-Ulster County has been facing an affordable housing crisis for a long while. It reached a breaking point in 2019 when E and M Management bought approximately 1000 apartment units when they purchased Sunset Garden in the Town of Ulster, along with Black Creek in Highland, Kingston Waterfront and Stony Run in the City of Kingston and Lakeshore Villas in Port Ewen. We held meetings for tenants to air their grievances with E & M and let their local government leaders. We also invited RUPCO’s Executive Director, Kevin O’Connor to a meeting to give us an overview of the housing situation here in Ulster County.

At our March 4th, 2019 meeting, we had a presentation by RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor, and Jennifer O’Donnell of Hone Strategic.

And here is Kevin’s PPT presentation to download – ToUC Housing Ulster 3-4-2019

Tenants of Ulster apartment complex say new landlords are awful

Renters at Sunset Garden Apartments in Ulster are speaking out about numerous maintenance and billing issues they say they’ve had to deal with since the 217-unit complex was purchased by New York City-based E&M Management in March.

During a meeting of the Ulster Town Board on Thursday, Nov. 1, two Sunset Garden residents spoke during the public comment period about some of their concerns. It began as a discussion about how tenants are facing what they believe to be questionable water and sewer charges, but they made it clear there were plenty of other concerns as well.

Meeting for tenants to air grievances about new landlord with elected officials and representatives from building departments.  

Sunset Garden residents detail complaints against new landlords

A tenants meeting for disgruntled renters at Sunset Garden took place at the Russell Brott Senior Center in the Town of Ulster on Monday night. On hand were municipal leaders and local legislators. Also in attendance were a handful of residents of other area apartment complexes recently bought by E&M Management, the landlords which have been, the tenants say, the cause of their disgruntlement.

Long Island-based E&M Management purchased Sunset Garden at 45 Birch Street and Lakeshore Villas, a 151-unit property in Port Ewen, from Morgan Communities in March for $44 million, expanding a local portfolio which also includes Kingston Waterfront and 30 Black Creek Road in Highland.