CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE ALBERT BALDEO GOES TO BAT FOR ROCHDALE
VILLAGE COOPERATORS IN FIGHT FOR BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
A crowd of over 1,000 resolute and angry Rochdale residents
attended and signed a joint petition and resolution concerning issues
affecting their quality of life in Rochdale Village last Friday evening
at the Holy Unity's Cultural Office located on Guy Brewer Boulevard
in South East Queens. The meeting was summoned by a large number of
unhappy cooperators, who enlisted the aid of Attorney at Law and City
Council candidate Albert Baldeo. After listening to their grievances
and concerns, Albert Baldeo has commenced, pro bono, legal proceedings
on their behalf. A resolution, drafted by Baldeo, was signed by over
Foremost among their concerns was the burdensome 12% carrying charge
increase effective July 1, 2005, levied on them "without consultation,
agreement, or negotiation," the call for an independent forensic
audit of the Rochdale Village Corporation's transactions and records,
and health, security, building, parking and living conditions. The
dissatisfied cooperators/residents of Rochdale have authorized Baldeo
to institute legal proceedings, to wit a class action lawsuit, on
their behalf to alleviate their many gripes.
The residents are also calling for the immediate investigation and
removal of the Board of Directors of the Rochdale Village Corporation,
because "it has not met its fiduciary responsibility to meet,
receive, and/or provide information pertinent to the business of the
Rochdale Village Corporation, despite repeated requests and demands
that it do so." They are also asking that a Court Order be sought
mandating that the Board place the 12% increase in an interest bearing
account, without prejudice to the rights of the cooperators, pending
the results of an independent forensic audit."
Albert Baldeo said that it was for reasons like these why he feels
"that our previous City Council representatives have failed us
as a community, and that is why, I, as a taxpayer, father and a member
of the working class, is running for the City Council seat. Our schools
are too overcrowded, computers, science labs and libraries must be
upgraded, transportation must be improved, quality heath care must
be more accessible to all, especially seniors, home ownership for
all must become a reality, more jobs and living wages must be brought
to District 28, and more after school programs and job training must
be implemented. City services must be improved in our community. I
will bring progress and development to the entire District 28 community
of Jamaica, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Rochdale Village."
Attorney Albert Baldeo pledges his support and resources
to Rochdale Village. Standing next to him is Meeting Chairman Mr.
Roland Watson, and the original signers to the petition.
A section of the large crowd which attended the meeting, wating
their turn to ask questions and/or vent their dissatisfaction.
Attorney at Law and City Council candidate Albert Baldeo (with tie),
is thanked by the many Rochdale cooperators for making his services
and resources available to them.
In 2 photos above: The original signers of the Resolution thank
Albert Baldeo for his leadership on their problems: James Kornegay,
Pamela Thomas, Mary Morrison, Sylvia McCarroll, Norma Chambers,
Al Williams, Michele Wright, Earl Roberts, Roland Watson (Chairman),
and Alfonso Elliott.
Bishop Richard Moore and Albert Baldeo thank each other for assisting
Rochdale cooperators show solidarity with Albert Baldeo.
In 2 photos above: Sections of the audience, which turned out to
air their grievances against the Rochdale Board of Directors.