Demands New DBP Election
I am one of the candidates that ran in the 2011 Election for the Board of Directors of Dayton Beach Park #1 Corp. and have requested a new election through HPD due to the many improprieties surrounding this election which were:
1. The candidates endorsed by the Shareholders Committee to Real Progress were not allowed to campaign by putting out flyers and in fact when they did, they were faced with Security advising them that they could not put down flyers; the President of the Board herself opened the door when the flyer was placed under her door, crumpled the flyer and threw it in the face of the wife of one of the candidates;
2. Security personnel were advised that during their patrol of the hallways and staircases should they see flyers that they were to gather them and dispose of them;
3. The present board members who are running for re-election were allowed to put out flyers, each and every flyer contained lies about rent increases using scare tactics to prevent shareholders from voting for anyone but them and these flyers were distributed by employees of Dayton Beach;
4. The management office circulated the resumes of the present board members running for re-election to the Russian/Polish shareholders translated in those languages giving these board members an advantage over the other candidates;
5. In the glass showcases located in the lobbies of all five buildings where the meeting and election notice were supposed to be posted, as has been done for over 40 years, the management office instead posted “before and after pictures,” again, giving the candidates running for re-election an unfair advantage over all other candidates;
6. One member of the Board of Directors who was running for re-election in this election should not have been placed on the ballots because she is in arrears of her maintenance fees to the tune of over $9,000.00. Shareholders must be “in good standing” in order to run for the Board of Directors pursuant to the By-Laws of Dayton Beach. HPD and the attorneys for Dayton were notified about this and it was requested that this shareholder’s name be pulled from the ballot;
7. Not all shareholders received a proxy ballot in the mail. In that there was no meeting notice posted, those that did not receive ballots had no notice of the election or the meeting;
8. The new candidates running for the Board were not allowed anywhere near the election table and had to be a minimum of 100 feet away from the polling place yet the present board members were allowed to stand in the lobby during the election;
9. The shareholder list was not accurate in that it had the names of shareholders who had already moved or were deceased and, in the case when there is more than one shareholder listed on the apartment, the list provided to Honest Ballot only had the name of one shareholder so if the shareholder not named on the list came down to vote, they were turned away;
10. Shareholders were not allowed to sign the ballots at the time of election making it very easy to change ballots;
11. Proxies and ballots were left all over the table opened and counting was taking place during the actual election; and, Rodney Reid on more than one occasion was allowed to approach the table;
12. The Security personnel were handing out cards for the present Board of Directors that were running again advising shareholders who to vote for;
13. Rodney Reid, who is obviously not impartial, the property manager at Dayton was allowed, on several occasions to go into the office while the counting was taking place.
At the Meeting of the Shareholders held directly after the election, shareholders had to provide proof of identity not once, but twice to get into the meeting room and again, many were turned away because they were not the shareholder listed on the list of shareholders brought to the meeting. Many things were revealed at this meeting, but most importantly, the accountant for the cooperative advised the shareholders that there would have been NO INCREASE IN RENT should the striking men be given their contract.
As a result of all of the above-mentioned improprieties I, along with my fellow candidates, feel that the shareholders of Dayton Beach Park #1 Corp. should be afforded the truth and a new election. The shareholders of Dayton Beach are tired of living in the dark and are rising up against the present Board who, for the last three months have lied to them about rent increases.
We have all written and called HPD demanding a new election and will continue to do so until we get one.
LUCIE H. LIMONGELLI