Ghetto Youths International set to release new album in time for Christmas

The Members of Ghetto YOuths

The members of Ghetto Youths International, which include some of the Marley men (Damian, Stephen and Jo Mersa), Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis.

By Tiffany Mea

Ghetto Youths International, the record label owned and operated by Bob Marley’s sons Damian, Julian and Stephen, will release the brand new compilation “Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2” on December 23, 2014. The 15-track compilation follows Volume 1 that was released in February 2013 and peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart.

The latest installment is produced primarily by the Grammy-winning brothers Stephen and Damian Marley. The album features new material from the entire Ghetto Youths roster, including Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Wayne Marshall and the label’s founders, along with dancehall artist Cham. The compilation’s lead single Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s “Is It Worth It? (Gunman World),” which contemplates a killer’s conscience, will be accompanied by short film music video directed by acclaimed visionary Nabil Elderkin (Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver and Seal). Set in Morocco, actor Saai Taghmaoui (American Hustle, La Haine and Three Kings) takes on the role of a hitman-for-hire in Elderkin’s latest visual opus.

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In addition to “Is It Worth It? (Gunman World),” Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 features a variety of thought-provoking material. Damian’s motivational opener “Hard Work” is lauded as “a pulsing blueprint for flipping funds” according to The FADER, while his collaborative effort “The Living Breed” featuring Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa, Illestr8 & Biggz General rallies for social change, boasting a powerful hook stating “we are the last of dying breed and the first of a new generation…”

Dancehall’s multi-faceted singjay Wayne Marshall talks about life choices on “On The Corner” (inspired by REM’s “Losing My Religion”) and proclaims to “Nah Give Up” on his single featuring Tarrus Riley. Carrying a similar sentiment, Julian Marley alongside Junior Reid encourages to push forward when times are tough on the uplifting anthem “Never Too Ruff,” while the culturally driven singer Black-Am-I contemplates the beauty and struggle of life back home on “In The Ghetto.”

Christopher Ellis, the son of Jamaican music icon Alton Ellis, “takes classic rocksteady/first wave reggae and gives it a new look” (Vice Noisey) on “Roller Coaster” and gives a fresh take on “Better Than Love” with the remix featuring Irie Love. Jo Mersa (the eldest son Stephen Marley and grandson of Bob Marley) represents a new generation too with his contemporary sound that blends dancehall, pop, and EDM – evident on “Sunshine” and the hypnotic “Rock and Swing.”

The set also features dancehall artist Cham showing how he rolls on “Sh@t” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s hard-hitting anthem “Bongo Nyah” with Damian and Spragga Benz. Then, Stephen and Damian team up again on the mesmerizing track “Strike Hard.” With poignant lyrics matched with top-notch modern production, the genre-bending compilation is sure to reach reggae’s core contingent along with a new generation of fans. The album has been available for pre-orders effective Dec 9-OnPointPress.net-.

 

 

Breaking: Cam Newton involved in car crash, status unclear

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (l) is being attended to at the scene of his car accident today.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (l) is being attended to at the scene of his car accident today.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a two-vehicle car accident today in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The truck Newton was driving as lifted off of its side after the accident, but clearly damaged during the crash.

The truck Newton was driving as lifted off of its side after the accident, but clearly damaged during the crash.

The truck that Newton drives was seen turned over on its side after the accident. Images of Newton being carried into an ambulance followed shortly. According to numerous sources, Newton suffered two transverse fractures in his lower back. His status for the remainder of the season has yet to be determined.

More information about Newton’s health and details about the accident will be made available in the near future.–OnPointPress.net–

Ongoing protests, demands for action, only routes to meaningful change

People protest nationwide against police brutality.

People protest nationwide against police brutality.

On Saturday, December 13, various civil rights groups will gather in Washington, D.C, to demand a national response to the spate of murders unleashed on unarmed Black men and boys by White police officers, and the refusal of largely White grand juries, impaneled by White district attorneys, to indict the officers. Some supporters will march to protest against vigilante members of the public who also kill Black and Latino residents  without provocation. While still others will march to highlight members of the Black and Latino communities killing each other in a show of disregard for their lives.

Protesters in New York City march and demand change.

Protesters in New York City march and demand change.

As people of all races and backgrounds continue to take to the street en masse, blocking streets, highways, malls, businesses and municipal buildings, politicians have begun to take notice. Also, supporters in countries as far-flung as India, France and England have held solidarity protests, holding aloft banners with the timeless message: “Black Lives Matter.” There must be no tiring in the quest to elicit meaningful change in how Black and Latino people are routinely targeted and dehumanized by police officers who are sworn to protect them. The dichotomy in police relationships between the White community and Black/Latino communities require a national overall in policing strategies.

Protesters marched in 1936 for the same issue as they are marching today.

Protesters marched in 1936 for the same issue as they are marching today.

President Barack Obama’s recent request to Congress for $75 million to fund body cameras for police officers, while noble, hardly inspires comfort, given the fact that the unholy alliance between district attorneys and police officers rendered two videotapes of Eric Garner’s chokehold murder by Staten Island detective Daniel Pantaleo unpersuasive to a predominantly White grand jury. However, it is a step in the right direction. New York Mayor Bill deBlasio’s joint announcement with his police commissioner Bill Bratton that all 35, 000 New York City police force will immediately undergo re-training is also a good step, despite the cries of hysteria espoused by Petrolmen Benevolent Association( PBA) President Patrick Lynch.

“Re-training the police force on new ways of dealing with the public and better use of force will reduce these tragedies,” deBlasio said over the weekend.

Protesters stage die-in at Grand Central Station in New York City to express outrage that the grand jury failed to indict the officers who used an illegal chokehold to murder Eric Garner.

Protesters stage die-in at Grand Central Station in New York City to express outrage that the grand jury failed to indict the officers who used an illegal chokehold to murder Eric Garner.

But those steps are just the beginning of what will be a long journey towards the type of systemic change that is necessary for Blacks and Latinos to feel safe in their homeland of America, the land of the free. It is unacceptable for Blacks and Latinos to be victimized, harassed, assaulted and murdered with impunity by police officers who run the streets like lawless gangs who answer to no one. This must stop. The anguish that is felt by the families of Garner, Amadou Diallo, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ezell Ford, Oscar Grant, Sean Belll, Anthony Baez, Abmer Louima, Patrick Dorismond, Jordan Davis and countless others across the country needs to be assuaged.

Black and Latino children grow up fearing the police who are sworn to protect them.

Black and Latino children grow up fearing the police who are sworn to protect them.

The trauma experienced by members of the Black and Latino communities when an innocent life is cut down by police officers whose primary responsibility is to protect but whose presence engenders fear, last a lifetime.  Police brutality targeted towards Black and Latino communities need to stop and the protests, marches and acts of civil disobedience are vital actions that must be taken to keep the issues in the public consciousness.–OnPointPress.net.

Tanya Stephens returns to the music scene with “Guilty,” her latest album

Tanya Stephens

Tanya Stephens returns to the music scene with new album.

By Tiffany Mea

Tanya Stephens, the revered Jamaican singer-songwriter known for her smart, thoughtful lyrics and soulful voice, joins forces with VPAL Music (VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm) to release her latest album “Guilty,” produced primarily by Andre Gordon. The versatile artist, who brought us iconic hits like “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet,” “It’s a Pity” and “These Streets,” marks almost 20 years in the business with this collection.

The 17-track set was previously released digitally only in 2013 on Stephen’s label Tarantula Records and has been available through VPAL Music effective December 2. Stephens touches on a variety of topics on “Guilty” while effortlessly blending pop, soul, roots reggae and dancehall. She tackles relevant social issues like domestic violence on “Corners of My Mind” featuring Sanjay, spices up her relationship on her new single “Pon Di Side,” celebrates human imperfections on “Broken People” and holds no regrets on “Unapologetic.” Her lyrics are relatable to all walks of life, giving “Guilty” worldwide appeal.

For more information about “Guilty” check out Stephens on social media.-OnPointPress.net

 

 

NBA players’ exemplary financial maturity is a model for other athletes

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Grant Hill retired after a 19-year NBA career in 2013. Hill partnered with billionaire investors Tony Ressler and Bruce Karsh to develop an ownership group to place a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers. Hill currently works for NBA TV/TNT.

By Charles Glover

NBA players are recognized for their talent on the basketball court but there is also a growing number of current and former NBA players who learned entrepreneurial lessons from their predecessors. This new breed of player-entrepreneurs know how to put what they learned in business to grow their personal brands and enhance their financial legacies.

Webber was the #1 overall draft pick in 1993. He retired after the 2008 season. Webber owns a restaurant, and an investment company. He currently works for NBA TV/TNT.

Webber was the #1 overall draft pick in 1993. He retired after the 2008 season. Webber owns a restaurant, and an investment company. He currently works for NBA TV/TNT.

Recent NBA retirees like Grant Hill and Chris Webber have learned their lessons and have an eye towards NBA ownership. Hill put together a group of investors that attempted to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, while Webber put together a group that is hopeful of purchasing the Atlanta Hawks.

But despite the examples set by the player-entrepreneurs, there have been many accounts of professional athletes, and in particular some NBA players, who have blown their fortunes shortly after retiring from the game of basketball.

Rumeal Robinson

Rumeal Robinson last played in the NBA in 1997 after being the 10th overall draft pick in the 1990 NBA Draft. Robinson’s legal troubles include charges for bank fraud, bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and perjury.

There’s the tragic story of former NBA guard Rumeal Robinson who swindled his foster mother out of her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2003, Robinson tricked his foster mother into signing over the deed to her own home. He then transferred the property to people unknown to her. These thieves eventually forced the foster mother from her home of over 30 years.

Jason Caffey

Jason Caffey was taken 20th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1995. He finished his NBA career in 2003. Caffey faced a brief jail stint for failure to pay child support.

There’s also the unfortunate story of former Chicago Bulls players Jason Caffey. Caffey eventually had to file for bankruptcy after having trouble paying child support for 10 children with 8 different mothers. Former NBA power forward Derrick Coleman also had to file for bankruptcy after having a series of investments go sour. Coleman’s former New Jersey Nets teammate Kenny Anderson has also faced serious financial hardship for many years following his NBA career.

Latrell Sprewell

Latrell Sprewell was the 24th overall draft pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1992. Sprewell was a four- time All-Star, making the team with the Warriors and New York Knicks. Sprewell endured many financial woes including a $200 million lawsuit against him from an ex-girlfriend and auctioning off his yacht to make his defaulted mortgage payments.

Latrell Sprewell, after turning down a three-year, $21 million extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves was quoted as saying “I’ve got my family to feed.” A few years later Sprewell’s home was in foreclosure and he had to sell his yacht as he experienced financial difficulties shortly after retiring.

Ray Williams

Ray Williams was the 10th overall draft pick of the New York Knicks in 1977. Williams finished his NBA career playing for the New Jersey Nets in 1987. Williams would experience extreme hardship in post-NBA career resulting in homelessness. Williams was a victim of a real estate scam and filed for bankruptcy in 1994. Williams died on March 22, 2013 of colon cancer in New York City at the age of 58.

Antoine Walker, formerly of the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, has also had to file for bankruptcy after earning over $100 million during his playing career. There was also the sobering tale of 10-year NBA veteran Ray Williams. Williams, who played for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He ended up homeless, living out of his car in Florida, before dying at a relatively young age.

Russell Westbrook (i) and Kevin Durant (r).

In the summer of 2014, Russell Westbrook (l) had his Westbrook XO line debut at Barney’s New York and launched his own line of sunglasses. Kevin Durant (r) opened a restaurant in Oklahoma City in 2012, appeared in the 2012 children’s film “Thunderstruck,” and had a documentary about his life air on HBO in the summer of 2014.

Many of today’s NBA players have learned from both the cautionary tales and the impressive one. They new breed of player-entrepreneurs are making strides in taking care of their finances for their families’ future. The Oklahoma City Thunder have two dynamic All-Stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durrant has used his popularity to garner major endorsement deals and appearances in film and television. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook has taken his notoriety for style and turned it into an opportunity to earn through fashion. Westbrook not only has his own clothing line, as an extension through with his endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, he also has his own brand of sunglasses.

Amar'e Stoudemire with the stars of Beyond the Lights.

(l – r) Writer/Director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, NBA Player/Producer, Amar’e Stoudemire, Co-stars of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Nate Parker.

Amar’e Stoudemire has taken some of his NBA earnings and translated it into a film production career that featured production credits on the recently released film “Beyond the Lights.” Stoudemire also has a clothing line and writes children’s books. Stoudemire’s New York Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony has taken some of his NBA earnings to begin to prepare for his post-NBA career through the funding of tech companies that he hopes can eventually grow to be successful as over the next several years.

Chris Paul (l) and Blake Griffin (m) on the set with Jimmy Kimmel (r).

Chris Paul (l) and Blake Griffin (m) on the set with Jimmy Kimmel (r).

Blake Griffin and his Los Angeles Clippers teammate Chris Paul have taken their popularity and translated it into off the court opportunities as well, with Paul contributing handsomely to President Obama’s social initiative “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is designed to offer opportunities to Black and Latino boys.

LeBron James.

LeBron James is not only a minority owner of the Liverpool soccer club but has also expressed interest in teaming up with soccer star David Beckham to own a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Miami.

Perhaps no NBA player has done more to build his own personal brand then Lebron James. James has not only had large endorsement deals but he also has co-ownership  of the Liverpool soccer club in England. James is already on record as stating that he wants to become a billionaire and he appears to be on his way.  Kobe Bryant is also creating waves with his own production studio, to make films.

Magic Johnson.

Magic Johnson’s sports ownership includes being a part of the majority ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Sparks. Johnson is also working to develop an expansion team in the MLS in the near future.

These current players seem to have taken the lead from two of the best 12 who ever graced a basketball court in Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Both Johnson and Jordan are owners of major sports teams. Johnson is the majority owner of the  group which purchased the  Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Sparks while Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

Michael Jordan.

With the recent increase of his ownership stake in the Charlotte Hornets to 89%, Michael Jordan has had his personal value evaluated at over $1 billion.

Jordan and Johnson are phenomenal businessmen who provide a template for their contemporaries and future NBA stars, while sending the message that it is important to value themselves as professional commodities beyond the game of basketball. The example set by Jordan, Johnson, Hill, Weber and the current player-entrepreneurs is a strong reminder that it is important to prepare for life after basketball. Their examples offer a good mirror for other athletes to use and plot their future before their sports careers end..-Onpointpress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a management/employee training and benefits consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646) 309–1938.

BREAKING: Staten Island grand jury fails to indict in Eric Garner case

NYPD Detective Daniel Pantaleo, in the green shirt, used an illegal chokehold that squeezed the life out of unarmed Staten Islander Eric Garner. The grand jury chose not to indict on December 3 even though the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

NYPD Detective Daniel Pantaleo, in the green shirt, used an illegal chokehold that squeezed the life out of unarmed Staten Islander Eric Garner. The grand jury chose not to indict on December 3 even though the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

By Carmen Glover

Despite the Staten Island medical examiner ruling Eric Garner’s death a homicide when NYPD detective Daniel Pantaleo applied an illegal chokehold that squeezed the life out of him on July 17, the grand jury that heard the case from September declined, on December 3, to indict the officers involved in Garner’s murder.

Protesters stage die-in at Grand Central Station in New York City to express outrage that the grand jury failed to indict the officers who used an illegal chokehold to murder Eric Garner.

Protesters stage die-in at Grand Central Station in New York City to express outrage that the grand jury failed to indict the officers who used an illegal chokehold to murder Eric Garner.

Peaceful protesters immediately gathered at various pubic locations throughout New York City to express their outrage. There was a die-in staged at Grand Central Station, one of the busiest train hubs, as police officers kept watch from a distance and said there “will be no arrests,” if the protesters remained peaceful. Meanwhile, protesters gathered in Time Square, Union Square and in front of the ABC News Studios shouting; “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!,” the words that Garner gasped out as Pantaleo applied the illegal chokehold that caused his death.

People gather outside the funeral service for Eric Garner  at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn July 23, 2014. Eric Garner, 43, died last week as police  tried to cuff him for allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk.  AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

People gather outside the funeral service for Eric Garner at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn July 23, 2014. Eric Garner, 43, died last week as police tried to cuff him for allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Pantaleo released a statement offering his “condolences to the family,” and saying he felt “bad that Mr Garner lost his life,” but adding that he does not go to work to cause anyone their life.

President Barack Obama said that “We will continue to go at it until there is a strengthening of the relationship between the community and law enforcement,” while New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, arriving late for a press conference, as usual, said that “We are grieving and we are in pain,” as he stood surrounded by a phalanx of city officials including New York City Public Advocate Letitia James.

Congressman Hakeen Jeffries, joined by the New York congressional delegation that included Rep. Gregory Meeks, Charlie Rangel and Joseph Crowley, called the non-indictment “a disgrace.” The failure to indict begs the question: Since the medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, who exactly committed the homicide, if not Detective Daniel Pantaleo who was captured on videotape in the act?--OnPointPress.net.

Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer tug at heart in textured flim, “Black or White”

 

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Kevin Costner, Jillian Estell (Eloise) and Octavia Spencer (Rowena), stars of new movie “Black or White,” which tackles race, family and relationships.

By Carmen Glover

Legendary actor Kevin Costner surprised Black journalists this summer when he and co-star Octavia Spencer participated in a Q&A following the premiere of his latest movie, “Black or White” at the National Association of Black Journalists’ 39th convention in Boston. At the time, the movie was titled “Black & White.”

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Anthony Mackie, stars as a fierce attorney committed to his client in “Black or White.”

Easy going and personable, the stars interacted with the journalists, casually fielding questions from a packed theater. Costner described the long journey he traveled in his quest to bring the film project to fruition. But Costner said that he never entertained thoughts of giving up on the movie because he felt the message was too important.

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Kevin Costner plays a caring grandfather who does his best to care for his granddaughter in every way.

“Black or White,” released by Relativity, is written and directed by Mike Binder. It tells the story of successful attorney (Costner) battling successful, grieving entrepreneur (Spencer) for custody of their biracial granddaughter. It explores the angst, intense emotions and belief systems that influence the motives of the two families, while emphasizing the strong, loving relationship enjoyed by the young girl and the main characters at the center of the movie.  As race relations take center stage across the country due to increasing incidents of police brutality against African-American and Latino males, “Black or White” adds another layer to the complex issue of racial divide in America. Yet, despite the important message conveyed in “Black or White,” the film has faced struggles to make it to the big screen.

“Mike had to give me about four drafts before I agreed to do the movie,” Costner said. He explained that he previewed the movie for Black journalists (as he sat in the theatre unannounced) to “get the real reactions,” so that he could see if the movie resonated. At the end of the screening, the theater of journalists led a standing ovation and of course, they swarmed around the actors when they entered the room to begin the discussion. Costner explained his decision to star in the movie and support it financially when various studios opted not to bankroll the film while Spencer shared her joy at working with Costner on such an important film.

“Black or White” is sure to inspire fervent discussions on the subject of race, while adding another dimension to a topic that will never die. The film opens in limited engagement in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, December 3, to qualify for the awards. It opens in wide release on January 30, 2015. Check local listings.–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

BREAKING: Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University Board of Trustees

As allegations against Bill Cosby mushroom, the comedian has maintained his silence.

As allegations against Bill Cosby mushroom, the comedian has maintained his silence.

By Carmen Glover

Without specifically addressing the multiple sexual allegations that have been made against him by women who said he drugged then raped or sexually assaulted them several years ago, Comedian Bill Cosby, resigned from the Board of Trustees at Temple University via a brief statement released on World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1.

“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees,” Cosby said in a statement.

His resignation followed weeks of other universities, including the University of Massachusetts, where he earned his graduate and doctoral degrees, severing ties with him. —OnPointPress.net.

Co-op City erupts in chaos amid feud between Marion Scott, board, HCR

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Cleve Taylor, president of Riverbay’s Board of Directors, ousted Marion Scott Inc. and was immediately warned by HCR that his actions were illegal.

By Carmen Glover

Co-op City’s management is in a state of limbo after dueling actions by its board of directors and the NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR).

In a move that has taken longer than shareholders expected, the newly elected board of directors of Riverbay Corporation.Cleve Taylor suspended its real estate agency, Marion Scott, Inc. and had law enforcement officials escort some of its employees off the premises, amid pending lawsuits and a swirl of  new accusations of financial improprieties and mismanagement. The office of New York State Inspector General previously cited the corporation for financial improprieties, resulting in prosecution, trial and jail term for former board president Iris Baez.

During an emotionally charged emergency board meeting held in Bartow Center on Wednesday, November 19, Cleve Taylor, board president, led a vote of 12-2 to oust the management company that has been plagued by accusations of theft of services, financial improprieties, cronyism and disregard for state regulations.  In the days leading up to the action by the Board, Taylor sent a letter to HCR Assistant Commissioner Richmond McCurnin, requesting an investigation into Marion Scott Inc. In his letter Taylor wrote that:

“Marion Scott Inc. did not have a fidelity bond in place as required by HCR regulations. In addition, MSI routinely negotiated and contracted for more than $8 million /year in contracts without approval of the Riverbay Board and HCR.”

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Co-op City is the largest residential housing development in New York state, boasting 35 buildings and housing thousands of residents.

Finance Director Peter Mereola and former General Manager Noel Ellison were named co-general managers and have been charged to manage the cooperation on an interim basis while proposals for the management contract are evaluated by the board. However, Taylor’s action was swiftly met with biting rebuke by McCurnin, who wrote to Taylor stating:

“My immediate concern is your unilateral decision to indefinitely ‘suspend’ all of the management agent’s employees at Riverbay, pending a review by the Board and HCR. This action is in violation of HCR regulations and Riverbay’s obligations under their WellsFargo/HUD loan documents.”

Marion Scott Inc. is currently facing a class action lawsuit resulting from financial improprieties, including contracted workers performing duties for which they were not paid since their checks bounced when presented at various banks. Taylor’s decision to act backfired spectacularly and he now faces skepticism from members of the community and the board, whose pleas to remove MSI shortly after the new board took office in June, fell on deaf ears. Week after week, the community’s local paper, The Co-Op City Times has published various reports that point to collusion between HCR and MSI, including HCR awarding of the contract to MSI in 1999 without a formal bidding process.

First vice president of the board, Daryl Johnson, has been vocal on the issue for months, stating that “according to the HCR regulations, we can self-manage and get rid of Marion Scott in 30 days.” Johnson has made reference to HCR’s own regulations to that effect and published the specific regulations in his weekly column. However, Taylor chose a different path. In the meantime, the board named an ad hoc committee to review proposals from management companies and examine backgrounds of applicants for general manager.

Several management companies have toured Co-op City and submitted bids for the contract, including Marion Scott Inc. MSI’s bid  has the community in an uproar that due to its inside knowledge of Riverbay’s operations, the very company that has caused the development public scrutiny and lawsuits, could win the bid. The idea of MSI continuing to  run the development, despite electing a new board filled with members who won office by promising to get rid of the problem-plagued management company, is causing anxiety among the residents. During the recent emergency board meeting, residents expressed their anger and disappointment in the board’s delayed action. Residents stated that they wanted “investigations and arrests,” to deal with the “theft” that has run the development into the ground. Read more as we continue to follow this story.- OnPointPress.net.