Monthly Archives: May 2010

Yonkers Riverview II Files Revised Procedures to Evict Tenants for Alleged Nonpayment of Bills for Submetered Electric Service

The Related Companies, owner of Yonkers Riverview II, filed revised procedures and model notices for eviction of tenants who have not paid charges for electric service. The May 7, 2010 filing by the landlord includes a sample notice regarding non payment of electric service charges which states: Please remit $XX.XX by MM!DD/YY [15 days later] Read more…

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Oceangate Tenants File Comments on Submetering

The North Bay Tenants Association at the Oceangate apartment complex in Brooklyn filed a petition on January 28, 2010 asking the PSC to revoke its prior approval of landlord submetering of electrically heated apartments. As a result, implementation of submetering has been put on hold. The PSC issued a notice inviting public comment under the Read more…

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State Budget Not in Sight

Agreement on a state budget for April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011 has not been reached. See David King, A Month After the Deadline, State Budget Nowhere in Sight, Gotham Gazette May 6, 2010. As a result, many not for profit organizations are rapidly exhausting their resources as they struggle to provide services in Read more…

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The FCC Stops TracFone from Backing Away from State 911 Requirements

Although TracFone willingly claims and accepts millions every month in universal service support, it has attempted to back away from state requirements to provide emergency 911 service. Back in 2008, the FCC granted TracFone’s petition to be designated as a Lifeline-only Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (“ETC”) in 12 states, including New York. One of the requirements Read more…

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FCC Orders Review of Lifeline Programs; NY May Need to Improve

In an Order released on May 4th, 2010 the FCC directed the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to review the federal eligibility, verification, and outreach rules for the Lifeline and Link-Up phone service affordability programs. Specifically, the Joint Board was asked to recommend any changes to the Lifeline and Link-Up programs that may be Read more…

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