joseph mcelroy
Since 2002
Works in New York United States of America

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BIO
The McElroys are a husband and wife collaborative artist, technology, and business team who bring significant artistic, technology and community development skills to Corporate Performance Artists. Joseph, is a graduate of Computer Science from Duke University and a former team leader at IBM. He has been a CEO of several companies, and has been responsible for raising $2 million to fund a startup company called EveryDayPrint.com, which while part of the dot-com boom and bust, he managed to bring to profitability and which still survives to this day.

Donna was an operations manager and PR specialist in the firms they have started together. She has recently been credited by several business leaders in the Bronx as being "top spokesperson for the Bronx." She is active in many community development projects, such as participating on the Board of the Bruckner Arts and Antique District, and working to promote many Bronx activities through an online newsletter called Cupcake Kaleidoscope.

Joseph was the leader of the Open Source Sig for the New York Software Industry Association. And was track co-chair for Open Source at the 2001 New York Software Industry Summit. He was on the advisory board for PostgreSql, Inc - the leading Open Source Database and has had articles published by Lutris Technologies and Open Magazine on Open Source business models and technology solutions. He is a database expert with extensive Fortune 500 experience. Among other awards, he won an IBM Division Award for Technical Excellence.

From magazine "Open" issue September 2001 - "The McElroys kick open the doors of old business models and capitalize on what they believe." The McElroys have achieved re-known as Open Source visionaries with interviews by Interactive Week, Infoworld, Fortune Technology, Open magazine, and others. Joseph and Donna make no claims of divine insight, but in review by Lewis Lacock, it is said, "that this dynamic duo of art are the closest things we have to true shamans today". They are doing their best to pursue the knowledge to support such claims someday.

HIGHLIGHTS

* Achieved reputation as Open Source visionarys with interviews by Interactive Week, Infoworld, Fortune Technology, Open magazine among others.
* National Columnist on Money Matters for Gather.com.
* Judge for the Advanced Technical Categories of the Emmys.
* Successfully raised $2 million funding for startup.
* Successfully built and sold two technology businesses.
* First Entry into the Multimedia wing of the Museum of Computer Art.
* Artwork collected by the Library at Cornell University.
* Artwork in the collection of Rhizome.org.
* Developed first ever Exhibition Catalog completely on CD Rom. Done for Alternative Museum. Reviewed by New York Times.
* Selected to attend first ever Summer Institute for Performance Art at The Kitchen in NYC.
* IBM Division Award for Technical Excellence.
* Various academic, mathematic and scholarship awards. Attended Duke University on a full scholarship in mathematics.
* Poetry published in various journals. Art exhibited in museum shows.
* Certificate of Artistic Excellence from Congressman Jose Serrano.
* Recognized by Bronx Borough President Aldofo Carrion for contributions to the community.
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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: Fwd: rally to end


No it is not important. It is important to support cultural producers,
but we don't have to keep them in penthouses or townhouses or even
flophouses in Manhattan. There is plenty of space available in the rest
of the US, and lots of places want more cultural producers - it just ego
and vanity trying to stay in Manhattan.

joseph

joy.garnett@gmail.com wrote:

> thank you for clarifying that tim... plus it's important to support
> those endangered species of manhattan: the non-wealthy,
> non-celebrities, some of whom used to be valued as, uh, cultural
> producers... no more. ny is a playground for the rich, the rest of us
> can go fuck off.
>
> On 6/25/05, *t.whid* <twhid@twhid.com <mailto:twhid@twhid.com>> wrote:
>
> more about this in the NYTimes:
>
> http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/26/realestate/26cov.html
>
>
> On 6/25/05, *t.whid* <twhid@twhid.com <mailto:twhid@twhid.com>> wrote:
>
> I think the advocates against rent control are missing the point
> of the first post.
>
> The landlords are illegally evicting people and using a loophole
> in the law as a fig leaf.
>
> Whether or not you agree with rent control, do you agree that
> shady landlords should use under-handed and illegal tactics to
> sidestep the law? Or should they try to change the law through the
> democratic process?
>
>
> joseph mcelroy wrote:
>
> > um, and the great injustice being done is????
>

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Re: Re: Re: Fwd: rally to end


Shady landlords are one thing, I have yet to see it proven that these
landlords are shady and in fact seem to be trying to go through proper
channels. What about shady tenants, trying to hold on to property that
they do not own and have not taken on the responsibilities of ownership
yet want to keep at cheap rates just so they can keep the convenience of
living in an area they really cannot afford? If you really want to own
some property in Manhattan, it is really not that goddamn hard, you just
have to do the legwork.

joseph

t.whid wrote:

>I think the advocates against rent control are missing the point of the first post.
>
>The landlords are illegally evicting people and using a loophole in the law as a fig leaf.
>
>Whether or not you agree with rent control, do you agree that shady landlords should use under-handed and illegal tactics to sidestep the law? Or should they try to change the law through the democratic process?
>
>joseph mcelroy wrote:
>
>
>
>>um, and the great injustice being done is???? Looks like people
>>want
>>subsidies for staying in NYC - you got to pay to play, take the lump
>>sum
>>settlement and get a cheap place in jersey. Have a flea market to
>>raise
>>money to promote peace, cure cancer, or to hire enuf quality child
>>protection officers. Bullshit sentiment for a fight between
>>economic
>>interests on both sides. Stand this one out.
>>
>>joseph
>>
>>joy.garnett@gmail.com wrote:
>>
>>
>>
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Re: Re: Fwd: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend


I am not going to argue the merits of rent control in an analytic
fashion, there are much better scholars than me to do that, however this
article http://www.mises.org/etexts/rentcontrol.pdf provides some
arguments in opposition. Of particular note is this quote:

"The argument for rent control is often put forth on grounds of equity.
Tenants as a group have less wealth than landlords, and this housing
policy is a way of increasing the income of the latter and decreasing
that of the former. This is not to say that rent control /transfers
/wealth from landlord to tenant. It cannot be doubted that controls
dissipate the wealth of the owners of residential rental units. But it
is the rare tenant who actually gains thereby. Certainly this does not
apply to the renter who is frozen out of the controlled sector, and must
avail himself of what is available in the newer uncontrolled area. Nor
does it hold true for the tenant, such as in the South Bronx, who sees
the services supplied by his unit deteriorate to the low level of this
rent, and even below. No, gains go only to the relatively rare tenant in
a good neighborhood, located in a high rise with many vacancy decontrols
(so that the landlord has both the wherewithal and the incentive to
maintain the building in good repair). Rent control thus not so much
transfers money from poor tenants to rich landlords as it impoverishes
both" Walter Block (you might note that Prof Block has a nice little
resume).

In practical terms, most middle class people of my acquaintance with
rent controlled apartments know they are getting a steal of a deal, and
I am not going to be sympathetic when they loose it, though I will
gladly help them pack, move, and find a new place to live, even drink a
beer with them while they sulk and I ponder.

joseph

ryan griffis wrote:

> On Jun 23, 2005, at 3:14 PM, judsoN wrote:
>
>> it's not that one should ignore these conflicts, but it's so much
>> more constructive to move ahead and not consider them (particularly
>> as obstacles). eventually, we look back and say "hey, that's not a
>> problem any more". but when folks get riled up about some conflict,
>> that's a pretty good sign they aren't framing it in a very useful
>> way. in general, these "disasters" require more faith, and more
>> faith brings us better luck. thus disasters can either be a source
>> of protest or a source of luck. everyone decides for themselves.
>
>
> call me stupid, but i think when a lot of people get "riled up" over
> conflicts, it's generally because they feel they are not making
> decisions for themselves. and i would be very, very hesitant to say
> that the civil rights movements and many other issue-based campaigns
> (labeled "liberal" or not) are just people who should "move ahead" and
> "frame" the conflict in a more "useful way." i think what you're
> saying seems reasonable, but it comes from a position (not unlike my
> own in many situations) that can afford to say "everyone decides for
> themselves." that cuts both ways, and i think libertarians would feel
> very different if those on the loosing side of free market economics
> decided to get militant, including many of those in the national
> military who they think will protect them. to say that disasters can
> be a source of "luck" is extremely disturbing to me. is this supposed
> to be some kind of "zen" statement or something? i don't see how
> losing your home could be seen as lucky for either bohemians or public
> housing residents. i have plenty of faith... both religious and
> historical, history tells me that land owners will oppress people and
> the oppressed are only lucky when they seek to improve their own
> situation at the reluctance (often violent) of their oppressors.
> religious faith can give people the language and stamina for such
> struggles.
> i also think the argument joseph makes is a little too easy... and
> sounds vaguely like the criticism of student protest movements against
> war, sweatshops or for equitable housing. somehow the privileges make
> their claims less? in this case, i tend to think similarly - that
> people of "upwardly mobile" status are pushing it to ask for sympathy
> - but at the same time, the relaxing of rent control for them doesn't
> benefit anyone. i don't know the specifics of what's going on in NYC,
> but rent stabilization can be leveraged to help more than first wave
> gentrifiers. i'm also skeptical of claims that these people are being
> subsidized by other residents because of rent stabilization. property
> values (and the taxes that go with them) are such constructed numbers,
> and renters do not pay property taxes on land/property usually, so i
> don't know how the renters are being subsidized unless they're on
> section 8 - which this group in question shouldn't be. in LA right
> now, section 8 is becoming extinct outside of the most neglected
> neighborhoods (where sometimes police don't even show up for a call,
> much less landlords) due to the "market value rent" being inflated so
> far past the rate of inflation and income that HUD's estimation of
> fair rent value can be half what a landlord actually will get for the
> place - which in many cases (certainly mine) is more than half of the
> income of renters. we've ended up in a situation that section 8 was
> supposed to solve - segregated populations based on race and class. of
> course, it could be argued that section 8 was merely a way to
> privatize services further and deconcentrate poverty in order to make
> it invisible and easier to neglect. i don't think the "pay to play"
> answer cuts it.
> i don't mean to sound like i know what i'm talking about, but i think
> some things were touched on that warranted a response. best - ryan
>
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Re: Fwd: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend


Michael,
I am for a true underdog, I live in the South Bronx in the poorest
congressional district in the nation, I develop programs to work with
economically disadvantaged people all the time. For the last two years I
have given free seminars and hand-on assistance to impoverished
artisans, at risk youth, and immigrants in the Bronx to help create
income streams. I am forming a non-profit incubator to educate and
support small biz growth in the existing community here. People can
complain all the want, but it irritates the hell out of me to see
middle-class people try to leverage their petty economic interests by
hopping on a poverty bandwagon. As if I am supposed to feel sorry and
rally to their defense. If artists want to live in Manhattan, then pay
to play. If someone wants to leverage rent controlled apartments for 20
some years, riding on the backs of the rest of NYC who don't have such,
then let them pay to play. Manhattan is expensive real estate, face the
fact, and move to the Bronx or Jersey or middle american where one can
afford to live. And stop trying to activate people's charity drive with
shallow intentions, because there are much better causes to champion and
so little charity to go around.

joseph

Michael Szpakowski wrote:

>I'm surprised at this response Joseph. From an
>admittedly cursory glance it looks as though as grave
>injustice *is* being done to folk who've been settled
>in places for a long time. Why should people shut up
>and take eviction lying down because they have the
>misfortune to be not so well off as the gentrifiers?
>I can well imagine the heartbreak of being forced from
>a place I'd lived for a long time, maybe raised a
>family, to satisfy either the whims or the desire for
>even more money, from the already priveleged.
>I'm know there are big differences of emphasis
>between us but I'd always seen you as being
>essentially on the side of the underdog...
>regards
>michael
>
>--- joseph mcelroy <joseph@corporatepa.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>>um, and the great injustice being done is???? Looks
>>like people want
>>subsidies for staying in NYC - you got to pay to
>>play, take the lump sum
>>settlement and get a cheap place in jersey. Have a
>>flea market to raise
>>money to promote peace, cure cancer, or to hire enuf
>>quality child
>>protection officers. Bullshit sentiment for a
>>fight between economic
>>interests on both sides. Stand this one out.
>>
>>joseph
>>
>>joy.garnett@gmail.com wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>dear List,
>>>
>>>You may recall a newsgrist post (below) about some
>>>
>>>
>>crazy east village
>>
>>
>>>evictions going down -- including evictions of
>>>
>>>
>>artists. Enclosed is a
>>
>>
>>>request to circulate some material for a protest
>>>
>>>
>>to take place this
>>
>>
>>>Saturday -- please distribute widely.
>>>
>>>thanks again -- have a great summer,
>>>Joy
>>>newsgrist.net <http://newsgrist.net>
>>>firstpulseprojects.net
>>>
>>>
>><http://firstpulseprojects.net>
>>
>>
>>>..................
>>>Thursday, May 12, 2005
>>>Eviction Scam Stoop Sale
>>>
>>>
>>>
>http://newsgrist.typepad.com/underbelly/2005/05/gt_hello_friend.html
>
>
>>>Press Release (1 page Word Doc)
>>>http://firstpulseprojects.net/47E3RallyPR.doc
>>>
>>>Flyer (jpeg-243k)
>>>http://firstpulseprojects.net/47e3flyer.jpg
>>>
>>>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>From: *Barry Paddock * <bjpaddock@gmail.com
>>>
>>>
>><mailto:bjpaddock@gmail.com>>
>>
>>
>>>Date: Jun 22, 2005 11:45 PM
>>>Subject: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass
>>>
>>>
>>evictions this weekend
>>
>>
>>>To: joy.garnett@gmail.com
>>>
>>>
>><mailto:joy.garnett@gmail.com>
>>
>>
>>>Hi Joy,
>>>I would be so grateful if you could help get the
>>>
>>>
>>word out for our
>>
>>
>>>rally this Saturday. I have attached a flyer and
>>>
>>>
>>press release.
>>
>>
>>>Thanks and hope you are very well,
>>>-barry
>>>
>>>Rally To Stop "Owner Occupancy" Mass Evictions
>>>Saturday June 25 12 noon
>>>47 East 3rd St between 1-2 Aves
>>>
>>>Landlords are exploiting the owner occupancy
>>>
>>>
>>loophole by buying
>>
>>
>>>rent-regulated apartment buildings, then claiming
>>>
>>>
>>the ENTIRE building
>>
>>
>>>for "personal use" and evicting every tenant.
>>>
>>>
>>This is a SCAM to force
>>
>>
>>>out rent-regulated tenants and charge market
>>>
>>>
>>rates.
>>
>>
>>>Help stop this outrageous abuse of the law that
>>>
>>>
>>threatens all New York
>>
>>
>>>City tenants.
>>>
>>>SCHEDULED TO APPEAR (list in formation):
>>>

DISCUSSION

Re: Fwd: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend


um, and the great injustice being done is???? Looks like people want
subsidies for staying in NYC - you got to pay to play, take the lump sum
settlement and get a cheap place in jersey. Have a flea market to raise
money to promote peace, cure cancer, or to hire enuf quality child
protection officers. Bullshit sentiment for a fight between economic
interests on both sides. Stand this one out.

joseph

joy.garnett@gmail.com wrote:

> dear List,
>
> You may recall a newsgrist post (below) about some crazy east village
> evictions going down -- including evictions of artists. Enclosed is a
> request to circulate some material for a protest to take place this
> Saturday -- please distribute widely.
>
> thanks again -- have a great summer,
> Joy
> newsgrist.net <http://newsgrist.net>
> firstpulseprojects.net <http://firstpulseprojects.net>
> ..................
> Thursday, May 12, 2005
> Eviction Scam Stoop Sale
> http://newsgrist.typepad.com/underbelly/2005/05/gt_hello_friend.html
>
> Press Release (1 page Word Doc)
> http://firstpulseprojects.net/47E3RallyPR.doc
>
> Flyer (jpeg-243k)
> http://firstpulseprojects.net/47e3flyer.jpg
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: *Barry Paddock * <bjpaddock@gmail.com <mailto:bjpaddock@gmail.com>>
> Date: Jun 22, 2005 11:45 PM
> Subject: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend
> To: joy.garnett@gmail.com <mailto:joy.garnett@gmail.com>
>
> Hi Joy,
> I would be so grateful if you could help get the word out for our
> rally this Saturday. I have attached a flyer and press release.
> Thanks and hope you are very well,
> -barry
>
> Rally To Stop "Owner Occupancy" Mass Evictions
> Saturday June 25 12 noon
> 47 East 3rd St between 1-2 Aves
>
> Landlords are exploiting the owner occupancy loophole by buying
> rent-regulated apartment buildings, then claiming the ENTIRE building
> for "personal use" and evicting every tenant. This is a SCAM to force
> out rent-regulated tenants and charge market rates.
>
> Help stop this outrageous abuse of the law that threatens all New York
> City tenants.
>
> SCHEDULED TO APPEAR (list in formation):
>