Tropical Storm Isaias Preparations

 

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to impact NYC tomorrow, August 4, with the bulk of the storm occurring between 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. Subject to changes in the weather pattern, the storm is expected to bring 35-45 mph winds with 60 mph gusts as well as 2 to 4 inches of rain with up to 6 inches in certain parts of the city.

In preparation of the storm, we ask that residents either move inside, or securely fasten any outdoor property, including but not limited to:

 

  • Outdoor seating and furniture

  • Umbrellas

  • Plants and flower pots

  • Etc.

August 3, 2020

                                                                                                                         

Reminder Regarding Maintenance and Common Charge Payments

 

 Orsid Realty Corp. is pleased to introduce its new service provider for accepting maintenance and common charge payments online. As the new online payment service provider, we invite you to create your account with ClickPay. Please review the document below for more details.

Click Pay Reminder

                   July 19, 2020                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

200 E 16th Street COVID-19 Reopening Plan - Phase II

The following document is the COVID-19 Safety Plan 200 E 16 Street  plan that has been

filed and approved by the City of New York for the 200 E 16 St. Housing Cooperation.

 

July 9, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                     

Notice to Shareholders and Residents

 

200 EAST 16th STREET HOUSING CORP.

200 East 16th Street

New York, New York 10003

July 9, 2020

 

Dear Shareholders and Residents,

We hope everyone is remaining healthy and safe. The Board of Directors (the “Board”) still meet regularly each week (as it has since March 16th) in an effort to understand best practices and implement safety protocols for shareholders, residents and staff during this crisis.

Since many Shareholders and Residents have either returned, or plan to return shortly, to 200 East 16th Street (the “Building”), the Board would like to remind everyone to be thoughtful toward your neighbors. While some people in the Building may not share the same view(s) in terms of their own safety pre-cautions during this pandemic, we are all in this together. And as such, the Building will strictly follow all safety protocols mandated by the State of New York without exception. In addition, the Board has also adopted the following safety measures:

 

  • Elevators must operate at fifty percent (50%) capacity;

  • Masks are to be worn by all employees, Residents and guests at all times in all common areas;

  • All employees will be required to attest to their health on a daily basis;

  • Any employee, who travels to a restricted state may not return to work until the completion of a fourteen (14) day quarantine period. Note: the Building expects that all Residents will adhere to State law as well;

  • Contractors will be screened on a daily basis by the Building’s staff and must adhere to COVID- 19 guidelines.

 

We understand that these protocols may place some additional burdens on your daily lives (i.e. extended travel time(s) to work, unable to fully “take the mask off” when you enter the Building). But the goal is to adhere to a “safety first” policy with minimal risk to everyone in the Building.

The Building’s full “COVID-19 Safety Plan”, will be posted on the 200East.com website, as well as, in the Lobby. The Board continues to invite each of you to contact us if you have a specific concern or comments that would benefit our community. Clearly this is unchartered territory for all involved. However, the Board continues to believe that the Building should follow best practices during this serious time.

 

 

We will, of course, continue to keep you apprised of new information as it becomes available, but for now please continue to remain healthy and safe! And to the extent possible, we wish you a great summer!

Best Regards,

Joshua T Reitzas

President, Board of Directors 

200 East 16th Street Housing Corp

 

 

Let’s All Stay Safe and Healthy!

                                                                                                                                                   

Hot Water Shutdown Notice

 

 

Due to necessary plumbing work on the boiler, the hot water will be shut  down on Thursday, July 2nd between the hours of 9am and 5:30pm. 

 

This will only affect the C, D, and H Kitchen and Bathroom lines

 

We apologize for the inconvenience.

July 1, 2020

                                                                                                                      

Moves In/Out - Update 

As NYC moves into Phase 2 of re-opening due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of 200 East 16th Housing Corporation will review each request to schedule a move in/out on a case by case basis.  All moves will continue to require the requisite insurance and  adequate notice for scheduling purposes.

 

If, as determined by the Board in its sole discretion, the move is approved, an outside cleaning company will be required to come in and sanitize the areas where the move took place, including but not limited to the elevator, hallways, and basement areas.  The estimated cost of this service has been reduced to $550, subject to change, and will be the responsibility of the shareholder.  All moving personnel will be required to provide and wear their own PPE, such as masks and gloves, all times while in the building.  All moves must be completed in one business day.

Let’s All Stay Safe and Healthy!

June 29, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Apartment Alterations - Phase One

 

To: Residents of 200 East 16th Street
From: Orsid New York
Date: June 12, 2020
Re: Apartment Alterations - Phase One

As New York City begins to re-open certain non-essential industries, we are pleased to inform you that 200 East 16th Street is making its own preparations.

Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, apartment alterations that were underway prior to the coronavirus outbreak and stopped as a result of orders from NY State will be allowed to resume. Safety protocols issued by New York State and public health officials, including those established by the Board and Management, have been put into place for all staff and outside workers.

Attached is a copy of the Alterations Protocols that must be followed and are now made part of the building’s standard alteration procedures. Any contractor not complying with these safety protocols will be asked to leave the premises and denied access.

In order to allow building staff to properly supervise work crews and ensure that all safety protocols are being followed the number of alterations/renovations allowed at any one time will be limited. Once those alterations that were put on hold are complete the limit may be reevaluated.

For the safety of residents and staff, we remind everyone to wear a proper mask or cloth face covering at all times when in a common area of the building.

Thank you.

 BA - Alteration Protocols Document

 

June 12, 2020

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

2020 Census

 

 

Dear New Yorker,

As New York City faces unprecedented economic challenges in the fight against COVID-19, there is a critical step we can take to help New York City rebuild – you can fill out the 2020 census online TODAY at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.

Filling out the census has never been more important.  The census determines how the federal government allocates hundreds of billions of dollars every year to states and cities for programs and services.  Hospitals, public schools and transportation all receive funding based on census figures.  City agencies also rely on census data to make critical decisions to plan for vaccination needs, emergency preparation, sanitation services, infrastructure projects, transportation planning, and more.

In 2010, only 62 percent of New Yorkers filled out the census, well below the national average of 76 percent.  We can and must do better!  To learn more about the impact of the census on your neighborhood, visit www.nyc.gov/census.

SAFE

Your information will be kept private and protected for 72 years! By law, it cannot be shared with anyone – not even government agencies.

EASY

It’s only 10 questions, which should take you less than 10 minutes to fill out. Sounds simple right? It is.

New Yorkers are counting on us!  Please fill out the census now online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.

Thank you,

 

Julie Menin

NYC Census 2020 Director

June 12, 2020

                                                                                                                         

NYC Curfew Hours Extended

 

To: Residents of 200 East 16th Street

From: Orsid New York

Date: June 2, 2020

Re: NYC Curfew Hours Extended

Please be advised that new curfew rules will go into effect tonight for New York City beginning at 8:00 P.M. through 5:00 A.M. These curfew hours will remain in effect daily and run through Sunday, June 7, 2020..

The only exceptions to this curfew are the homeless, essential workers, members of the press, and those seeking medical treatment or supplies.

Additional building staff will be on duty throughout the evening and overnight hours. For everyone's safety we strongly urge all residents to remain inside as much as possible during the curfew.

If you must go outside between the curfew hours of 8:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M., and are considered an essential worker or a member of the press, make sure you have proper documentation from your employer designating you as such so you do not run the risk of being considered in violation of the curfew.

Thank you and please remain safe.

June 2, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                     

Orsid - COVID-19 Guidelines

To help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 please consider the following recommendations.  The purpose of these guidelines is to increase awareness with respect to social distancing and to emphasize the importance of maintaining a safe environment in accordance with practices established by the CDC and NYS Department of Health.

  • Maintain Social Distancing - Please keep a distance of at least six (6) feet between yourself and other residents and building staff.  Do not linger in the lobby or other common areas.

 

  • Cover your Mouth and Nose - The wearing of a mask or face covering is required for every resident and visitor 2 years of age and older in common areas.

 

  • One Family Unit per Elevator - Allow 6 feet of space when waiting for the elevator and do not overcrowd.  Please be patient and considerate of your neighbors.

 

  • Wash and Disinfect your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Clean and Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keys, keyboards, sinks and faucets.

 

  • Be efficient and respect your neighbors when using the Laundry Room.  If crowded, please consider returning at a later time.

Please contact your Managing Agent or Resident Manager if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Let’s All Stay Safe and Healthy!

May 17, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Moves In/Out Update

For the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of 200 East 16th Housing Corporation will review each request to schedule a move in/out on a case by case basis.  All moves will continue to require the requisite insurance and  adequate notice for scheduling purposes.

 

If, as determined by the Board in its sole discretion, the move is approved, an outside cleaning company will be required to come in and sanitize the areas where the move took place, including but not limited to the elevator, hallways, and basement areas.  The estimated cost of this service currently is $2,100, subject to change, and will be the responsibility of the shareholder.  All moving personnel will be required to provide and wear their own PPE, such as masks and gloves, all times while in the building.  All moves must be completed in one business day.

Let’s All Stay Safe and Healthy!

May 17, 2020

                                                                                                                         

Water Shutdown Notice

 

This will only effect the E,F,K,M-Line Bathrooms and G- Line Kitchen

Due to necessary plumbing work on the 14th Floor, the Hot & Cold water will be shut down Thursday, 5/14/20, between hours 10:30 AM to 4PM.

 

Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

Let’s All Stay Safe and Healthy!

                                                                                                                          

Important Memorandum Maintenanct and Common Charge Payments

 

 Orsid Realty Corp. is pleased to introduce its new service provider for accepting maintenance and common charge payments online. As the new online payment service provider, we invite you to create your account with ClickPay. Please review the document below for more details.

Click Pay Instructions - 2020

May 4, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Building Reminder

 

HELP KEEP RESIDENTS & BUILDING STAFF SAFE

 

As of Friday, April 17, 2020 all New Yorkers must wear a mask or cloth face covering when out in public and in situations where proper social distancing (6 feet or more) cannot be maintained.

Reminders while in the building…

· Don’t get on an occupied elevator

· Practice social distancing and allow passengers to exit an elevator

· Wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas at all times

· Keep interactions with Building Staff to a minimum

· Limit time spent in the lobby and common areas, including the laundry room

· Pick up your deliveries when notified by the Front Desk or call ahead so your packages are ready

Let’s All Stay Safe and Healthy!

 

May 4, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

April 23, 2020

Laundry Room Closing

Due to a move scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020, the laundry room will be closed as a precautionary measure between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

 Immediately following the move a cleaning company will sanitize the areas where the move took place.

Please plan accordingly and be sure to inform any household help of this scheduling change.

 

Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                 

April 12, 2020

Moves In/Out

For the foreseeable future during the coronavirus pandemic the Board of 200 East 16th Housing Corporation will review each request to schedule a move in/out on a case by case basis.  In addition to providing the requisite insurance and adequate notice you are asked to provide an itemized list of the items you intend to move.

 

If, as determined by the Board in its sole discretion, the items included in your move are beyond what may be considered essential the Board may require an outside cleaning company to come in and sanitize the areas where the move took place, including but not limited to the elevator, hallways, and basement areas.  The estimated cost of this service is $2,100 and will be the responsibility of the shareholder.  All moving personnel will be required to provide and wear their own PPE, such as masks and gloves, all times while in the building.  All moves must be completed in one business day.

 

 

Mail and Packages  

 

Since many shareholders are not residing in the building due to the pandemic mail and packages are beginning to pile up. As a courtesy to shareholders the building staff will gladly bring your items to your apartment. If you are interested in this service please contact Manny at super@200east.com or the front desk at 212-254-7334.

 

Orsid Realty

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Townhall - Covid-19 Update

 

March 27, 2020

Dear Shareholders and Residents,

On behalf of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), we hope this letter finds everyone safe.

This has been one of the most trying times for all of us, and the uncertainty of this evolving situation makes it even more challenging.  The Board, along with Orsid Management, has been meeting (virtually of course) everyday with the exception of Saturday and Sunday.  We continue to discuss the implementation of new protocols and policies in an effort to maintain the safety and well-being for all residents.   Consequently, on Tuesday, March 31st at 6pm, we invite all Shareholders and Residents to participate in a “virtual” townhall event in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting. 

The primary purpose for this event is to both address your concerns or questions, as well as ensure that the entire community has the benefit of hearing them.  In an effort to maximize our time together, we ask that if at all possible, please email your questions or comments to Rob Mellman at rmellman@orsidr.com or TJ Russo at tjrusso@orsidr.com no later than 8pm March 30th, 2020. 

While we may not have enough time to answer everyone’s questions during the event, we will attempt to respond to your comments directly, or possibly in a supplement notice that will appear on our Building’s website (on a no name basis).  Regardless, it is important that we hear your concerns, or answer your questions if such information has not been adequately relayed.

The following information is how to participate for the event:

Join from your computer or mobile (may require download): https://fuze.me/50214196

Or join by phone:

+1 201-479-4595, 50214196# (meeting ID)

 

We will continue to keep you apprised of new information as it becomes available, and look forward to our call next week. 

Continue to remain safe!

Best Regards,

Joshua T Reitzas

President, Board of Directors

200 East 16th Street Housing Corp.

                                                                                                                          

MEMORANDUM

March 22, 2020

Dear Shareholders and Residents,

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as 200 East 16th Street Housing Corp. (“200 East”) implemented some new protocols and limitations, which were designed only to keep shareholders, residents and staff as safe and healthy as possible during this crisis.

As you know, Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order that requires all workers to remain home except those engaged in “essential services.”  The services of the superintendent, handyman, concierge, porters and other staff in buildings like 200 East are deemed “essential” and we will continue, at least for the time being, to have the benefit of these services.  However, we have to do as much as possible to maintain our staff’s health, as well as the health of everyone else.  Accordingly, we ask that in addition to being courteous and respectful of our staff, we practice “social distancing” etiquette.  The intercom and telephone should be the primary ways of communicating with the front desk, Manny or management. 

At this time, we do welcome all staff to wear masks, but please do not take the staff’s personal desire to wear a mask out of context or alarm.  It is simply a precautionary measure, at the sole discretion of each staff member.

In addition, we are informed that our management company, Orsid, is working hard to maintain a proper level of disinfectant cleaning materials so that the staff can maintain the current schedule of cleaning and disinfecting frequently used areas, door knobs, elevator buttons and panels, etc. as much as possible.  (Speaking of disinfectants, may we remind everyone that used disinfectant wipes and towels should be discarded in closed garbage bags and never flushed down a toilet.  Using toilets to discard used disinfectant materials risks to damage to the drainage and water pipes in our building, which we want to avoid even more than usual under the current circumstances.)

The Board has been meeting virtually with Orsid every business day since last week.  And we will continue to do so until there is a reasonable end in sight. 

 

Finally, we invite each of you to contact us if you have a specific concern or possible comments that would benefit our community at 200 East.  We do plan on hosting a “virtual” townhall shortly (Please stay tuned for details). 

Of course, we will continue to keep you apprised of new information as it becomes available, but for now please have a safe and healthy week.

 

Best Regards,

Joshua T Reitzas

President, Board of Directors
200 East 16th Street Housing Corp.

                                                                                                                          

MEMORANDUM

 

TO:                Residents of 200 East 16th Street Housing Corp.

FROM:          Orsid New York

DATE:            March 18, 2020

RE:                Important Memorandum Regarding COVID 19/Coronavirus

  

Please be advised, effective immediately the Board and Management have decided to take additional measures in an effort to limit the spread of COVID 19/Coronavirus.  We are heeding the advice of expert, health officials, including the NYC Department of Health, and taking the following steps to help prevent the spread of this virus.  These measures will remain in place until further notice:

 

  • No Deliveries to Apartment Doors – Building staff will not allow delivery persons to bring items up to your door; residents will need to meet the delivery person in the lobby.  All deliveries to the building must go to the front desk.  The doorman will then notify the resident to come down and pick up the item.  If you are not feeling well or are physically unable to pick up your deliveries, the staff will arrange to bring the items to you at the earliest convenience.  This applies to all deliveries, including groceries, restaurants, etc.).  Under no circumstances are staff allowed to accept deliveries that have not already been paid for in full.  In other words, no cash on delivery.  Please do not order any large, bulky items, such as furniture, unless you are physically able to carry it yourself.  Staff will not be able to assist.

 

  • Apartment Alterations – All non-essential, apartment renovations are now suspended until further notice.

 

  • No Open Houses or Apartment Viewings – For the foreseeable future we have decided to ban all apartment showing and open houses.  While all interviews shall be suspended for the time being, the Board will consider conducting them online. 

 

  • Household Help – Healthcare, childcare, and domestic help will continue to be allowed to enter the building.  However, all of the aforementioned personel must be identified to the building and follow all health and safety precautions suggested by the CDC.  Please be advised that if staff members notice a daily caregiver with symptoms entering the building, they are instructed to notify supervisors immediately, and may suspend entry into the building. 

 

  • Visitors and Guests – At this time, no guests or visitors are permitted in the building unless: 1) they are pre-approved and have been living on the premises prior to the date hereof; 2) immediate family of the shareholder; 3) or extenuating circumstances exist.  In this instance, please contact Rob Mellman or TJ Russo to discuss this matter directly.  Of course, the 200 East reserves the right to refuse entry to guest or permitted visitor that  exhibits any symptoms of illness- regardless of how severe.  The Board and Management understand the potential hardship that this may cause and ask that any shareholder effected by this moratorium contact management to discuss the issue directly. 

 

  • Dog Walkers – Residents must bring their dogs to the lobby as dog walkers are no longer allowed to enter the building past the lobby.  If this presents a significant problem for you, please contact Rob Mellman or TJ Russo immediately.

 

  • Gym and Community Room – By Executive Order from Governor Andrew Cuomo the gym is now closed.  In addition, the community room will also be closed until further notice.

 

  • Front Door Entry Keys – In the event the front entry door is locked, all residents should have a working key.  If you do not have a key, please advise Manny as soon as possible and one will be made available. 

 

  • Laundry Room – The laundry room will remain open.

 

  • Elevator Use – We suggest waiting for the next elevator or using the stairs, if possible, if one is crowded.

 

  • Building Website – While communications will be posted in elevators or under apartment doors, we request that all residents sign-up for electronic delivery at www.200east.com.  Now, more than ever, it is critical that management is able to communicate with residents as efficiently and timely as possible.

 

In the interim, staff members are continually sanitizing common surfaces in both the lobby and on each floor.  This includes wiping down elevator buttons, door handles multiple times daily, as well as sanitizing the trash areas and laundry rooms on recurring daily basis.

 

Lastly, the building must be prepared in the event any staff member(s) are unable to work. Accordingly, we would like to know if there are any resident volunteers, who may be available to monitor the front door.  If you are interested in doing so, please contact Manny Almeida or TJ Russo. 

 

The Board and Management do not take these measures stated herein lightly, and will be in constant contact to refine and adjust these policies as to both protect the health and safety of residents with the balance of quiet enjoyment in one’s home.  This pandemic has already impacted the daily lives of everyone.  And by implementing these new policies, it is our belief that it will attempt to minimize potential exposure for all residents, and the community at large.

 

Thank you in advance for both your understanding and cooperation during this difficult period. 

 

 

Orsid New York - March 18,  2020

                                                                                                                          

MEMORANDUM

 

 TO:                Residents of 200 East 16th Street Housing Corp.

FROM:          Orsid New York

DATE:            March 12, 2020

RE:                 Coronavirus Update

  

Recently you have received several notices from building management regarding preparations and preventive measures relating to the Covid-19 virus.  Management and the Board are staying close to the situation and will continue to adapt our policies based upon changing circumstances, recommendations of government officials, and our best judgment on how to protect our building’s residents, visitors and staff.  Everyone’s health and safety is our number one priority.

 

In this regard, effective immediately staff will postpone, where possible, any work/visits to apartments where an occupant has certain symptoms of the virus and has either traveled recently to an affected country or has been in contact with an infected person.  Staff has been instructed to ask questions before entering an apartment to determine if they may be at risk upon entering.  This is not only for their safety but also to reduce the risk of a staff member spreading the virus within the building.

 

Staff has also been instructed not to report to work if they develop any flu-like symptoms, whether or not confirmed to be Covid-19.  This may result in operating with a partial staff and/or the delay or suspension of some non-essential, building services.

 

These procedures have been recommended for residential buildings by the NYC Health Department and may (and likely will) change daily or weekly.

 

We ask your patience as we try our best to prepare and act responsibly.  Please do your part by washing your hands frequently and, most importantly, if you suspect you may have contracted Covid-19, follow the instructions previously distributed by Management, seek proper medical care, and notify your Account Executive, T.J. Russo, via email at tjrusso@orsidny.com.  In addition, should you have special needs and require assistance, whether related to Covid 19 or not, please reach out to building management and they will endeavor to assist in any way possible.

 

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Orsid New York - March 12,  2020

                                                                                                                          

Water Shutdown Notice

This will affect the

H Line Bathroom & J Line Kitchen

 

Dear Shareholders,

 

Due to renovations on the 11th floor, the Hot and Cold water will be shut down

 J Line Kitchens and H Line Bathrooms.

 

Tuesday, March 10th, between the hours of

9:00am and 3:00pm

 

Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience.

 

March 8, 2020

                                                                                                                          

Covid-19 Update

The document below are the first publications provided by NYC concerning the coronavirus along with a condensed, alternate version of the memo Orsid circulated last weed.

Risk Management Bulletin COVID19 Document

March 8, 2020

                                                                                                                        

 

CORONAVIRUS RISK MANAGEMENT BULLETIN 

 

RE:  COVID19 – CORONAVIRUS DISEASE PREPAREDNESS 

 

INTRODUCTION  

This bulletin is intended to disseminate information and raise awareness related to the recent announcement by the CDC about the rapidly evolving situation and the potential spread of the COVID19 (Coronavirus Disease) outbreak which has raised concerns across the globe.  Orsid New York has been closely monitoring the situation and is prepared to offer the following advice. 

 

While there are many concerns about the potential for community disruption in the event of a widespread outbreak in New York City and surrounding region we are focused on some core concerns.  In the event this outbreak was to spread into the region eliciting a government response, our primary objectives will be to maintain continuous operations both for Orsid and for each of the buildings we manage.  In order to do that we are going to need the cooperation of every resident and staff member in every building so that we can at least control those factors, which are controllable during an otherwise unpredictable situation.  Any emergency plan implementation will have to be secondary and fluidly responsive to any official response by government.  We are considering and planning for a range of contingencies in order to assure that we can meet three important objectives which include: maintaining security, maintaining essential services, and maintaining communication.  Of course, our overall goal is to continue as close to normal operations as possible at all times.  The situation we are faced with is unpredictable in the sense that we do not know the scale or scope of the potential local, state, and federal government response who, so far, have provided little guidance about what specific measures are in place and how a response might impact services.   One could imagine steps would be taken to detect, treat and prevent (through isolation or quarantine) new cases of Coronavirus.  Depending on the scale of the outbreak, it could have a widespread impact on the ability to obtain healthcare, emergency services, essential supplies and could disrupt public transportation systems and law-enforcement.  We are continuing to monitor the NYC OEM for guidance. 

 

A secondary but parallel initiative is to educate the communities and staff members we manage on best practices to prevent the spread of infection.  This information is largely influenced by CDC’s published best practices to prevent the spread of most common germs and viruses including the Coronavirus.  We will be providing guidance to staff members about specific cleaning techniques, intervals, and products that should be used to help prevent the spread of infectious germs. 

 

 

 

WHAT ORSID IS DOING 

Orsid is focused on preparedness for the possibility that staff members may not be able to get to work and our ability to maintain security and essential services should that occur.  Much as we have done in the past, we are considering a plan along the lines of the strike preparation measures that have been put in place to deal with the potential union strike each time the collective bargaining agreement is up for renewal.  Those objectives are very similar to this situation in terms of maintaining security and essential operations.  We are taking steps to prepare our staff and the residents for that possibility.  At a minimum, those plans have included having volunteers and security guards posted at entryways.  Under the circumstances, we cannot count on outside security services and so our goal would be to have each building staffed with resident volunteers, if necessary, and impose a restriction of non-essential deliveries and other activities that require outside visitors to enter the building.   

 

We are also focused on educating our communities and staff members about best practices for preventing the spread of viral illness.  To that end we are including some detailed bulletins that have been published by the CDC and we encourage you to be familiar with them.  We are asking that these be conspicuously posted in each of our buildings.  The most up to date information can be gathered from the CDC directly at https://www.cdc.gov/covid19 and at the World Health Organization https://www.who.int/ websites.  So far, the CDC has been emphatic that the exposure in the United States remains very low, but that they are planning for what they anticipate will be an inevitable escalation.  While they have also indicated the symptoms of the illness can range from mild to severe flulike symptoms and respiratory illness, each individual is uniquely susceptible.  Therefore, we encourage every member of our community to mitigate the risk of infection by following some common practices: 

 

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  1. Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue and throw it in the trash.  If you don’t have a tissue available sneeze or cough into your arm or clothing not your hand. 

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

  1. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

  1. Stay home if you are sick unless it is necessary to seek medical attention. 

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

 

We will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation and provide updates as necessary.  It is important we all maintain vigilant and the appropriate perspective and resist the urge to respond to misinformation.  As with any issue that conjures public fear there are those who would prey on that fear for monetary gain.  Please be mindful of this as you go about your daily lives and let your judgment guide you accordingly. 

                                                                                                                          

2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of 200 East 16th Street Housing Corporation will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the conference room on the second-floor of the Seafarers International House, which is located at 123 East 15th Street. This is the same meeting location as in prior years.

A package, including the Official Notice of Meeting, Proxy, and the 2018 Financial Statement, will be sent to you shortly under a separate cover.

In the meantime, Shareholders interested in running for a seat on the seven-member Board of Directors are invited to submit a brief biography. The incumbent resident Directors have all decided to run again. The Sponsor remains entitled to two seats on the Board.

In order to ensure that your name is placed on the ballot, please submit your biography (approximately 100 words) no later than the close of business on Friday, November 8, 2019 to Melina Trigo via email at mtrigo@orsidny.com 

Thank you and we look forward to your attendance at the Annual Meeting on December 3, 2019.