The city’s newspapers are beginning to pay more attention to the shuttering of the Bialystoker Nursing home on East Broadway. Last week, the Wall Street Journal filed a fairly innocuous piece that went into some detail about the facility’s financial troubles. Yesterday, the Post weighed in with the tabloid treatment.
The stars of their eye catching photo spread are 88-year old Mildred Mondshein, a Bialystoker resident, and Ira Mesiter (inset), the board chairman. The headline reads, “Sale rakes in ‘old money,’ real estate meanie to close nursing home.”
Here’s what the Post reports concerning Mesiter’s purchase of an office building next door to the nursing home, which Bialystoker owned until a year ago:
…the demise of the Bialystoker Center has been a boon for one of its board members — real-estate magnate Ira Meister picked up a four-story commercial building owned by the nursing home last year in a no-bid insider deal… Meister is the chairman of the Bialystoker board that’s charged with keeping the senior center financially sound. But that didn’t stop him from buying the commercial property at 232 East Broadway for $1.5 million in an all-cash deal that never was up for bid on the open market.
The Post story breaks some new ground in another respect. Reporter Ginger Adams Otis got a response from the board (its first public statement regarding the closure):
The Bialystoker board said Meister’s purchase was made as a last-ditch effort to help save the nonprofit nursing home, which is $8.5 million in debt and hemorrhaging $100,000 a month, according to board spokeswoman Virginia Lam. Meister plans to lease it to a community group for two years while renovating it, she said. Then he’ll move his private real estate company — Matthew Adam Properties in Midtown — to the Lower East Side.
The story also points out that elected officials, who often come running when senior services are threatened, have been awfully quiet about the Bialystoker closure:
The residents are also miffed no local pols spoke up for the fabled Jewish institution, built in 1928 and later a haven for many Holocaust survivors. “I think all the politicians have forgotten us — they only remember us when it’s time to vote,” said Mondshein.
Employees are other supporters of the nursing home are holding a protest tomorrow at 2 p.m., in front of the Bialystoker center, 228 East Broadway. The plan is to march down to the State Attorney General’s office at 120 Broadway. At a ally earlier this month, protesters held up signs demanding the AG investigate Meister.
As we have reported, the Bialystoker board has put the home on the market, listing it with Grubb & Ellis as a residential development site.
I have been in many of Manhattan’s nursing homes and was shocked at the conditions at Bialystoker. It should be closed. No one should be subjected to such conditions.
how about they fix the conditions instead of tossing elders out on the street and out of their neighborhood?
Nice try Ira Meister. you must be the only person on the planet who would say such a thing, even after having your father as a resident here for a 2 year FREE stay.
They never tried ti fix anything in hopes to drive it to the ground unless the STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Inspectors threatened to site them for it…
The stars of their eye catching photo spread are 88-year old Mildred Mondshein who states that she is a relative of our VERY OWN Senator Charles “CHUCK” Shumer. Mrs. Mildred Mondshein will also be attending the rally.
There will be a protest at Ira Meister’s Company office on Thursday 1 starting at 3:30 until 6pm.
ed = Meister
Meister’s plan, don’t fix anything, drive the place to the ground after dad Max Meister is gone.
WE CAN’T WAIT, SEE YOU THERE!!!
Ira Meister received the Attorney General’s Award for Community Concern, you think they’re gonna investigate this…. Maybe someone should call the Feds in
Ira Meister has EVERYONE fooled!!!!!
Raymond Iryami Law Firm July 2009
Conflict of interest Laws;
Too bad I am not able to post jpegs to expose the truth about the Conflict of interest & self Dealings that has transpired within the Board of directors of Bialystoker Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, and the Purchase of the 232 property.
JohnQ Public can you MSG ME AND TELL ME HOW TO GET THE RIGHT AGENCY INVOLVED…
I have documents showing the “Conflicted Members” have proposed to sell the building to the “Conflicted Directors” As they had knowledge that the decisions involved in these matters were fraught with a minefield of laws and regulations enforced by both the New York State Attorney general and the New York State Department of Health.
Lets get this information to the appropriate agency….
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