12% FUEL SURCHARGE INCREASE
We Saved Each Cooperator About $100 a Month for Six Months - $600!
Our Civic Association President, the Honorable Clifton Stanley Diaz, took Rochdale Village to Court (Diaz used $5,000 of his personal funds) regarding the year 2005 questionable Board Election results. While Diaz had his case was before the court, Mr. Diaz smartly attached a Court Stay Order to it, whereby among other things, Rochdale Village could not implement the Fuel Surcharge Increase in October 2005 prior to the Holiday Season. It wasn't until April 2006 that Rochdale was able to imposed a 12% Fuel Surcharge Increase on every cooperator. With Mr. Diaz's Court Case, every Cooperator was able to save approximately $100 a month for a total savings of about $600 dollars during the six month period. This enabled each cooperator to enjoy the Holiday Season and prepare themselves for the pending Increase that came about on April 2006.
12% CARRYING CHARGE INCREASE
We Worked With House Congress to Oppose The 12% Carry Charge Increase!
Our Civic Association President, the Hon. Clifton Stanley Diaz, joined forces with Jean Hall, the Rochdale Village House Congress President to collect signatures from those who were opposed to the 12% Carrying Charge Increase. Contrary to what you may have heard, In all more than 2,000 legitimate signatures were collected. We attracted newspaper coverage of Quality of Life issues not addressed by Management and the Board in a timely manner and got results
EXTRA POLICE PROTECTION
FOR ROCHDALE VILLAGE
Extra Mobile and Foot Patrol Help from Southeast Queens Precinct!
The Patrol Borough Queens Southeast Commander, Assistant Chief Thomas V. Dale and his 113th Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Kristel Johnson, have both assisted Rochdale Village earlier this year with their coverage of our housing development. Diaz notice an assortment of officers from the 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103, 105th, 107th and 113th Pcts conducting Bus Security checks throughout the Rochdale Village complex to the delight of many cooperators.
They came, then left, then came back again when we started photographing them conducting their duties. So we kept on taking more picture and more pictures until they could stay no more. The officer liked it and appreciated it-so did their boss Chief Dale. Many cooperators have always talked about how the police come through Rochdale Village and saturate the development with parking tickets just prior to them ending their tour of duty. Now, what they were seeing was a very large police presence, not focusing on the issuance of tickets but looking out for the well being of many cooperators. As former Federal Police Officer who worked with Community Relations Unit and the Community Board Member who sponsored the Street Naming for Police Officer Edward R. Byrne ( the street in front of the 103rd Pct) Diaz was more than willing to show his appreciation to the officers for a job well done. Click on the word "Photo Gallery 1" to the left of this page to see the various photos taken in their honor.
NEW 6.87% CARRYING CHARGE INCREASE
Effective February 1, 2008
We fought for the 4.87% Carrying Charge Increase
The Rochdale Village Civic Association fought to have the minimum carrying charge increase imposed on cooperators. The State of New York which supervises Rochdale Village as a Housing Cooperative favored an 11.87%. Many cooperators were alarmed by the big aforementtioned increase the state wanted to imposed. In the end, when the handed down a decision as to what our new carring charge increase will be, it was just what Rochdale Village Civic Association President Clifton Stanley Diaz predicted - a middle of the road increas of 6.87% effective February 1, 2008. Diaz noted the that the new Board Members were not responsible this increase due to the fact that the Old Board overspent and Rochdale Village has to have money on hand to pay our bills or Rochdale Village will end up in foreclosure!
9% FUEL SURCHARGE INCREASE
Effective November 1, 2008
We fought against the 9% Fuel Surcharge Increase
Our Civic Association President, the Honorable Clifton Stanley Diaz, was one of only a few Rochdale Village Board of Directors Board Members who opposed and voted against the 9% Fuel Surcharge Increase that was recently implemented by the Board and approved by the state. Mr. Diaz was opposed to having two increases within the year (a 6.87% Carrying Charge Increase and a 9% Fuel Surcharge Increase). Many cooperators like our president said the increase would impact them severly. Additionally, many cooperators said that they do not see where all of our money is going and how it is being spent. As the cooperators see it, Rochdale Village is suppose to be maintained as an affordable middle class Mitchell lama housing cooperative and in their estimation it is not being managed that way.