2011-05-06 / Letters

Working For Dayton’s Workers

Dear Editor:

I am responding to the It’s My Turn column by Jennifer Grady in the WAVE. I have a long history of responding to help my friends and neighbors at Dayton Beach Park. I recall Ms. Grady calling me to join with Dayton shareholders at a meeting to be held at St. Rose of Lima a few summers ago. For some reason they could not get access to St. Rose and we met in front of 840 Shorefront Parkway. Ms. Grady thanked me for coming.

In November 2008, while campaigning for the City Council, I met Ms.Grady at the Rockaway Park Waldbaum’s. She introduced herself and said that she needed my help with an unpaid $1.2 million water bill. I immediately got into action and reached out to Deputy Commissioner Joseph Singleton Jr. of the Bureau of Customer Services. He put me in touch with Pat Jarcova.

We went back and forth and we obtained an offer to deduct somewhere between $150,000 and $250,000 from the bill. When I reached out to Jennifer, she was excited and interested. She said that she had to wait because she could not get Dayton’s money from Wachovia Bank because they were changing their name to Wells Fargo. We went back and forth for a couple of months. Pat Jarcova said that we had to accept the offer or it would expire.

Jennifer Grady said that they could not complete the agreement because they were changing management companies. Jonathan Klein of Wentworth Management Co., the new company, said they couldn’t get involved until the board approved the offer and they took over on March 1, 2009.

Jennifer Grady allowed the offer to expire and it was no longer on the table. She made a fool of me and all the efforts I put in, At the time I was running for City Council, I told everyone how I was working diligently to make the settlement a reality. Unfortunately, due to Ms. Grady’s lack of judgment and inept handling of the matter the shareholders are still suffering from penalties and interest that would have been removed.

In 2001, I was very successful in bringing the HPD to hold a public hearing at 8600 Shorefront Parkway on a proposed major rent increase. I spoke loud and clear in support of shareholders for a fair and equitable increase and not the much higher increase HPD proposed. At these events when any shareholders or board members questioned my presence, I said that I don’t live in Dayton, but I had so many friends I consider my family there. Residents of Dayton are members of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club.

This week I talked to board members, former board members, shareholders and management of Dayton Beach Park. I was told that the minimum income to qualify for even a studio was over $30,000. They raised questions about the repainting of FIOS moldings at $22,000, $10,000 cash to Lawn Doctor without bids and no bidding on a washer and dryer contract.

They said she bought two vehicles for snow removal which are not properly registered to Dayton. They claim a mortgage for $37.5 million was signed without board approval. I was told she hired an accounting firm that was involved in a long standing lawsuit with Dayton thereby making the lawsuit invalid and causing the loss of $744,000. Some board members objected to the purchase of new door knobs for $7,000 $60,000 for roll off containers and $20,000 on flowers without board approval.

Board members who were aware and objected to some of these deals said that they were removed from the board for such reasons as missing a meeting or being in arrears. As many of you are aware the cost of living is going u p. People are having a hard time paying for food, medical care and gasoline. Is Ms. Grady trying to do another Wisconsin?

We have gone around the state to support tenants, rent control and continuation of the Mitchell Lama program which makes housing affordable for tens of thousands of NYC residents including Dayton, affordable. We did not see Jennifer Grady there. I never refuse to help anyone. We look forward to continuing our full support for shareholders of Dayton Beach Park.

LEW SIMON

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