2009-07-31 / Letters

Problems With Equity Checks

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter because I want to publicly thank Lew Simon for working his magic and doing in one week what could not be done since January 2009.

I am the executive in charge of "the estate" of a tenant that resided in Dayton Beach Park Cooperative. The tenant died on October 1, 2008 and I was told that the equity plus amortization (less anything for repairs and administration fees) would be sent to the estate by January 2009.

I did not hear from the management office and started calling as of April 2009. I was informed that there was a new company in charge, and they would look into this matter. However, as of the beginning of June 2009, I still did not hear from them and went to see them personally. I was promised I would receive a check in seven days. Not hearing from them again, I went to the office once more. Again, I was promised a check within two weeks. And again, I did not hear from them. I called HPD, Wentworth Management, and also called the main office in Suffern, NY. Of course, no one answers and you must leave a detailed message with your phone number. Needless to say, no one ever called me back.

At this point, I was frustrated, disgusted and annoyed since the federal government requires the executive to file a tax form by a specific date. How could I pay the IRS if I still did not have the equity check six months later?

Letters I decided to call Lew Simon and tell him that I was not getting any satisfaction from the Co-op (Dayton Beach). This was one week ago. He contacted the management office immediately. Unfortunately, the manager was very abrupt, rude and disrespectful to him (even doubting his political position). Because of his many contacts, I am happy to say that one week later, the check was in my hands. If not for Mr. Simon, I would still be waiting!

Thank you, Mr. Simon, for being not only a good community leader but best of all, a people person.

RONNIE COHEN

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