March 23, 2011
OUR ISLAND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 2008 VICTORY BLVD STATEN ISLAND NY 10314-3524
The State's Executive Budget proposal eliminates funding for the Advantage program. Further, both the New York State Assembly and the State Senate have developed their own budget proposals and neither body has included funding for Advantage in its plan. Without State funds and the federal share which the State controls, New York City must terminate the program effective immediately. You will not receive the subsidized portion of the rent for Advantage tenants on April 1, 2011. There will be no future rental payments made on behalf of Advantage tenants; the tenants are now responsible for the full rent amount and are being informed of that fact with this notification to you.
The Advantage program was-developed by the New York City Department-of Homeless Services arid the Human Resources Administration in March 2007 in consultation with New York State to provide a rental subsidy to homeless families and single adults. The program was based on existing successful public policies which emphasize employment and self-sufficiency for the City'S most vulnerable individuals and families. From inception, the program design required and included city, state and federal cost sharing. Advantage was always contingent on state and federal funding. In May 2010, the State reaffirmed its commitment to the program by collaborating with us on enhancements to Advantage, and only six months ago, in September 2010, we launched the revised program.
. We continue to urge Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders to restore Advantage in the final budget. With your support, Advantage has successfully moved over 20,000 families from shelter into apartments in the community and over 90 percent of families who have received the two-year subsidy have remained in the community. Ending this program will be devastating to families presently hoping to leave shelter with the subsidy, current Advantage tenants who are working hard to achieve self-sufficiency, and property owners and managers who will suffer financial burdens as a result of this short-sighted decision.
We ask that you to contact Governor Cuomo and State legislators immediately to let them know how you will be affected by the elimination of Advantage and to request that funding for the program be restored to the State budget. Please contact us at 212-607-6200 with any questions.
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View full sizeStaten Island Chuck predicts an early spring. (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Emerging from his burrow on this gloomy Groundhog Day 2011, Staten Island Chuck, assisted by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has forecast an early end to what has been an incredible winter.
According to folklore, if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day, it will scurry back inside its burrow and winter will continue unabated for six more weeks.
If the groundhog does not see a shadow, winter will begin to recede and the next six weeks — at which point spring arrives — will be milder.
Chuck’s Pennsylvania rival, Punxsutawney Phil, agrees with the Staten Island rodent’s prediction.
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A PUBLICATION OF NEW YORK STATE
DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
#25 pg. 1 of 2
#25 Window Guards
The New York City Health Code [S. 131.15] requires
owners of multiple dwellings (3 apartments or more) in
New York City to provide, install, and maintain window
guards when a child (or children) ten years old or younger
lives there. Tenants with no children – or none living at
home – may also request and receive window guards if
they want them for any reason.
Window guards approved by the NYC Department of
Health (DOH) must be properly installed according to
DOH specifications in all windows, including bathroom
windows, except any window providing access to fire
escapes. For buildings with fire escapes above the first
and ground floors, but none below, one window must be
left unguarded to allow for a secondary exit from the
apartment [NYC Building Department rule 4.10].
An owner of a rent stabilized or rent controlled apartment
may collect a temporary surcharge from the tenant. The
maximum amount of this temporary surcharge may not
exceed $10 per window guard. The tenant may choose
to pay at one time, or in equal monthly installments over
a one, two, or three year period. This charge does not
become a part of the base rent for the apartment.
The first monthly installment may be collected on the first
day of the month following installation, without an official
order from the New York State Division of Housing and
Community Renewal (DHCR). If a tenant leaves the
apartment before the total surcharge is paid in full, the
tenant must pay the balance immediately. The owner may
deduct the remaining unpaid portion from the tenant’s
security deposit. When a new tenant moves into an
apartment in which window guards were installed for the
previous tenant, the new tenant may not be charged for
them. If the window guards have been fully paid for and
the owner replaces them due to the owner’s renovation
or replacement of windows, a second surcharge in that
apartment may not be collected from that tenant or any
Recipients of public assistance, holders of Section 8
certificates, households receiving either a Senior Citizen
Rent Increase Exemptions (SCRIE) or a Disability Rent
Increase Exemption (DRIE), Supplemental Security Income
(SSI), or State payments under Section 209 of the Social
Service Law, will not be required to pay this charge out-ofpocket.
Instead, with a two-party check issued through
local Income Maintenance Centers, the Human Resources
Administration will reimburse owners after the tenant
submits an itemized bill on the owner’s stationery following
the window guard installation. Recipients of SSI or Section
209 subsidies may contact their Social Services District
Office with an itemized bill from the owner following the
window guard installation.
Owners of multiple dwellings are also responsible for
the installation of window guards in public areas if a child
ten years old or younger lives in the building. The cost of
window guards installed in public areas may not be passed
on to tenants in the building.
Each year, between January 1 – January 15, owners
must comply with DOH and NYC Administrative Code
(S.17-123) requirements and send or deliver to each tenant
or occupant a DOH approved form in English and Spanish.
The tenant must complete the form and return it to the
owner indicating whether or not children ten years old or
younger live in the apartment or if the tenant or occupant
wants window guards for any reason. Failure to follow this
procedure by the owner or tenant is a violation of NYC
Administrative Code (17-123). Owners are also required
to attach a DOH approved special lease Notice To Tenant
(“Appendix A”) to: (1) all vacancy leases and, (2) all
The window guards and their installation must conform
to DOH specifications or the owner will be in violation and
ordered to replace or correct them. Only DOH approved
guards, properly installed, qualify for the temporary
surcharges. DOH will supply owners with a list of
approved manufacturers of window guards and
specifications, upon request.
Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-HammelRich Ryan of Richmond complains about a huge mound of snow in the middle of his cul-de-sac on Croft Court. He says he fell and hit his head last week, and had to meet the ambulance down the block on Corona Avenue.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A winter storm watch for the area remains in effect from tomorrow morning through Wednesday evening, with sleet, freezing rain and anywhere from two to six inches of snow possible.
Here’s the latest on what Staten Islanders should expect, courtesy of the National Weather Service:
Snow begins after midnight tonight… transitioning to a wintry mix of sleet… snow and freezing rain Tuesday morning. This wintry mix continues for much of the day Tuesday before becoming intermittent Tuesday evening. Then a heavy mix of snow… sleet and freezing ran develops late Tuesday night… before gradually changing to rain later Wednesday morning. There is still some uncertainty on the exact timing of changeover Wednesday morning… which will have an impact on icing amounts.
Black ice – that thin layer of frozen water difficult to detect on asphalt until you encounter it – is likely to be a factor in many an automobile crash tomorrow. The rain will eventually reduce the effectiveness of road salt, allowing patches of ice to form even on surfaces that had previously been treated and appear to be clear and safe for travel.
NYC has declared a weather emergency. The snow is forecast to become more severe this evening and overnight.
- The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving during the duration of the storm and until further directed, and to use public transportation wherever possible. If you must drive, use extreme caution. Information about any service changes to public transportation is available on the MTA website.
- Any vehicle found to be blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets shall be subject to towing at the owner's expense.
- Effective immediately, alternate side parking, payment at parking meters and garbage collections are suspended citywide until further notice.
- The Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Sanitation, and Transportation Commissioners will be taking all appropriate and necessary steps to preserve public safety and to render all required and available assistance to protect the security, well-being and health of the residents of the City.
Visit NYC Snow Updates for the latest updates about the storm
Visit the National Weather Service for the latest forecast
Report heat and hot water issues to 311 online
Learn more about winter weather safety
Staten Island woke up to temperatures in the single digits yesterday, causing cars to sputter and even the hardiest commuters to wince when they stepped outside.
And with another storm that may dump more snow, sleet or rain here tomorrow, many borough residents have started countdowns to spring.
"Snow and cold," are words that sum up December and January, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Ross Dickman. Temperatures "have been so far below normal" and storm after storm has kept adding to the snow already on the ground that "we may have a snowpack well into February the way things are going," he said.
But for anyone who remembers the 2003-2004 winter, this season is not out of the ordinary.
Those years, the average temperature in December and January was 32.6 degrees and 37 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park. This year, the average temperature for the same period is 31.5 degrees (not even close to the top 10 coldest winters) while 36.1 inches have fallen so far, according to AccuWeather.com.
"We've had some mild winters in the last five years, so people remember that better," said AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines.
The 2003-2004 winter ended with 42.6 inches of snow after just 5.5 inches fell in February and March. "That would rival what we're going through now."
The record winter snowfall in 1995-96 was 75.7 inches. Last winter saw 51.4 inches, more than double the normal of 22.4 inches. The coldest December-February season saw an average of 25.7 degrees in 1917-18.
For the next two or three weeks, Kines said temperatures will remain below normal. He suggested long-term weather patterns show warmer, above-average temperatures in the second half of February and March. But Dickman said "it's too early to tell what February and March will bring."
AccuWeather's Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi said this could end up as the coldest winter for the U.S. as a whole since the 1980s. There's also a higher chance for late-season winter storms, that could stretch the season into April some place in the East.
As for tomorrow's storm, both Dickman and Kines said it's too early to say for sure if Staten Island will see just rain, a mix of snow and rain or mainly snow.
"We're not through the cold weather yet," Kines said. "My guess is we're not done with the snow either."
"The real tragedy is that so often these fires are easily preventable," Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said. "Unsafe home heating methods are a leading cause of fires during the winter. Remembering just a few basic tips can keep you and your family safe."
* Space heaters should be on a flat surface at least three feet from anything that can burn and should always be turned off when leaving a room or going to sleep.
*Check on your neighbors when the temperature is below the freezing mark, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems.
Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If you already have detectors installed, make sure they work by testing them at least once a month.
For more information on home heating tips and fire safety tips, visit the FDNY website at
Shoveling Snow From Sidewalks
FEW things are as picturesque as a thick blanket of freshly fallen snow glistening in the sun. Except, of course, when the blanket covers the sidewalk and you're the designated shoveler.
For many homeowners, shoveling snow ranks right up there with other dreaded domestic activities such as clearing clogged drains, weeding the lawn and cleaning dead, wet leaves out of rain gutters. The difference, however, is that at least the drains, grass and gutters are theirs. The sidewalk, on the other hand, usually belongs to the city.
''There are two basic rules,'' said Ross Sandler, director of the Center for New York City Law, a nonprofit educational organization at New York Law School. ''The first rule is that the city is responsible for the condition of the public streets and sidewalks.'' And that, Mr. Sandler said, includes the responsibility for removing snow from public sidewalks.
But, he said, ''the second rule is that the city requires individual land owners to clear the snow from sidewalks abutting their property.'' And he added that the courts have upheld the right of local governments to require property owners to maintain public sidewalks adjoining their property.
Indeed, most homeowners — whether in city or suburbs — realize they have some responsibility for shoveling their sidewalk after a snowstorm.
Meg Reuter, a lawyer and managing editor of City Law, a newsletter published by the Center for New York City Law, explained that in New York City, neither the city nor the homeowner is required to shovel while snow is falling. When the snowing stops, however, the city has a ''reasonable time'' to insure that the sidewalks are cleared.
While the law does not specifically define how much time is reasonable, Ms. Reuter said, at least one court has ruled that it would not be unreasonable for the city to take as much as two days to remove 22 inches of snow from a public sidewalk.
The city, however, is not nearly as liberal in giving homeowners time to shovel sidewalks outside their homes.
''The city's Administrative Code requires owners, occupiers and managers of property abutting the public sidewalk to clear the snow from the sidewalk within four hours after the cessation of any snowfall,'' Ms. Reuter said, adding that shoveling can wait until the next morning if the snow stops falling between 9 P.M. and 7 A.M.
''You can get a ticket for not shoveling,'' she said, explaining that a first violation carries a $50 fine while subsequent violations carry $100 penalties.
In most states, individual municipalities have similar laws requiring snow removal from public sidewalks within a specific time period. The time periods and penalties for a violation, however, vary from town to town. But even if there were no laws requiring shoveling, many homeowners would shovel anyway to avoid potential liability in the event someone slips and falls and is injured on a slippery sidewalk.
What many homeowners do not know, however, is that in some cases the safest way to avoid liability for a slip and fall on a snow-covered sidewalk is to do nothing at all — no shoveling, no plowing, no salting — and pay whatever fines are imposed.
''It sounds odd,'' said Mr. Sandler, who is also a law professor at New York Law School. ''But in New York, the landowner who shovels negligently is at risk of being held liable for a slip and fall. The landowner who does nothing cannot be held liable at all.''
The reason for the odd result, Mr. Sandler said, is rule No. 1 above: The city is responsible for the condition of the public streets and sidewalks.
And while the city can shift responsibility for shoveling public sidewalks to private homeowners, it cannot shift responsibility for injuries. ''For decades the city has been operating under the assumption that in New York, a city cannot shift liability for sidewalk defects to abutting landowners,'' Mr. Sandler said. As a result, he said, unless a homeowner makes things worse by shoveling poorly, the homeowner cannot be held liable for injuries sustained by others.
That could change, however, Mr. Sandler said, as the result of an appellate court decision rendered earlier this year in the case of Hausser v. Giunta, which involved a woman in Long Beach, L.I., who sued her next-door neighbor because of injuries sustained in a fall on the neighbor's sidewalk.
''The court held that the belief that a city could not shift liability for slips and falls to private property owners was a misunderstanding of the law,'' he said, adding that the case is described in detail in the current issue of City Law. ''The city just has to pass a local law to do it.''
Well, guess what?
''A bill has been introduced in the City Council,'' said Eugene Borenstein, chief of the tort division for the city corporation counsel's office. The bill, Mr. Borenstein said, would shift liability for injuries sustained as the result of defects on public sidewalks to the owners of property abutting them. It doesn't matter, Mr. Borenstein explained, whether the ''defect'' is the result of unshoveled snow, cracks in the concrete or a misplaced banana peel.
And while an injured person would still have to prove negligence and would still probably name the city in the suit, he said, the city would be able to shift liability to point the finger at abutting property owners who fail to properly maintain their sidewalks. And that, Mr. Borenstein said, could save taxpayers a significant portion of the nearly $50 million the city paid out last year alone for personal injury claims resulting from sidewalk slips and falls.
Michael Clendenin, a spokesman for the New York City Council, said that while the proposal currently would make all owners of property abutting a public sidewalk liable for injuries sustained on the sidewalk, the Council was hoping to find some way to carve out an exception for single-family homeowners. The bill, he said, is in the Council's Transportation Committee.
''There haven't been any hearings and there is no movement on the bill right now,'' Mr. Clendenin said.
In addition to providing homeowners with greater incentive to shovel and shovel well, however, passage of the bill could have a negative impact on the cost of liability insurance — particularly for owners of larger buildings.
''This means that co-ops and condos in the city will face far more lawsuits from pedestrians and building residents who trip and fall on poorly maintained sidewalks,'' said Bruce Cholst, a Manhattan lawyer who specializes in co-op and condominium law.
Mr. Cholst said that while most claims would be covered by the building's insurance carrier, the increase in claims paid could have an adverse impact on a co-op or condominium's claim history, thereby driving up its annual premium.
''That could prove far more costly than shoveling and maintaining the sidewalk,'' he said.
Drawing (Tom Bloom)