Nearly 70 shareholders marched from Sternberg Park to the management office last week to deliver the petition and call for the Williamsburg co-op to amend its bylaws for the first time since it was organized 50 years ago.
Specifically, residents in the seven-tower, Boerum Place complex called for reform to the voting process, which they say has been run with intimidation to enable certain members to continuously get re-elected.
“It is our duty as representatives to support democratic initiatives like this petition which is the legitimate exercise of Lindsay Park shareholder’s rights,” said Councilman Antonio Reynoso at the rally last week. “I urge the management and the board of directors of Lindsay Park to work with these almost 900 shareholders to call the special meeting and let the majority speak to what kind of election process they want.”
Residents claim their fraudulently elected board members have taken part in numerous illegal practices, including the misuse of the building’s waiting list, allowing apartments to remain empty for an exorbitant amount of time, and “frivolous violations” dealt to keep “troublemakers” in line.
Ronny Wasserstrom was born and raised in the Lindsay Park housing development, the largest Mitchell-Lama affordable housing co-op in Brooklyn, and joined the rally to call for reform.
“Someone has to put a stop to the corruption,” Wasserstrom said. “This lawlessness must end and we will do everything to help the shareholders.”
Carmen Padilla, co-chair of shareholders of the Betterment of Lindsay Park, said she too would fight so that every resident in the building is treated fairly.
“We urge Mayor De Blasio and HPD to include Mitchell-Lama co-ops in his housing policy plan, making sure that 2,702 affordable units remain affordable, and that no mismanagement is tolerated in our community,” Padilla said.
Marty Needelman of Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A said he plans to fight with the residents of Lindsay Park.
“Someone has to put a stop to the corruption,” Needelman said. “This lawlessness must end and we will do everything to help the shareholders.”