Letters to the Editor, June 14

Quality of life issues need to be addressed

The following is an open letter from the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association to Sean Sullivan, the new general manager of the complex.

Dear Mr. Sullivan:
We are writing to welcome you to our community as the new General Manager of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.

For over 40 years, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association has been the voice of tenants in this neighborhood and we look forward to working with you.

We appreciate Rose Associates’ expressed desire to collaborate with the Tenants Association to resolve a variety of community issues, but unfortunately there are still many outstanding quality of life concerns that residents continue to feel are not being taken seriously enough by management.

The biggest and most serious issue is Rose Associates and CWCapital’s policy of actively marketing the community as a place to “live and live it up,” as well as corresponding practices such as the installation of pressurized walls to increase occupancy in units.

These practices have had negative residual effects on the quality of life and maintenance and upkeep throughout our community. An ever-increasing and  rapidly revolving tenant population strains resources and creates the need for increased and improved maintenance, greater responsiveness from Public Safety, and better enforcement of existing rules to protect tenants’ quality of life.

Beyond that broader policy question, a recent survey conducted by the TA on building maintenance and upkeep provides evidence that there are a number of basic issues that need your urgent attention.
They include:

• Increased deterioration in cleanliness of recycling rooms after 6 p.m. and on weekends
• Delayed and ineffective responses to noise complaints, including a lack of enforcement of the 80 percent carpet rule
• Poorly maintained laundry rooms and substandard washers and dryers
• Lengthy delays and unacceptable wait times to attend to maintenance requests
• Inability for residents to enjoy open spaces due to ineffective enforcement of rules on the Oval and lawns, including restricting dogs to designated areas and providing fencing to stop people from creating dirt  pathways across the lawns.

As a next step, we would like to meet with you to further discuss these issues and how best to resolve tthem. We also would like to invite you to a town hall meeting to hear directly from residents.

We were pleased to see in your introductory statement that you are “honored to join the effort to make PCVST a place thiscommunity is happy to call home.”

We welcome you to that effort, and look forward to working with you to ensure that ST-PCV is maintained and managed in such a way that tenants can feel good about.


Al Doyle,
President, ST-PCV Tenants Association

A few facts about our fuzzy-tailed neighbors

Re: Response to “Is a Stuyvesant Town Civil War Coming?” letter, T&V, May 24, by Geraldine Levy

My reaction to this article is that our country has always had class warfare, in regard to neighborhoods in general. We are not a perfect society. But this is not the reason for my letter.

I realized that it is a misguided ignorance in regard to the wildlife that needed to be addressed. I may be able to enlighten them to some degree. I have lived in Stuyvesant Town for 22 years and have taken care of the squirrels in the area. I have also worked as a Defender Wildlifer and with the Wildlife Rehabilitators for close to the above stated years and provide for the wildlife’s needs. That’s what I do. I would like to help share my knowledge and help others to understand the squirrels better.

First of all, the squirrels do not bite or attack people unless, like other animals, they are cornered and being abused. But their first and foremost instinct is to run away and climb a tree for safety. Second, when feeding a squirrel, do not feed them out of your hand because they can be confused and think your finger is a peanut. Third, squirrels are not rabid, but can get rabies like other animals or people if bitten by a rabid animal. Fourth, when squirrels come up to you with their front paws in the air, they are begging. When they sniff your shoes, they are saying “hello.” Fifth, when a squirrel hops after people and prances around them, they are not attacking but frolicking in excitement and enthusiasm in receiving a nut and vying for a position to be the squirrel to get the offering. If you ignore them and walk away, they will follow for a short time, but will go on their way to their next adventure.

I’d like to add as a defender of the wildlife that the squirrels are the ones who are abused. I’ve seen youngsters chase, throw stones, sticks, snowballs and use peashooters at the squirrels. The squirrels have to deal with the hawks and cats that are around the area. On the wintertime, they don’t have leaves to build their nests and must find other means to do so. I have found squirrels frozen to death.

The squirrels have been here since this complex was built! Plus, Met Life does not make the laws, the state and city do and there is no law that forbids the feeding of nuts to squirrels. As a matter of fact, a city agency cited that squirrels are a protected species in New York State and must not be killed, maimed or even made to feel unwanted. I hope this information has been helpful.

Now, I love animals. I love dogs and yet, there was a dog that jumped on me and snapped at me. This is not considered a wildlife animal. The owner had this dog on a leash. No matter what, you must always show an animal respect whether they be domestic or wildlife. And understand that sometimes just a gesture with one’s hand or body can cause an animal to feel that is it being threatened. Caution should always be present when dealing with animals as well as humans, at times.

I would like to add that I understand the need to keep the rat population to a minimum, which it is at this time, and I do not necessarily agree with your solution.

I give squirrels nuts as a treat and a thank you for being part of my life. There is nothing wrong with giving treats as long as it is not over done. Plus, squirrels are fed nuts during the day and sleep at night. Rats are usually out at night. As you have guessed, I have no intention of stopping what I enjoy doing. I had checked with the Health Department and there is no law, nor any health hazard, in giving a nut to a squirrel.

Though I don’t appreciate people that throw leftover scraps of food on the ground, which does attract rats and is a health hazard. Just like people that let their dogs poop on the grounds without picking it up.

Ellie, ST

There’s lots more to the fracking story

Re: Looking Ahead column, “Hydrofracking, incomplete story,” T&V, May 10

Unfortunately, Mr. Dobelis’ story is incomplete. While mostly accurate, it skims lightly over the horrible destructiveness of fracking, and is inaccurate in some respects. The chemicals used in the drilling process make up to 8 percent of the total, but if the drill uses 4 million gallons of water, then that is over 300 pounds of chemicals. There is currently no way to clean the water once it has been used. No water treatment plant in this country has the capability of remediating fracked water.

Further, earthquake is certainly not the greatest threat from fracking. It may be true that in New York State, there is not wholesale poisoning of drinking water because there is still a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing. But in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and other places, the water has been so contaminated with methane in particular, that people can light their tap water on fire. Further, there are many, many groups now working to ban fracking in New York and the United States.

Articles like this one do a disservice to the fight to defeat fracking because it shallowly only looks briefly at the issue.

I work with a group called United for Action, a volunteer group started specifically to fight against fracking and to advocate for renewable energy.  Please go to our website, unitedforaction.org, where you will find a wealth of information about fracking, as well as a list of organizations working against fracking.

Kathleen A. Reynolds, ST

Nice reporting

Sabina Mollot seems to do a lot of good reporting in Town & Village.

Richard Luksin, Minneapolis, MN

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