Discussions in the Round Breakfast with Board Presidents

They say that two heads are better than one—but what about eight? It seems that when a group of people in the same line of work get together to discuss what they do and how they do it, they often come away with new information, fresh perspectives, and possible solutions to the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Such was the case as The Cooperator and the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives and Condominiums (FNYHC) hosted another in a series of  board presidents’ breakfast roundtables this past February. Six board presidents, plus two representatives of the Federation and the president of the New York Superintendents Technical Association (STA) gathered to discuss a range of topics including building bylaws, term limits for board members, and orienting new officers to the board.

That was really just the tip of the iceberg, however—the spirited conversation ranged from security measures to maintenance assessments to resolving conflict between neighbors and between board members themselves.

Who Was There

Guests at this installment included Al Pennisi, an attorney with the Manhattan-based firm of Pennisi Daniels & Norelli, LLP and president of the FNYHC, Greg Carlson, the owner of Queens-based Carlson Realty and executive director of the FNYHC, and Peter Grech, president of the STA and himself a building superintendent with nearly three decades of experience. He is presently the super at Turtle Bay Towers, a 26-story condop with 337 apartments, located near the United Nations between First and Second avenues.

The board presidents included Marc Haken, president of Hilltop Village Co-op IV in Queens, Jeffrey Schwartz, president of One Overlook Avenue in Great Neck, Warren Schreiber, president of Bay Terrace I in Bayside, Queens, Donna Klein, president of 314 West 56th Street in Manhattan, Susanna Davidson, president of 2900 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, and Ed Yaker, president of Amalgamated Houses in the Bronx.


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  • Thank you for this informative piece. With board membership there is a lot of responsibility and work involved and having such forums is a great thing. Please keep us abreast of such activities.