Op-Ed: History of local Sanitation Dept. garage

This op-ed was written by Lou Sepersky, the community historian for the 6th Community District. He was originally appointed to that position in 1999 by then-Borough President C. Virginia Fields and has been reappointed ever since.

EMS ambulance on East 26th Street (approximately where the garage would be built)

Town & Village’s page one story (Sept. 20) on the proposed construction of a Department of Sanitation (DoS) garage on 26th Street east of First Avenue, on the Bellevue Hospital Center campus, has a very definite Town & Village root. And a lesson that needs to be learned for future public projects.

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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 4

Beautiful day at the Farmers Market

To the Editor,

Another beautiful weekend in Stuyvesant Town, and another great opportunity to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market. Local farmers were out with organic eggs, cheeses, breads, Macouns and Jonagold apples, not to mention organic turkey sausage, cinnamon apple pork sausage, cider donuts, jams and jellies, and Finnish flatbreads.

Congratulations and thank you to those tenants who stood up to the naysayers in the Tenants Association who wanted to shut down the market.  Special thanks to Council Member Daniel Garodnick and his staff who worked out a fair compromise with the City’s Planning Department to keep the market in place for tenants and their guests.

Truly, there is nothing that a small group of committed individuals cannot accomplish.

All tenants are encouraged to support our local farmers in the weeks to come, and enjoy end of the season fruits and root vegetables.

Name Withheld, ST

Busted FDNY units pose danger to residents

(Left) Emergency unit with Fire Department emergency push button and Police Department emergency push button (Right) Emergency unit

Having subscribed to Town & Village for well over 35 years, it has always been a newspaper that served this community by printing pertinent articles dealing with the social and public safety of its citizens.

I have written numerous letters to a Mr. Gerald Neville, who is the director of communications for the New York City Fire Department. These letters, I am sad to state, prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Fire Department’s infrastructure is in hazardous condition, which greatly affects the public safety of our citizens.

My credibility is based upon the fact that I have had over 30 years as a professional engineer in the construction field, working for the NYC Housing Authority, the Department of Education, the NYC Comptroller’s Office and the Department of Transportation.

Fires are the worst type of destruction because they are never extinguished without horrendous damage and death. The NYC Fire Department infrastructure must be maintained in perfect condition, so as to ensure public safety. Sincerely,

Louis Buffalano, ST