Letters to the Editor, June 26

Union Square playground isn’t for everyone

Re: Former Council Member Carol Greitzer’s letter, “No place to play for the disabled,” T&V, June 19

Ms. Greitzer is on to something about the lack of facilities in Union Square Park’s playground of children with disabilities. In fact, there are no facilities or space in the park for people with disabilities, seniors or teenagers. Nor is there appropriate play equipment for every child in the playground.

Since 2004, all planning for the playground and pavilion (at final cost of $20M dollars) merely privileged arrangements for a commercial restaurant in the pavilion disregarding needs of residents, young and old. Yet, Union Square Community Coalition’s (USCC) ten-year campaign and litigations helped to achieve a maximum-size playground (15,000 square feet — double the original plan of only 8,000 square feet). But our hard-fought efforts to reclaim the pavilion for its traditional use by the community were ignored in favor of a seasonal restaurant.

USCC recognizes the unequal access to park facilities suffered by certain residents. Now it’s time for the mayor to justify the taxpayers’ enormous investment in our pavilion as a public good. He has the power to act to ensure free access to and use of the pavilion as a year-round community center with programs and activities for our under-served teenagers, seniors and people with disabilities. Attention must be paid to their needs. They cannot continue to be deprived of public space in their park.

Eadie Shanker,
Union Square Community Coalition member

No Goodman to opponents

Regarding “Remembering Roy Goodman and more civilized days in Albany,” (T&V, June 12) I recall someone I considered arrogant. Specifically, I remember a candidates’ night at Washington Irving High School.  Senator Goodman was there to give his spiel and Lou Sepersky was the Democrat candidate.

Well, Senator Goodman spoke and immediately walked off the stage and out door as if he had walked into an empty room. The audience never got the opportunity to ask him any questions nor did Mr. Sepersky have a chance to question him. He did the same with Liz Krueger when she was his opponent.

Additionally, when Senator Goodman was on the Housing Committee, he never really accomplished anything. It made no difference that the Senate leader was a Republican from Goodman’s own party. He was ignored. Very quietly, Senator Goodman removed himself from the Housing Committee and lo and behold, there he was on the Arts Committee.  Some people were astounded to hear of this.

Previously, I had voted for Senator Goodman in every election, but upon seeing his arrogance, that was my very last time.

Marcia Robinson, PCV

Working for peanuts

There was an old and respected company. At one time some employees suggested that a union be formed. But, almost all the employees didn’t want one. “We are treated so humanely, it makes no sense,” was the consensus.

Recently a new and young CEO arrived. He said, “We can make a heck of a lot more money: move the workers to cheaper venues, cut their pay, fire plenty of them, and have those who are left do more work.” He added, “Greed is good!”

For image, they used a beloved cartoon character.

So, the profit margin increased and this turned out to be the new ethos. But, in the process, the company had lost its soul.

David Chowes, PCV

Check’s not in the mail

Is anybody else having problems with the new Post Office on 14th Street? I mailed a check to my doctor at the beginning of May. He never received it. I mailed my rent check at the beginning of June. They still haven’t received it. I never, ever had checks go missing when I mailed them from inside the Post Office. This is very worrisome, especially as it is impossible to contact anybody by phone at that branch. Their old phone number is disconnected and I can’t find a listing for the new office.

Name withheld, ST

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