2012 December



2012 December Vol. 32, No.12


Focus on...Safety & Security

Q&A: Park at Your Own Risk?

By Jeffrey S. Reich, Esq.

My car was vandalized four times on the co-op’s property. We pay to park there each month. I have paid three times now for the  repairs and I think the co-op should pay. There are no signs in the lot saying  they are not responsible. Read More

Getting to Know You

By Lisa Iannucci

 Valerie Smaldone lives in a lovely, well-kept, prewar building in the Midtown  East area, known as the Beekman area. Her building was built in the late 1920's  and, among other amenities, has an extraordinary rooftop garden where she  occasionally meets and socializes with her neighbors. “There are a couple of socials on the roof per year,” says Smaldone, a radio and voice-over personality. “Residents are asked to bring wine or beverages, as well as some food to  contribute to the affair.” Read More

What the Future Holds

By Raanan Geberer

 The worst of the recession—big-time failures of investment banks and mortgage companies, huge banks in  trouble, companies laying people off in the thousands—may be over. There are some signs of hope, and residential buildings that were  long stalled are now getting off the ground. In most parts of the city,  foreclosures are down. And loans seem to be more available. Read More

Disaster Relief

By Jonathan Barnes

 When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast at the end of October, hurling  a record breaking 13 plus-foot water surge at New York City, knocking out power  to millions of residents and devastating parts of Queens and Staten Island, how  prepared was your community? Was your building well-stocked with emergency supplies? Was an evacuation plan  in place? How about a communication system? Read More

By the Book

By Steven Cutler

 Unless you have a degree in accounting, your first board meeting could come as a  bit of a shock. You probably knew board members oversee the finances of the  corporation, but who knew there were so many records to produce and filing  deadlines to meet? Read More

A Private Matter

By W.B. King

 The issue of intellectual property and an individual’s right to privacy has become a greater concern since more and more people  conduct their lives online—whether for banking, social media or dating. While the aforementioned generally  have security features encrypted in programming platforms, there remain  justifiable concerns as to what is actually protected. This heightened sense of  scrutiny results in ancillary privacy concerns, especially for those living in  community associations. Read More

Staying Safe

By Liz Lent

 For most people, nothing is more important than knowing that they and their  families are safe and secure in the place they call home. Boards, management  and security firms all must work together seamlessly and cohesively to create  that safe environment without making a building or community feel like a  citadel. It can be a delicate balancing act, but with the right approach, it  can be done. Read More

Too Hot to Handle

By Anne Childers

 The discovery of fire is considered a major turning point in man's evolution  from cave dweller to outer space explorer. Control of fire allowed early man  warmth for his habitat, a way to cook his meals, and light for his  surroundings. Fire also provided a means to frighten away predators and  introduced a social element by bringing other humans together in a communal  setting. Read More

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