates. In the event Board members wish to publish a joint Viewpoint, they may do so, but only if the Viewpoint has been unanimously approved by the full Board.

(c) Management shall not endorse any candidate or slate of candidates.

However, information of a non-political nature, for example, relating to the operation, management, finances or maintenance of the property, or to an emergency may be published by Management during this period of time.

(d) In the event that an article appears in a print or electronic publication other than the Riverbay sponsored publication, which is currently titled the “Co-op City Times,” in which the actions of the Board as a whole, or of an individual Board member are challenged, the Board, or the individual Board member who is challenged, shall have the right to respond in the Co-op City Times to such challenge, without regard to whether the Board member is a candidate in the election and without regard to the political nature of the comment. Any such response shall be limited to the subject matter of the challenge.

(e) Similarly, a candidate who is not a Board member may respond to a challenge directed at the conduct or action(s) of that individual candidate.

5. Campaign ads other than those provided by Riverbay may be placed in the Co-op City Times, subject to Paragraph D(3), but must be paid in full by money order or certified check at least 48 hours before the normal deadline of an issue. The Committee will review all paid campaign ads prior to publication and reserves the right to reject any copy which, in its sole judgment, contains libelous statements, personal attacks or a material misstatement of fact.

6. (a) The election of directors to the Board is a right of residents of Co-op City.

Employees living in Co-op City are encouraged to exercise their rights as residents of the community during the election within the scope of this policy. All Riverbay employees are reminded that as employees they have a duty of loyalty to Riverbay and should not engage in any activity that raises the appearance of impropriety. Participation in the electoral process must not interfere with employees’ work duties. All employees shall refrain from engaging in any activity that may

be construed as an attempt to abuse their positions as employees to influence the outcome of the election. Examples of acts that may be an abuse of an employee position include soliciting donations for candidate(s), distributing campaign material for or against particular candidate(s), or engaging in any other activity that may reasonably be viewed as an abuse of position.

(b) Candidates who encourage, accept, or knowingly benefit from such prohibited participation are subject to disqualification by the Committee.

(c) This policy does not affect employees’ right to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, or their right to refrain from any or all such activities.


1. Voting will be by mail and by online, electronic ballots. The form and content of the ballot shall be approved by the Election Committee.

2. In accordance with Riverbay’s by-laws, only one vote per occupied residential unit, cast by a resident shareholder of record residing in said unit, shall be counted.

3. All ballots, including electronic ballots, must be cast by an eligible, residential shareholder of record, and verified by such means as the Election Committee determines to be reasonable, in its sole discretion.

4. Any eligible, resident shareholder of record residing in an occupied unit may vote, but only one ballot may be cast by a unit, regardless of the number of shareholders of record residing within said unit.

5. Mailing, tabulation, collection, processing, initial counting and preservation of election ballots shall be conducted by an independent, third-party company, selected by the Board pursuant to a written contract, duly approved in accordance with all corporate and regulatory requirements. A copy of any such contract, as well as the name and address of any such independent third-party, shall be published in the Co-op City Times

6. One ballot will be mailed by the independent third-party on or about May 20th, 2024 to each residential unit occupied by one or more eligible residential shareholders of record at the address set forth for said shareholder(s) of record on Riverbay’s books and records as of April 1st, 2024.

7. In the event that more than one ballot is received from a single unit, only the earliest dated ballot, or the first electronically recorded ballot, shall be counted. All other ballots received from said unit shall be disregarded, but preserved until five (5) days after the period to challenge the election has passed.

8. Unless the voting period is extended or modified by the Board of Directors and/or the Election Committee, any mail-in ballot must be postmarked no later than June 14th, 2024. Any electronic vote must be transmitted and received no later than 9:00 p.m. on June 14th, 2024.

In the event that the voting period is extended or modified by the Election Committee for purposes of obtaining a quorum, the Election Committee may count any valid ballot cast by a shareholder eligible to vote during the modified period, electronically or by mail without regard to the postmarked date.

9. All ballots received, including disqualified ballots, shall be preserved until the time to challenge the election has lapsed.

10. The initial count, as recorded by the third-party independent company, shall be provided to the Election Committee no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024. The initial count shall set forth the total number of ballots cast, the total number of votes received by each candidate, the total number of votes cast for each candidate by building, the number of votes disqualified and the basis therefore, and the total number of ballots required for a quorum.

11. The Election Committee shall, in an open, public meeting to be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024, certify the final count of the election ballots.

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that a quorum has been obtained, the total number of votes cast, the total number of votes disqualified, the total number of votes cast for each candidate, and the names of the candidates who have been elected, as follows:

(a) The five candidates who have received the highest number of votes will be certified to the Board as having been elected to full three-year terms.

(b) The candidate receiving the sixth highest vote shall be certified as having been elected to a vacant Board seat, if any, which will have the longest unexpired term.

(c) The Committee shall continue the certification of candidates by certifying the candidate with the next highest vote for each vacancy by the longest unexpired terms, if necessary, until all vacant seats on the Board are filled.

13. Unless an extended schedule is in effect, the Election Committee shall cause the official Certification of the Election to be publicly posted by 10:00 a.m. on June 20th, 2024 or if the Certification has not yet been completed, as soon thereafter as possible after the conclusion of the Election Certification Meeting. Posting may be by electronic means.

14. If a quorum is not reached, the Committee may extend the voting period for two weeks at a time, up to an additional twenty eight (28) days, or implement an extended voting schedule, during which time shareholders eligible to vote in the election who received a ballot but did not cast a vote, shall be allowed to cast their ballot. If a quorum is not reached at the end of the extended voting period, the Board may, in its discretion, either extend the voting period for an additional extended voting period, schedule a new election, or cancel the election. Until such time as a quorum is obtained and a valid election conducted, existing Directors shall continue to hold their office.


1. The Committee may recommend the disqualification of a candidate for violation of these rules, or impose an administrative charge, not to exceed $300.00 per violation, on any candidate that it determines has violated, caused or knowingly permitted others to violate these Rules. The Committee may do so on its own initiative, or upon the complaint of another candidate or resident. However, the Committee is under no obligation to initiate a proceeding under this Section, or Section H, unless the Committee, in its sole discretion, believes it to be appropriate.

2. No candidate may be disqualified for election to the Board unless the Committee has provided the candidate with notice of its intention to consider the candidate’s disqualification for election, and conducted a hearing in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section H below.

3. The Committee may impose an administrative charge, without conducting a formal hearing in accordance with Section H, if the Committee has provided the candidate with notice that it may impose such a fee, the reason the Committee is considering imposing a fee, and an opportunity for the candidate to appear before the Committee to contest the imposition of an administrative fee.

4. Notification of the Election Committee’s decision to impose an administrative fee will be delivered both electronically and personally to the candidate at the email address and street address provided by the candidate to the Election Committee.

5. Upon delivery of the notification of a fine, the candidate is indebted to Riverbay and payment is due on the third business day following personal delivery of the notice. Failure to pay shall render the candidate ineligible for election.

6. Any candidate may object to a determination of the Committee to impose an administrative charge, and may, within three (3) days of delivery of said determination to the candidate, request a review of such determination by the Board. The Board, in its discretion, may affirm, modify, or reverse the determination, or decline, without explanation, to review the Commit-

tee’s determination. A request for a review shall not stay a candidate’s obligation to make payment of any administrative charge levied by the Committee.


1. Any aggrieved resident or aggrieved candidate may challenge the certification of a candidate for election, or the results of the election, or the election of any one candidate, based upon election irregularities or the failure of a candidate to meet required qualifications, by notifying the Chairperson/s of the challenge, by an email addressed to

2. The challenge must be in writing. Such a written challenge must specifically set forth the reason and the factual basis for the challenge. Any challenge by the Committee shall be on written electronic notice to the candidate, or candidates impacted by the challenge, delivered to the candidate/s by email and personally at the addresses provided by the Candidate when they are certified.

3. A written challenge by a candidate or shareholder eligible to vote in the election must be delivered electronically to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21st, 2024. The written challenge shall state the factual or legal basis for the challenge. Failure to file a timely electronic challenge by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21st, 2024, shall preclude consideration of the challenge by the Committee. In the event a quorum was not obtained by the June 14th, 2024 close of the Election Period, the time to file an objection to the Election shall be extended until one (1) business day after the Election has been certified, to 5:00 p.m. on said day.

4. Should the Committee find the challenge to be without merit, it may dispense with a hearing and reject the challenge in writing.

5. If, after reviewing the challenge, the Committee determines that the challenge sets forth substantial questions concerning the certification of any candidate or candidates, or the results of the election, the Committee may hold a formal hearing, virtually or in-person at the discretion of the Committee, to review the challenge.

6. All hearings under this Section H shall be scheduled upon prior notice to the challenger and to the candidate(s) whose qualifications, certifications, or election are being challenged.

7. The hearing shall commence no later than five (5) business days after the Committee’s receipt of the challenge. The Chairperson may request that a member of the Committee recuse him/herself from the hearing if such committee member has a conflict of interest.

8. Upon notice of a formal hearing by the Committee, the challenger or candidate whose certification is being challenged may submit electronic affidavits to the Chairperson/s, setting forth the charges and facts upon which the challenge is based. Such affidavits and supporting documents shall also be delivered by the challenging party, to the opposing party’s email address, at least one day before the scheduled hearing.

9. At the hearing, either party may present live, or virtual testimony supporting the challenge, subject to cross-examination.

10. The proceedings shall be recorded; however, any person or party requesting a copy or transcript of any such recording shall be responsible for the costs of producing said recording or transcript.

11. No witness will be allowed to present testimony except under oath as administered by the Chairperson/s. No witness will be called on behalf of a challenger, unless the challenger has submitted an affidavit from the witness prior to such testimony providing the sum and substance of the witness’s testimony and served said affidavit upon the Committee and the opposing party in the manner set forth above. The challenger/s shall also be required to appear at such a hearing and may be subject to examination by the Committee or the challenged candidate/s.

12. At any hearing, General Counsel to Riverbay, or an attorney designated by General Counsel, shall advise the Committee. Any candidate or resident par-

ticipant shall be entitled to be represented at the hearing by counsel of his or her own choice and at his or her own expense.

13. At such a hearing, the Chairperson/s shall be the presiding officer and shall make any ruling with respect to the procedure to be followed, or the testimony or evidence to be introduced. The Committee need not follow formal evidentiary rules applicable to the Courts of this State. In the event a member of the Committee present shall dispute any such procedural or evidentiary ruling by the Chair/s, the Chair/s may be overruled by a majority vote of those members present. After testimony by a witness for either party, the opposing party shall have the right to question the witness.

14. At the conclusion of such a hearing, the Committee may uphold or void the election results, disqualify the candidate for a violation of these Rules, apply other sanctions as s,et forth in Paragraph G (1) of these Rules, or dismiss the charges brought. In order to void any election result, or to disqualify a candidate, such violation must be deemed to be material by the Committee in light of the number of votes cast for the candidate and the number cast in the election.

15. If a candidate who is disqualified received one of the highest vote counts, the disqualified candidate shall be ineligible to take office. The candidate who received the next highest count will be certified to the Board in their place. (If more than one candidate is disqualified, the next candidate or candidates with the highest vote will be certified.)

16. The decision of the Committee shall be addressed to the Board, shall be in writing, shall state the basis for its recommendation, and shall constitute the Committee’s final certification of the election results, or the qualification of a candidate.

17. The Board, by majority vote, shall determine whether to confirm or reject the Committee’s determination. The Board shall make any such determination within ten (10) days of the date of any written recommendation of the Committee. The Board’s failure to determine the issue within ten (10) days shall, except for good cause shown, be deemed an acceptance of the Committee’s recommendation.

18. Any candidate or resident aggrieved by the Board’s final determination shall have the right to seek judicial review of the Board’s determination, provided that any such Court challenge must be commenced within ten (10) days of the Board’s decision, or within ten (10) days of the Board’s failure to render a decision.

19. The Committee may call for a recount of all ballots cast, if it is determined by the Committee that such an action is wairnnted. Such recount of the ballots must be completed, and the result certified by the Committee to the Board, within four days of the date the Committee determines such recount is necessary. The results of this recount, upon certification by the Committee, will constitute the final election results.

20. The Committee may call for a new election if the Committee has determined that material irregularities cast doubt on the election results, or in the event the number of votes cast did not constitute the legally required quorum. Such a new election must take place in accordance with these rules on a date within thirty (30) days after the final decision on the challenge and such election held among the previously qualified candidates.

21. By participating in the election process, candidates, prospective candidates, shareholders, and their respective agents, representatives or supporters, agree to fully comply with and be bound by these Election rules.

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Church of the New Vision

Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Church of the New Vision and Pastors Kenneth and Deborah Hodge welcome you to worship with us at 115 Einstein Loop North, Bronx, NY 10475. Church phone: 718671-8746 and Pastor’s phone: 914-522-5039.

Our scripture verse for 2024 is: (Hebrews 12:2 NIV) “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God .”

Sunday service at 11 a.m. All are welcomed. Masks are required and temperatures will be taken.

Noon Day Prayer Line now open 12-12:30 p.m. from Monday-Friday. Wednesday Night Prayer Service and Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. The conference line number: 646-769-9900; Access Code: 3099388#. Please mute your phone. May 12 Worship Service Theme: “The Legacy of Faith.”

Scriptures: (2 Timothy 1:5-10 NKJV) “When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus beforetime began., but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immorality to light through the gospel.”

Save the Dates

The community is always welcomed to attend all activities of the church. Saturday, May 18 – You are invited to join the Women’s “Put on the Full Armor of God” program at 12 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and a light lunch. For further information, kindly contact Sis. L. Scott at 718-671-2623. Sunday, May 19 – Women’s Day program continues at the 11 a.m. service. Rev. Audrey Jones from Friendly Baptist Church will be the speaker of the hour. The theme is “Women Equipped for Victory” –2 Corinthians 2:14. To demonstrate our oneness in Christ, women are kindly asked to wear white. Wednesday, August 14 – “Daniel” at the Sight & Sound Theatre (full bus). We continue to pray for speedy recovery for the sick and shut-in, and offer condolences to families who lost loved ones and good health and wellness for all. Your contributions, tithes and offerings can be mailed to Church of New Vision, P.O. Box 75-3037, Einstein Station, Bronx, New York 10475. Thank you.

––Brenda Brown

Circle of Christ Church Iglesia Circulo de Cristo

The Power of A Woman of God

A survey was conducted and 9 out of 10 men agreed that their wife is always right. The tenth man has not been seen since the survey.

Proverbs 14:1 “The wise woman builds her house but with her own hands, the foolish one tears hers down.”

When God needed to be carried, he chose a woman who carried Him throughout her pregnancy. Jesus also raised respect for women in his ministry. The frst miracle he performed was at the urging of his mother. The frst people at his tomb were women. God created women to be powerful and stand alongside men with dominion over all creation according to Genesis 1. Some powerful women of God stood in place of men when necessary. Zipporah circumcised her son instead of Moses. Deborah called for war and encouraged Barak. Rahab saved her family.

A woman is so powerful that she can cause evil in a church and for the church to be commended or reprimanded as seen in Revelation 2:20, “I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching, she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrifced to idols.”

What kind of woman are you? A woman is diminished when she seeks to take on a man’s role rather than walking in the light and knowledge God has given her to fulfll her position before God. Our children need to see godly women standing alongside men to reclaim society and communities for God. Society tells a woman to say, “I can do anything a man can do,” but the real measure of a woman of God is doing everything that a man cannot do as ordained by God.

Schedule – 147 Dreiser Loop

First Sunday of the month – Bilingual Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday: Spanish at 9 a.m. and English Service at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday: Prayer from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Wed./Thurs.: Nonperishable food distribution from 12-2 p.m.

Thursday: Prayer/Bible Study from 6:30-8 p.m.

Friday: Youth Service (Operation Grace) from 6:30-9 p.m.

Saturday: Women’s Fellowship, second Saturday of the month, 12-3 p.m. Young Adults, third Saturday of the month from12-3 p.m.

Men’s Fellowship, fourth Saturday of the month from 12-3 p.m. Blessings in Christ,

––Pastor Luis F. Ramos Jr.

Newsong Church

Solus Christus

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” –John 14:6 (NIV)

Solus Christus is Latin for “Christ Alone.” During the time of the Reformation, it was believed that to be saved, a person had to trust Jesus and do a list of good works and religious activities. We still see this false teaching today in different forms. Some believe that you need Jesus plus strict observance to whatever you are told to do to be saved.

Friend, anytime you are told that you need Jesus and something to be saved, you are being told a false gospel. Jesus Himself said He is the only way to God. He is all we need; we can trust in Him alone. He is our good shepherd, He is our sacrifcial lamb, He is our savior! Consider Peter’s words in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Remember: Jesus + something = dead religion.

About Us

Newsong Church is a life-giving church right here in Co-op City! We believe that every person can know god, fnd freedom, discover their purpose, and make

a difference in this world! No matter what you have been through or where you come from, you are welcome here. Join us for Sunday worship and see why God’s family is no ordinary family. Check us out, we are located at 135 Einstein Loop! Sunday Worship Experience

Our Sunday worship experience starts with celebration. We make music to please God and to build others up. Colossians 3:16 says, “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” We sing to bring glory and honor to God, and celebrate who He is and what He is doing in our church! Our Worship Experience starts every Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

Newsong Deaf Church (Rm. 35)

Our deaf worship experience is in ASL so that our deaf and hearing impaired can worship and fellowship in their own language! Kidsong (Rm. 49)

We have created a place where children can have fun and learn about Jesus on their own level!

Against The Flow

ATF is Newsong’s student ministry. Today’s middle and high school students will lead the next generation of the church and change the world. At ATF, our goal is to graduate students into a lifetime of following Jesus. ATF meets every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Room 42.

There’s a God in heaven who loves you and has a purpose and plan for your life! Do you live outside of Section 5? Remember, a church alive is worth the drive! Come and fnd hope. Come and fnd healing. Come and fnd freedom. Contact Us

Mailing Address: 135 Einstein Loop, Rm. 42

Phone: 917-342-2559


Prayer Request Line: Text “Prayer” to 877-899-7323


Social Media: Facebook: @newsongchurchbx; Instagram: @newsongchurchbx; X: @newsongchurchbx; YouTube: Newsong Church NYC

—Pastor Mike Tolone

Beware of Telephone Scammers

If you receive a telephone call demanding immediate payment using a pre-paid card, wire transfer or bitcoin, even if your Caller ID identifies a legitimate business, HANG UP and report the call. Do not divulge personal information such as Social Security number, bank account number, date of birth or any other information. Be smart, be safe!

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Greetings, everyone,

Building 19 Association

Our Building 19 Association had its general meeting last Friday, May 10. Our guest was Michael Fraterrigo, crime prevention officer for the 45th Precinct. There are so many types of scams; some that were discussed were ransom, romance, banking, phone, and email scams (getting an email telling you to click a link due to your accounts being compromised and asking you for personal information). The scammer will tell you that a family member has been arrested and needs bail money to get out. The scammer asks you to pay through a gift card or Bitcoin after they have gained your trust. Scams on social media platforms are huge. Scammers can impersonate your family and friends through Artificial Intelligence technology to ask for money or personal information. They manipulate videos and

135 Einstein Loop, Room 35, Bronx, NY 10475

recordings found on social media making those recordings sound realistic.

• Be careful with links and new website addresses.

• Use strong passwords and do not use the same passwords as it makes the individual vulnerable.

• Keep your software up to date.

• Resist high-pressure tactics.

• Don’t share personal information with anyone you do not know.

• Be careful of unsolicited communication.

Scamming is becoming a part of everyday life. The Federal Trade Commission said that people who commit fraud have gotten away with over $10 billion. One should always stay vigilant, always protect oneself, and never fall into pressure tactics.

“Come in as neighbors –Leave as friends.”


Iglesia Cristiana Marcos 16:15

Mateo 11:28, “Venid a mí todos los que estáis cansados... y te daré descanso.”

Paz de Dios sea con ustedes.

Iglesia Cristiana Marcos 16:15 les hace una cordial invitación a la comunidad hispana a congregarse con nosotros.

Si usted está buscando una iglesia para adorar a nuestro Señor Jesucristo, si se siente solo, herido, deprimido o si necesita liberación nuestras puertas están abiertas para recibirlos. Cristo está dispuesto y es capaz de liberarte y sanarte.

Él nos ama tanto que dejo su Trono de Gloria para salvarnos.

Juan 14:2, “En la casa de mi Padre muchas moradas hay; si así no fuera, yo os lo hubiera dicho; voy, pues, a preparar lugar para vosotros.”

Nuestra iglesia se encuentra en el centro comunitario de 135 Einstein Loop, Segundo piso, Salón #33.

Servicios Ofrecidos:

Lunes – Servicio de Oración por telefono 9 p.m. (564-888-5521; codigo: 696248)

Martes – Estudio Bíblico por Zoom, 8 p.m. (3447367643; codigo: 3jEJ2W)

Jueves – Servicio de Oración por teléfono, 9 p.m. (564-888-5521; codigo: 696248)

Viernes – Estudio Bíblico por Zoom, 8 p.m. (3447367643; codigo: 3jEJ2W)

Domingos – Culto de Adoración, 11 a.m.

La Santa Cena es el 1er Domingo del mes.

Que Dios le bendiga y recuerda que Cristo te ama.

Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who are weary... and I will give you rest.”

Peace of the Lord be with you.

Iglesia Cristiana Marcos 16:15 cordially invites the Hispanic community to come gather and worship with us.

If you are looking for a church to worship our Lord and Savior, if you feel alone, wounded, depressed, if you need liberation, our doors are open to receive you. Jesus is willing and able to free you and heal you.

He loves us so much that he left his Throne of Glory to save us

John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”

Our church is located at 135 Einstein Loop Community Center, 2nd floor, Room #33.

Services Offered:

Monday – Prayer Service by phone, 9 p.m. (564-888-5521; code: 696248)

Tuesday – Zoom Bible Study, 8 p.m. (3447367643; code: 3jEJ2W)

Thursday – Prayer Service by phone, 9 p.m. (564-888-5521; code: 696248)

Friday – Zoom Bible Study, 8 p.m. (3447367643; code: 3jEJ2W)

Sundays – Worship Service, 11:30 a.m.

Holy Communion is the 1st Sunday of the month.

God bless you and remember, Jesus loves you.

Blanca Santana

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The Church of St. Thomas The Apostle

Matthew 18:20

On this feast we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of

Whitsunday, May 19, 2024

Bible Lessons: Prayer:

—Rev. Dorian Miceli

Pentecostal Tabernacle

Wednesdays Fridays Zoom Focus Acts 4:33 II Peter 1:1-4

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church


This is the true love of God that supersedes the love of human as John 3:16

1 Corinthians 13:4

1 John 4:8 Rev. R. Sibblies

DID YOU KNOW... There is a Lost and Found located in the Bartow Community Center’s

Upcoming Event:


Sick and Shut-in: Birthday Greetings:

—Merville Chambers

Community Protestant Church

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Zoom Zoom Special
Save the Date ’ the Pastor’ ’ ’ Lillian
Services: ’s
M. Mingo

Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City Co-op City Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams and the Co-op City Baptist Church family invite you to join us for Worship Service tomorrow at 8 a.m., in-person only and at 11a.m., in-person and on Zoom. Sunday School classes for all ages will be held at 9:30 a.m. We are located at 135 Einstein Loop, Room 50 (lower level), Bronx, NY 10475. Telephone: 718-320-3774. Email: or Website: Masks are required.

The 11 a.m. service is also available on Zoom at https://us04web.zoom. us/j/9623430102 or Zoom Telephone Conference Line: (646) 568-7788, Meeting ID: 962 343 0102#, Password: 788175#.

The Church’s free conference call line dial-in number is 857-357-0254, the Access Code is 660065#.

Rev. Williams asks everyone who calls into the Sunday Worship service to use Zoom through your computer or dial-in using the Zoom information shown above.

This week’s events: Wednesday Bible Study Class at 1 p.m. by Zoom

There will be no Wednesday 5 p.m. Bible Study Class this week. Prayer Warriors Prayer Service on Thursday at 12 p.m.; Friday Mid-Morning Prayer Service at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday Evening Prayer Service are all on the Church conference call line.

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 19, the Pastor’s Aide Ministry will be celebrating their 45th Anniversary at the 11 a.m. service. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Stephanie Coleman, Assistant Pastor, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Bronx, NY. Everyone is invited to this joyous occasion.

The next CCBC Food Giveaway Ministry’s food distribution will be on Friday, May 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 135 Einstein Loop. Please remember to bring your own bag, and perhaps a cart. Some products can be heavy.

We will have a memorial tribute to our veterans on Sunday, May 26, during the 11 a.m. service. Everyone is invited to share in this special event.

The church has a free app available on your app store by putting in “Co op CBC.” This app is open to all.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” –Psalm 46:1

The Co-op City Baptist Church exists to glorify God and to establish a living community of people who follow the teachings of Jesus the Christ through Worship, Prayer, Bible Study and Fellowship. We seek to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the church through ministry.

The synagogue would appreciate donations to keep our shul open. If you would like to help, go to to donate, or mail to the Traditional Synagogue located in Section 5, 120 Erdman Place in the rear lobby of 27B.

The synagogue will be serving a hot kiddush meal after Sabbath morning services. Entrance to our synagogue for Saturday services is on the side door of Building 27B.

General Information

The Traditional Synagogue is located in Section 5, 120 Erdman Place incap accessible, no steps. Phone: Sunday from 12-2 p.m.

The synagogue has services on Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m. After services, we always have a kiddush.

The synagogue has a Facebook page, Traditional Synagogue.

The synagogue needs donations. Whatever amount you can donate, big or small, would help. The synagogue needs men to help make a minyan. There are a lot of Jewish men who live in Co-op City who do not come to services. Please come by 10 a.m., so we can take out the Torah.

The Traditional Synagogue is the only synagogue in Co-op City.

Sabbath ends: Saturday, May 18, at 9:02 p.m.

Candle Lighting: Friday, May 24, at 7:55 p.m.

Good and Welfare: one. The cost is only $15 per tree. If you want to buy a tree, call (347) 449-5005. Mazel Tov, to all having simchas. If you’re ill, wishing you good health. If you asked the Rabbi to say prayers for a sick person, you should make your donation to the synagogue.

To all Members: Happy birthday to Karla Klaus and all members who will be celebrating their birthday in May. Please send me your name and I will add it to the list.

Fun and Games: After services and kiddush, members play games. Your support for the Traditional Synagogue is greatly appreciated. Wishing all our members and friends peace and good health.

—Bruce Gitelson

Co-op-City United Methodist Church/ IEMU de Co-op City

Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds

Come and Visit us – We are a multi-ethnic and bilingual, Bible-centered

spiritual growth, fellowship and service to God and our community. Services are held in-person at 2350 Palmer Avenue across from Building 30. Parking is available. You can also participate with us via Zoom (904 4685745) or Facebook live (United Methodist Church of Co-op City). –Pastor, David Jolly “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” –Ephesians 6:4 NLT

The world today can be a dark and dangerous place for our children. As it is, there is a whole system out there that works to change their minds and movees that can come through friends, teachers, neighbors, the TV, social media, books, and advertisements, to mention a few. The reality is that there is a psychological and spiritual war against them, and as parents, we will only be able to protect them to a certain extent. So, what can we do to protect our children?

Christian parents learn from scripture how to protect their children and provide for all their needs, especially their spiritual ones. The scripture above applies to all parents and is a reminder that parents should be careful in raising their children and avoid unfair behavior that would push them towards anger. Instead, Paul commands parents to bring them up with discipline and instruction from God. In other words, we should raise our children, not by relying on our understanding, but by trusting God’s word. A child left to himself, and the to protect our children?

Teach your children about God’s love at home. Proverbs 22:6 reminds us that when our children’s spiritual formation begins at home, they do not depart from it as adults. So, with examples and actions, teach your children to be fearful of the Lord; to love Him with all their heart, soul, and might, and be obedient to God. This is the foundation of our responsibility.

May God’s truth and the power of the Holy Spirit, help us raise godly children, for His honor and glory.

Come and Receive a Blessing: All are welcome!

Tuesday: Daniel’s Book Online Bible Study (Zoom: 904-468-5745)

Español at 12:15 p.m.

English at 6 p.m.

Thursday: Bilingual Prayer Service at 10 a.m.

Join us to Pray for personal revival, revival for our church and our community. Food Pantry: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Upcoming Events – Save the dates

Saturday, May 18: Fundraising Event – Cowboy/Cowgirl Hoedown from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 19: Spanish Service at 10 a.m. and English Service at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Picnic from 12-4 p.m.

––Graciela Abadia

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