CCC Heritage

Abraham Kazan * Sidney Hillman * Robert Szold * Jacob Potofsky * David Dubinsky * George Schechter * Al Smoke * Sam Friedman * Ralph Lippman

“A man does with his life what he can, lives for some purpose a little higher than mere selfishness, moves the earth a little closer to kindliness, to civilization, to the appreciation of each man’s dignity.”

Murray D. Lincoln

co-op hall of fame

Abraham Kazan
Inducted in 1976

Harold Ostroff
Inducted in 1990

David Smith
Inducted in 1995

John Gauci
Inducted in 2001

“What the sponsors of this undertaking wanted to demonstrate once again is that what is impossible for one to accomplish is perfectly possible to attain when a group of people decide to cooperate.”

Abraham E. Kazan

Honored Cooperators

from our cooperative family


Szold & Brandwen

Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Queensview, Inc.

Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Amalgamated Dwellings

Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives

Mid Eastern Cooperatives * Cooperative Village


Penn South/Mutual Redevelopment Houses

Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Rochdale Village

Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Hillman Houses

Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


East River Housing Corporation * Mid Eastern Cooperatives

Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Mid Eastern Cooperatives

Coordinating Council of Cooperatives * Rochdale Village, Inc.


United Housing Foundation *
Amalgamated Bank of New York


Amalgamated Life Insurance Company

United Housing Foundation


Penn South/Mutual Redevelopment Houses

Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Morningside Gardens

Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Coordinating Council of Cooperatives

Coordinating Housing Services, Inc. * Mid Eastern Cooperatives


Seward Park Housing Corporation

Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Amalgamated Housing Corporation

Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives


Penn South * Penn South Program for Seniors


Park Reservoir Housing Corporation

Coordinated Housing Services, Inc. * Coordinating Council of Cooperatives

“Cooperatives provide people with more than housing and other goods and services at reasonable prices. As institutions, which are democratically owned by the people who use their services, they provide people with effective methods for participation and control of their own enterprises. In a society in which there is little opportunity for people to have a meaningful voice in their own affairs, this may be one of the most significant contributions cooperatives are making to creating a better society.”

Harold Ostroff

“Whether yours is a national, regional or local cooperative — whatever the sector; the challenge is to establish cooperative enterprise as a strong sector in the US and World economy. The challenge is to foster economic democracy, social justice and peace. If we fail in meeting this challenge our co-op may be a fortune 500 business we miss the soul of the movement.”

John D. Gauci

“The result has been economic benefits of no small order. The monthly carrying charges, compared to rents in the market place, have been extremely low. Moreover, a developing community has yielded non-pecuniary profits by way of additional recreational and social amenties. Sunshine and light permeate the area.
An idea–cooperation–has elevated the lives of generations of families. The community is strong. It is healthy. It has persisted for one half century.”

Robert Szold

“It was offered to us to demonstrate that through cooperative efforts we can better the lot of our co-workers. We have also been given the privilege to show that where all personal gain and benefit is eliminated, greater good can be accomplished for the benefit of all. It remains for the members of our cooperative community to exert their efforts to run this cooperative and make it more useful, and more interesting, for all who live in these apartments. Our members have to remember that unless we create a community embracing the cooperative movement, this enterprise of ours, successful as it may be, will eventually lose its value.”

Abraham E. Kazan

Cooperative Movement

International Cooperative Alliance Statement of Cooperative Identity
(Adopted at the International Cooperative Alliance Congress
Manchester, England, September 23, 1995)

Definition: A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.

Values: Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperatives believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

Principles: The cooperative principles are guidelines by which cooperatives put their values into practice.

1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership. Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control: Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

3rd Principle: Member Economic Participation: Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence: Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

5th Principle: Education, Training and Information: Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

6th Principle: Co-operation Among Co-operatives: Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

7th Principle: Concern for Community: Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.


The co-operative emblem


  • The pine tree is the ancient symbol of endurance, fecundity, and immortality.
  • These are the qualities that we see in Co-operation.
  • In the old Egyptian, Persian and Indian mythology, the pine tree and its symbol,
  • the pine cone are found typifying life and the perpetuation of life.
  • The hardy pine symbolizes the enduring quality of Co-operation.
  • More than one pine tree is used to represent the mutual Co-operation necessary.
  • The trunks of the pine tree are continued into the roots which form a circle.
  • The circle is another ancient symbol of eternal life. It typifies that which has no end.
  • The circle in this emblem represents also the world, the all-embracing cosmos of which
  • Co-operation is a part and which depends for its existence upon Co-operation.

“Of course, it’s not easy to do things for yourself, as you must in a cooperative. You would be asked to discuss matters of policy, you would be called upon for opinions, for recommendations. Your vote would mean something.”

Murray D. Lincoln

“Cooperation means concert for the diffusion of wealth. It leaves nobody out who helps to produce it. It touches no man’s fortune. It seeks no plunder, it causes no disturbance in society…it contemplates no violence, it subverts no order…It accepts no gift nor asks any favor, it keeps no terms with the idle and it will break no faith with the industrious…It means self-help, self-dependence and such share of the common competence as labor shall earn or thought can win…”

George Jacob Holyoake
London, England – 1885