Killing our sacred cow

By Former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

Like millions of people around the world I was appalled by the murder of Cecil. Cecil, you will recall, was the African lion that was designated in a protected class of animals because of his majestic bearings as well as to protect the species from extinction. Cecil by all accounts was a very intelligent animal with impulses and emotions. He was pursued and killed by an American hunter. He was first wounded by a high tech bow and arrow with a telescopic sight, and then put to death with a rifle. Cecil was murdered.

The ecstatic American hunter then posed next to his murdered prey smiling ear to ear. He could not have been happier at having callously snuffed out the life of another living being. What a sad spectacle. This kill was not done for any other reason than it gave the hunter pleasure to track and destroy this animal. He gave no thought to the suffering that he was inflicting. It was all about his own twisted lethal pleasure.

So ask yourself, how far removed are those animal hunters from persons who stalk human victims and derive sick pleasure from killing them, and often many at one time? As far as I am aware only the human species, the most “advanced” and evolved form of life on planet earth, kills not for food or protection but for sheer thrills. Makes you wonder about Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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Legal clinic to be held on nonrenewal notices, succession

Council Member Dan Garodnick (pictured at a meeting in July)

Council Member Dan Garodnick (pictured at a meeting in July)

By Sabina Mollot

Following a spate of residents being faced with primary residence challenges while some others have recently been denied succession, local elected officials and the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association have announced they would be hosting a legal clinic on both issues.

The event will take place on Wednesday, August 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at MS 104 at 330 East 21st Street and will be co-hosted by Council Member Dan Garodnick, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh. Attorneys from the Urban Justice Center will also be present.

As Town & Village reported in late July, the Tenants Association had noticed an uptick in Golub notices or notices of nonrenewal being issued due to primary residence challenges. As of July 30, TA President Susan Steinberg said she knew of seven new Golubs being issued.

However, she noted, this was nowhere near as many as had been sent out at one time during the Tishman Speyer era of Stuyvesant Town. The former owner eventually managed to serve over 1,000 tenants with Golub notices.

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Three men arrested for rapes, robberies

Suspects Isaias Rivera (left) and Joey Cruz

Suspects Isaias Rivera (left) and Joey Cruz

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested three men over the weekend in connection with three rapes and robberies in the Bronx and Manhattan, including an incident that took place in Gramercy last Tuesday.

Fernando Sandel, 26, was apprehended last Friday and was charged with rape, robbery and strangulation. The two other suspects, 31-year-old Isaias Rivera and 26-year-old Joey Cruz were arrested on Sunday. Both were also charged with rape, robbery and strangulation.

All three of the victims had agreed to meet with one of the men after placing ads offering sex for money on backpage.com, a website with listings for adult entertainment, according to a report in the New York Times.

The incident in Gramercy occurred at the victim’s apartment on Lexington Avenue around 10:40 p.m. on August 4. The 32-year-old victim told police that she made arrangements to meet one of the suspects in her apartment but when he arrived, he maced her and threw her on the bed. Police said that the two other suspects then arrived at the apartment and tied up the victim. They allegedly raped her and stole her phone, laptop and bracelet.

She was taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been released.

The first incident occurred at a building on East 138th Street in the South Bronx on Sunday, June 28 at 11:50 p.m. Police said that the victim, a 20-year-old woman, had made arrangements to meet one of the suspects. He showed up with another one of the suspects and the two men forced her to the roof of the building, where they raped her and took her money. The victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital where she was treated and released.

In the second incident, a 34-year-old woman made arrangements to meet one of the suspects at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 109 East 42nd Street last Monday at 4:25 p.m. When the suspect arrived to the room, police said that he sprayed the victim in the face with an unknown substance and threw her on the bed. The other two suspects then entered the room and all three men tied the victim up. Police said that all three suspects raped her and stole her cell phone and purse.

The woman was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was treated and released.