Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Hard to believe management’s heat ‘policy’

I am so happy to find out why my apartment has been freezing all winter and why every time I complain to management, nothing is ever done—management’s goal is to provide a temperature of 72 degrees, which I do not believe given how many times my thermostat has been below 72.

Like all of the neighbors in my building, I too have bought a space heater and I am sure the New York City Fire Department would be thrilled to know most everyone in PCV/ST runs a space heater to keep warm.

Seventy-two degrees is only a few degrees above 68, the level enacted into law to prevent slumlords from providing inadequate heat. If the legal minimum threshold were 64 degrees, would CompassRock’s target be 68?

PCV/ST apartments are not tenements in a poor section of the city, but potentially the best place to live for a family with beautiful grounds and playgrounds, none of which the current owners and management can take credit for.

What they can take credit for is providing a very annoying and uncomfortable living environment with their heat policy. With the amount I pay for rent as a market-rate tenant, I expect a certain level of comfort and not a heat policy designed to provide the minimum amount of heat legally required.

Name withheld

Response from DHCR on MCI orders?

To the editor:

On October 13, our elected officials, Councilmember Garodnick and Assemblymember Kavanagh wrote a long letter to the DHCR to state that they believed the four MCI orders were improperly issued in a number of ways.

It would be nice to know if the DHCR responded, or whether this was just another example of grandstanding by politicians eager to move on to the next media-genic topic.

Kind regards,

Name Withheld
Stuyvesant Town

Raise minimum wage the Republican way

In his State of the Union address President Obama called for “an across-the-board increase in the minimum wage to $10.10.” Speaking for Republicans, Paul Ryan, their economics guru, thinks this is “bad economics. What we want is more people to enter into the workforce. We don’t want to make it more expensive for employers to be able to hire people.”

Following this formidable logic, Ryan should be promoting the following government programs. The first would lower the minimum wage to $1.00 per hour so that every employer can hire seven times more workers. Then the government would add an additional $19 per hour to employee paychecks so they can put food on the table and medicine in the chest. That would give the workers $20 per hour.

But, you say, since our budget is already bursting with debts for war planes, ships, tanks, drones, missiles, weapons, uniforms and other military equipment so necessary in the event we are attacked by North Korea, where is the government going to find the money to fund this program?
That brings us to the second program Ryan should support.

Anyone who earns more than $500 per hour will have the balance turned over to the government to fund the new hourly wage of the first program. Executives and CEOs will have their salaries, including bonuses and benefits, bank accounts and investments, capped at $500 per hour, or one million a year, which is much less than hundreds of our wealthy one percent earn.

Also, we would cap the salaries of all government officials, including members of Congress, at $100,000 per annum. These programs will enable companies who do business with the USA to hire many more workers at twice what the President is asking Congress to approve. Perhaps the success of these programs will inspire Congress to cap all salaries and bonuses for all citizens, including bankers, hedge fund managers, the CEOs of blockbuster companies et. al. at $100,000 per annum.

In addition to providing more jobs, these programs would eliminate the wealthy tax, which the Republicans have vehemently, viciously and consistently opposed, because there won’t be any disgustingly wealthy people in America anymore. Also, Republicans will be able to continue the constant upgrading of our defense budget because you never know when those crazy North Koreans will attack, especially if Dennis Rodman decides he’d rather vacation in Hawaii.

John Cappelletti
Stuy Town

What will CW do next?

Dear T&V,

Can you imagine what life in ST/PCV would be like if CW Capital had gotten away with all the ploys they’ve tried? Scary, huh?

Now, stop for a moment and try to imagine what they’re going to pull next. Because they’re not through with their fancy tricks. Not pretty.


Richard Luksin,
Minneapolis, MN

2 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13

  1. As a former PCVST tenant who ran a space heater every winter for over ten years (otherwise I would have frozen!), I can say it is a worry, During that time, an elderly woman in the complex died in an apartment fire which was started by her space heater. And I constantly worried about the legally blind person on my floor who one day informed me that they were using a space heater, as I knew they had wall-to-wall carpeting. I became convinced that the buildings were not built to distribute heat evenly, as some complained of being over-hot and kept windows open all winter. All well and good when rents were lowish, but who would want to buy into this faulty infrastructure?

  2. They turn the heat off for long periods during the daytime and overnight and the apartments get cold very rapidly. Wouldn’t it be more cost-effective for them to keep the heat on at a low to medium level all the time instead of sending it up in scorching blasts for a while and then turning it off completely?

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