Critical letter writers shouldn’t hide
Re: Letter, “Rude behavior should not be expected” by an author whose name was withheld, T&V, Apr. 9, which was written in response to a letter by Billy Sternberg, “What tenants can realistically expect,” T&V, Mar. 19. This was one of several letters that ran recently on the topic of disruptive, noisy neighbors.
“Hey, Billy, I don’t know if you’ve seen it but someone took a cheap shot at you in the Town & Village.”
“Yeah,” I shot back, “and they didn’t have the courage of their convictions to sign it.”
“That’s right,” my neighbor recalled with a look of surprise, “they were withheld names from Peter Cooper Village.”
A week earlier, ironically, another neighbor stopped me to ask, “Was that your letter in the Town & Village?” When I confirmed that it was, she said, “Thank you. Keep writing.”
More ironic, since the topic of the many letters to T&V was noisy neighbors, my neighbor who alerted me to the anonymous letter is the world’s quietest, and, he lives in the apartment above the woman who wants me to write more frequently. She’s elderly and frail. Neither of them can endure our area’s Saturday night revelry. You call security when you want to call. I’ll call them when I want to call. Disability exemptions; senior exemptions, rent guideline rollbacks, MCI rebates and vacancy decontrol are the critical, priority matters.
I can’t understand why T&V would publish anonymous “cheap shots” but I ask that they change their policy to not doing so. If mine is “one of the oddest letters,” my critics have ever read in T&V, please show us the others.
Billy Sternberg, ST
Enjoyed the Easter events in Stuy Town
After seeing the wonderful Easter Celebration on the Oval two Sundays ago I thought it would be nice to thank the management of STPCV for offering such great events. Despite the small number of complaints, many residents and their guests truly enjoy the amenities like the skating rink, green market and covered basketball court this winter. We know these services are optional but hope they will continue for a long time to come.
Name withheld, ST
New York a hub of solar growth
Thanks to a nationwide solar energy boom, cities are increasingly becoming centers for clean energy production, and New York City is right at the center of it.
A new Environment New York Research & Policy Center report, “Shining Cities,” found that New York City ranks 9th in the nation for solar power installations, with enough solar online at the end of last year to power more than 6,300 homes.
Cities like NYC are taking the logical lead in this solar energy boom. Through creative and forward-thinking policies like New York City’s “Solar Empowerment Zones,” cities nationwide are encouraging local lending for solar projects, facilitating community-owned solar, and making it easier for residents to go solar.
And right now, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is considering establishing a program, called Community Net Metering, to allow expanded access to clean energy. This could be an innovative program that would empower low-income families, renters and millions of other New Yorkers to choose solar or other renewable energy sources for the first time.
With the cost of solar going down and concern about global warming going up, solar power is growing rapidly in NYC and across the state. By building on the progress already made, NYC can continue to be a center of solar growth in the state and an example for other New York cities to follow.
Heather Leibowitz, director
Environment New York