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The Cooperator - Board Transition Switching Smoothly From Old Board to New

Community associations are microcosms of democracy, run by an elected board of volunteers trusted to make good decisions on behalf of the community as a whole. Boards make the call on every large and small issue for their constituency...

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Dobbs Ferry Co-op Takes the Pain Out of a Major Window Replacement HABITAT MAG

Jean Greenberg still remembers that day, 30 years later. She was at the closing on her apartment in the 84-unit co-op on Draper Lane in Dobbs Ferry, when her broker turned to her and said, “Oh, by the way, the co-op board just imposed an assessment on all shareholders.”

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HABITAT MAG - STAFF MATTERS. If board, management, and staff aren’t working together, the building will suffer.

Isn’t staffing a building one of a manager’s biggest challenges? Absolutely. We took over management of a property in Westchester a while ago, and the board members were very dissatisfied with the level of service they were receiving from the superintendent and the staff. They felt the building wasn’t maintained in a proper fashion...

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Local Knowledge and a Second Opinion Saved a Cool Million HABITAT MAG

The board of the Scarborough Manor, a two building, 205-unit co-op on the banks of the Hudson River in Ossining, figured one good turn deserved another. After installing a $1.5 million array of solar panels, the board got ready to overhaul its antiquated, 50-year-old heating and cooling system...

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Renovating the Lobby: War or Peace? HABITAT MAG

Lobby renovations are notorious for igniting wars over inconvenience, aesthetics, and cost in co-ops and condos. Many boards dread the prospect. But there was no way out for the board at the 198-unit co-op at 281 Garth Road in Scarsdale: the lobby needed a lift...

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HABITAT MAG - DEFUSING DISPUTES THE WHAT, WHY, AND HOW OF MEDIATION

They say good fences make good neighbors, but that’s one amenity co-ops and condos don’t have. Living in such close quarters, conflicts inevitably crop up, tempers flare, and nasty lawsuits can result...

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Timing Was Everything for This Co-op’s Garage Overhaul HABITAT MAG

The co-op board at the 87-unit Hastings House in Hastings-on-Hudson faced a familiar dilemma. There was no doubt that the underground parking garage needed some love – there were cracks in the concrete ceiling, water was puddling on the floor...

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HABITAT MAG - THE INSIDE TRACK 2018 THE TRANSITION

Something a new board member should realize is that being on the board is not simply attending eleven monthly meetings (with one month off in the summer) and then going home...

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It Pays to Keep Fighting Property Tax Assessments HABITAT MAG

Michael DeGrazia moved into Longacre Gardens, an 88-unit garden-style co-op in White Plains, more than 30 years ago. Back then it was a place to call home. Slowly, however, Longacre fell into disrepair – windows leaked, driveways were cracked and potholed, and rain seeped through roofs into top-floor apartments...

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HABITAT WEEKLY The Super Who Became a Property Manager

Maybe running buildings runs in Brian Scally’s genes. He was born in the Inwood section of upper Manhattan in 1964, and when the family moved to the Hudson River town of Irvington in Westchester County, his father became the super in their 72-unit garden-style apartment complex...

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HABITAT MAG - 20 Years and Counting “My Turn,” with board president Mario Trozzi.

Mario Trozzi is considered his building’s “Mr. Memory” because he’s so detail-oriented.

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HABITAT MAG - THE INSIDE TRACK 2017 Communicate During Emergencies – the Faster, the Better

All boards experience emergency situations, such as Hurricane Sandy or possibly a sudden building-wide gas shutdown. During those times, communication is paramount, and fast communication is even better...

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Maintenance and mansplaining: Survival secrets of a female super

The glass ceiling in many industries remains relatively unfractured, but in one building in Long Island City, the male-dominated world of superintendents is being challenged...

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HABITAT MAG - THE INSIDE TRACK 2016 How to Deal with a Disobedient Dog-Owner

A 250-unit co-op in Westchester that does not allow dogs had a recent sale. The purchaser completed the application and signed off that he did not own a dog...

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Garthchester Realty Newsletter Fall/Winter 2017 - Issue 11

In this issue: Meet The Board, Our Featured Employee, Heat Ready, RE/MAX in the City...

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HABITAT MAG - BRICKS & BUCKS A Bronx Co-op Gets a $2.4M Makeover, from Terraces to Roof

That sense of unity came in handy recently, when the board decided to replace the railings on the building roof, and renovate the terraces at the front and back of the complex’s two buildings...

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