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Vol. 49. No. 2

February 2013



• President’s Message-2

• ‘Women in Film’ festival-10

• Monthly Report-4

• Wall of Fame Anniversary Pictorial-11

• Carpet voucher program-4

• RV Youth Planning: a united effort-14

• Value of having Co-op Insurance-10

• Parking leaseholder obligations-26


Long Island/Connecticut brutally hammered by historic snow storm. RV/Queens spared the absolute worst. See page 13

Snowstorm of January 27, 2011 had Rochdale socked in


Talib Bey’s Rochdale Rebels - page 14

RV Black History Month program not to be missed on February 23 & 24 - page 30

Comedienne Phyllis Stickney coming to Black Spectrum Theatre - page 3

Rochdale Village Bulletin

Page 2 ROCHDALE VILLAGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Rochdale Village Board of Directors serves 5,800 middle income families and more than 25,000 people in the world’s second largest housing cooperative, located at 169-65 137th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11434; Tel: 718-2765700 ext. 336.


Chairman of the Board David Jeffries President Janine Cross Vice Presidents Jean Castro Timothy Mercer Joe Evans Talib Bey Treasurer Eddie Douglass Assistant Treasurer Joseph Mathieu Secretary Tracey Irvin MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Talib Bey Janine Cross Edward Douglass Joe Evans David Jeffries Gary Hawkins Ronald Hollie Tracy Irvin Joseph Mathieu Timothy Mercer Jean Randolph-Castro Kamal Saleem Lisa Stark Mario Turner Ahmed White Arlisa Blackwell (State Representative) COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS Budget & Finance Lisa Stark Commercial Services Joseph Mathieu Community Center Edward Douglass Community Relations Jean Randolph-Castro Legal & Management Janine Cross Maintenance Ahmed White Orientation Jean Randolph-Castro & Janine Cross Public Safety Talib Bey Senior Citizens Gary Hawkins Youth Planning Mario Turner Going Green Kamal Saleem MANAGEMENT Managing Agent Marion Scott Real Estate, Inc.

General Manager Marion Scott

Assistant Managers

Alex Freedman, MSI & Lynn Walker, RVI

February 2013

President’s Message — by Janine Cross


Mother Nature packs a punch, Rochdale Village employees punch back. Between Superstorm Sandy and the blizzard of 2013 named Nemo, our employees took the helm and managed through all Mother Nature sent to us. Our hardy workers have a strong work ethic and desire to do the right thing – keep Rochdale Village clean and safe. Kudos to so many who worked hard while the rest of us watched with awe as the sheer power of the storms blew past our apartment windows. Our sales force, known as Allocations, has also been doing a wonderful job in filling vacant apartments. These ladies are knowledgeable and thorough. They not only sell the steak, but they also sell the sizzle – showing the added value in living in Rochdale Village. The apartments are beautiful, hen

the grounds are well kept, and we are strategically located close to schools, shopping, and transportation with all the amenities of our own village. What better place to live. It’s an easy sell! Your Board of Directors is working closely with Rochdale management to look for new ways to improve on the already healthy and vibrant living conditions here. For new cooperators, the Board is instituting a new bedroom carpeting program – the Portico program whereby new cooperators can choose the color and style of their bedroom carpet under a new voucher system. In addition, we are hoping to be able to offer a discount to current cooperators. Even with snow still in the air, we are keeping an eye to spring with all its blooming potential for renewal. For those who may want to spruce up their apartments, we are planning a

Janine Cross

Home Show in the spring where vendors can show off their home improvement wares. Our select vendors are offering discounts to Rochdale Village residents. Anything from appliances to window treatments, artwork to furniture, we hope to bring you exciting options to assist with spring cleaning and rejuvenating your home.

20 Minute Parking Repaved

In case you haven’t noticed, each of the circle driveways by the loading and unloading entrances have been repaved and repainted with clear, reflective paint. Please be aware that this parking area is for cooperators only and that the parking limit is 20 minutes. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Darius George

Maintenance Director Corey Jones

Security Chief Thomas Mason

Power Plant Director Gilbert Francisco

Human Resource Director Elizabeth Goldsmith

General Counsel

William R. Greenspan

the next meeting of the rochdale village board of directors is March 25, 2013

February 2013

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Classy Queen of Comedy, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, headlining at Black Spectrum Theatre By Susan Van Brackle


f you loved her in ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’, ‘A Different World’, and ‘New Jack City’, then you will love seeing Phyllis Yvonne Stickney once again as she headlines 8pm at the Black Spectrum Theatre on Saturday, February 23. Ms. Stickney will perform her comedy revue entitled ‘Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and Guests: Are You Kidding Me?’ RV cooperators that are looking for an exciting night out on the town need look no further than their own backyard. The Black Spectrum Theatre is one of the best kept secrets in southeast Queens. The arts center regularly features some of the hottest acts that can be found anywhere from Broadway to Hollywood. The Rochdale Village Bulletin had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Stickney for a candid interview about her vibrant career and the upcoming show. She shared that “Comedy allows people to see what I think and how I think whereas with acting, you read from a script.” The Bulletin asked Ms. Stickney about her trajectory from comedy to acting where she said “I

created my own work by working in the streets.” She spent many years as an outdoor performance artist in Washington Square Park and other comedy clubs on West 4th Street. The more she performed, the more people recognized her talents. People like programming directors and casting agents who saw promise in her and others like Bill Cosby who casted her for the hit television sitcom, “A Different World”. “I wasn’t interested in singing and dancing and my aspirations didn’t include Broadway...I wanted to do character driven comedy.” A lot of Ms. Stickney’s appeal is what she describes as her ability to be a “chameleon actress”. For her, performing at the Black Spectrum Theatre is almost like returning home. “My first play with Carl Clay [Executive Producer of Black Spectrum Theatre] was called “Precious Love”. When asked about what theatregoers can expect to see at her comedy revue, Stickney says, “I realize that I have a following and realize that people want to know what I’ve done and what I’ve been doing. According to Ms. Stickney, the show

is “new and improved.” The last time performance date. Stickney looks Phyllis Stickney was set to be at the forward to doing the show stating, “I Black Spectrum Theatre, the force am not a trip, I am a journey.” of Hurricane Sandy interrupted the

1st Phase of LIRR stairwell reconstruction completed By Susan Van Brackle


V Cooperators that commute via the Locust Manor railroad station will be happy to know that the extensive repairs being performed on the stairwell of the Long Island bound side have finally been completed.

Repairs are coming along but not fully completed

The crumbling concrete stairs on Platform B of the Far Rockaway bound station recently reopened after being closed for well over six weeks, due to necessary reconstruction. The Locust Manor station is a hub for many Rochdale Village commuters as well as supporting neighborhoods like Springfield Gardens, St. Albans and Jamaica. Area LIRR customers and senior citizens that frequent the Far Rockaway line were required to exit at the far end of the station on the Bedell Street side many times during inclement weather or late at night. Community partners like The Springfield Gardens Taxpayers Civic Association in conjunction with community members from Salem Missionary Baptist Church and elected officials like Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) worked tirelessly with LIRR management and engineers to complete the first phase of construction. While the stairwell has reopened, there is still a bit of work to do. The

The Locust Manor stain repairs are seemingly headed in the right direction but which way will they go next? hand railing and scaffolding around the renovated stairwell is still comprised of unfinished wooden planks. Riders exiting the train should protect their hands as they descend down the steps to avoid splinters and other injuries. Back in July 2012, Rich Bockmann of The Times Ledger broke the story about the impending renovations also stating that the Manhattan bound side

will be up next for renovation now that the Long Island side has been completed. To help continue the push for much needed station repairs at the Locust Manor LIRR platform, the community should reach out to their elected officials and local area politicians. Stay tuned.

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February 2013

Monthly Report

-- by Marion Scott

General Manager’s Monthly Report for January 2013

Under the terms of the proprietary lease, shareholders consent to be governed by certain decisions of the Board of Directors. Governing Boards have broad powers in areas that range from financial decision making to promulgating regulations regarding pets, chronic non-payment of rent and objectionable conduct. In order to facilitate the collection of chronic rent delinquency we have asked general counsel, William Greenspan, to oversee the initial hearing panel segment of the chronic late payer rule and to guide the Board through the hearing process. In this process, after deliberation with the Board results in a decision to evict a chronic non-payer of rent, Mr. Greenspan will assist the Landlord and Tenant Attorney in processing the matter through the courts of competent jurisdiction. Under the “rule” the decision is not to be challenged by the courts. Once again let me reiterate how this works; the chronic late payer rule is a judge-made rule that protects director decisions from attack when directors act consistently in good faith and in the exercise of honest judgment in the lawful and legitimate furtherance of corporate purpose. Given that directors cannot ensure corporate success, the business judgment rule specifies that the court will not review the business decision of directors who perform their duties: (1) in good faith; (2) with the care that an ordinary prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances: and (3) in a manner the directors reasonably believe is in

the best interest of the corporation. The chronic late payer rule is very difficult to overcome and courts will not interfere with directors unless it is clear that they are guilty of fraud or misappropriation of corporate funds, etc. This doctrine bars judicial inquiry into actions of directors taken in good faith while administering their fiduciary duties in furtherance of corporate purpose. In this instance, our corporate purpose being to exercise its authority to evict shareholders for objectionable conduct for chronic non-payment of carrying charges. APARTMENT SALES We are pleased to announce a marked decline in the number of unsold apartments. This change occurred after we reallocated staff assignments and lessened the workload of the Allocations Department. We wish to commend the sales staff for this gallant effort in reducing vacancy loss and

increasing income. For years the number of unsold apartments rarely climbed above 20 for any given month. As of February 1st unsold apartments stand at 25, with a goal of reducing that number to single digits at the end of any given month. HIRING PRACTICES It is a known fact that Managing Agents have a duty to hire the best people for the job those who are reliable, trustworthy and dependable. Unfortunately, over the past several years there has been a disquieting number of staff terminations because of drug usage and sales, false employment records, and a history of violence and criminality. The problem is exacerbated because the unions are condoning illegal activities through endless arbitration hearings when there is empirical evidence that some of their membership is incorrect. This means that management

has to implement a more stringent screening process that goes beyond checking boxes and superficial interviews in order to weed out candidates with records of terminations, disciplinary actions, criminal history and applications that contain false information. The close environment of high rise buildings gives great cover for the bad guys. They use their jobs as cover as they circulate among the population peddling their wares with impunity. Unfortunately, most of the people we are talking about were hired through recommendations by staff or by well-intentioned members of the community trying to help someone gain meaningful employment. We have conferred with the police and they advised us not to wait for their investigations, but where there is actionable evidence terminate the employee and deny him easy access to the buildings through his employment. This in turn will give the police a better chance of apprehension because of the trespass law if they continue to visit the site. This is not a pleasant conversation to have, but public safety is everybody’s business; we cannot solve this problem alone. We need to draw attention to this situation because the fight is fierce and ongoing and will require a unified effort to stem the tide. So, if you see something, say something. Our Rochdale Public Safety department is here to assist you as they partner with NYPD in the fight against crime here at home.

From Management Carpet Voucher Program The Carpet Voucher Program is coming to Rochdale Village through We also hope to extend the program to include a discount for current Mohawk Portico. Through this initiative, new cooperators will receive cooperators who wish to replace their current bedroom carpet. More a voucher to be used for carpeting their bedrooms, whereby a choice details to follow. Stay tuned… of colors and finishes to customize as desired will be made available.

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Monthly Report

-- by Robert Woods

Contract Summary/Status — January 2013 Project Management met with Lizardos Engineering with regards to status of project. The Engineer will submit a schedule, now that the investigation to purchase new boilers is complete. Projects requested a statement from National Grid that gas supply at Power Plant will be sufficient to operate the new economical boilers. Lizardos Engineering will investigate the feasibility of purchasing multiple boilers to allow for better pricing. In any event, the new boiler cost will be paid back over the next 10 years in fuel and maintenance savings. Rochdale Village will have energy efficient equipment and meet current standards emissions of air quality. Monthlyfor Report

I. Non Schedule B Projects:

LOCAL LAW 11, CYCLE-7 BUILDING FAÇADE REPAIRS: (See table 1) The Contractor, Xinos Construction Corp., will close down the Project during the winter months. While weather conditions are not conducive to performing façade work, the Contractor is doing limited work necessary to close openings and clean up of areas. The bridge at Building #13 was struck on 2/2/13 with such force that it almost collapsed into the entry of the Building. When Cooperators have deliveries or moves, they must carefully monitor persons working Page 3 of 5 EXCITER REPLACEMENT: for them. Xinos Construction Corp. Phase I of Project is complete; Phase was called on site to make repairs ELECTRICAL WORK (Electrician) II is scheduled to commence spring of on Sunday resulting in cost to 2013. Power Plant Rochdale Village. The Façade project OnThe January 28, 2013, the has Boardscheduled passed a resolution to hire North East Electrical to date perform for shutdown to occur in May of cannot afford anymore preventable, electrical work, Campus-wide, on an hourly base price. The RFP stipulated that 2013.theSiemen’s Electric is scheduling additional time frame for mobilization, during an emergency, is to becharges. within one (1) hour of call all sub-contractors and Engineers from Rochdale Village. Pricing willtobetieon an hourly basis and a Labor and Material basisside at the of discretion of Rochdale Village. is proceeding well. in main the switchboard. This Contract EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIRS: will leave a much shorter shutdown for Maintenance Operations alerted Monthly Report APARTMENT RESTORATION: Page the 2 offall 5 of 2013 to complete switchover Projects of a roof drain leak at to new equipment. Building #2. Projects investigated The Apartment Restoration Contract was extended another year. matter and instructed the Contractor I. Non Schedule B Projects: DIESEL ENGINE GENERATOR to begin repair procedures. The AUDITORIUM A/C CONTROLS: OVERHAUL (Power Plant): Contractor will submit proposal Project placed on-hold pending accordance with to Maintenance In the spring of 2012, Former Power Plant Director, Ted Harrison, attempted have LOCAL LAW 11, CYCLE-7 BUILDINGinFAÇADE REPAIRS: repairs to made to the existing chiller for supplemental cooledand air forcomplete the Auditorium. A resources fund the work. Contract repair. Purchase Order was issued to American Mech-Tech to furnish a new compressor to the chiller. The compressor was changed, but the problem with the unit was the tube bundle BUILDINGS STATUS COMMENTS was leaking. Mr. Harrison contracted Birkel-Downes to repair bundle in the field. Even 2, though 4, 5, Birkel-Downes 7, 9, 8, 10,advised Mr. Harrison the repair would not work, the contract 11,proceeded. 14, 19, 20 Complete All areas are fenced

and sheds installed. The area I became the Project Manager in the summer of 2012, after which I began looking into closesbundle to and thehaveschool yard this matter. My investigations lead me to discard the existing a new behind Building #16 will be bundle installed. York Manufacturers no longer makes the existing bundle. I requested pricing from to replicate the existing bundle. result being, Rochdale closedTheoff. Project is 70% 12 tank companies100% Complete Village will have a mechanically new chiller system tocompleted. supply cooled air to the Auditorium and other spaces, if we elect. 15 & 16 60% Complete

CORRIDOR ROOF REPAIRS: Corridor roofs in Groups #3 & 4 are complete. The Contractor is continuing work to entrance canopies. All new roofs are installed and 100% complete. Refurbished roofs are 99% complete. The Contract is 99% complete. The Contractor has to complete cleaning of all metals. Projects performed an inspection on 1/29/13 to find that new roofs have a great amount of debris on them. It was noted that most of the debris is garbage. In fact, at Building #10, there was grease dumped on the roof. Grease will cause the drain to clog and in effect, cause the roof leak again. The roofs must be maintained and garbage must go into the dumpsters. BUILDING EMERGENCY GENERATOR UPGRADES A/E: The Consultant has prepared bid drawings which will be sent to the NYSHCR for review and approval to solicit bids for a contractor. ELECTRICAL WORK (Electrician) On January 28, 2013, the Board passed a resolution to hire North East Electrical to perform electrical work, Campus-wide, on an hourly base price. The RFP stipulated that the time frame for mobilization, during an emergency, is to be within one (1) hour of call from Rochdale Village. Pricing will be on an hourly basis and a Labor and Material basis at the discretion of Rochdale Village. Contract is proceeding well. APARTMENT RESTORATION: The Apartment Restoration Contract was extended another year.

AUDITORIUM A/C CONTROLS: In the spring of 2012, Former Power TableBelow 1 are results of proposals received from the following companies: Plant Director, Ted Harrison, attempted The Contractor, Xinos Base Construction will close down the Project during the to winter have repairs made to the existing Sales Corp., Total chiller for supplemental cooled air for months. COMPANY While weatherPrice conditions performing façade work, the Tax are not Bid conducive to DESCRIPTION the Auditorium. A Purchase Order Contractor is doing limited work necessary to close openings and clean up of areas. Kam Thermal $10,750.00 $951.38 $11,701.38 Remove existing chiller bundle from was issued to American Mech-Tech Equipment, Ltd. Machine Room at Auditorium. Machine to furnish a new compressor to the The bridge at Building #13 was struck on 2/2/13new with such thatRe-install it almost collapsed chiller tubeforce and bundle. American Mechchiller. The compressor was changed, into the entry of the$11,764.71 Building.$1041.18 When Cooperators have deliveries or Room moves, they must unit in Machine Tech 1, LLC $12,805.89 and assemble but the problem with the unit was usingConstruction Power Plant gaskets and was called on site carefully monitor persons working for them. Xinos Corp. the tube bundle was leaking. Mr. refrigerant. Birkel Downes $18,275.00 $1617.34 $19,892.34 to make repairs on Sunday resulting in cost to Rochdale Village. The FaçadeHarrison project contracted Birkel-Downes Associates, Inc. cannot afford anymore preventable, additional charges. to repair bundle in the field. Even TableProject 2. Management reviewed proposals and recommends that Kam Thermal Equipment,

EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIRS: Ltd. be granted a Purchase Order in the amount of $11,701.38.

though Birkel-Downes advised Mr. Harrison the repair would not work, the contract proceeded. I became the Project Manager in the summer of 2012, after which I began looking into this matter. My investigations lead me to discard the existing bundle and have a new bundle installed. York Manufacturers no longer makes the existing bundle. I requested pricing from tank companies to replicate the existing bundle. The result being, Rochdale Village will have a mechanically new chiller system to supply cooled air to the Auditorium and other spaces, if we elect. Table 2 shows results of proposals received from the following companies. Project Management reviewed proposals and recommends that Kam Thermal Equipment, Ltd. be granted a Purchase Order in the amount of $11,701.38. POWER PLANT NEW WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM: Project awaiting approval from the NYSHCR. POWER PLANT CONDENSATE TANK ASBESTOS ABATEMENT: Project Management sought quotations from Mechanical Companies for replacement of existing Condensate Tank at the Power Plant. The existing tank is covered with asbestos insulation, therefore; Projects requested pricing for abatement for tank and associated piping. In order to remove tank and replace, all asbestos must be removed within guidelines established by Industrial Code 56 and the NYCDEP rules and regulations. Approximately 530 square feet of tank jacket and 60 linear feet of pipe covering will be abated. Prior to this submission, the former Director of the Power Plant prepared a resolution for abatement. During the proposal review from the successful bidder (Gotham One Solutions), it became clear that only the condensate tank was being abated resulting in an additional cost of $1,500.00. Continued on page 26

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February 2013

Controller’s Report

-- by Darius George, Controller

Financial Overview - January 2013

The corporation is approaching the end of another fiscal year. January ushered in the tenth month of operations in the current financial year. While the financial picture of the development continues to show improvement there are significant budget overages in building maintenance. Aging buildings require more maintenance and that is evident at Rochdale Village. Services performed by outside contractors in the various expenses categories exceeded budgeted amounts by $2,491,641. The major drivers of the overages are apartment restoration and repairs, electrical repairs, roof repairs, plumbing and asbestos abatement associated with the plumbing repairs. Revenues for the year are $59,517,825 which is 1% within budget estimates. On the other hand expenses totaled $55,005,596 or $3,107,448 over budget. The corporation continues

to make major investments in capital improvements of property, plant and equipment. Year to date the corporation investments in capital improvements amount to $4,582,443.13. Due to the high number of delinquent cooperators and the accounts receivable balance the corporation expenditure to collect the arrears so far this year is $492,487 or $159,154 over budget. Additionally the corporation wrote-off $442,482 of tenant receivables as bad debt expense. As of January 31 accounts receivable was $1,830,723.22. Spread amongst 1,936 cooperators. Cash inflows for the month of January were $6,913,146 whereas cash outflows were $6,178,355. Sources of cash inflow were from cooperators carrying charges, commercial tenants, equity and restoration deposits and refund from the Internal Revenue Service. The refund was due to

NEW HOURS FOR ROCHDALE LEGAL DEPARTMENT Beginning February 4, 2013, the Legal Department will see cooperators by appointment only. There will be no walk-ins. Available times for appointments with the legal department are set forth below:

Mondays: 12:00pm-3:00pm and 4:00pm-6:30pm Wednesdays: 9:00am-12:30pm

To schedule an appointment with the Legal Department at one of these times, please stop by the management office and speak to the receptionist, Gwendolyn Springle. You can also call Ms. Springle at (718) 276-5700 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. Please note that Jacqueline Young has replaced Selina Johnson as the Legal Coordinator. This schedule for appointments is being implemented in order for Ms. Young to efficiently carry out her duties, including scheduling court cases. Please note the Legal Department typically handles matters that include (but is not limited to) arrears and cooperator complaints. We thank you in advance for you cooperation with this policy.

operating losses in the previous fiscal year. Outflows of cash for the month were mortgage payments, capital investments, insurance, real estate tax escrows, wages and employee benefits and vendor payments. As of January 31 working capital account consisted of accounts receivable in the amount of $1,830,713, accounts payable and accrued expenses in the amount of $3,593,062. Cash available as of January 31 to pay operating expenses were $4,204,803. As of January 31 cash held in various escrow accounts to fund contingencies and capital improvements are $19,720,538. In addition the corporation has a selfinsurance escrow account with a balance of $1,515,520 to fund past and future losses not covered by existing and past insurance policies. In November of 2012 the accounting office assumed responsibility of the

parking facilities throughout the development. At that time Rochdale Village system of recording keeping for the parking facilities was outdated. With the approval of management my office coordinated and implemented new software to capture the vehicle information such as year make and model. The Public Safety personnel patrolling the parking lots will be equipped with laptop computers that will help to identify the owner of the space when responding to cooperators complaints about illegally park vehicles. My office inherited 64 vacant parking lot spaces. There are now 18 vacant spaces. My goal is to have zero vacancy by the end of February 2013. I must thank my staff and management with helping make the improvements that I promised a reality.

To Advertise in the Rochdale Village Bulletin, Call (718) 978-3007

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Controller’s Report

-- by Darius George, Controller


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Cash Receipts & Disbursements - January 31, 2013 EXHIBIT I

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OPENING CASH BALANCE RECEIPTS: Carrying Charges Commercial Rent & Utilities Nursery Schools and Democratic Club Community Center Programs/Rentals Section 8 Rent Equity & Restoration Deposits Parking Rent Rooftop leasing- Wireless communications Ground lease Laundry income Parking lots transmiters Credit check fees Bulletin Ads Federal income tax refund Transfer from Wells Fargo Bank- Repair escrow Miscellaneous ($1,000.00 or less) Total Collection NG Checks Funds Available for Operations



5,371,361 320,997 3,600 5,450 36,675 300,510 102,892 5,975 2,000 85,000 1,920 900 1,000 135,491 536,951 2,424 6,913,146 50,591 10,282,051

OPERATING EXPENSES: Administrative Expenses: Management fee Managing agent payroll reimbursement Other office expense Office supplies Office Equipment leasing Data processing fees Postage & Delivery Telephone Information Technology Legal Collection expense Eviction expense EXHIBIT I Page 6 Other professional services Miscellaneous expenses($1,000.00 or less) Total Administrative Expenses

50,048 8,281 1,778 4,494 3,435 4,043 9,546 6,019 40,486 74,496 13,209 2,100 1,240 219,174

MAINTENANCE EXPENSES : Floor machine Unifrom & cleaning Cleaning supplies Other Janitorial Expenses Exterminating Rubbish removal Compactor expense Compactor bags Landscaping Lawn sprinkler syatem Ground equipment repairs Parking lots expense Office equipment leasing Vehicle Maintenance, gas/oil Equipment & small tools Carpentry supplies Electrical supplies Door repairs and controls Keys and Locks Bathroom supplies Floor tiles Convector supplies Plumbing supplies Windows and Blinds Paint & glass supplies Other Maintenance & Operating Expenses Contracted Services - Intercom - Electrical - Plumbing - Elevator - Floor Repairs - Bathtub glazing - Apartment repairs - Apartment restoration - Roof repairs - Carpet cleaning - Pump and roof fans Building repairs- Façade and mansonry Repaving of Building ramps Asbestos abatement Misc. Expenses ($ 1,000.00 or Less) Total Maintenance Expenses

4,600 5,756 4,775 3,000 3,247 6,930 2,640 33,585 4,809 6,309 34,903 459,630 80,204 20,300 2,458 673,144

PUBLIC SAFETY EXPENSES: NYPD Detail Officers Office supplies Vehicle maintenance,gas,oil Training and subscription Surveillance equipment Office equipment leasing Uniform and cleaning Paid Detail administrative expense Other security expenses Misc. Expense ($ 1,000.00 or less) Total Public Safety Expenses POWER PLANT EXPENSES: Fuel - Heating & Electric Gas Fuel - Cooking gas Water & sewer- Power Plant Water & sewer- Malls Materias, tools & supplies Chemicals and lubricants Office expense Turbine generator Boiler Cooling tower Pump rooms Dual Temperature Transformer CS- Consultants CS- Electrical Distribution System CS- Building maintenance Meter reading services Misc. Expense ($1,000.00 or less) Total Power Plant Expenses

2,812 3,460 1,120 1,711 1,341 1,823 1,249 13,517

1,229,531 34,353 98,130 8,850 2,251 10,602 1,013 147,817 1,255 (6,874) 1,266 1,557 1,529,751

Summary of Corporate Funds at January 31, 2013 1) OPERATING FUNDS: Citibank - Checking - Payroll Water and Sewer Escrow Total Operating Funds


Page3 4,103,696 (1,458) 19,782 4,122,020

2) IN-HOUSE SHELTER FUNDS: Capital Improvement Equity Brokerage Money Fund Self insurance - Insured Money Market Self insurance - Checking Commercial Tenant Security- IMMA Total In-House Shelter Funds

110,491 80,455 1,515,520 4,329 515,662 2,226,457

3) ESCROW FUNDS: FFI Government Fund - Replacement reserve Replacement Reserve - Checking Completion Repair Escrows Total Escrow Funds

8,044,792 141,991 10,689,043 18,875,826

4) MORTGAGE ESCROW: Real Estate Tax Insurance Pension Litigation escrow Vapor intrusion Soil and Groundwater remediation Debt Service Escrow- Wells Fargo Securities Total Mortgage Escrow TOTAL FUNDS

988,197 496,348 1,001,080 375,410 724,180 3,609,017 7,194,232 32,418,535


The corporation cash, investments and escrow

balances as of December 31, 2012 was COMMUNITY CENTER EXPENSES: Equipment $31,607,024.00. The amount available to pay Ouside labor expense operating expenses are $3,513,209.00. The Furnishing & Fixtures 6,251 The corporation cash, investments and accounts escrow balances as of January 31, balances 2013 wasas $32,418,535 The corporation cash, investments and escrow of January following are encumbered: Security refund Misc Expenses ($1,000.00 or less) 2,407 The amount available to pay operating $4,182,693.00. The following accounts areTe The amount expenses availableare to pay operating expenses are $4,182,693.00. Page 8 Total Community CenterEXHIBIT ExpensesI 8,658 (a) Debt Service escrows (a) Debt Service escrows

(b) Self Insurance (b) Self Insurance BOARD EXPENSES Office expenses 1,981 (c) Contingency and Replacement Reserve and Replacement Reserve (c) Contingency Contribution- Rochdale Village Social Services 12,917 Security (d)Inc Commercial Tenant Deposit Tenant Security Deposit (d) Commercial Bulletin expense 4,749 (e) Capital Improvement Equity (e) Capital Improvement Equity 19,647 (f) Completion Repair Escrow (f) Completion Repair Escrow (g) Real Estate Tax Escrow(g) Real Estate Tax Escrow PAYROLL/ESCROWS/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: (h) Insurance Escrow (h) Insurance Escrow Salaries and Wages 1,437,060 (i) Water & Sewer Escrow (i) Water & Sewer Escrow Fica expense 110,863 (j) Pension litigation escrow (j) Pension litigation escrow Federal unemployment tax 8,983 (k)Environmental escrow (k)Environmental escrow State unemployment tax 20,292

3,609,017 1,519,849 8,186,783 515,662 110,491 10,689,043 988,197 496,348 19,782 1,001,080 1,099,590 28,235,842

Refund of Past Cooperators equity 36,847 Replacement reserve 125,000 Contingency reserve 70,133 New Parking and Insurance Tracking Software 11,483 The Housing Company approval The Housing Company obtain approval from NYS Homes & Community to disburs The Housing Company mustmust obtainobtain approval from Renewal NYSfrom Homes & Com Deposit- Landlord Tenant Account 3,150 must NYS Homes & Community Renewal to disburse from the contingency and replacement reserve accounts. from the contingency and replacement reserve accounts. Deposit- SSOBA litigation escrow 200,000 Mortgage Principal and interest 616,980 funds from the contingency and replacement Real Estate Tax Escrow 261,048 The self insurance escrow fund byescrow Board resolution. Fundsby can only resolution. be The is selfrestricted insurance fund is restricted Board Fund reserve accounts. Insurance escrow 220,687 used to pay damages and other claims against the corporation during the period it was self used to pay damages and other claims against the corporation during The self insurance escrow fund is restricted by Workers compensation audit fee 2,492 insured. It also covers below the company insurance retentionliability program. insured. It also coversliability claim below the company Disability insurance premium 8,079claim Board resolution. Funds can only be used to pay insurance re Health & Pension- 32BJ 288,671 damages and other claims against the corporation Health & Pension- 94 The debt service,166,844 insurance,The completion repair and real completion estate tax escrow debt service, insurance, repairaccounts and real estate tax esc during the period it was self insured. It also Health & Pension- SSOBA 95,801 were created under the terms of the mortgage withrefinancing Wellscovers Fargoagreement were created underrefinancing the terms ofagreement the mortgage Health & Dental and Group life insurance 7,128 claims below the company liability insurance Multifamily Capital, Inc. Multifamily Capital, Inc. Flexible Spending Account contribution 3,229 retention program. 401k loan repayments 4,557 The debt service, insurance, completion repair and 401k employee contributions 9,454 NYS sales tax 5,686 real estate tax escrow accounts were created under Total Payroll/Escrow/Employee Benefits 3,714,464 the terms of the mortgage refinancing agreement Total Expenses 6,178,355 with Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital, Inc. Ending cash balance $4,103,696

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February 2013

Controller’s Report

-- by Darius George, Controller

Accounts Receivable Activity - Jan. 31, 2013 Description


Base Rent Vacancy Rent Medical Office Commercial Electric Water Parking Fuel surcharge Surcharges Late Charges Dispossess NG Check Fee Others Totals


3,329,311.93 434,899.11 5,294.21 107,448.75 38,310.60 5,241.44 26,657.21 60,125.05 958,535.72 70,737.92 77,099.34 5,028.73 1,500,115.81 6,618,805.82

5,352,493.43 25,976.79 276,365.15 99,937.50 83,865.89 20,262.08 5,858,900.84

Adjustments (181,098.77) 12,460.97 (14,014.12) 90,879.68 3,364.68 781.25 (354.72) (9,983.33) 16,800.00 9,450.00 875.00 306,536.98 235,697.62



5,219,505.23 16,839.13 27,756.29 224,381.78 64,568.20 5,642.71 102,892.20 30.32 57,299.93 11,904.74 8,659.76 865.71 308,494.35 6,048,840.35

3,281,201.36 430,520.95 3,514.71 145,418.00 64,622.08 2,963.41 24,483.76 59,740.01 975,118.35 75,633.18 77,889.58 5,038.02 1,518,420.52 6,664,563.93

1. Base rent was adjusted by the following amounts: a)Vacancy loss 76,601.99 b)Section 8 subsidy 36,034.92 c)SCRIE subsidy 62,349.85 d)DRIE subsidy 5,719.25 e)STAR 607.00 f)Bad debt & other adjustments (214.24) 181,098.77 2. Commercial arrears are $213,003.49 including electricity balance of $64,622.08 and water & sewer in the amount of $2,963.41 3. Included in Other receivables are: Restoration charges Equity Deposits Move in & Move out adjustments Evictions Violations Three Day Notices Total

Tenant Arrears Report Ending January 31, 2013 CURRENT TENANTS In arrears for -

Residential Number

Tenants Amount Due

Community Center Report For January 31, 2013

Commercial Number

Tenants Amount Due

One month





Two months




Three months




22,489.10 8,320.39

Four months





5-12 months





12+ months








Sub-Total PAST TENANTS In arrears for -

1,936 Residential Number

Tenants Amount Due

Commercial Number

Tenants Amount Due

One month



Two months





Three months





Four months





5-12 months





12+ months










1,393,227.60 750.60 (99,149.05) 103,560.88 106,189.73 13,840.76 1,518,420.52


60,291.07 214,268.28

REVENUES: Programs Room Rental Vending Machine Total Revenue



800.00 4,560.00 141.25 5,501.25

EXPENSES: Salaries - Administrative - Recreation Specialist - Porters Equipment leasing Outside Labor expense recreation and office supplies Furnishing and Fixtures Misc. (less than 100.00) Total Expenses Net Income/(Loss)



4,503.35 2,731.61 21,329.45 628.27 930.00 348.78 6,250.59 36,722.05 (31,220.80)

Note: The Community Center collected security deposits in the amount of $00.00 and made refunds of $500.00 These transactions have no effect on the community center profitability.

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Public Safety Report

-- by Chief Thomas Mason

Public Safety Monthly Report January 2013 Enclosed is the statistical data relative to the performance of the Rochdale Village, Inc., Public Safety Department during the month of January 2013. Public Safety maintains twenty-four hour coverage. LOITERING: During the month of January 2013, the Public Safety Department has continued to focus attention on loitering conditions. As a result, Public Safety officers responded to a total of one hundred ninety-one (191) complaints of loitering which were resolved as follows: 1. Conditions corrected – one hundred-seven (107) loiterers complied with officer’s directive to leave. 2. Unfounded – eighty-four (84) loitering complaints (officers responded but no loiterers were present) 3. Violations issued – eleven (11) loitering violations was issued The Rochdale Village Public Safety Department will continue to organize to better serve the community. During the month of January the following arrests were affected: There were a total of 8 arrest(s) and 5 in-house detained for the month of January 2013; the incidents are as follows: Arrests for January 2013 January 15, 2013 – Bldg. #17 Lobby, a RV Officer observed three males loitering in the lobby; the males took flight upon the officers approach; one male was detained after a short pursuit; the male was taken to Central; he was later released to his guardian. Not Rochdale residents. January 17, 2013 – Bldg. #7 Stairwell, an RV Officer responded to a call for the smell of marijuana; upon arrival the officer observed two males loitering in the stairwell; both males were detained and taken to Central; violations were issued for loitering. Are Rochdale residents. January 17, 2013 – Bldg. #4, RV Officers responded to a call for loitering in the stairwell; upon arrival two females and two males were observed consuming alcohol; there was an odor of marijuana as well; all four were detained and taken to Central; one male was found to have an outstanding warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and one female had a warrant for train hopping; they were placed under arrest; one male and female were warrant free; they were warned of RV Rules and Regulations; violations were also issued for smoking unauthorized, consuming alcohol, and loitering. Are Rochdale residents. January 17, 2013 – Bldg. #14, RV Officers responded to a loitering complaint; three males took flight down the stairwell upon the officers approach; after a short pursuit two were detained; they were issued C-Summons for trespass; violations were issued for trespassing. Are Rochdale residents. January 21, 2013 – Bldg. #18, three males were detained by RV Officers for knocking on cooperators doors and soliciting cash for alleged foundations; they were warned of RV Rules and Regulations and issued a C-Summons for trespass. Not RV residents.

DVR UNIT ACTIVITY Total Incidents = 57 Total Risk Management = 31 Violations = 0 TOWED VEHICLES The Public Safety Department towed fourteen (14) vehicles during the month of January for violation of parking rules on the complex. SPECIAL VERTICAL PATROL BY ROCHDALE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS: Vertical patrols are conducted on a daily basis. Officers patrol the stairwells, hallways, rooftops and parking lots at different hours to curtail unlawful activities and have been positively reinforced. VERTICALS: 1478 2667 SPECIAL VERTICALS: TOTAL: 4145 TOWING: 14 TOW WARNINGS: 29 ESCORTS: 125 SECURITY RESPONDED TO THE FOLLOWING CALLS: 3430 MAINTENANCE CALLS: 284 3714 TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICES: INCIDENT REPORTS: 142 MAIL VOLUME DELIVERED BY PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER: 2470 ARREST(S): 8 IN HOUSE DETAINED: 5 TOTAL: 13 VIOLATIONS ISSUED: 62 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/AUTO: 5 EVICTION(S): 5 VIOLATIONS Listed are the classifications of Notice of Violations issued: Classification


1. Move In/Out............................................................................7 2. Harboring a Pet.......................................................................3 3. Loud Noise..............................................................................2 4. Disorderly Conduct.................................................................4 5. Trespass..................................................................................1 6. Fire Hazard.............................................................................1 7. Loitering............................................................................... 11 8. Harassment.............................................................................2 9. Damage to RV Property..........................................................1 10. Illegal Occupant......................................................................1 11. Unauthorized Appliance.........................................................1 12. Disturbing the Peace...............................................................2 13. Failure to Comply.................................................................20 14. Littering..................................................................................1 15. Urinating in Public..................................................................2 16. Open Container.......................................................................1 17. Smoking Unauthorized...........................................................2 Total............................................................................................62

If You See Something, Say Something. Call Public Safety at (718) 276-2400.

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The Value of having Co-op insurance By Susan Van Brackle Many people don’t realize the benefits of having insurance until an unexpected loss or other catastrophic event occurs. Property damages can be direct such as in the case of a lightening strike or they can be indirect like a fire that happens next door. Believe it or not, smoke and/ or water damage are still real threats that can be extremely disruptive to a neighboring residence. Having co-op insurance is a key way to protect against exposure to direct and indirect damages. Usually there is more to lose in an apartment than there is in losing a car. If a person has owned their residence for a while, they don’t realize just how much there is to lose. The good news is that co-op insurance is very affordable and generally costs consumers 10% less than apartment insurance. While the two types of coverage are somewhat similar, insurance companies favor the ownership component. The presumption is that cooperators will protect and care for their properties much better than renters because they have ownership. What’s more, cooperators are perceived as higher income earners. Renters are perceived as more transient. Allstate agent Anthony Wright provides guidance and recommendations to cooperators that are protecting one of their greatest

financial assets. According to Mr. Wright, “Cooperators should maintain an inventory list of their personal possessions. You never know how much you have accumulated.” Having an inventory of possessions and replacement costs that are broken down room by room makes the claims process more fluid and effortless. Some may not know that there are two co-op insurance types; the replacement cost policy and an actual cost policy. The difference between the two is that a replacement cost policy will replace lost property with a brand new item in the event of a loss, while the actual cost policy will replace lost items at its current market value. For example, a chair purchased in 1980 for $150 may be worth little or nothing today with a actual cost policy. Once the item is appraised in its present condition it will be assessed for current-day value in 2013. On the other hand, the same chair covered, with a replacement cost policy, would be replaced for its original $150 cost. The cooperator should keep inventory records to substantiate the claim. Taking a higher insurance deductible will ensure that policy premium payments stay lower. However, be aware that if

RCC U.S. Corp. Latest Business to Join RV RCC U.S. Corp. is one of the latest small businesses to join the Rochdale Village community. Pamela Lewis and her Dad (and business partner) Ed Lewis can be found at Rochdale Village Mall #2 in the space that was previously held by Mr. Jackson’s Print Shop. Originally, RCC (Reliable Call Center) U.S. Corp. began as a home-based call center business for physicians and politicians providing even bilingual services 24 hours a day; seven days a week. The business expanded so much to the degree that additional space and features have been added to their business model. The mainstay of RCC U.S. Corp. is basic copy services, which according to business owner Pamela Lewis, fills a void in the community. In addition to copying flyers in black and white or color; printing business

cards and stationery, there are a host of other services provided like notary public, DNA testing and organizing group tours just to name a few. According to Pamela, “The goal is to hire from the community as the business grows.” The high-capacity copy machines at RCC U.S. Corp are pumping Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturdays from 10:00am to 12pm and Sundays the shop is closed. Cash, debit and credit cards are accepted. Visit RCC U.S. Corp. in person or make your requests by email at conlab57@

the cost of your lost or damaged item is equal to or less than your premium deductible, the insurance company will not pay anything out. If the cost of the loss exceeds the deductible, you will be paid the difference above the deductible out-of-pocket expense. Co-op insurance policies automatically include liability coverage of up to $100,000, which protects cooperators even as they move about or travel. Moreover, each coop policy automatically covers items like jewelry, watches and furs for a minimum of $1,000. Higher personal property coverage is available dependent upon the policy amount a cooperator initially buys.

To accommodate the time demands of busy consumers, insurance professionals like The Wright Agency maintain 24/7 service with a manned call center even after hours. According to Wright, “When there is a claim or loss emergency, people do not want to lose time.” Another time saver for consumers is the ability to secure an insurance policy over the phone. Premiums are renewable on an annual basis. Policyholders can usually save additional money if they pay their yearly insurance premium in full at the time of renewal. Premiums paid on a monthly plan will incur an additional service fee of $3.50 for this convenience. Your residence is your biggest asset, be sure to cover it like it covers you.

Anthony Wright, insurance company owner

‘Women in Film’ festival comes to RV The Community Relations Committee has scheduled a unique celebratory event to entertain Rochdale Village cooperators in March. In anticipation of Women’s History Month, the committee is presenting their first ever ‘Women in Film’ Festival at the Rochdale Village Grand Ballroom. The event will take place on the last week of March and will feature three extraordinary presentations. First up will be a documentary about jazz legend and long time Queens resident, songstress Ella Fitzgerald. Next is a feature film by Tyler Perry of the acclaimed remake “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”. The movie features an all-star cast that includes Phylicia Rashad, Janet

Jackson and Whoopie Goldberg. The film is based on a theatre play, which was originally written by the wellknown poet, novelist, playwright and performer Ntozake Shange. The final movie is the black and white film classic “Imitation of Life” starring Lana Turner and the African-American, Academy Award nominated star, Juanita Moore. The event will be free with box-office style refreshments like popcorn, hotdogs and other beverages available for moviegoers. Stay tuned for flyers, advertisements and other notifications that will be posted throughout the cooperative. People can also check for event updates on our new website at www.

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Rochdale Village Counts Down to


Years of Famous Faces in the Place

Over the years, Rochdale Village has been a central location for hosting many famous faces in the place. Some of our visitors were up-and-coming neighborhood acquaintances with humble beginnings while others were established personalities in their own right. One thing is for certain, all of them have gone on to become powerful dignataries with iconic status. The common denominator between each of these famous faces is that they all felt Rochdale Village was important enough to visit; that it was the place to be. I guess you could call it the “Rochdale Effect�. Check the page to see how many of these people you recognize and who knows, within the next 50 years, the famous face could be yours.

1. Al Sharpton with officers. 2. Calvin Butts. 3. Carl McCall and Bill Clinton. 4. Carl McCall, Bill Clinton, and Vivian Cook. 5. Leroy Comrie. 6. David Dinkins. 7. Helen Marshall. 8. Hillary Clinton and Tom White. 9. Hillary Clinton, Malcolm Smith, Vivian Cook, and Tom White. 10. Hillary Clinton. 11-13. Jesse Jackson. 14. Ted Kennedy. 15. Tom White and Ted Kennedy. 16-17. John Liu. 18. Malcolm Smith. 19. David Dinkins. 20. Malcolm Smith, Gregory Meeks, and Vivian Cook. 21. Gregory Meeks. 22. Al Sharpton. 23. Charles Schumer and Tom White. 24. Ted Kennedy. 25. Guess who it is?

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Room with a View: Interior Design Tips for Today’s Modern Living

Colors that create space in the home By Susan Van Brackle


id you know that warm colors like reds, yellows and oranges tend to make a room feel more cozy and bring objects closer in? On the other hand, cooler colors like blues, greens and violets give the eye the perception of space and openness in a room. You can make the best use of colors that create space in the home in areas that may need some enhancing. Neutrals are the great equalizers in interior design. They are generally pleasing to the eye and require little if any effort to decorate around. Neutral colors include all grays, black, white and brown plus lighter and darker versions of each (think tan, taupe, pebble, beige, ecru - you get the picture). Neutral paint colors can also have an undertone of actual color too. It is not unusual to find a yellow-based

tan, a green-based taupe or a bluish black. Should this occur, it is important to find home accents, accessories and furnishings that can accommodate that undertone to avoid clashes. The inset interior design interpretation features safe neutrals like taupe, white and black. However, the taupe has an undertone of green which is one of the cooler colors that can create space in the home. You’ll also notice that the tonal flow of the rendering runs up and through the stairwell that leads to a comfortable landing painted white. The window seat is bathed in natural light as it overlooks a calming landscape. For an element of pop interest, focal red home decor and accessories that draw your attention in were added like the red drinking cup, table vase and red tulip motif in the Tiffany style pendant lamp hanging above the dining table. The painting that is featured on the wall is by acclaimed expressionist

artist; Vincent Farrell and is entitled “Sunflowers”. This picture was added to provide interest and perspective in this interior design. One of the most interesting things about “Sunflowers” is how the application of vivid color artfully plays with light and shadows. The use of warm yellow-oranges and orange-red tones is combined with intense greens that pulse against the neutral white tablecloth

in the painting. It is as if shades and shadows within the picture reach out to the viewer while others elements recede. Such is the technique of chiaroscuro, which Vincent Farrell so brilliantly used in this piece entitled “Sunflowers”. Why not experiment with color and art in the home to create the space you desire.

Snow Norm

Long Island/Connecticut brutally hammered by historic snow storm. RV/Queens spared the absolute worst By Susan Van Brackle Friday, February 8, a major snowstorm, with blizzard like conditions, threatened to drop 6-12 inches on the five boroughs. The National Weather Service predicted that eastern Long Island and Connecticut would receive 30 inches of snow or more.

The Rochdale Village Community was spared the worst of the nor’easter called ‘Nemo’ as it bore down on the Tri-state area. While the snow totals were relatively accurate, the storm was somewhat of a non-event here. The RV/Southeast Queens area went from frigid temperatures and somewhat impassable snow covered streets on Saturday to balmy spring-

like temperatures on Sunday. By Monday, geese had arrived on the Rochdale Village grounds giving cooperators a first glimpse at the coming of spring. Long Island and Connecticut however were not so lucky. These areas received the brunt of Old Man Winter’s force. Nemo dropped up to 30 inches of snow causing tens

of thousands of the area’s residents to lose power at home, motorists to abandon their cars on snow-packed roads and the Long Island expressway to close for almost two days. Recently, climatologists have predicted that global warming will cause the world to see less snowfall and more blizzards. Keep your shovels handy.

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RV Youth Planning: a united effort

Youth and parents join in and take the wheel with Turner’s Youth Planning Committee, knowing that witnessing change is up to them By Lelio Dalencour


hree months after beginning regular meetings, the Youth Planning Committee has attracted a dedicated group. Its members are diverse in age, experience, and ideas that they bring to the table. At the February 13 meeting, a tennis instructor sat next to a Rochdale Urban Garden Club member, while a father active in community service sat with his daughter, a P.S. 80 student. The committee switches fluidly between light conversation and serious dialogue, and everyone has an opportunity to share. The growing group has one main mission on its mind: how to bring more youth-centered events and provisions to make Rochdale Village a more youth-friendly community. Valuable community events have always been contingent upon one criteria: the vocal support of Rochdale residents. There is plenty of opportunity for youth programs in Rochdale Village, but the process starts with Rochdale’s families. Mario

Turner, a newly elected Board Member who dedicated himself to the Youth Planning Committee, outlined a simple yet effective plan for these households: attend Youth Planning meetings, voice your desires then confirm your decisions with the Directors and Management at Board Meetings. The Committee highly believes that’s where the change happens. “This whole forum is where you all are being heard,” said Aaron Jackson, Youth Planning Co-Chair, to the attending youth and adults regarding the committee meetings. Without parents or involved adults, the Co-Chair explained, the youth have no voice, because they aren’t the owner of their apartments. The purpose of the committee then, is to explain to Board Members like Mario Turner what they would like to see. If they’re feeling up to the task, members can also get more involved by partaking in the tasks that lead up to a successful vision. So what are some of the leading ideas and programs currently being advocated by Youth Planning

Rochdale Rebels hold first game The Rochdale Rebels held their first HOPE mentoring program, which basketball game of the season at the sponsors the Rochdale Rebels. The First Presbyterian Church Vision of Hope mentoring located at 196 street and program meets the first 104 avenue in Hollis Friday of every month. Queens. Board member, According to Mr. Bey, Talib Bey, and Youth “I have incorporated a Council chair and Board didactic that includes a member, Mario Turner cycle of preparation for both coach the team. education, employment, The game was held on and investing.” For Talib Bey, RV Board Saturday, January 19 and parents that are interested was played very well. While the in aligning their children with a Rebels fought a good fight, they were positive, esteem-building program, not victorious. The final score was please contact Talib Bey through 67- 59. the Rochdale Village Board office at Talib Bey directs the VISION OF 718.276.5700 x336.

members? Hot topics included familyoriented programs, talent display, and educational seminars. “The youth wanted board games, movie nights, and other activities with their parents, so you can see that they value that,” reminded Garden Club member Joyce Parks of a former meeting. The committee is now focused on bringing community members to the meetings; attending Board Meetings, for example, will start the process of new quality amenities and programs in their own neighborhood, essentially allowing them to walk downstairs to learn, play, and develop. “We have 20 people attending Board Meetings out of 25,000 cooperators,” Mario Turner explained the current situation to the group. “When I go to the Board Meetings with these proposals, I’m going to need [people] to be there to back me up.”

“Some of the parents have a hard time bringing their children to the meetings,” expressed a mother. “Can we give the kids a survey?” suggested a youth. Mario Turner’s vision is to make the community center a more positive environment. Born and raised in Rochdale Village since 1969, the 44year old has every intention of setting up new programs for the community’s youth. “I am Rochdale,” said Mr. Turner with a laugh. His wife and 13year old son attend the meetings with him regularly. For more information about the Youth Planning Committee, call the Board of Directors Secretary at (718) 276-5700. See the Board Monthly Calendar (page 31) each month for the date, room and time for each Youth Planning and other Committee meetings.

Path to Planning Success for committee projects (and pretty much everything else in life)

1. Dream. Start thinking

of great ideas that people, like yourself, would enjoy and benefit from. Dreaming is best done when you’re bored or anxious to see new changes.

2. Share. Get people aware,

excited, and passionate about your vision up to the point where they’re also willing to support it. As the African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go by yourself, but if you want to go far, take people with you.”

3. Represent (in numbers)

Make vocal your request to the people who can make the change, but would otherwise decide not to if no one seems interested in using it.

4. Enjoy! As a voice of the

community, you’ve done what it takes to get this project up and running. Be sure to take full advantage of what your community leaders have set up on your behalf!

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The snowflakes are coming! The snowflakes are coming! Just as the February 2013 nor’easter was getting started, “Old Man Winter” had mercy on on us.

Corey Jones Corey Jones, Director of Rochdale Village Maintenance, makes safety a priority by ensuring that the team gets necessary safety training.

The information packed seminar included a visual presentation, handouts and an informed speaker.

Hang in there folks! Just a few days after the nor’easter, the geese arrived which is a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner.

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Momentum! The RV Youth Planning Committee led by Board Member Mario Turner has positive ideas from both youth and adults.

Reserved for either Sanders Listening party or Ribbon Cutting

The Youth Planning Committee’s first turnout featured several adults, youth, and Board Members coming together.

Gary Moore from Moore2Salsa demonstrates some of the moves that students will learn in the Community Center on Sundays at 4pm.

Rochdale Rebels are on the move! Board Member Talib Bey’s Vision of Hope mentoring program sponsors a basketball team composed of Rochdale Village and local residents. (left) The Rebels after a game; (right) and at a restaurant to bulk up and chow down.

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The Rochdale Village Senior Center Presents


with Norwegian Cruise Line on the PRIDE OF AMERICA 10 Days / 9 Nights October 24, 2013 For Reservation or more information, please contact Edith Culbertson - (718) 525-2800. Please encourage family, friends, neighbors, and church members to join us!

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Upcoming Events at NORC

NORC Outreach Program for March 2013 No Outreach on WEDNESDAY, March 06, 2013 WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2013, BLDG # 16 WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2013, BLDG # 1 WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2013, BLDG # 13

Program Information/Social Services Information Benefit & Entitlement Information, Blood Pressure Screening from: 10:00 am - 12:30pm, Room 19

NORC Nurse’s Schedule

Mondays and Thursdays: 9am to 4pm; Blood Pressure Screenings- Mondays Only, 9am-12pm. Other healthcare services, call VNS Nurse for appointment at 718-949-3499.

NORC’s Basket Party & Silent Auction Special Event - Friday, March 22, 2013. Come and join us in rooms 12 & 13 2:00 pm-6 pm Seminars (Thursdays @ 1:15pm in the Club Lounge) “Coping With Life Changes” March 7 - Lisa Graubart, LCSW-R “Understanding Mental Health Needs” March 28 - Charlene Lane, Ph. D.

Rochdale Village NORC Friendly Visitor Program

Volunteer a few hours weekly to visit with our sick, homebound, isolated and frail seniors in their homes. Your visit will make a difference! Join the NORC Group, call 718-949-3499.

Volunteers Needed

Seeking retired professionals with experience in social work, nursing, computer literacy for clerical support. Seeking volunteers to assist planning events and fundraising efforts. Contact Carolyn Jackson or Ms. Austin, NORC Director @ 718-949-3499 Volunteers Meet every Tuesday at 1:15 pm in Room 17

Senior Companion Program Must be 60 years old with low income (Guidelines for income required)

• Must volunteer 20 hours weekly • Earn a small tax-free stipend • Initial 2 week program & training • Paid Sick Days & Paid Vacation Days Please register at the NORC office: Room 19 or call 718-949-3499

Services Pathmark March 04, 18 & 29, 9:30am, Room 19. Cost $3.00 Tanger’s Outlet in Riverhead Tues., March 12, 8:00am, Room 19. Cost $10.00 Aqueduct Racino Wed., March 13, 9:30am, Room 19. Cost $7.00 Yonkers Empire Wed., March 20, 9:00am, Room 19. Cost $15.00 The above services are transportation only. Call for appointments – 718-949-3499 AARP Defensive Driving Courses Defensive Driving Courses are held March 11 in Rm 18. Game Day! Tuesday, March 19, 2-5pm, Rooms 17&18 Admission is $3. Come out and have some fun!

Weekly Meetings Volunteer Workshops - Tuesdays, 1:15pm, Room 17 “Mind over Matter” Support Group - Thursdays - 10:30am, Room 17 Living Independently Support Group - Mon., 1:15pm, Room 17 Creative Dance for Seniors - Wednesdays, 1:15pm, Room 18 NORC Senior Advisory Council Meeting - Wednesday, February 06, 1:15pm, Room 17 No Creative Dance VAN SERVICES

(Doctor appointments, shopping, trips, etc.) Call NORC Office for appointments (718) 949-3499

169-65 137th Avenue, Jamaica NY 11434 • Tel: 718-949-3499 • Fax: 718-949-2935 Naturally Occurring Retirement Community • Funded in Part By NYC Department For The Aging

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Rochdale Village Community Center Events Programs, Trips & Events

Youth Programs • Spirit of Excellence • RVCC Women’s Development Center

Programs The Drum Extraordinaire & Elite Marching Band Class

The RVCC Drum Extraordinaire and Elite Drum Corp. classes are held Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Room #8 for ages 10-14 and 15-19.

RVCC Sports & Fitness Karate Classes

Martial arts classes for children and adults, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in the Community Center, Room 11. This program is more than a karate program. One major focus of this program is increasing self-esteem and awareness. Classes for children are held Saturdays (11am - 1pm) and Mondays (6:00-7:00pm) while adult classes are Wednesdays (7pm-8pm). Call Sensei Derrick Shareef at 718-723-7440.

The Clay Sisters Arts, Crafts & Needlework Program Thursdays & Saturdays @ 1pm - 6pm Community Center Room 5


The Southeast Queens Kids Wrestling Association is hosting ongoing registration for its wrestling program in the RVCC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm 8:00pm in Room #10.

GED - Free Basic Education Classes

Improve your reading and writing skills. Monday-Friday from 8:30 -11:30am. 12:00pm - 3:00pm. Pre-testing available. Contact the RVCC for additional information.


Salsa Class for adults is offered on Sundays @ 4:00pm. For additional information contact

Defensive Driving Dates for 2013

Defensive Driving is held on Saturdays from 7:45am - 2:00pm in the Club Lounge. Below are the following dates for 2013: Call the RVCC to pre-register at (718) 276-5700 x337 or 339. March 30 September 28 April 27 October 26 May 18 November 23 June 29 December 28 August 24

169-65 137th Avenue • Tel: 718-276-5700 ext. 337/339 • Fax: 718-276-7504 “The Spirit of Excellence”

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Rochdale Village Senior Center You are invited to become a member of the Rochdale Village Senior Center. We value your support. Register and enjoy all the benefits the center offers: daily delicious, nutritious lunch for congregate program and home bound seniors.

The following activities are offered: arts & crafts, bingo, card playing, movies, walking for fitness, low impact aerobics, educational seminars, line dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, transportation to/from center.

Wii Sport/ Fitness

Calendar of Events Posted at Senior Center Weekly Activities • Daily Activities 10:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 1:00 pm


Stay Well Exercise Alert & Alive Discussion Bingo Movie


8:00 am Walking Club 8:00 am Walking Club 10:00 am Aerobics 9:00 am Aerobics 11:00 am Bingo 10:00 am Yoga 1:30 pm Spanish Class Tuesdays Fridays 10:45 am Chair & Floor Exercise 10:30 am Tai Chi 11:00 am Dance Class 11:00 am Bingo 1:00 pm Drama Class 1:00 pm Arts & Crafts 1:00 pm Pool & Card Games 1:00 pm Pool & Card Games

Exercise Equipment

Come out and learn the basics of the Wii program every Wednesday Afternoon. Seniors can also use our new treadmill and exercise bike. Call the Senior Center at 718-525-2800 for more details.

Monday-Friday Wednesdays 10:00 am Social Hour Coffee / Tea 12:00 pm Lunch is served 11:00 am Bingo 1:00 pm Pool and Card / Board Games


Game Day



Every third Tuesday from 2-5pm in Rooms 17 & 18. Come and have some fun!

Bingo Try your luck and come join us for exciting Bingo games at the Rochdale Village Senior Center.

Movie Videos

You are invited! For all activities, call 718-525-2800

Come and enjoy lunch and a movie with us. Movies are shown on Wednesdays at 1PM. Light snacks will be served.

Basic Photography Class

Contribution: $40.00. Five Week Session February 28 March 28, 2013. Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm. Digital camera required. Call the Senior Center at (718) 525-2800 for more information!




Contribution: $40.00. Four Week Session February 4 - 25, 2013. Monday morning class 9:00am 10:30am or Afternoon class - 11:00am - 12:30pm. Please call (718) 525-2800 to sign up for the class.

Black History Program Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at 11pm.


Card Games

Weekday Transportation Available transportation to and from the Senior Center on weekdays. For more information, call 718-525-2800.

Metro Card Van The Metro Card Bus comes to Rochdale on the first Tuesday of every month in the Rochdale Village Shopping Center behind HIP Cleaners from 1:30 - 3:30pm. Sign up at RV Senior Center.

SCRIE Applications



Benefit Counseling The Senior Center provides assistance with SCRIE (Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption), STAR, and Food Stamps application. Call the office to schedule an appointment.

Birthday Celebrations


Arts & Crafts

169-65 137th Avenue • Tel: 718-525-2800 • Fax: 718-525-0691 “Serving Vibrant Seniors” • Funded in Part By NYC Department For The Aging

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~Story Corner~ The Freedom Quilts - Ed Miller ‘·Y’see. Mr. Reporter, that’s how 1been saved!” “You say that quilts saved you from slavery? Mr. Moore, why don’t we start at the beginning?” Sam Roberts, the young reporter from the Buffalo Courier suggested. A few moments passed before Eldrige Moore began again. For a quarter of a century he had lived and worked in this small hamlet outside of Buffalo, gotten married and raised three fIne sons. Now sitting on a plain rocking chair on his front porch he tried to turn back the clock to a time and place long ago. “Massa Creedmo’ was a crazy man. T’other slavers got drunk a’fore the whippin’ started but ol’ Creedmo’ whipped all da time. He whipped everybody, his slaves, his kin, even his mangy dog.” A little chuckle emphasized the irony of it all. “I guess it wasn’t funny at the time!” the reporter remarked. “Well, no! At least durin’ the pickin’ time we was safe. Ain’t no profIt cuttin’ yo help durin’ harvest He bought me from a mean coot when I was a young’n. Creedmo’ didn’t make no never mind! He was a crazy coot!”· “Were you brought over from Africa?” “I b’lieve I was born on a plantation in Alabam’. I never know’d my mammy or my pap. Without kinfolk, t’weren’t no reason fo’ me to stay t’get whupped, so one dark night, I broke my bonds and lit out fo’ da swamp. Someone mussa tol’, cause I din’ get fer afore the hounds were yelpin’ at my footprints. If they’d caught me, ol’ Creedmore would have kilt me sure. Dat sure din’t suit me t’all!” Again his chuckle paused his remarks. Mrs, Moore brought out a pitcher of lemonade and we sipped it from our glasses. I kept a runnin’ only to stop an’ touch the tree moss so’s I know’d I was heading no’th. When I passed a big magnolia, I plucked some flowers to rub on me to fool the hounds. I ran all night, splashing into a crick to lose my smell. I don’ ‘member the days that passed before the hunger started to growl in my innards. I was on my own! No freedom train came fo’ me. Some mo’drink, Suh? he offered.” He refilled my glass, not his own. “Miss’s makes it too sweet!” He waited until I put the glass down and took up my pad again. “Den, I saw my first quilt a’hangin’ on the clothes line. I din’t unnerstand

why a body would hang a beautiful bed quilt to dry in the damp night air. Not far away was a water pump. I carefully snuck up to it and quietly primed it from the bucket aside it. As careful as I could, I rocked the handle and brought up da sweet cold watah. Suddenly, a ‘light was lit in the house and I ran to hide behind a tree. A voice came from the doorway. “Don’t be afeared! Brother or sister, welcome!” The deep voice was kindly and I could see he held no gun. Carefully, I came over and was greeted with the word, “Welcome!” again. The man signaled for me to enter and I did. I collapsed from exhaustion and when I came around, I was given some bread and hot soup. I was a bit a’feared when he asked where I was from but soon I felt comftable. The lady gave me fresh duds and made me a warm bath. She ‘splained that the quilt she had made was a signal for runaways. The yellow pot and spoon meant dat da home was dere to feed and shelter slaves like me.” A plate with luscious brownies materialized next to me, so we took a break in the interview. “Dis was da firs’ night that I was t’sleep peaceful. Dey ‘splained that I would be safe up in da hay lof’. Da nex’ day, they gave me vittles and showed the way to the nex’ quilt. When night came, I lit out, for the firs’ time happy to be headed toward safety:’ “Weren’t you still afraid of the bounty hunters?” Roberts asked. “Full moon hepped keep to the road but if it was not yankee land there was fear. When I came t’ the next quilt, I was near scared t’death. The quilt was made up of stars in the shape of a dipper. As I came close to the barnyard, I was attacked by a barking dog. Actch’lly, the pooch was yelping at me. He kep’ jumpin’up at me, wagging his tale until the farmer drew him off. With a “Howdy!” I was ushered into the kitchen. ‘’’Moore sent me!’ I said.” “We don’t use names, friend!” I was warned. Go to the barn. Mother will send some eatens for ya!” I did what he said. He ‘splained dat the sheriff had come by that day. As the lawman, it was his duty to return runaways, even if he din’t like it. The sun had come up and the kitchen smells reached me through the barn doors. It was hard to unnerstan’

the man’s talk. This was Pennsylvania and they talked Dutch. He had a funny beard, and wore overalls and straw hats. They called theyselves ‘Amish’. Their yungens, not much younger than me, came out to see me and shake my hand. These were the frien’liest white folks. They offered me to stay on to help on the farm but I feared doin’ so. I moved on that night.” “Were there other quilts on your route? When dere was danger in a place, the symbol was a skull or a pitchfork and sometimes a design of arrows with one larger. When the arrow was turned down, it was ‘welcome’, to the right, it pointed to go ahead. It the quilt was turned so the arrow pointed up, it warned agin stoppin’. Some quilts were very beautiful. Whole sewin’ circles were makin’ ‘em. At town fairs there were contests for the best one. Not everyone suspected.” “What ail ingenious signal system. Obviously, the women were involved in this dangerous venture as well as the men.” Roberts remarked. “A few years ago, I was able to buy one. Would you like to see?” Moore ran into the house and returned with a massive folded masterpiece. When we unfurled it the multicolored design appeared. Hidden in it was a five cornered star, indicating that there was an uncooperative sheriff there! Keep going! The former slave concluded, “Not all farmers were good! Not all churches were good! If not for the Quaker’ bolishinists and the quilts, many of our brothers and sisters would have not evah gotten to the promise’ lan’.” “And how did you come to settle here in Buffalo?” “Well, Mistah,” he explained, “ I was headin’ t’Canada. Dats what the good folks said was a good settlin’ place. But here was a small commune of us folks an’ dey took a fancy t’me. Made no sense t’keep on runnin’ dey said. Was ya able t’get it all down?” he asked after a pause. “Yes, sir!” the fledgling reporter replied. “Would you kindly let me take a picture of you with the quilt? My boss would like that!” That’s how Roberts’ quilt story began his long, successful career on the Courier.

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~Poetry Corner~ Dr. Martin Luther’s King Trilogy Anthony Blake We shall overcome We shall never be out done We shall strive Let us all aim high Ask not the question of why Pray to the heavens of thine Walk wih me Show the separation for all too see Together we stand and divided we fall It is what we stand for in the call Change from the struggle Against all races like a hurdle Against all odds The sun with a divided shade Races of color that never should fade We were heaven sent and made Beaten for our efforts Name calling throughout The chanting approach Theory as the personal brooch Timing in being precise Knowing never ever in thinking twice Reflecting from the past Making our statement last It’s the reality of awareness It’s the victory like a musical pitch Not some spell casted by a fairytale witch Dr. Martin Luther King has passed on It’s up to us to keep the legacy strong It means in years in being long There is much work still needed to be done Hatred prevails

That is not our end tail Follow the roots of heritage in the trail Dr. King being our peak and reaching the mountain top we all need to seek.

A Gallup Approach Anthony Blake

A horse speeding on the highway In pursue was the Police right away As the story goes The Voice of Abraham Lincoln Inflation came without hesitation Anthony Blake As prices went up Doing what’s right An employee became fed up Going beyond any night So instead of riding City Transportation My principle’s is where I stand An employee decided to go by horse power This is America’s land A horse that was used to being on the track Legislative a promise A fast gallup the horse didn’t lack As your President, I am being honest The employee was running a little late The White House being Washington’s eyes Timing was everything without the hesitate It’s up to the House of Representatives in being wise As the employee began to ride The message is clear at the Washington Monument The speed limit the horse rider didn’t abide point The speed limit being 50 “I will not fail and with God’s help I shall prevail” However the employee on the horse was galloping My words are more than just sentences at 55 My instances are my responses The highway Police on the run My statements are encouragement to America They were determined to not be out done Many Presidents have stood Imagine a chase after a horse They all did the best they could Of course of course In some instances, you could add sure Once the Police caught up with the rider Many voices have echoed The Police informed, a violation to speed Shouts that rang out A Police Officer named Steve Getting my point across is what I am about Now the employee explained he was running late Lead by example It didn’t matter to the Police on their slate Speaking before you is only a sample The ticket was written up and the Police didn’t I am not giving myself praise hesitate I am only making a phrase It is not our fault that you are late I want America to see the amaze After, the employee on the horse sped away With God’s help, we will all rise in the Heavenly The employee just wanted to forget this day, and father’s name. what more could he say.

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Please Help Keep Rochdale Village Clean— Say No to Litter. Parking Leaseholder Obligations Dear Cooperators, Recently the Accounting Department assumed the responsibilities of supervising and controlling the parking facilities in the development. During the review of the current policies and procedures of the parking facilities a number of control issues were identified and corrected. Robust computer software was designed and implemented that will enhance the control, monitoring, and reporting of those who have parking spaces in the facilities.

The result of a survey conducted reveals there are a number of inoperable vehicles in the parking lots. Inoperable vehicles do not adhere to the parking lease agreement. Section 4 (a) of the parking lease states in part that “at all times when the licensed automobile is parked in the lot, the automobile shall evidence compliance with the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, including but limited to, proof of registration in the form of number plates and registration and display upon the automobile of a current certificate of inspection”. Failure to comply with any section of the lease can result in revocation of the agreement by the housing company. Parking privileges can also be revoked for nonpayment of the monthly rent. Starting on March 1 the housing company will aggressively pursue violators of the parking agreement by towing abandon vehicles and taking the spaces of non-payers.

As a leaseholder of the space assigned to you there are certain obligations that you accepted by signing the agreement. There are courtesies that should be afforded your neighbors by observing traffic rules and making sure that your privilege to park does not infringe on those of your fellow cooperators. Please park your vehicle in the Having an abandoned vehicle covered with a top does not correct the designated area by parking within the yellow lines. It is a privilege to underlying violation of the lease. Covering the vehicle is not remedying use the parking facilities not a right and a privilege can be revoked. Be the problem but hiding the symptom. The symptom must be remedied. considerate of your neighbors. And that means removing the vehicle or making it operational.

Contract Summary Report - January 2013 Monthly Report Continued from page 5

tank is no longer manufactured, therefore; the Mechanical Contractors Table 3 PLANT reflectsNEW results of proposals will fabricate POWER WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM: tank as “In-Kind” to the received from the following existing tank. The project is complex ProjectfromManagement companies. coordination of asbestos Project awaiting approval the NYSHCR. with reviewed proposals and has found removals, pump and pipe removals POWERCorporation PLANT CONDENSATE ABATEMENT: Emlo to be theTANK mostASBESTOS and rigging equipment downstairs to responsible low bidder in the amount lower level of the Power Plant. The Project Management sought quotations from Mechanical for replacement of after of $21,606.73. I therefore; recommend existingCompanies tank will be removed existing Condensate Tank at the Power Plant. The existing tank is covered with asbestos acceptance of theirProjects proposal. asbestos The tank will insulation, therefore; requested pricing for abatementisfor abated. tank and associated be fabricated and welded piping. In order to remove tank and replace, all asbestos must be removed within on site to POWER PLANT CONDENSATE ensure correct fit. After assembly is guidelines established by Industrial Code 56 and the NYCDEP rules and regulations. TANK REPLACEMENT: complete, tank will be tested at 1.5 Approximately square feet of tanksought jacket andtimes 60 linear feet of pipe covering will be Project 530 Management operating pressure. abated. Prior to this submission, the former Director of the Power Plant prepared a Table 4 reflects results of quotations from Mechanical resolution for abatement. During the proposal review from the successful bidder proposals received from theabated following Companies for replacement of the (Gotham One Solutions), it became clear that only the condensate tank was being existing Condensate the Power companies. Project Management has resulting in an additionalTank cost ofat$1,500.00. Plant. The tank in place is leaking and reviewed proposals and recommends Below of proposals received from the following companies: acceptance of the Proposal submitted in needareofresults replacement. This particular Page 4 of 5


Base Price

Emlo Corporation


Gotham One Solutions


L&C Europa Cont Co Inc.


Table 3

Sales Tax

Total Bid


$1,756.73 $21,606.73

Remove and dispose of all asbestos covering at Condensate Tank location including associated $1,813.90 $22,309.90 piping in accordance with Industrial Code 56 and NY City DEP rules and regulations... $1,986.83 $24,436.83

Project Management reviewed proposals and has found Emlo Corporation to be the most responsible low bidder in the amount of $21,606.73. I therefore; recommend acceptance of their proposal.

by Noble Mechanical Corporation in the amount of $37,197.31.

SITE UTILITIES/ UNDERGROUND PIPING: Project Management has developed a Request for Proposal to obtain a contractor to excavate and replace the underground piping system presently in place between buildings. Management is reviewing RFP for submission. Project Manager has submitted resume and job qualifications to Management for NYSHCR submission. This should alleviate the cost for a Consultant to design and administer the project.

CRAWL SPACE PIPING AND INERIOR SPACE PIPING: Project Management has developed a Request for Proposal to obtain a contractor to provide labor and materials for piping at crawl spaces and building risers. Management is reviewing RFP for submission. Project Manager has submitted resume and job qualifications Monthly Report to Management for Page 5 of 5 HCR submission. This should alleviate the cost for a Consultant to Belowand are results of proposals design administer the received project.from the following companies: Base Sales Total COMPANY Price Tax Bid Noble Mechanical Corp. $34,173.00 $3,024.31 $37,197.31 American Mech-Tech $45,245.00 $4,004.18 $49,249.18 Empire Environmental $44,700.00 $3,955.95 $48,655.95 Justin Group Inc. Riteway Tank Maintenance

Table 4


Remove and dispose of existing 2,000 gallon condensate tank in lower level of the Power Plant. Fabricate and assemble new tank and reconnect to existing pumps and piping. After assembly is complete, entire system will be $51,300.00 $4,540.05 $55,840.05 tested to Project Manager’s satisfaction. $60,500.00 $5,354.25 $65,854.25

Project Management has reviewed proposals and recommends acceptance of the Proposal submitted by Noble Mechanical Corporation in the amount of $37,197.31.

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February 2013

Plan ahead, Spring Recess is almost here!

ost parents would agree that the school year is flying by rather quickly. With Spring Recess fast approaching, many parents may be planning child-friendly vacations or making arrangements

to schedule fun activities that will occupy their children’s time during the break. As a convenience to busy parents of school aged kids, the Rochdale Village Bulletin has posted the Spring Recess, Events and Parent Teacher

Conference calendars for February and March compliments of the Department of Eduation. We believe that these calendars will assist parents with planning their own schedules in the event the children forget to pass

March 2013 school calendar

by the

this necessary information along information. Have a wonderful recess.

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See What’s Going On in, and Around Our Community... a Little Something for Everyone!

Rochdale Village Community Calendar Sunday






Women’s History Month 3

4 Going Green

Congress Board Meeting Club Lounge 7:30pm



Meeting Rooms 12/13 7:30pm






12 Youth Planning 13 Maintenance




22 Orientation

Committee Committee Rooms 12/13, 10am Meeting Club Lounge, 7pm

Committee Meeting Club Lounge 7pm

Committee Meeting Room #17, 7pm

Community Relations Committee Meeting Club Lounge 7pm

18 Legal &

19 Commercial

20 Community






Management Committee Meeting MGT Office Conf. Room 7:30pm

24 Board

Young Men’s Mentoring Program Room 17, 7pm

5 Senior Citizens 6 Public Safety

Committee Club Lounge, 7pm

10 House


Services Center Committee Meeting Committee Meeting Club Lounge Club Lounge 7pm 7pm


session for new cooperators Club Lounge 10am


Share What’s Happening in Our Community


If you are a part of a community organization or have a special event that you would like to be posted, email with the date, time and the subject heading “Community Calendar.” Postings will be at the Editor’s discretion.

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Serving over 25,000 cooperators in the world’s second

Key CL = Club Lounge RM = Room Within the RV Community Center Color Green = An Official RV Board Committee Meeting Note: This schedule is tentative. Committee Chairpersons, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOARD OFFICE TO CONFIRM OR ADVISE OF ANY CHANGES TO YOUR SCHEDULED MEETING DATES.


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Deborah Myree, Anthony Blake, Marjorie Robinson, Ed Miller, Gloria Williams, Albert Ephraim (Photographer) CONTRIBUTORS The Rochdale Village Bulletin is published monthly. Articles submitted for consideration should not exceed three typed, double spaced pages. We reserve the right to edit all material submitted for publication. Please note that submission of articles does not guarantee publication. All material is subject to review for approval by the Editorial Committee. All articles, advertising and photographs submitted for consideration must include the name, address and telephone number of the author or photographer. All material submitted becomes the property of Rochdale Village, Inc.

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ROOM 12/13 Enjoy Special Guest Speakers, Entertainment and much more… Dinner will be served

On Sunday February 24 , 2013at 4:00pm th

in RVCC- room 12/13 NORC presents THE PLAY “THE MEETING” A CONVERSATION BETWEEN DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. & MALCOLM X The meeting is an engaging and intelligent play that presents a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., following the bombing of Malcolm X’s home and shortly before he was assassinated. This riveting play set in a room inside the historic Teresa Hotel, deals with issues that are still relevant today: war, poverty, racism, Black self-empowerment. These were men of vision whose different ideologies, yet common understanding, awakened the conscience of a nation.

Adm ission for “TH E M EETIN G ” $20.00 Adults & $10.00 for children under 15 yrs. of age

HELP US CELEBRATE OUR PAST, PRESENT, AND BRIGHT FUTURE. **Limited Seating** You must call to register your name for this event. To register contact the Board Office @ (718) 276- 5700 ext. 336

**REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN MONDAY FEBRUARY 4TH, 2013** Vendors present throughout the event

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5 Steps for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

By Susan Van Brackle Medical studies suggest that it is more important than ever to get a good night’s sleep. Not only does getting adequate beauty rest at night affect ones ability to function optimally during the day, lack of sleep has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and now obesity. According to a 2006 article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers uncovered the association between reduced sleep and weight gain in women.  Research studies also indicate that insomnia is more prevalent in women than it is in men and becomes increasingly worse as women age. Sleep specialists have determined that people need seven and one half hours of sleep in order to function at their best.   Other steps for getting a good night›s sleep include: Stay cool It is no wonder that bears generally hibernate during the winter months.  According to a New York Times health article, the optimal sleeping temperatures for humans ranges from 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cool temperatures tend to reduce the body’s core temperature, which in turn causes sleepiness. Dress comfortably Avoid wearing restrictive clothing to bed.  Woven pajamas tend to pull and drag against

bedding and can irritatingly get wrapped around the body while sleeping. Opt for light, stretchy knitted fabrics that loosely conform to the body. Lights out Add black-out curtains or light reducing blinds to the room for minimal brightness and to ensure an uninterrupted sleep. Avoid stimulation Working late at night, watching violent programming or exercising before bedtime can be very disruptive to the senses and possibly cause insomnia.   Make a serious effort to avoid over stimulation before bedtime. Take a soothing sip Mom knew exactly what she was doing when she’d offer up a glass of warm milk before bedtime. Calcium is a well-known relaxant and is vital to helping the body achieve a deep and restful sleep. suggests that calcium helps the brain to convert tryptophan into melatonin, which is a key sleep hormone. Stay on Schedule Finally, calibrate your body’s rhythm clock by getting up at the same time and going to bed at the same daily including weekends.

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The Rochdale Village Bulletin Newspaper February 2013 Edition  
The Rochdale Village Bulletin Newspaper February 2013 Edition  

The February 2013 Edition of the Rochdale Village Bulletin includes the historic snowstorm that hit the East Coast, the Youth Planning Commi...