Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5

Mendez is a fighter for tenants and the poor


Re: “Mendez, hoping to improve housing crisis, running again,” and “Opponent, East Side pastor, says poor have been ignored,” T&V, Aug. 29

To the Editor:

I was interested to read your profile on both of the candidates in the Democratic Primary in the Second District, which immediately abuts my own.

Since your piece took pains to be balanced, I thought it worth pointing out to your readers that this is not really a close call – Rosie Mendez deserves to win this one decisively.

I have served in the City Council now for a number of years, and have had the great pleasure of calling Rosie Mendez a colleague and a friend.  She is an impressive advocate for tenants, for seniors, and for the poor.  She has stood with me every time I needed her – and even played a critical role in our efforts to protect tenants’ interests in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper.

As Chair of the Committee on Public Housing, Rosie also has been a tremendous advocate for residents of those communities. She has secured $10 million for security enhancements and disability access, and in 2008, she restored $38 million to prevent the closing of community centers.

In the days immediately after Superstorm Sandy, Rosie and her staff were among the first responders on the Lower East Side, where they coordinated with local nonprofits to ensure that stranded residents received the necessities they needed. Since the storm, she has has diligently worked on an emergency plan to make sure that the city is better prepared for our next storm.

I have also enjoyed partnering with Rosie in supporting our local public schools – many of which, like PS 40 and PS 116, physically sit in her district, but serve both of our constituents.  I look forward to continuing that high level of collaboration on all issues.

Rosie is one of the toughest leaders I know, and I encourage the residents of the Second Council District to send her back to City Hall to fight for all of us, even those of us who live next door.

Dan Garodnick,
City Council Member,
District 4


Any word from the bondholders?

To the Editor:

On October 15, 2012 – almost a year ago – TA Chairperson Susan Steinberg and TA President John H. Marsh III signed a two-page letter to all tenants.

The letter told tenants that The Tenants Association would henceforth communicate directly with the bondholders.

Ms. Steinberg and Mr. Marsh wrote that the time had come for CW to “step aside.”  The TA decided to “cut out the middleman,” they said, and take our case “directly to the bondholders.”

Their letter to tenants, and their press release, can be found at stpcvta.org. Now, neighbors and tenants keep asking – Tell us, TA, how did the bondholders respond? The TA is good at issuing press releases every time someone agrees to “come on board” pro bono to help our cause. Now it’s time to let us know: Tell us, TA, what did the bondholders say?

Name Withheld, ST


Behr, Miller columns appreciated

Dear T&V,

Acknowledgement for the fine columns of Alice Behr and A.J. Miller is long overdue. They are always interesting and informative and yes, sometimes, useful. Both write in a warm, sincere manner on ways to make life easier. I always miss their columns in issues of T&V they don’t appear in. Thank you, Alice, A.J. and T&V.

Richard Luksin,
Minneapolis, MN

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