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File #: Res 0405-2010    Version: * Name: Enact a bill of rights for cooperative shareholders and condominium unit owners (A.4948 and S.4725).
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 8/25/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to enact A.4948 and S.4725, which enact a bill of rights for cooperative shareholders and condominium unit owners and direct the Attorney General to promulgate a handbook summary of these rights and the procedures available to enforce them.
Sponsors: Gale A. Brewer, Charles Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Daniel Dromm , Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, David G. Greenfield, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Brad S. Lander, Annabel Palma, Jumaane D. Williams, Fernando Cabrera , Michael C. Nelson, Rosie Mendez, Karen Koslowitz, Daniel J. Halloran III, Peter A. Koo
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Res. No. 405
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to enact A.4948 and S.4725, which enact a bill of rights for cooperative shareholders and condominium unit owners and direct the Attorney General to promulgate a handbook summary of these rights and the procedures available to enforce them.
 
 
By Council Members Brewer, Barron, Chin, Dromm, Fidler, Gentile, Greenfield, James, Koppell, Lander, Palma, Williams, Cabrera, Nelson, Mendez, Koslowitz, Halloran and Koo
 
      Whereas, The boards of directors of cooperative corporations and boards of managers of condominium associations exercise broad authority over the rights and financial interests of the individual owners; and
      Whereas, These boards and associations are presently given broad legal discretion under the law; and
      Whereas, Identical bills have been introduced in the Assembly, A.4948 and the Senate, S.4725, to address certain aspects of this authority and the sponsors' Memoranda in Support indicate that complaints have been received from property owners who feel that they have been dealt with in an arbitrary and capricious manner by their board or association; and
      Whereas, These bills would clarify the rights and responsibilities of the shareholders and boards of directors of cooperative corporations and of the unit owners and boards of managers of condominium associations; and
      Whereas, These bills would add a new section 352-eeeee to the General Business Law to establish a number of important due process rights for individual unit owners in dealing with their board or association and also create general standards for the conduct of business by these boards and associations; and
      Whereas, The rights granted to cooperative shareholders and condominium unit owners in these bills would require cooperative corporations and condominium associations to process requests for action by unit owners in an expeditious, non-discriminatory fashion, according to uniform written procedures; hold elections by secret ballot and post the results; fill board vacancies in a timely fashion; provide for the prompt resignation of board members who sell their interest in the corporation or association; make various documents, including financial statements, available to individual owners in a timely fashion; post notice of meetings at least ten days in advance; and, with the exception of some special cases, obtain permission through a shareholder or unit owner vote before imposing special assessments or entering into contracts for extraordinary expenses; and
      Whereas, These protections would help to ensure that unit owners are dealt with fairly and have access to important information regarding the management of the buildings which constitute their homes; and
Whereas, These bills would require the boards of directors of cooperative corporations and boards of managers of condominium associations to amend, within one year, their organizational and operating documents to reflect the rights granted and responsibilities imposed in these bills; and
Whereas, These bills would require the Attorney General of the State of New York to promulgate, within six months, a handbook summarizing the rights of shareholders and unit owners vis-à-vis cooperative corporations and condominium associations and the procedures and processes available to enforce those rights; now therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to enact A.4948 and S.4725, which enact a bill of rights for cooperative shareholders and condominium unit owners and direct the Attorney General to promulgate a handbook summary of these rights and the procedures available to enforce them.
 
Res 1661/2008