Happy Holidays to one and all! As we ring in 2015, we look back at this past year's challenges and victories regarding condominium policies for our community.
Topping our end-of-year hits list was our coordinated effort to douse State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis' plan to mandate sprinklers in condos and high-rises across the city. Together, we fought back with a vengeance and collected more than 8,000 signatures on our Lakefront Coalition for Responsible Fire Sprinkler Policy petition.
|Together, we made local headlines!|
Instrumental to our efforts in rallying support were Aldermen Michele Smith (43rd), Tom Tunney (44th), James Cappleman (46th), and Brendan Reilly (42nd). These aldermen represent significant numbers of high-rise and condominium residents, and were extremely influential in our efforts to get this burdensome and unnecessary mandate withdrawn.
|State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and Aldermen Michele Smith at Evening on Astor, September 2014.|
Last month we successfully fended off SB 2664, a bill which would have put the burden of paying legal fees and special assessments of foreclosed units onto the backs of current unit owners. Thanks to Diversey Harbor Lakeview Association and ASCO for marshaling their troops to express opposition to the bill, and to all of you in the 12th District who weighed in against this legislation.
|So many of you joined us earlier this year at our Condo 101 Seminar. Stay tuned for dates for next year's event!|
We are thrilled that HB 4204, establishing the Office of the Condominium Ombudsperson, has passed both houses and is now awaiting the Governor's signature. We want to be very clear that no fees will be collected from associations to fund this Office. The Ombudsperson will provide educational resources and training to unit owners, associations, and boards. This is a huge win for those of you with questions and concerns on how to navigate the complex world of condominium ownership. Stay tuned for more details as the Office takes shape.
As 2014 winds down, I want to personally thank all of you for your hard work on these issues this past year. These victories illustrate our community's ability to work together, and I am excited to continue our tradition of teamwork next year.
- Rep. Feigenholtz & The 12th District Staff
Warmest holiday wishes,
P.S. As always, if I can be of assistance with any other state issues or programs, feel free to contact me or a member of my staff at my constituent service office at 773-296-4141, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.staterepsara.com.