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DAILY flEW THURSDAY, JKAffCJrl 5, I97O 'Tis That Time of Year Inle IPiredeSs Albs)Oudiiuiiuiiiiiia IPsA By OWEN MORITZ State Housing Commissioner Charles J. Urstadt warned yesterday that as many as 800,000 apartments in New York City, many of them in the better middle-class neighborhoods, could be left abandoned by their landlords in the 1970s. "I'm afraid they may come in Iff areas we least suspect such as Riverside Drive or the North Bronx," Urstadt said in an interview. "We're talking not about old-law tenements, but one and two-family and multi-family apartments built since 1920." The crucial factor, Urstadt explained, is that mortgages for these buildings expire in the 1970s, mortgages floated originally at 5 or thereabout. New mortgages would have to be refinanced at prevailing rates meaning anywhere from 8 to 10, assuming banks are willing apartments due to a lack of services or to the menace of junkies and criminals who live in vacant apartments.

But until now abandonment has been a problem largely in poor neighborhoods. Urstadt's warning concerns middle-class apartments, virtually all rent-controlled apartments. The division of housing and -community renewal, which Urstadt heads, says that 946,500 apartments were built between 4920 and 1940. They are often considered the city's best houses, because of thick-walled construction, generous-sized rooms and costly conveniences. The recent Rand housing study estimated 70 of the city's housing is 40 years or older.

The Problem The problem is that landlords, he said, will not pick up the formidable interest hike unless or in a position to provide the mortgage. 275,000 Have Fled Abandoned housing has plagued the city since the mid-1960s, with landlords simply forsaking the building because of high taxes, NEWS photo by Anthony Casale It is now 12" days and nights until the Irish march up Fifth Ave. in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade and Irish airlines dispatched Vourneen O'Donohue (left) and Colette Egan to remind the faithful. Himself, between the gals, is John Kerry O'Donnell.

And he didn't really need a reminder because O'Donnell's grand Marshal of this year's parade. high maintenance costs or high tension with tenantsAbout people, roughly the population of Jersey City, are said to have been forced to leave abandoned IS vs Sarnr XMIi Pmtestkm Albany, March 4 Gov. Rockefeller proposed legislation today to tighten the child abuse law to "further protect children against maltreatment and abuse." memorandum The governor's Charles Urstadt "In area wm Uatt suspect" Strike Closes School 3d Day The Board of Education reported yesterday that afternoon classes at George Washington High School were suspended for the third day following student unrest. Students were reported to be marching in the halls on the second and third floors of the building at 193d St. and Audubon Ave.

in Washington Heights. Teachers were unable to get the students to disperse and attend their classes. Finally, classes were suspended at 12:30 p.m. The trouble began Monday when a group of students asked that a table be set up in the lobby, manned by parents, to receive grievances and program change suggestions. some of the increased 'cost is passed along to the tenants.

But even if the cost were passed along, providing rent control was eased, it would be a staggering blow to the tenant's pocketbook and he is likely to re-belt, Urstadt went on. A 2 to 3 interest hike on an old building could average out to $8 a room a month. Economists have generally ruled out any sharp drop in interest rates in 1970s, at least not to the 5 to 6 rate of many mortgages due to expire. Abortion Law Tested Dallas, March 4 (UPI) Two women, one married and the other not married, have filed suit to restrain the enforcement of Texas' abortion laws. The suit for the two unidentified women said present laws were "vague and uncertain" and deprived them of the fundamental right "to choose whether to bear resent children in child abuse proceedings in Family Court.

Permit a physician who has taken temporary custody of an abused child to transfer the child to a social services official. Rockefeller said "The bills incorporate a consensus of thinking in an attempt to profit from the experience gained in the past year under the existing legislation and to strengthen provisions for the early detection, reporting and greater protective of children from abuse. Gene Spagnoli environment could have consequences of a most serious nature." Another bill would expand the definition of an "abused child." Under the present law, the definition of "abused child" may exclude a youngster who is kept locked in a dark room or tied to a bed for a long period of time, the memo noted. Other changes proposed by the governor would Add medical examiners and coroners to the list of persons who must report suspected cases of child abuse. PermhV law guardians to rep said the 1969 legislation had "helped to sharpen the attention of the Family Court on the abused child" and said there had been a "sharp increase" in the reporting of suspected abuse of youngsters.

One measure propsed by the governor would authorize a social services official to remove a child from his home without court order where the child's health or life is in danger. Quick Action Is Asked The memo noted that "any delay, even for a few hours, in removing a child from a dangerous Bills Seek Renewal Of Summons Power By OWEN FITZGERALD With all enforcement activity in 17 city agencies crippled by a Court of Appeals decision, the Lindsay administration introduced emergency legislation in Albany yesterday to restore summons-serving powers to the city's ESockeifellleir Asks Legislative To End the Strike Albany, March 4 (Special) Gov. Rockefeller asked today for immediate legislative artion to compel compulsory arbitration within 48 hours in the gravediggers strike unless both sides either settle the dispute or agree to voluntary arbitration before the deadline. i 4,500 inspectors. Terming the eight-week-old dispute in the metropolitan area Big 6 Mayors Ask TV Time a "major crisis," Rockefeller stipulated that work must be resumed immediately.

The Senate began debate on the -bill in the late and passage was expected both there and in the Assembly. Emergency Message Rockfeller sent his emergency message to the legislators after a conference with Senate Earl Brydges and Assembly Speaker Perry Duryea. The governor said his bill provides that "unless there is a voluntary settlement or an agreement to voluntary arbitration within 48 hours, with work resuming immediately in either case, the strike be settled by compulsory arbitration enforced by court injunction." Raymond Corberf-t, president of the two million member state AFL CIO, immediately issued a statement opposing the Rockefeller plan. Corbett said it "would set back the gains made by labor II if i A millio criminal summonses each year, would be back in official business. The City Hall spokesman said that while Building Department inspectors have suspended their summons service, they would seek court orders, on a selective basis, when hazardous building situations come up.

Fear a Parking Glut The Sanitatio Department said it feared that with its inspectors sripped of their ticket-writing power, alternate-side parking violators would impede both street cleaning and refuse collection. "We hope the situation will be only temporary," sanitation spokesman said. He said the department, which stopped issuing tickets Tuesday, is assigning its 157 patrolmen and 1,190 officers to "exert greater supervision over field forces and to improve truck traffic flow at incinerators and land Inspectors and special policemen, administration spokesmen said, are handcuffed in cracking down on sanitation, building, air and water pollution, waterfront, hospitals and school violations as -a result of the court's ruling. The court ruled last month that the police commissioner had been appointing inspectors illegally as "special patrolmen" for years. The court held that the commissioner could only deputize the general public, but not civil servants, as special cops.

2 Bills to Clear It Up A spokesman for Mayor Lindsay said that Richard Brown, Lindsay's legislative representative, submitted bills to the rules committees of each house. The measures would give the commissioner the specific power to appoint civil servants as special patrolmen. Thus, city inspectors, -who issue about a half Albany, March 4 (Special) The state's Big Six mayors asked TV stations across the state today for a free half hour of time to argue their case for extra aid from the Rockefeller administration. The heads of the six largest cities noted that many of the stations carried major portions of Gov. Rockefeller's annual message in January, including his state aid proposals.

dermine the institution of true collective bargaining." Corbett disputed Rockefeller's statement of a "potentially great health hazard" and said there is "no health or safety problem involved." Sen. Thomas La Verne (R-Roch-ester), in opening the debate, said that the step had been suggested by State Labor Board Chairman McDonnell, over the vears and establish a Raymond Corbett 'Opposes the plan. rv imost dangeous. preoedenti tP, fills" to speed cleanup operatio.

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