Four of the 16 candidates running in the election on May 9th for positions on the Riverbay Corporation
Board, along with one former member, this week called for the expulsion of Teckla Hall
from the Board and her
removal as a candidate seeking to serve the full term of a resigned board member. Ms. Hall was appointed by Iris Baez, the Riverbay Corporation Board president, about four weeks ago to serve the remaining one-year term of director Sam Burke, who resigned from the Board in February.
...Calling it a clear case of conflict of interest and violation of the Board's by-laws, the five protesters charged that Ms. Hall, a Board member of the Riverbay Corporation, is employed as a general manager of Riverbay managing agent Marion Scott Company at Lafayette-Boynton Houses .
...Candidate Flo McClain said that not only is Teckla Hall's position a clear conflict of interest, but that it is also in violation of a Board resolution which prohibits a director from serving "as a salaried officer of, a salaried employee of, or a paid consultant to the Riverbay Corporation or any of its suppliers during the director's term and for a period of 12 months after the end of the director's full term."
...Hall should be removed from the Board of Directors immediately and should be prohibited from running for the Board of Directors in this election"
Larry Barnard, a candidate, observed that "should this allegation prove true then Ms. Hall
must be removed forthwith and her seat vacated.
Furthermore, should Ms. Hall
, who is presently a prospective candidate in this year's Riverbay Board elections, be found to have violated the Board's resolution, she
must also be prohibited from any further participation in said election,"
Othelia Jones asked, "When it comes to a vote of the Riverbay Board of Directors, will Teckla Hall
vote for what is best for Co-op City or what is best for her
employer, Marion Scott.It appears that Teckla Hall
is trying to dance at two weddings with only true partner and it's certainly not Co-op City or its residents."
Reached at her
Lafayette-Boynton Houses office, Ms. Teckla Hall
wondered where this reporter "got my number from" and said she
was in a meeting and would call back.She
Meanwhile, 16 candidates were certified on March 29 to run for seven vacancies on the 15-member Board of Directors in the annual elections.This year, seven candidate--instead of the usual five--are seeking elections on May 9 elections to the Board.
Other candidates are Leticia Couto, John Brooks, Irving Berkowitz, Oscar Alvarado, Teckla Hall
, Nel Grumer, Jackie Anderson, Edwin Morales, and Saul Weber.