Wells Manor Justice-- Community Room, Fire Escape Ladders/Sprinklers, Nontoxic Pesticides!

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Please sign this petition if you agree that the Community Room at Wells Manor in Rhinebeck, a HUD/Section 202/8 subsidized senior citizen housing development, should remain open so seniors and folks with disabilities who live there can use it-- if you agree that fire sprinklers and fire escape ladders should be installed for dozens of frail elderly who live there on second floor-- and if you agree that nontoxic pest/pesticide control should be used whenever possible both inside and outside the apartments there. https://www.healthquest.org/affiliates/wells-manor.aspx https://dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2017/10/rhinebeck-seniorsdisabled-being.html

Fact: Health Quest just received $378 million in tax-exempt bonds courtesy of the taxpayers of Dutchess County through the Dutchess County Local Development Corporation to help with expansion of local hospitals-- there's no reason why Health Quest, the parent corporation for Wells Manor, couldn't find the financing necessary to make sure both fire escape ladders for second floor apartments there and fire sprinkler systems are installed throughout Wells Manor. https://www.cainbrothers.com/transactions/health-quest-378-million-financing/

Joel Tyner, Dutchess County Legislator (Rhinebeck/Clinton), 324 Browns Pond Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580 845-464-2245 joeltyner@earthlink.net

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[here below-- letter I circulated at Oct. 10th Dutchess County Legislature meeting on this that Co. Leg. Minority Leader Micki Strawinski signed on to; I've also spoken directly with Chris Carr of Carr Property Management on this and Charles McNally of HUD NYC office as well]

 

Ms. Jill Faber
Assistant Attorney General In Charge and Public Integrity Officer
One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 401 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3157

Dear Assistant Attorney General Faber:

We, the various undersigned members of the Dutchess County Legislature, ask you to immediately use your office and powers to help Neighbors for Neighbors and all of the residents at Wells Manor on Astor Drive in Rhinebeck. On Sept. 29th dozens of residents there signed this letter to Carr Property Management/East Longmeadow, MA:

"We came together because of concerns many of us have about recent decisions made by office management. There have been incidents of verbal abuse and threats toward residents who seem the most vulnerable. The threat of eviction and fear of retaliation was mentioned often. This behavior creates a sense of apprehension and distrust in our environment. The tenants are told to call 911 when they have a minor complaint; noise complaints are common. The Village of Rhinebeck has no noise ordinance but Wells Manor does, yet does not enforce it. A case in point: On September 5, 2017, the first work day following our first NFN meeting, the Community Room, without notice to residents, was suddenly closed at 3 pm when the office staff left. To the best of our knowledge, residents have had unrestricted access to our Community Room for as long as anyone can remember. On two separate occasions, when residents asked why, they were told that ice cream and "other things" had been stolen.

On September 12, in response to our third inquiry, the Community Room was closed the following weekend, September 16 and 17, and has been closed every weekend since. On September 24, it was 90 degrees in Rhinebeck. The Wells Manor monthly newsletter has stated many times that residents should avail themselves of the air-conditioned Community Room during hot weather for their health and wellbeing. Our apartments are small, and the Community Room has been a blessing to all of us in one way or another, particularly those of us who play piano, watch movies, play cards, visit with neighbors, and many other uses. As stated, the reason given for the closure was "theft."

Were there really such concerns, why not investigate other security measures that could be taken? Putting all valuables in one cupboard and locking it seems an effective solution, rather than the harsh overreaction of punishing all 75 residents. We maintain, because of the timing, that this is a prime example of retaliation for our group's September 1, 2017 meeting.

We feel it's the duty of the office to carry out the general rules of Wells Manor and the mandates of HUD- some of which are:

-- The right to live in decent, safe, sanitary housing;
-- The right to equal and fair treatment and the use of property facilities;
-- The right to repairs performed in a timely manner, upon request; and
-- The right to be recognized by property owners and managers as having a voice in residential community affairs without any fear of retaliation.

The NFN directive, its practices and main function is to solve problems, provide information, be of support to all our neighbors and help bring about quick resolutions to our problems. We are a varied population. Some of us are cognizant and ambulatory, while others face more challenges, but we are one community and we all deserve a little dignity in our senior years.

Recently, there is a feeling among residents of "Us versus Them" from management, and we are very concerned about future measures in retaliation. In short, we would like the use of the Community Room returned immediately to the tenants. We want to eliminate the sense that we've all been 'naughty' children and must be punished. Separately, we will send documented examples of other issues and concerns discussed."

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From: Joel Tyner
To: carrprop@aol.com
Subject: Mr. Carr (Christopher)-- it's hard for me to believe the statements here below from Neighbors for Neighbors about Wells Manor are inaccurate...
Date: Oct 9, 2017 11:11 PM

Mr. Christopher Carr
Chairman
Carr Property Management
24 Deer Park Drive
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Dear Chairman Carr:

On Sept. 29th dozens of residents of Wells Manor in Rhinebeck signed this letter to you as part of Neighbors for Neighbors-- I ask you to work quickly to address their concerns:

"We came together because of concerns many of us have about recent decisions made by office management. There have been incidents of verbal abuse and threats toward residents who seem the most vulnerable. The threat of eviction and fear of retaliation was mentioned often. This behavior creates a sense of apprehension and distrust in our environment. The tenants are told to call 911 when they have a minor complaint; noise complaints are common. The Village of Rhinebeck has no noise ordinance but Wells Manor does, yet does not enforce it.

A case in point: On September 5, 2017, the first work day following our first NFN meeting, the Community Room, without notice to residents, was suddenly closed at 3 pm when the office staff left. To the best of our knowledge, residents have had unrestricted access to our Community Room for as long as anyone can remember. On two separate occasions, when residents asked why, they were told that ice cream and "other things" had been stolen. On September 12, in response to our third inquiry, the Community Room was closed the following weekend, September 16 and 17, and has been closed every weekend since. On September 24, it was 90 degrees in Rhinebeck. The Wells Manor monthly newsletter has stated many times that residents should avail themselves of the air-conditioned Community Room during hot weather for their health and wellbeing. Our apartments are small, and the Community Room has been a blessing to all of us in one way or another, particularly those of us who play piano, watch movies, play cards, visit with neighbors, and many other uses. As stated, the reason given for the closure was "theft." Were there really such concerns, why not investigate other security measures that could be taken? Putting all valuables in one cupboard and locking it seems an effective solution, rather than the harsh overreaction of punishing all 75 residents. We maintain, because of the timing, that this is a prime example of retaliation for our group's September 1, 2017 meeting.

We feel it's the duty of the office to carry out the general rules of Wells Manor and the mandates of HUD- some of which are: ν The right to live in decent, safe, sanitary housing; ν The right to equal and fair treatment and the use of property facilities; ν The right to repairs performed in a timely manner, upon request; and ν The right to be recognized by property owners and managers as having a voice in residential community affairs without any fear of retaliation.

The NFN directive, its practices and main function is to solve problems, provide information, be of support to all our neighbors and help bring about quick resolutions to our problems. We are a varied population. Some of us are cognizant and ambulatory, while others face more challenges, but we are one community and we all deserve a little dignity in our senior years. Recently, there is a feeling among residents of "Us versus Them" from management, and we are very concerned about future measures in retaliation.

In short, we would like the use of the Community Room returned immediately to the tenants. We want to eliminate the sense that we've all been 'naughty' children and must be punished. Separately, we will send documented examples of other issues and concerns discussed." Please call me at the number below to let me know you are addressing these very serious issues.

Joel Tyner
Dutchess County Legislator
Rhinebeck/Clinton
324 Browns Pond Road
Staatsburg, NY 12580
845-464-2245

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[here below-- letter I sent to Attorney Gen. Eric Schneiderman's office on this too]

From: "Eric T. Schneiderman"
To: joeltyner@earthlink.net
Subject: Form submission from: Questions & Comments to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
Date: Oct 9, 2017 11:03 PM
Thank you for sending your comment to the New York State Attorney General . This is an automatic confirmation of your e-mail to us. Please do not respond to this message.

Submitted on Monday, October 9, 2017 - 23:03

Submitted values are: ==Personal Information== Salutation: Mr. First Name: Joel Last Name: Tyner Address 1: 324 Browns Pond Road City: Staatsburg State/Province: New York Zip/Postal Code: 12580 Phone: 845-464-2245 Email Address: joeltyner@earthlink.net

Comments: [I'm going to circulate this as tomorrow night's meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature but just wanted to share this with you now-- Neighbors for Neighbors can be reached @ Myron, 1 Wells Manor, #5, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.....Joel Tyner, Dutchess County Legislator (Rhinebeck/Clinton)]

Ms. Jill Faber Assistant Attorney General In Charge and Public Integrity Officer One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 401 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3157

Dear Assistant Attorney General Faber: We, the various undersigned members of the Dutchess County Legislature, ask you to immediately use your office and powers to help Neighbors for Neighbors and all of the residents at Wells Manor on Astor Drive in Rhinebeck. On Sept. 29th dozens of residents there signed this letter to Carr Property Management/East Longmeadow, MA:

"We came together because of concerns many of us have about recent decisions made by office management. There have been incidents of verbal abuse and threats toward residents who seem the most vulnerable. The threat of eviction and fear of retaliation was mentioned often. This behavior creates a sense of apprehension and distrust in our environment. The tenants are told to call 911 when they have a minor complaint; noise complaints are common. The Village of Rhinebeck has no noise ordinance but Wells Manor does, yet does not enforce it.

A case in point: On September 5, 2017, the first work day following our first NFN meeting, the Community Room, without notice to residents, was suddenly closed at 3 pm when the office staff left. To the best of our knowledge, residents have had unrestricted access to our Community Room for as long as anyone can remember. On two separate occasions, when residents asked why, they were told that ice cream and "other things" had been stolen. On September 12, in response to our third inquiry, the Community Room was closed the following weekend, September 16 and 17, and has been closed every weekend since. On September 24, it was 90 degrees in Rhinebeck. The Wells Manor monthly newsletter has stated many times that residents should avail themselves of the air-conditioned Community Room during hot weather for their health and wellbeing. Our apartments are small, and the Community Room has been a blessing to all of us in one way or another, particularly those of us who play piano, watch movies, play cards, visit with neighbors, and many other uses. As stated, the reason given for the closure was "theft." Were there really such concerns, why not investigate other security measures that could be taken? Putting all valuables in one cupboard and locking it seems an effective solution, rather than the harsh overreaction of punishing all 75 residents. We maintain, because of the timing, that this is a prime example of retaliation for our group's September 1, 2017 meeting.

We feel it's the duty of the office to carry out the general rules of Wells Manor and the mandates of HUD- some of which are: ν The right to live in decent, safe, sanitary housing; ν The right to equal and fair treatment and the use of property facilities; ν The right to repairs performed in a timely manner, upon request; and ν The right to be recognized by property owners and managers as having a voice in residential community affairs without any fear of retaliation.

The NFN directive, its practices and main function is to solve problems, provide information, be of support to all our neighbors and help bring about quick resolutions to our problems. We are a varied population. Some of us are cognizant and ambulatory, while others face more challenges, but we are one community and we all deserve a little dignity in our senior years. Recently, there is a feeling among residents of "Us versus Them" from management, and we are very concerned about future measures in retaliation. In short, we would like the use of the Community Room returned immediately to the tenants. We want to eliminate the sense that we've all been 'naughty' children and must be punished. Separately, we will send documented examples of other issues and concerns discussed."

Thanks, New York State Attorney General Web Team



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