2008-06-06 / Letters

Response To Smith's Letter

Dear Editor,

Allow me to respond to Joanne Smith's letter that Mr. Lew Simon was not invited to Dayton Beach Park #1 Corporation's meeting. I personally would like to thank him for taking the time out to care about what goes on in our community, and Dayton coop should be no exception. Dayton coop is being buried by willful neglect and I would like to see more of our representatives get involved. Joanne Smith's hypocritical and vindictive character overrides her memory. Back in 2004, Mr. Simon was invited to a shareholders meeting. At that meeting Joanne Smith approached me, and asked me to help her dispute $5,000 arrears she owed to the co-op. She explained to me that her dog mysteriously jumped to its death from her eighth floor apartment. This was after she was warned by neighbors and the co-op that the dog was previously seen hanging from her terrace. Smith explanation was that the dog was crazy, it had mental problems and she tried to take it back to the store where she brought it, but the store refused to refund her money. She defied the co-op orders and bought another dog that stays locked up in a small carrying cage. I was very disturbed by her irrational story. I felt that her arrears were legitimate, and the co-op was "just" in their action to prevent animal cruelty. Candidates present, also wanted nothing to do with her issue. Joanne Smith then pleaded with me to ask Lew Simon to intervene.

In 2005, as Dayton Board President, she repeatedly lied to shareholders that she did not owe arrears. She had Century Management fired because they refused to credit her account for the $5,000. Subsequently she personally negotiated our current management company and they were hired costing the co-op $200,000 more in monthly expenses. She finally succeeded in receiving credit for the $5,000 arrears. The management company spent thousands of our dollars sending out memos justifying her credit. However, they failed to send out memos that they did not pay our water bill which is now over 1.2 million dollars. Last but not least, as the former Board president Joanne Smith invited her boyfriend who is not a shareholder to our meeting. Flexing her muscle, she boasted that he is a detective and she can get any information she wants on any of the shareholders (she will use anyone that she can.) Lew Simon should call her bluff and grant her request for an investigation, which she and her coconspirators failed to follow up on. So far all her bluffs have backfired on her; for three years she lied to the shareholders that she did not owe $5,000 in arrears even threatening to sue; when it was exposed, she lied that HPD credited her account. The shareholders called her bluff/lie and lit up HPD phone lines for confirmation. Now at every board meeting she is screaming from the audience to sue HPD; she schemed and bluffed to have our 2007 election overturned and she still lost. To further show how shameless and disgraceful this woman is, visit her blog. It is apparent that Ms. Smith will wage war on anyone who does not fit into her plans and schemes. Lew Simon, the people in the Rockaway's need you!

HAZEL McLEAN

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