Some downtown areas still need Sandy aid
The following is a letter from State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Margaret Chin and Council Member Rosie Mendez to Robert Doar, Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration in mid-December.
We write regarding the federal government’s approval of the City’s request to bring the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to areas of New York City impacted by the storm.
The approval of D-SNAP for residents throughout the city means that more New Yorkers in more places will get food assistance they need in the wake of the storm. Many New York City families continue to struggle in Sandy’s aftermath and D-SNAP is one way to help them through this difficult time. We are particularly pleased that residents from the 10002 zip code are eligible for the program. However, we do have concerns about the accessibility and eligibility of the program for Manhattan residents.
Of the twelve full and partial zip codes approved for D-SNAP in New York City, only one, 10002, is in Manhattan. In Lower Manhattan a large area was devastated by the storm, crossing a number of zip codes with a high proportion of low-income, elderly and vulnerable constituents. We urge the inclusion of additional full and partial zip codes to allow more Manhattan residents impacted by the storm to apply.
Additionally, for such a large program that is complex to administer, just two application centers (in Staten Island and Brooklyn), however large, will deter many eligible New Yorkers from applying. If there were additional application centers closer to more affected zip codes, open for a significant amount of time, it would spread the volume of applicants, reduce pressure on the existing centers, particularly in Brooklyn, and make applications more realistic for those who need it. In light of this, we recommend establishing an application center in Lower Manhattan.
Therefore, we urge the inclusion of additional full and partial zip codes that would allow more New Yorkers in Lower Manhattan impacted by the storm to apply, the opening of additional application centers closer to more affected zip codes, and an extension of the December 18th deadline for applications so that the program is as inclusive as possible for New Yorkers in need.
A Better Tomorrow
The following is a poem written by Peter Cooper Village resident Rick Levine, dedicated to the memory of those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
As dark clouds form
From shore to shore
And hearts once joyful
Sing no more
As innocence lost
To pain and despair
And dreams once vivid
No longer clear
In shock we wonder
In denial ask why?
In anger clench fists
In sadness just cry
As we pick up the pieces
And try to adjust
To a world now changed
And difficult to trust
But conquer we must
Over evils that be
And prove once more
With hope and understanding
We can rise above our sorrow
And work to create
A Better Tomorrow
New Fairway helps growing community
Dear T&V Editor,
Something special is going on in our community. Recently I attended the opening of Fairway Market in Kips Bay. Wow! Our community needed a great place to shop after Hurricane Sandy passed through. In the past I had visited Fairway Market in another community. Well, now I have the chance to experience the excitement right in my own area. With Fairway filling a 40,000-square-foot space at 30th Street and Second Avenue, I know this community will benefit with a well-lit corner space and loads of jobs. Yesterday I returned to welcome the workers as my new neighbors.
Shelley Winfield, EMP
Forgotten Fourteenth Street
I’ve lived in Stuyvesant Town in an apartment facing 14th Street for eight years. It’s time for our politicians and Tenants Association to stop ignoring the southern tier of Stuy Town and the many problems it faces, which threaten to undermine the value of the entire complex.
Fourteenth Street from First Avenue to Avenue C has visibly declined. Properties are abandoned, storefronts are shuttered, panhandlers accost passers-by and the homeless camp out. In addition, Con Ed tears up the street regularly, making living conditions difficult. (Last Friday we had jack-hammering until midnight.)
To the immediate south, Campos Plaza hosts gangs with illegal guns. Nearby public schools are inferior.
Our community must take action to beautify 14th Street, improve District 1 schools, and limit Con Ed’s access to the street, If not, the southern half of Stuyvesant Town will never be a thriving home for families and long-term residents, and its problems will decrease the quality of life for all who live in ST/PCV.
Name Withheld, ST