Westview Residents Left in the Dark

August 27, 2017

To the Editor:


I want to write a letter to your paper about Westview, my home of 35 years. We are still in limbo on the status of the building’s privatization plan and are not hearing anything.


I feel like this building is being ignored in the news here on Roosevelt Island. It’s all about Cornell Tech all the time, and the Ferry, etc. 


Westview is the last Mitchell-Lama building of the original WIRE buildings still standing and we don’t know what is really going on here at all. Our Task Force has gone silent, never keeps their bi-monthly meetings for tenants, and there has not been an annual meeting since last September. 


Rumors swirl everyday. It is almost September 1 and we have no new information. The tentative deal was agreed to last August 30 by the landlord and the tenants. Now, stalling by RIOC, the landlord, and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR)?


We cannot get the real story here. I am a native New Yorker. We came here 35 years ago from Yorkville when we had no other place to move to. There is no affordable housing left in my home city. 


Roosevelt Island now is just for the very rich people and is very, very overcrowded with more to come, as you know. This is breaking my heart and greatly saddens me. There are even divisions in our building between the potential owners and the potential renters, the big wage earners vs. the non-big wage earners. This goes against everything this Island was founded for in the 1970’s. Thank you in advance.


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