2008-10-10 / Letters

A Fed-Up Dayton Beach Park

Dear Editor,

Since The Wave exposed Dayton Beach's three year $1.5 million water bill debt to the NYC DEP, many shareholders have contacted me asking how they can get involved and organize shareholders to stop the corruption in Dayton Beach Park (DBP). Although there are many things we can accomplish together for our co-op, for right now I'm asking from DBP shareholders who want to help on request: VOTE.

Voting in this year's Board of Directors election isn't a game. DBP shareholders are facing an increase of 24 percent (almost all of which will be assessed in the next eight months). In a matter of weeks, we'll all be paying 50 percent more monthly than we paid in 2004. The average shareholder's maintenance will increase more than $250 in additional maintenance fees monthly. We have to vote, WE CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO.

This does not mean we're voting in a popularity contest or voting for parties at the swimming pool or some other arbitrary grievance. If you find a shareholder talking about such petty things and asking for your vote, they're not interested in what Dayton needs, they're interested in what they want. We'll decide who among our neighbors will be making financial decisions on our behalf, FOR OUR HOMES!

If you look at the alternative, not voting hasn't gotten Dayton shareholders anywhere. It is an absolute embarrassment to learn from the newspapers that millions of our hard earned dollars have been wasted and/or missing, leaving our co-op with untold debts. This is one of several times in the past decade where we're being forced to pay for the Board's mistakes. Remember the elevator scandal where none of our elevators were fixed properly by the contractor Horizon Elevator and they along with our then management company, Elm Management, were convicted for taking millions in a kick-back scheme? We had many of the same Board members then as we do now. Remember when building 8400 was supposed to be repaired because it was receiving Department of Building violations for its façade? We're still waiting for 8400 to be repaired, building 8400 is still receiving violations and we still have the SAME BOARD MEMBERS. See a pattern here? When the majority of us don't vote, the same faces get elected by default to the Board, and they make the same poor decisions. Currently board members Anne Lyons, Maryanne Lane, Pamela Forher and Joyce Plawner have sat as members of the Board and its committees for more than 20 years. In that time shareholders had countless maintenance increases. Is Dayton any better for it? When are we going to hold these people accountable?

If you want change and you're tired of the maintenance increases and the corruption that goes along with it, VOTE. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the ballot and mail it back in. when you do vote, choose wisely and READ the candidate resumes. Are they talking about the change we need to help everyone or are they talking about helping themselves to more of our/Dayton's money? You don't have to read between the lines to see the substance or lack thereof. You don't need a Ph. D to see electing the same old board members, their friends and family will get you the same result. WAKE UP! It's time for a change in Dayton Beach Park. Make it happen before it's too late.

JENNIFER GRADY

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