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  1. DISCLAIMER: This website is not an official website of Towers On The Park Condominium. It is not written by the board of directors, on site manager, or the building’s management company. It is written by me, Paul Adao, with help from friends and homeowners. I try to keep it factual but I am not perfect. I ask you or anyone connected to Towers On The Park to write to me so we can keep this website factual. This is the third disclaimer on this site and from the first day I have always had a disclaimer on this site.


I want to make a comment about Towers on the Park (TOP). My name is Paul Adao and I live in the 300 building of TOP. I bought my condominium here over 16 years ago and I can honestly say I love living here.  I would say to anyone thinking of buying here: YES, go for it!  It is a GREAT place to live! I also think our location is terrific.  I encourage you to buy into the TOP complex and become part of a great residential community.  I would be glad to respond to any potential buyer who may have questions they want to ask of a current homeowner about what it is like to live here.  Please feel free to send an email to this website and I will do my best to respond. As most all residential buildings in NYC, we have bylaws at the TOP. I encourage you to read them carefully  and understand them so that when you make TOP your residence, you will feel comfortable and confident that the bylaws meet your needs. The bylaws and rules are all for our protection. Changing bylaws will affect our quality of living. Let’s live by them not change them.

Remember we have an in building grocery store, we are located above the B and C train station, and some of the lowest common charges around.



                       Write me at:     towersonthepark@gmail.com


PLEASE DO NOT VOTE.

March 26, 2017

PLEASE NO NOT VOTE until the election is run properly and the proxies are gathered within the parameters of our bylaws. We have to reach a quorum and if we don’t vote maybe just maybe the board will have to put up a knew notice and ask homeowners over a proper amount of time to run for the board. To me this looks like a BOARD MEMBER FOR LIFE GANG group. Do these two board members deserve your vote? I believe We are paying the voting company to hold an election it seems when our bylaws clearly state Proxies should be gathered before the vote and certified by the TOP Board secretary to reach a quorum.


From Towers on the Park book of bylaws.

Page 317, Section 7 of our by-laws: 

Proxies.  A Person acting as a proxy need not be a Home Owner. Such proxies shall only be valid for such meeting or subsequent adjourned meetings thereof. All proxies shall be in writing, duly acknowledged and filed with the Secretary prior to the meeting at which the same are to be used. A notation of such proxies shall be made in the minutes of the meeting ...”



At least 20 homeowners have talked with me about this election and they all were dissatisfied with the way the board has run the election for different reasons. The main complaint was not enough time to think about running.


Is our board and board president doing a good job after years of bylaws neglect? I wouldn’t put Maire Kavanagh in charge of a lemonade stand.

I ask why did homeowners only have a few days notice in the elevators for homeowners to think about running for the TOP board. The notice should have been put up for 2 or 3 weeks in advance so homeowners would have an adequate amount of time to consider a position on the board. It is a big decision.





Old article:


Subject: Letter from Dorcas Garcia to Tony Otayek and all of the board  members about disabling my website on Jan 4, 2011.


Hi Tony. ( Otayek )

I had a software engineer try to disable the "towersonthepark.com" website, but couldn't..


See, I guess Dorcas does not want transparency. Why would she try to disable this site???


Martha Duggan was represented by the previous TOP insurance lawyers when she was being sued by a former board member in a slander suit that had to do with false statements she used in campaigning for her seat on the board. See Martha said that Frank, a former board member used the TOP lawyer for his own personal business and or affairs this was denied by the TOP attorney. How did she become president of the TOP Board. She didn’t pay $6,500.00. She didn’t pay Frank 2k to settle the suit. But two insurance companies did.  Why did the insurance companies pay? This was her private business, campaigning for the board and making false accusations is NOT Towers on the Park business. READ JULY 10, 2014



Who said this?

“I’m sick of these people! They can’t afford this, they can’t afford that - Why don’t they just move out of here?”

That person is not running for the board this term.





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A $25,000 Mistake??

$40,000 out the window

When does it stop?


If board members had asked the woman architect, and a contractor of many years, who stood up at the homeowner's meeting, and several other knowledgeable homeowners, then maybe this $25,000 expenditure would have been more carefully considered. The woman felt compelled to shout, "You do not pay for proposals!" because some members of the board disagreed with her. She was right and the board was wrong according to the people I spoke with.


One contractor I spoke with (he does not live at TOP), laughed at me when I told him we paid 25K for proposals to redo our three lobbies. Yes, he laughed and said, " Where do you live?  I would love to give several proposals at that price.  That's an interesting idea...charging for proposals."  He then laughed again and said, "Do they need any more proposals?"  He also said, "No, as a contractor I do not get paid for proposals but I wish I did."


And still, to this day, there are board members who think the 25K was well spent. If only the board had gone to the homeowners who deal with this on a daily basis, we could have saved this unnecessary cost.  I think this expenditure was caused by the board's continued insistence that they operate in secrecy.



The boards in the past have done so many wrong things they need to be observed by homeowners.


This is just a few examples of what we have heard.


One board spent about $10,000.00  trying to shut down this site.


From what I understand the worker that was paid off ($40,000) because someone at TOP made her leave. Well we were told my


Female worker fired and then said resigned or let go. NO INVESTIGATION so the homeowners would know what had happened. Rumors had it that she was a whistle blower on corruption. One unnamed board member was supposedly named in her being fired. This woman MAY have been fired because she was exposing corruption.

NO INVESTIGATION, Homeowners should know what really happened.


One board member on another board tried to have a technician shut down this website. I have a letter that proved that. The letter was written to the board president by a board member at the time and cc to all the board.


For a period of over 6 years homeowners were way over charged interest and penalties on being delinquent of common charges reports. The mistake was recalculated correctly and the difference was almost a half million dollars. I was on the board and I pointed out to the board that the numbers were incorrect and the treasurer said she knew it and she had never told the president of the board or other board members. No one got in trouble for that.


There are dozens and dozens of these stories. And some board members are still against homeowners just observing their board meetings. I have always believed that homeowners should only observe not speak or interrupt the meeting. Then maybe at the end have a 10 or 15 minute question and answer period.



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PLEASE DO NOT VOTE.

March 26, 2017

Is our board and board president doing a good job after years of bylaws neglect? I wouldn’t put Maire Kavanagh in charge of a lemonade stand.

I ask why did homeowners only have a few days notice in the elevators for homeowners to think about running for the TOP board. The notice should have been put up for 2 or 3 weeks in advance so homeowners would have an adequate amount of time to consider a position on the board. It is a big decision.

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PLEASE NO NOT VOTE until the election is run properly and the proxies are gathered within the parameters of our bylaws. We have to reach a quorum and if we don’t vote maybe just maybe the board will have to put up a knew notice and ask homeowners over a proper amount of time to run for the board. To me this looks like a BOARD MEMBER FOR LIFE GANG group. Do these two board members deserve your vote? I believe We are paying the voting company to hold an election it seems when our bylaws clearly state Proxies should be gathered before the vote to reach a quorum.


At least 20 homeowners have talked with me about this election and they all were dissatisfied with the way the board has run the election for different reasons. The main complaint was not enough time to think about running.



March 19, 2017

There is a notice in the elevator that is advertising a meeting with Susan Birenbaum and Humanittude. Is this a free service or is it a company doing business in our building? Greta Pryor is a board member and her email is on this notice. If I remember correctly our bylaws forbid any business being done in the common area of our buildings. Also is it right to advertise in the elevators bulletin board. I ask the board to check into this and see if any board member is profiting from being on the board in any business having to do with this venture or any other venture or business with TOP.



Oct 2, 2016


ALL RENTALS OF UNITS IN TOWERS ON THE PARK ARE ILLEGAL BECAUSE THE BOARD OF MANAGERS FAILED TO FILE THE REFERENDUMS WITH THE CITY REGISTER, NEW YORK COUNTY. THE LAW STATES THAT NO ACTION CAN BE TAKEN ON A REFERENDUM UNTIL PROPERLY FILED.


THIS IS A REQUEST FOR THE BOARD OF MANAGERS OF TOWERS ON THE PARK CONDOMINIUM TO:

CEASE AND DESIST ALL ACTIONS PERTAINING TO CHANGES TO THE BYLAWS, I.E. (A) REDUCTION OF VOTING PERCENTAGE REQUIRED TO MODIFY THE BYLAWS AND (B) PERMISSION TO ALLOW SUBLETTING.


THIS REQUEST IS MADE BECAUSE THE BOARD HAS REFUSED TO PROVE TO HOME OWNERS THAT THESE REFERENDUMS LEGALLY PASSED.  IN ADDITION, A PAST BOARD PRESIDENT AND HIS ACCOMPLICES ILLEGALLY FIRED A CONDO EMPLOYEE BECAUSE SHE TOLD BOARD MEMBERS THAT VOTING RESULTS WERE FABRICATED.


  1. IN 2010 THE BOARD PRESENTED A REFERENDUM TO REVISE THE CRITERIA FOR CHANGING BYLAWS. IT PROPOSED 66 2/3% RATHER THAN 80% OF HOME OWNERS BE REQUIRED TO VOTE TO CHANGE THE BY-LAWS. IT WAS ALSO PROPOSED TO PERMIT LEASING OF UNITS. THE LETTER ON BOARD LETTERHEAD, DATED JUNE 19, 2012, SIGNED BY THEN PRESIDENT TONY OTAYEK, STATED THE PROPOSAL PASSED. A SECOND LETTER FROM THE ELECTION FIRM, ELECTION SERVICES SOLUTIONS, SIGNED BY SAUNDRA TOVIN, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY, ALSO AFFIRMED THAT THE REFERENDUM PASSED.


  1. THE BOARD HAS IGNORED INQUIRIES FROM HOME OWNERS TO PROVE THE REFERENDUM PASSED. HOWEVER, AS STATED IN SCHEDULE “D” TO THE DECLARATION OF THE BY-LAWS SECTION (d) PAGE 298, “ANY AMENDMENT TO THIS DECLARATION SHALL NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL IT IS RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CITY REGISTER, NEW YORK COUNTY.”  AS OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2016, THE OFFICE OF THE CITY REGISTER, NEW YORK COUNTY, HAS NO RECORD OF THE REFERENDUM EVER BEING FILED/REGISTERED. THE BOARD CONTINUES TO IGNORE INQUIRIES TO PROVE THIS REFERENDUM PASSED.


THE BOARD SHOULD AWAIT THE FINAL OUTCOME OF THE JOSEPHINA CRUZ LAWSUIT TO BE DETERMINED.



FOR THESE REASONS, THE BOARD OF MANAGERS OF THE TOWERS OF THE PARK CONDOMINIUM MUST CEASE AND DESIST FROM PERFORMING ALL ACTIONS PERTAINING TO CHANGES TO THE BYLAWS UNTIL IT IS PROVEN THAT THE REFERENDUMS WERE LEGALLY PASSED AND REGISTERED.  IF THE BOARD CONTINUES TO ALLOW THE ILLEGAL LEASING/RENTING OF HOME OWNERS UNITS AN INJUNCTION WILL BE FILED.


SINCERELY, PAUL ADAO


Since I submitted my Cease and Desist letter to the Board, they have now decided to properly file the referendum amendments with the Office of the City Register, New York County.  However, do they have the appropriate documents of certified proxies and actual ballots certifying that the referendum actually passed? Why have they waited so long?  It appears that the Board has finally admitted that this registration was required.  Both the TOP By-Laws and Declaration cite this requirement in order for the referendum to be in-acted.  Thus, the current leasing has been illegal. Board members had been informed by the former administrative assistant that the referendum had not passed and was subsequently illegally fired. This resulted in a lawsuit against the board.

So I believe the board should request TOP attorney Carol Dunning to submit in writing, a clear and concise explanation of a vote pertaining to making changes to our by-laws and should abide by the precise directions contained in the By-Laws and the Declaration.  Carol Dunning should also explain the proper follow up procedures once the referendum has allegedly passed and if indeed the current leasing policy is illegal.  Is the Board’s back-stepping in now properly filing the results permissible?

Our By-Laws state that the Proxies must be gathered before the meeting. This was not done nor were all the Proxies notarized so is it a legal vote?

I am asking the Board here and now “why are you registering a vote that you know was NOT done according to our bylaws?”

The Proxy votes were not collected by the Secretary prior to the meeting.

We all know that at that meeting the numbers were not met and that the voting was kept open, with voting boxes that stood in our lobbies for over 2 months. That seems to be a clear a violation of our bylaws.




Sept 23, 2016

$20,000.00 Missing ????


I am in the process of writing a letter to the TOP Board. I am also asking any previous board members, that were on previous boards and saw any unethical or abuse of our bylaws to write me or write the board directly and inform the members of the current board what they saw. It is our duty as homeowners and former board members to keep track of anything that might be illegal or unethical. There are board members on the board now that say lets forget the past. I urge you to be leery of these board members they MAY be coverings up illegal things that were done in the past. It is very important to know the past to prevent it from happening again in the future. I remember a wise saying that goes something like this. Those who forget the past are doomed to live it again in the future. This certainly seems to happen at TOP.


For example many years ago a previous board member was involved in trying to locate a  sum of money that was missing. This board member also told other people this story. Who else knew about missing money and how was it investigated. SHE said she was one of the people who looked for the money and it was never found. Does the current board at TOP know this story? They should.    Or should we forget this alleged incident and just hope it never happens again? And when the next thing happens we can forget that.

Keep track of our history because history has a tendency to repeat.


Questions should be asked about this allege money that was supposedly missing.


Is this story true?

Did she tell other people of missing money?

How does a board find money missing and not make a point to tell all homeowners?

Was a forensic accountant or law enforcement involved?


Yes it was a long time ago, but should we forget this when board members keep coming back to the board? Who will run for the board in the future?

 


Sept 13, 2016

Not again! Where is the paperwork that should have been submitted to The Office of the City Register? I went down to 66 John St. to looked up these papers. With the help of one of their employees we found NOTHING regarding these changes.  The last paperwork from TOP was submitted in 1992. No paperwork about changing or amending our bylaws were submitted. So why has renting started at TOP?


Below is part of the Cease and desist letter I have sent the board. This information can be found on page 298 of our Towers on the Park Gray Book the one I was given when I bought my condo.


THE BOARD HAS IGNORED INQUIRIES FROM HOME OWNERS TO PROVE THE REFERENDUM PASSED. HOWEVER, AS STATED IN SCHEDULE “D” TO THE DECLARATION OF THE BY-LAWS SECTION (d) PAGE 298, “ANY AMENDMENT TO THIS DECLARATION SHALL NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL IT IS RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CITY REGISTER, NEW YORK COUNTY.”  AS OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2016, THE OFFICE OF THE CITY REGISTER, NEW YORK COUNTY, HAS NO RECORD OF THE REFERENDUM EVER BEING FILED/REGISTERED. THE BOARD CONTINUES TO IGNORE INQUIRIES TO PROVE THIS REFERENDUM PASSED.




Dear Josefina Cruz,

I want to thank you on behalf of myself and all like minded residents  like myself that want to put a stop to the corruption at Towers on the Park. Thank you for spending your time and your efforts in taking legal action against this corruption and toward the people known as board members  that have not so far and presumably will not in the future follow our bylaws.  I realize and hope that after all the money you have spent to stop their inappropriate actions that the court will at least award you attorney fees. If you are awarded attorneys fees, this should send a message to all Board Members(past ,present and future) that they  can be held financially responsible for monies  that you are spending  to stop this corruption. You are fully aware that we have been hearing about wrongdoings and or corruption for years. You aren't drawing a line in the sand and saying “enough is enough”. I want to thank you for  your efforts.

I  want to apologize for all the pain and the name-calling that board members have disseminated verbally and in writing to homeowners about your legal actions. It is well-known by myself and others that when people go around bad mouthing individuals they are sometimes knowingly and unknowingly protecting people that are doing corrupt and dishonest acts.  I understand the other day that board members were being sought out by a  process service. I was told that some board members  were hiding from the process server so they would not be found.  I asked the question “were they  under the impression that all they had to do was hide and they would not be called into court.”  This is the way our court system works. The parties and all participants get together in court and argue their case. What kind of the person hides from a process server? Maybe I should say what board members were hiding from this process server? I find it disgraceful AND TOTALLY UNETHICAL.

Josefina Cruz, Thank you for your efforts. It is my opinion that if the reputable people of TOP knew what you were doing in an honorable manner, rather than hearing distorted facts , directly or indirectly from certain board members, they  would join me in thanking you for protecting our investment at Towers on The Park. Most of the owners understand that we have an investment and the more people that follow our bylaws, the more it protects our investment. Personally, my condominium is my largest financial  asset, therefore in the interest of myself and all others, it is important to educate and make all of us aware of enforcing the by- laws in order to protect our investment.


Sincerely,

Paul Adao




June 15, 2016

Why would a board member, in front of about 50 homeowners tell one of the most secret of all secrets of information that board members are privileged to know about homeowners. A board member mentioned not only a person name but his apartment address to the audience. It has been clearly stated in the past that our bylaws do not prohibit a homeowner from running for the board if they are not in good standing. This is probably the only bylaw change that should be made to our bylaws. What is the bylaw committee recommendations on this?? I felt bad for the homeowner who was singled out. Was this done by one individual board member done on a setup situation. We do seem to get shills in our meetings. If anyone does not know what a shill is from what I see and understand a shill is a person in the audience that ask a question that will help an agenda of certain people. So was it a setup? Well it may turn into a lawsuit. That homeowner told me that he was going to consider a lawsuit.   


Jan 25, 2016


Vote NO on the ballot. Send a message to the board members that want to push their agenda forward with out a budget for the lobby renovation. We need a budget for this job. 6 board members trying to ram it down our throats. Estimates now over 2 million dollars.



Jan 15, 2016

HEY LETS FORCE POOR PEOPLE OUT OF TOWERS ON THE PARK?

                       Is this what they want to do????


Is it time to ask board members to step down from their positions as board members?


Why would Anne Simmons, Promiti Haubold, Carl Leibowitz, and Steve Wang vote to Not let homeowners in the board meeting to observe the meetings? Why is it that when some candidates run on the Idea that the board should be more transparent that when they have a chance to show they are being transparent they fail to vote for homeowners to observe the board conduct? I have heard from my friends on the board that all they want is to bypass or work around the bylaws and get the lobbies renovated. They want permission from homeowners to do the lobbies and not specify the actual cost. Now the estimate is as high as 1.8 million dollars. People like myself are asking where is the boards sensitivity to the less fortunate.



I am asking any board member who voted NO to this vote to answer this question and I will print your answer. Why would you not want homeowners to observe the board meetings if you are doing such a good job?


Which board member said the statement below???????


“I’m sick of these people! They can’t afford this, they can’t afford that - Why don’t they just move out of here?”



Jan 29, 2014

I believe the voting on the two referendums that we voted on a few years ago were held illegally because the voting was done without following the guidelines of our bylaws.


Page 317, Section 7 of our by-laws: 

Proxies.  A Person acting as a proxy need not be a Home Owner. Such proxies shall only be valid for such meeting or subsequent adjourned meetings thereof. All proxies shall be in writing, duly acknowledged and filed with the Secretary prior to the meeting at which the same are to be used. A notation of such proxies shall be made in the minutes of the meeting ...”


The  Referendum votes were illegal because they did not follow our by-laws and they should be overturned. Where is our attorney who is protecting the homeowners from certain board members? Our investment is not being protected by the board of managers that has one main job which is to protect our investment by following all bylaws that were written in good faith for Towers on the Park.


UPDATE:


Where is the paperwork that should have been submitted to The Office of the City Register? I went down to 66 John St. to looked up these papers. With the help of one of their employees we found NOTHING regarding these changes.  The last paperwork from TOP was submitted in 1992. No paperwork about changing or amending our bylaws were submitted. So why has renting started at TOP?



Nov 13, 2015

There was a vote on letting homeowners attend board meetings. The vote was 5 to 3 against letting homeowners into board meetings to observe.  Maybe secrecy and stupidity wins over transparency. These results actually came to me in a note that was placed under my door. I have been getting these anonymous notes for years. When I get them I always check out the information. I must admit whoever does this has always been correct. Why would some board members NOT want to be open to the  TOP homeowners? Three board members told us on candidate night how they would vote. When you vote in the next election remember do not vote for secrecy.  Instead, vote for homeowners who want transparency.


A note came to me about three year ago. It said a board member, at that time, was using the maintenance closet on his floor to store his own personal things. It was true. While other homeowners pay for storage, this board member had acquired a key and was getting storage for free. When I told this to a board member, it was stopped immediately.


I hope homeowners who want transparency and are fed up with the secret deals like the ones we have seen in recent years.  I encourage you to vote for those who will be open and forthcoming, not for those who want to operate in secret.


Homeowners in board meetings??

Board votes NO NO NO NO NO

5 to 3 vote: Against homeowners in meetings


Please do not vote for anyone that voted NO

Anne Simmons        No    

Promiti Haubold      NO  

Carl Leibowitz         NO      

Steve Wang            NO      

Renee Pessin          NO      

Gibrel Mustefa     did not vote

Dennis Young        YES

Linda Reynolds      YES

Mary Alford            YES


I talked with Gibrel Mustefa and he told me he would have voted no because he thought that homeowners would disrupt the board meetings. I wonder why board members don’t understand why homeowners are so upset at homeowners meetings. Because over the last few years they are being told the truth and it hurts and they want it corrected. When the board doesn’t want homeowners in board meetings the board looks like they are hiding something again.