Ellen Pearre Cason * (prior President - 1980, 1979)
Aaron Alexander *
Robert Hanna (incumbent Assistant Treasurer - 2016
_________ * pending
Sylvie Preston Gordon *
* These candidates are running together as a slate.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO RUN FOR OFFICE. IF YOU ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE MPTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN 2017, please notify the MPTA of your intended candidacy so you can be added to the Agenda to speak briefly (2 minutes) to the membership at the Monday, December 12th meeting and to the written ballot.
ALL OFFICER POSITIONS ARE OPEN. Some current officers will not run again. New faces are needed and welcome. Any tenant may run for any office. Just email the MPTA at email@example.com or leave a note in the MPTA lobby box in either building noting the position for whichyou wish to run along with your name and contact information.
Please bring your MPTA Membership Card, have it stamped and sign-in so we can verify your attendance. Per the MPTA Constitution dated November 9, 2015, to be eligible to vote, members must have attended 3 meetings within the past 12 months and paid dues for the previous and/or current year. Voting will be done via written, confidential ballot.
11/18/2016 UPDATED December 3, 2016
This same information is available in the documents below - PLEASE BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD ALL,
If you are crossing West 43rd Street at 9th Avenue, coming home to the Plaza, and you wait for the walk sign, beware: the cars have the right to turn even though the walk sign is on. And racing vehicles on West 43rd, our neighborhood street, making up for lost time as they cross 9th Avenue traffic, now have a straight-away to speed on, are dangerous. The ingenious split-phase signal light crossing 9th Avenue at 43rd Street is safe for walkers when the vehicles obey the law, but where's the enforcement when cars violate the red turn arrow and do not yield to pedestrians in the yellow turn arrow at the end of the phase? And trying to cross W43rd/10th or W44/10th, with traffic turning during the walk phase, is sometimes taking your life in your hands, or in the hands on a steering wheel. And have you tried to cross W42 at Dyer Ave lately, in front of the parking garage? Most times--impossible! If you are tired of this kind of driving behavior and fear for your family and friends, it's time to speak out and seek solutions. The traffic nightmare around Manhattan Plaza got a chance for a solution at the October 19th Community Board 4 Transportation and Planning Committee when five of our tenants showed up to complain about fast vehicles, illegal turns and violations of pedestrian right of way while crossing our neighborhood streets. Douglas and Jean even had a power point presentation to highlight the details. The CB4 Trannportation Committee will write a strong letter expressing the citizen complaint to The NY Department of Transportation recommending a speed bump on W43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues, or a mid-block crossing, lead-time pedestrian intervals and phase signaling on West 42nd and West 43rd Streets onto 10th Avenue plus stronger enforcement and notification to out-of-town drivers that there is "no right turn on red" in our city. And, a top official of NYCDOT (Colleen Chattergoon) was at the meeting to hear the complaint and offer suggestions. Bravo MPTA for the motion, passed unanimously, and the attendees that showed at CB4 T&P Committee to make our streets safer.
Martin Treat, 2nd Vice President, MPTA Executive Committee
MPTA's Free Book, CD, DVD Exchange a Success
The MPTA's October 16th, 2016 book/magazine/DVD/VHS/CD Free Exchange in the Ellington Room was a triumph. An avalanche of donations came through the room. Delightfully, hundreds and hundreds of items found new homes. We were especially pleased to have many children visit. All of our children’s books and children’s DVDs/VHSs found kids to love them. With assistance from committee members, most of the remaining books were donated to non-profit organizations like Housing Works.
We learned a lot on Sunday and promise to make our Free Exchange even better next time.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR NEXT BOOK EXCHANGE WILL BE HELD SOON AFTER THE HOLIDAYS ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017. We will keep you posted. Stay tuned!
Thank you for helping us make the first Exchange a positive experience. If you have helpful suggestions on organizations who take book donations and if you are interested in assisting next time around, please contact us via the MPTA email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Julie Ridge, Committee Chairperson.
THE 2016 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
At the July 11, 2016 General MPTA Meeting the following persons were elected to three newly-created positions (under the amended MPTA Constitution dated November 9, 2015). The are:
2nd Vice President: Martin Treat
3rd Vice President: Bill Walters
Assistant Treasurer: Robert Hanna
They join the current Executive Committee Members and will serve with them until the next annual election of officers to be held in December 2016.
President: Douglas Leland (3rd term)
Vice President: Jean Tait (2nd term)
Faye Argentine Treasurer (1st term/2 prior as Secretary)
Aleta LaFarge Secretary
Julie Ridge Assistant Secretary
UPDATE ON THE MPTA CONSTITUTION
See the Constitution page for details about five amendments adopted at the November 14, 2016 MPTA Meeting.
SEE THE NEW PAGE (at left) ABOUT TENANT CONCERNS FEATURING INFORMATION ABOUT RIGHTS TO CLEAN WATER AND REPORTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
MPTA MEMBERSHIP 2017
The 2017 MPTA Membership Drive will kick-off in early January. Watch for the flyer and membership form which will be delivered to your door. New cards will be issued to replace your current 2016 yellow card.
During the past year, some tenants have suggested ways to increase MPTA attendance at meetings, participation in MPTA activities and paid membership so we are asking them and others to consider forming a new Membership Committee with its own Chairperson to help do so in 2017.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send us an email or leave a note in the lobby box. We know the holidays are upon us and everyone's time is limited so we will not begin until 2017, but please think ahead till then. !
Watch this space for more information and a downloadable membership form form in 2017.
2017 MPTA MEETING DATES
Monday January 9 Monday May 8 Monday September 11
Monday February 13 Monday June 12 Monday October 9
Monday March 14 Monday July 10 Monday, November 13
Monday April 3 (To Be Confirmed) Monday August 14 Monday, December 11
-- CONTACT THE MPTA --
If an issue arises which needs MPTA's attention, please e-mail or call us.
Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association 484 W. 43rd St. Suite #MPTA New York, NY 10036 Voicemail: (212) 330-9285 Email: email@example.com
Residents may drop a note in the MPTADrop Boxes located in the lobbies of both Manhattan Plaza buildings.
The Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association has nothing to do with applications or waiting lists for available apartments. For information regarding Manhattan Plaza waiting lists please call (212) 971-0660.