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Westview Ownership Rep Responds To Our Article

Updated 5 weeks ago David Stone
Westview ownership says the deal is safe, the conditions firm, but it takes time...
Westview ownership says the deal is safe, the conditions firm, but it takes time...
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We don't always get our stories exactly right, and regarding our story Sabotaging Westview Plan: Who's Doing the Dirty Work Now?, Westview's Ownership Representative, David Hirschhorn, contacted The Daily to say we didn't quite hit the mark. Here is his statement.

On behalf of the Westview Ownership Group, I would like to take a moment to address some of the items raised in today’s article, Whose Sabotaging Westview. The short answer is no one.

As someone who has followed the transformation of Island House and Westview over the last 10 plus years, you well know how difficult the process has been to fairly balance all of the legitimate competing interests of the many stakeholders involved. Only through a collaborative public/private partnership was this possible. I was pleased to see you recognize that Island House is now “a high functioning privatized building” grounded in an affordable structure. And the answer to the question you pose at the end of your article is a resounding YES, Westview will most assuredly follow suit and in relatively short order.

We are now in the final stages of the offering plan process. Because the laws governing communications to residents during an offering process are severely limited, it is understandable that some residents are frustrated and concerned that things have stalled. However, this is not at all the case and the affordability terms for both home ownership and residents who continue to rent, remain unchanged from what was negotiated. Just as we did in Island House, we have and continue to work in close partnership with the Westview Taskforce and their attorneys, in moving forward with the offering. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Task Force leadership who were strong advocates for the Westview residents (improving upon the original affordability plan) and now pulling on the same oar with us as Westview moves into the next phase --homeownership.

While any offering involves a lengthy process, Westview is an unusually complicated structure with an enormous amount of documents needing to be reviewed and processed. The Attorney General’s Office has been a great partner in this process and has been diligent and timely in their review. While the COVID shutdown certainly has not helped, I am confident that together with tenant association counsel, we and the Attorney General’s Office will soon be able to conclude the offering plan process culminating in a Black Book.

Note: This is good news for Westview, and we apologize for getting our story wrong and for unfairly criticizing the Attorney General and Governor Cuomo.

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