Emergency Preparedness Recommendations for Residential Buildings

In recent years, the New York City area has been increasingly affected by severe storms. The multi-day loss of power and extreme flooding from Superstorm Sandy exceeded most emergency scenarios and as a result, few buildings or residents had plans for managing the emergency conditions before, during or after the storm. Many...

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ARTICLE 316: INSULATION OF CONCEALED PIPES EXPOSED DURING ALTERATION OR REPAIR

ยง 28-316.1 Required insulation of certain concealed piping exposed during alteration or repair. Where concealed existing piping is exposed in the course of the alteration or repair of a building, the owner of the building shall provide for the insulation of the exposed piping. The exposed piping shall be insulated to the extent...

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Tentative Labor Agreement Averts Strike

The Realty Advisory Board has tentatively reached an agreement with SEIU Local 32BJ for a renewal of the residential building workers contract that is set to expire on April 20, 2014. The deal covers more than 30,000 residential building service employees, including doormen, porters, handymen and building superintendents, who work...

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In the Event of a Service Employees Strike

The contract between owners and operators of residential apartment buildings in New York City and Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union will expire on April 20, 2014. With the potential for a strike of Local 32BJ after that day (if a new contract is not renegotiated), Boards need to take action now to ensure that...

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CORRECTING MISINFORMATION WE SENT YOU ABOUT ABATEMENT FORMS

Contrary to the memo we sent on Tuesday, the NYC Department of Finance is NOT requiring every co-op or condo renew their benefits. ONLY CERTAIN CONDO BOARDS MUST FILE BY FEBRUARY 18TH The Department of Finance conducted a small audit of less than 1% of the co-op/condo units and asked those unit owners to renew their benefits if the...

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