TA attends rally outside Cuomo’s office

Stuyvesant Town tenant leaders participated in a rally for stronger rent laws outside Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office last Wednesday.  Photo by Rebecca Dumais)

Stuyvesant Town tenant leaders participated in a rally for stronger rent laws outside Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office last Wednesday. (Photo by Rebecca Dumais)

By Sabina Mollot

Last Wednesday, a group of residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, including leaders from the ST-PCV Tenants Association, joined a rally for stronger rent laws in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan office.

The Tenants Association demonstrators carried signs that read “Strengthen the rent laws—Do not feed vultures,” complete with a graphic of a vulture hovering over Stuy Town. The graphic was designed by TA member John Sicoransa and another version of the sign read, “Landlords feed on middle class renters.”

TA Chair Susan Steinberg noted the turnout among neighbors was a high as was the response to a recent effort, highlighted in this newspaper, to get tenants to write letters to key Albany legislators. During a recent trip to the Post Office, Steinberg learned at around 500 letters had been addressed to Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and local Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh.

A package slip had been left in the TA’s mailbox and when Steinberg went out to collect said package, a postal worker brought out the letters in two large trays. Upon seeing the amount of mail, “I almost fainted,” said Steinberg.

“So,” she added, “we are very happy people are paying attention, and we’re going to send them off in large batches.”

The TA is also participating in a march for stronger rent laws to be held on Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m. The event will begin with a rally at Foley Square (corner of Centre Street and Worth Street) followed by a march across Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza.

Bellevue to host breast cancer info events

A previous breast cancer informational event at Bellevue Hospital

A previous breast cancer informational event at Bellevue Hospital

Bellevue Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital Center will host multiple breast health education events in May to emphasize to women in Manhattan that prevention, screening, and early detection are the best defenses against breast cancer. Patients can also schedule an appointment for a mammogram. It is recommended that women 40 and over schedule a mammogram every one to two years.

At Bellevue, 462 First Avenue (27th Street) a breast cancer informational event will be held in the atrium lobby on May 14, 21 and 28 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

At Metropolitan Hospital Center, 1901 First Avenue, a breast cancer informational event will be offered in the lobby on May 14 and 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“It has been HHC’s mission and goal to help all New Yorkers live the healthiest life possible and we have been at the forefront of providing preventive health screenings in New York City,” said HHC President Dr. Ram Raju. “A mammography saves lives and we encourage people to make use of this opportunity to get screened.”

In 2014, hospitals in the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (Bellevue and Metropolitan’s parent organization) performed more than 103,000 mammograms.

For more information, visit the website.

Letters to the editor, May 14

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

ST native’s book an exploration of virtues

David Brooks, conservative op-ed columnist for The Times, and a regular commentator on the PBS Newshour and Meet the Press, has just published: The Road to Character (Random House, 2015). Brooks spent his formative years in Stuyvesant Town. He remembers these years with warmth and appreciation.

In his most recent book he speaks about two aspects of our lives: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues” which can be quite antithetical. The former deals with our accomplishments: wealth, fame and status; the latter deals with our integrity, kindness and bravery and who we are.

The dichotomous relationship of our worldly accomplishments and eulogy virtues both exist, but Mr. Brooks believes that how one is remembered is more important.

This reminds me of two persons here: Mr. Bill Potter, the resident manager of both developments who was very kind to me during my most trying time and others who remember him when he worked here always say the most laudatory things about him.

And then there was MetLife CEO Robert Benmosche who began the decline of our developments from ideal and rare apartments for the middle class to faux luxury and pseudo-upscale units. Benmosche, who recently died, must have made billions of dollars but sans many significant “eulogy values.”

Mr. Potter’s life mainly was left others with memories of his sensitivity and many kindnesses while Mr. Benmosche is now remembered as having made lots of money and lacked the higher spiritual values. And much of his wealth was made from the destruction of PCV/ST.

David Chowes, PCV

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Police arrest hammer attack suspect

Photo of hammer attack suspect

Photo of hammer attack suspect

The man shot by police yesterday who’s believed to be the hammer-wielding lunatic who attacked four people on Monday, has since been arrested.

Police announced on Thursday morning that the man, who’s been identified as David Baril, has been arrested and charged with seven counts of felony assault as well as criminal possession of a weapon.

Baril was approached by the cops on a midtown street Wednesday morning when, according to the NYPD, he began swinging at a female officer, Lauren O’Rourke, with a hammer. It was her partner, Geraldo Casaigne, who shot Baril, striking him twice, once in the right arm and once in the torso. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Police said he is in critical but stable condition.

Baril was stopped by the cops after they recognized him as the suspect behind a string of random attacks on three women and one man, who were each struck on the head with a hammer. The cops had been in the area for an unrelated assault, according to the Post, who added that Baril has a long rap sheet that includes assaulting a police officer and jumping a counter at a KFC and punching an employee.

On Monday, his crime spree reportedly began by attacking a man on West 35th Street, a woman sitting inside Union Square Park, a woman walking on West 17th Street west of Sixth Avenue and a woman near Madison Square Park.

O’Rourke sustained abrasions and lacerations to the back of her head and back and taken to Bellevue Hospital. Casaigne was also taken to Bellevue for tinnitus. Both officers have been treated and released.

Police Commissioner Bratton visited the two officers at the hospital on Wednesday.

Note: This article is updated from the print version about the shooting to include information about the arrest and additional details about the incident from the police.