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CCC Meeting January 2012

Jerry LoMonte
Walter Mankoff
Brendan Keany

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mission Statement

To serve as a clearinghouse where co-ops can exchange information and experience in governance and operations.
To be a sounding board for new ideas and a forum for discovery, discussion and dissemination.
To be a springboard and, as necessary, a vehicle for initiating and implementing plans and programs for joint economic, social and political action


The CCC is made up of housing cooperatives, with roots in the United Housing Foundation family of co-ops. Our members were built as limited equity cooperatives, under state laws such as Limited Dividend, Redevelopment, or Mitchell Lama. Some members have since reconstituted and several non-UHF co-ops have joined the CCC. Member co-ops range in size from almost 200 families to several thousand families. Our median number is home to almost 1,000 families.

Representatives of member cooperatives meet once a month, except during July and August. Meetings are two hours long, with almost half the time devoted to a special focus topic often presented by an outside expert. The Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, an offspring of United Housing Foundation is now over forty-five years old and meets every second Saturday in the morning. CCC consists of elected directors and officials representing the various member co-ops (plus a regular contingent of visitors from non-affiliated co-ops). This dedicated group of volunteers shares the common desire to study, analyze and learn about cooperative housing. It purpose and raison d’etre is to work together to maintain homes for families of moderate means.

Those who attend our monthly meetings know first hand the value of the presentations along with the opportunity to exchange information and ideas with colleagues from other cooperatives. For those who are unable to attend, our comprehensive Minutes provide information of value to our cooperatives’ mangement teams and board members.

You will note from our summary of meeting topics and special guest speakers which follows that we cover a wide range of topics of interest to our members. We also welcome suggestions for future discussion from our membership.

Through the Coordinating Council the cooperative family has maintained and intensified and grown. The members grew to know one another more intimately since the monthly meetings are held in turn at each of the local communities rather than at a central gathering place. During this swing around the circuit, the host organization recounts its history, its method of operation and often leads a tour of its physical plant. The local cooperators learn about the Council, its aims, achievements and programs and the Council familiarizes itself with the problems and personalities of the host community.

Over the years the Council delegates have given and received a wealth of practical information on day-to-day problems. Experiences have been shared in dealing with bread-and-butter issues, such as expense escalation, energy and fuel shortages and rising prices, recycling, security systems, union contracts and management efficiency. They have learned from each other how to involve themselves in community improvement via cooperator participation. They have taught each other the value of self-help and mutual aid in recognizing the importance of educating cooperators through new programs.

Under the leadership of an active and aggressive Legislative Committee cooperatives and cooperators have benefited immeasurably from ordinances and laws initiated by the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives. These statutes include such items as shelter rent tax, senior citizen rent supplements (SCRIE) and supplements for disabled cooperators (DRIE), retention by the housing companies of a portion of surcharges paid by cooperators, the phasing of tax abatement for redevelopment companies when they reach the end of their tax abatement periods and similar issues. The Council fought the emasculation of J-51 recoupment by the City Council and was finally successful in having it amended and to make these benefits available at least to those paying full real estate taxes to the City. The justified benefits derived from these various legislative victories run into many millions of dollars annually.

It is interesting to note that 24 years after the Public Service Commission outlawed the sub-metering of electricity because under sub-metering the “landlord” could possibly abuse the “tenant” hearings were initiated to reconsider that “given the nature of the relationship ... in atypical forms of tenancy such as cooperatives”, there is little likelihood of abuse because the tenants and the landlords are one in the same.

The co-op built and operated electric plants at Rochdale Village, Mutual Rdevelopment Houses, Warbasse Houses, and Big Six Towers and have made significant economic logic. Combined with individual metering which was trail blazed by Bronx Amalgamated it has pointed the way to efficient and economical electrical supply.

Unlike commercial housing based on profit motivation, the CCC members are different. We built family oriented, culture oriented, occupant involved communities. It was not “real estate”which was built. It was not profit but service which was the driving force. In our member cooperatives the emphasis is on the people rather than on the dollars and it is the interests of the people which are served and the will of the people which is respected.

Involvement in so different a concept is not an accident. The philosophy, principles and practices are shared by all forms of consumer cooperatives. The foundations were laid back in Rochdale in England in 1844.

The Coordinating Council of Cooperatives has a lot more work to do. We have succeeded in building a strong from of cooperative solidarity. We have proved that we have ability, imagination and practical goals and will continue to work toward futhering our main goal of Cooperation among Cooperatives.

For additional information please contact us via our e mail or by writing to us at 321 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10001 or by telephone at 646-414-6644.


The following is a partial list of recent guest speakers who have appeared at our monthly Saturday morning meetings and special topics that have been covered at those meetings:

  • Christine Quinn, Speaker New York City CouncilWilliam Thompson, Controller, City of New York
  • Michael Gianaris, New York State Assemblymember
  • Eric Gioia, New York City Councilmember
  • Joshua B. Freeman, Author, Working Class New York
  • Andy Reicher, Chairman, Urban Homestead Assistance Board
  • Lee Fiorino, New York City Department of Finance
  • David Hurd, Gerard Lordahl, John Johnson, New York City Council on the Environment
  • Dean Roberts, Esq., Norris, McLaughlin and Morris
  • Hank Wisner,President, Brig. General (Ret) Sidney Baumgarten, Community Emergency Response Team
  • Daniel K. Wheedon, David Klockner, Eneractive Solutions
  • Sarah Henry, Curator, Museum of the City of New York
  • Stuart Bogart, Pro-Tech Pest Control
    • Long Term Planning
    • Maintaining Affordable Housing
    • Security in the New Age of Technology
    • Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members
    • Reshaping Energy Policy
    • Cooperator Home Owners Insurance Needs
    • How to Plan and Finance Major Projects
    • Technology Training and Recycling
    • New York City Tax Formulas and Incentives
    • Legal Issues for Cooperatives
    • Finance Training for Board Members
    • Using J-51 Benefits to Your Advantage
    • The Audit
    • Fuel Management
    • Fiduciary Responsibilities of a Co-op Board
    • What Is a Cooperator in Good Standing
    • Managing Board Elections
    • Effects of the City and State Financial Crises on Cooperative Housing
    • Publication of Cooperator Handbooks and of Annual Reports
    • Commercial Insurance Requirements for Cooperatives

    Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York

    Ed Yaker, Chairman, Jack Raskin, Secretary, Bette LeVine, Coordinator