Common sense lost during Sandy?
To the editor:
As a resident of Peter Cooper Village for more than 20 years, I have frequently driven onto Peter Cooper Road to drop off packages or pick up passengers. Until recently, the guard at the gatehouse copied the four digits from the resident sticker on my windshield and waved me in.
That began to change about three months ago, when one guard asked me where I was going. I pointed to the sticker and said that was all he needed.
“We don’t use them anymore,” said my interrogator, standing just across from the sign that says “Admittance by sticker only.” He went on to explain that the “book” containing the resident information linked to the stickers was “lost in Hurricane Sandy.”
Really? And it only took our Public Safety department two years to have discovered this. That really inspires confidence.
If the “book” were destroyed, it could be replaced. (Hint to Public Safety: This is the 21st century. You can store information electronically.) PCV residents who own cars can be asked to reapply for stickers. Or PCV could go really high tech and adopt the barcode readers that are already used in the complex’s garages to record exactly when cars enter and exit.
I have since been told by Public Safety guards that asking me where I’m going is for my own protection. If I overstay my allotted time on Peter Cooper Road, they will have my address and apartment number so that they can warn me before I get towed.
Am I to understand that Public Safety assumes that everyone is always honest? Why else would they prefer taking a driver’s word to actually knowing the name, address, apartment number, phone number and vehicle identification information of residents entering the complex by car? You see, all that information is linked to the four-digit number on my windshield sticker.
The reasons given for the new policy are absurd. I can only conclude that this is yet another way for management to harass long-time residents. They must believe that if they impose enough meaningless rules, we’ll all move out and PCV/ST will be completely market rate.
Joe Lisanti, PCV
Beep, beep, I still can’t sleep
The following is an open letter sent to Con Ed last week by a Stuyvesant Town resident who’s previously told Town & Village he’s regularly woken up work vehicles entering and exiting the utility’s compound in the wee hours of the mornings. Con Ed had also previously told Councilman Dan Garodnick that vendors operating the vehicles would be told not to honk their horns late at night.
I am awakened by the incessant back up signal coming from a large piece of equipment being used in the compound at this time of the morning.
There doesn’t appear to be any emergency going on that this should be happening at this early an hour. I am sure an explanation will be forthcoming that will be based in nothing but fiction.
I also wish to alert you to another situation and a dangerous one at that. On Thursday October 30, at approximately 11 a.m., I was standing on the corner of Ave. B and East 14th Street when I witnessed a flatbed truck with a small digging vehicle and generator on it running the red light making a turn onto 14th street going east to the Con Ed compound. Realizing that many out of state vehicles think that they can make a right turn on the red might be an excuse for this but the speed with which the truck was moving was also alarming.
As it approached Ave. C, it started honking its horn even though there was a bus in front of it making the turn southward on Ave. C and then blasting the horn again as it crossed over the avenue to gain entrance to the compound. It is this type of behavior that frightens the elderly trying to cross the street at the intersection of C and East 14th street.
I’m not sure what you can do about this but it did cause me alarm as I watched this occurring.
Sherman J. Sussman, ST
In response to Sussman’s concerns, a spokesperson for Con Ed, Allan Drury issued this statement to Town & Village:
“We have spoken with our vendors and will continue to speak with them about doing what they can to limit noise in and near the plant. However, the plant is a key part of our energy-delivery system. Intense, around-the-clock activity there is necessary for us to provide our customers with reliable service.”
Just a thought
For those of you who are confident about our ability to contain Ebola here in NYC, count how many people you can see in the grocery and other stores wearing scrubs.