Thursday, February 09, 2017

Snowstorm and Amalgamated Notice

Looking out on Saxon Ave.
Here was an email alert we received, also got the message on the phone.
February 9, 2017
Re:ALERT - Snow Removal Operations at Amalgamated
Dear Cooperator:
          This is an ALERT to inform you that snow cleaning operations are underway at Amalgamated and the maintenance staff will concentrate solely on snow removal procedures throughout the day. Snow removal at building lobby entrances, walkways, basement entrances.sidewalks, and garage ramps are our main priorities. The Towers outdoor parking lot will be plowed throughout the day.  Regular building maintenance operations have been suspended except for emergencies. If you have a maintenance problem please call the Service Department at 718-548-0300 during normal business hours and Security Dispatch at 718-548-0301 after 5:00 PM.
If you must venture out onto the property please use extreme caution while walking as slippery conditions may exist throughout the duration of the storm and for some time thereafter until the maintenance staff can completely clear the snow from building walkways and sidewalks and then salt those areas..   
          Garbage and recycling will not be a priority for the staff and will accumulate in our basements and recycling areas until the storm cleanup is complete. In order to try to reduce the accumulation of garbage and recycling, we are asking that cooperators hold their garbage and recycling until the weekend, or at least until Friday, if possible. At that point, Service Department staff will be back to their regular duties.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep our basements as clear as possible while our staff works to clean our entrances, sidewalks and parking lots.
Sincerely
Charles M. Zsebedics, General Manager

I have seen the Amalgamated crew plowing the lot several times.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Friday, February 03, 2017

Fire, Building 6

A quote from the Highlights of Meeting of the Board of Directors, December 21, 2016
Manager's Report - ....Mr. Zsebedics noted that eight fire-damaged and water damaged 
apartments in Building 6 have been restored.  Repairs on the apartment where the fire
originated will begin on December 27.  Mr. Zsebedics stressed that the fire did not originate in the wiring of Building 6....

My comment - today is January 31, 2017, the plywood and blue polyester sheet on the top floor
is still in place.  Still no explanation of how the fire started.
February 3, 2017 - inner courtyard and Van Cortlandt Park South side still have plywood on top floor
Scroll down for pictures.
Scaffolding down


November 17, 2016 I was at a meeting this afternoon about the proposed carrying charge increase and I asked about the fire.  Mr. Zsebedics said the cause had not yet been determined.

This letter to the editor was published in the November 3, 2016 edition of the Riverdale Press.

I have been a resident of the Amalgamated Houses for thirty years.  I
read Ed Yaker's letter to the editor in the October 20, 2016 edition.
The beginning of the next to the last sentence states "I prefer trans-
parency to secrecy,"  His letter only dealt with procedures he felt
should be followed in contacting the manager and not with the issues
that have made some Park Reservoir residents very displeased with the
Amalgamated management.  I would like to know more about the discontents.
If Park Reservoir chooses to hire a different management company the
costs of the Amalgamated management will have to be reconsidered.  We
probably won't need an assistant manager and would have to dismiss
employees who staff the management office, security and service
departments.
Another unnecessary bit of secrecy concerns the fire that occurred
in Building 6, on September 26, 2016.  We have been given no
information on the fire.  On October 20, scaffolding and protective
curtains were hung on the Saxon Ave. side of the building.  It is
time we were told the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.
Sincerely,
Lora Frisch


Note:  These are casual observations, there may be other ongoing work that I have not seen.
November 7, 2016 saw men working on Saxon Ave. side.
October 31, observed men working, November 1, saw no one on outside of building.
Men working, red cable plugged in





































October 27, 2016 - raining but the red cable is plugged in, indicating work is going on inside.

 
View from Van Cortlandt Park S, Inner Courtyard



Saxon Avenue

Fire, again, September 26, 2016


Two days after the fire

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Friday, December 02, 2016

No notice, repairs before 9 a.m.

Management may not have broken any rules
but when you are going to do noisy repairs
before 9 a.m. let people in the building know.
Dec 2, 2016

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