Letters to the Editor, July 9

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Why the sanitation garage plan stinks!

Dear Editor,

I was at the Monday, June 22 sanitation garage meeting, where I felt that the forum was chosen because it was not very accessible. I think that the community was not told about it with enough lead time. There were not as many people as I would have expected. And sadly, neither Mr. Garodnick nor Mr. Kavanagh were there.

Because my husband had to go out of town unexpectedly, I had not planned to attend. But neighbors convinced me to, especially because I used to live near the old sanitation garage on East 73rd Street. I lived there for close to three years.

Like the proposal here, they did not keep the garbage there, but there was a stench all year round, which was particularly bad in the summer. There were plenty of flies, but worse, in my opinion, were the rats. They were enormous and I stopped walking to the FDR access road to run to the river overpass by there. I was afraid of the rats.

The traffic was constant and unrelenting. Like 25th Street, 73rd was a two way road that had access to the FDR. Those truck are huge and often blocked the way. The trucks left every two hours during the night, so there was constant noise. I understand the plan here would not allow that, but really, how do we know?

Our neighborhood already has hospitals, Con Ed, homeless shelters and for now the Police Academy – we bear our burden.

However, we also have a number of schools, three in Waterside, the daycare at the VA, as well as the school for handicapped children, PS 40, MS 104, PS 47 as well as high schools and Baruch and the NYU dental and medical schools. The footbridge at 25th street will pass right by and fewer people will walk when the rats come over.

They just finished a great park at Asser Levy; will people still play with the smell and the rodents? If the garbage is being dumped uptown, why have the garage here? The traffic on First Avenue is already horrific; this will make it more so.

At the meeting, people brought up other issues. Waterside is built on a platform; how will the construction affect the buildings? If they store salt and other things there, how do these toxins affect the residents? All those trucks will be emitting noxious toxins into the air. Has that been addressed?

There was also something about the zoning – that they were requesting a special zone, so that then, it was in perpetuity and they could do whatever they want. I was confused about who will build and own this.

Finally, there is the concern of the fuel to be stored there. Another superstorm flood and the results would be disastrous.

The next meeting is July 15, from 6-8 p.m. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that it’s during the summer. People please attend! Show that we are concerned citizens who care about our neighborhood.

Frankly, I’m horrified by the proposal and cannot believe it has gone through this far. Apparently Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town is now luxury living, where we’re in a flood zone and soon to be in a garbage zone.

Lola Franco, PCV


An open thank you from the ST-PCV TA

The Tenants Association wants to thank everyone who participated in all of our efforts to improve the rent laws – despite the marginal gains. Without everyone pulling together, we might not gotten what we did.

Following our call to action, you sent hundreds and hundreds of letters to Cuomo, Heastie and Kavanagh and made hundreds of calls when urged to.
Special thanks to Brad Hoylman and Brian Kavanagh for their steadfast fight to the all-too-bitter end – among the very few who stuck to their principles and voted “no” on the final bill, which provided no significant strengthening of the laws.

Our battle is invariably uphill and the decks have been stacked against us.

Nevertheless, this is a battle worth fighting over and over again. I’ll see you all in the trenches next time.

Susan Steinberg
President
Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association


How NYers can stop execution of horses

Dear Editor,

I know that many residents in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper are animal lovers.  Horses are under attack.  They are being shipped to Mexico to be knifed to death and to Canada to be electrocuted.  This information is on the local ASPCA website.  I recently donated to Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue (PO Box 5058, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5058) President Christine Hyjek, who is rescuing the horses at auctions.

The cost of buying a draft horse is about $1,000. The group rescued a beautiful horse at the New Holland Auction for $400 named Manhattan. The horses are on a farm in Maryland.  She desperately needs funds (donations) to buy the horses at auction so they are not tortured and slaughtered in Mexico. The group has a website.

There is a bill before the House and Senate to stop the transport of these beautiful animals. People can call local representatives and David Rouzer, the chair of the bill at (202) 225-2731 to support HR 1942 and S1214. to pass or support the Bill. Ten thousand horses are due to be shipped this week. Animal lovers, please help support these groups.

Horses settled this country and are an American symbol and should not be treated this way. I am happy to give information personally to anyone willing to help. I can be reached at (212) 228-8966.

Thank you for saving a life of a beautiful animal who cannot speak for its rights.

Susan Sheppard Landis, ST

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One thought on “Letters to the Editor, July 9

  1. Ms. Sheppard Landis, I called David Rouzer’s office and said I support HR 1942 and S1214. I guess Schumer and Maloney would be the local representatives to contact, right? I will contact them. There is a wonderful organization called Equine Advocates in upstate New York. Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of them. I emailed them because they rally to such causes. They probably know about this already.

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