Why Garodnick should aim higher
Re: Story, “Garodnick’s $1.M campaign war chest,” T&V, Jan. 21
Your page one article notes a Daily News anonymous source:
Hon. Dan Garodnick, our City Council Member, “may be looking towards the comptroller or attorney general seat if they open up.”
Page 50 of this week’s New York Observer, however, quotes comptroller Tom DiNapoli:
“The secret is that being comptroller is the best job in state government.
“I don’t want people to know that so they don’t come after my job.
“There’s still more work to do here,” he continues.
Accordingly, that job doesn’t seem to be opening up.
This begs two questions:
(i) Who, including the days of Tammany Hall, was ever elected directly to statewide office from the New York City council?
(ii) If Hon. Dan Garodnick wants to make a statewide name for himself, he should challenge Governor Cuomo. If I was his strategist, I’d say strive for the gold.
Dan was preempted from the city comptroller’s primary and, subsequently, had to concede from the speaker’s race. He’s not winning statewide office.
And remember, he balked when considering running a primary against Brad Hoylman because he wanted to be close to home. Therefore, his considering statewide options seems quite a shift from the geographic priorities he set for himself fewer than four years later. After all, he’d have to spend more time in Albany in statewide office than members of the legislature do.
So if I were part of his brain trust, I’d have him make a statewide name for himself by running a gubernatorial primary against Andrew Cuomo.
And if his strategists don’t realize that runners up in Gubernatorial primaries are memorable while runners up in AG and comptroller primaries are not, then they’re not worth their commissions.
Billy Sternberg, ST
Ferry would not be that noisy
Re: Story, “ST/PCV residents mostly support the East 20th Street ferry landing plan,” T&V, Jan. 21
To the editor,
I was highly disturbed to read of the Tenants Association’s director’s opposition to the affordable ferry service that is proposed for East 23rd Street.
For many years, persons of limited mobility and moderate income have not been able to travel around the city from the Avenue C side of the campus. The cost of hailing a taxi on Avenue C is too high, and the distance to walk to the First Avenue bus is often prohibitive, especially in inclement weather.
The affordable ferries that are proposed for the 23rd Street landing will make as much noise as a boat would make pulling up at a dock: essentially, no noise at all. When a boat pulls up at a dock, it cuts its engines, and glides nearly silently to its moorings. Of course, for the ferry to pull away from the dock, it will have to run its engines. This could be as loud as an SUV traveling on the FDR Drive.
The TA director’s opposition to the ferry is both short-sighted and mean-spirited. If the TA director cares about supporting the rights of all tenants to affordable transportation to Brooklyn (the most affordable of boroughs), she will drop her myopic opposition to the ferry. If she prefers to take taxis and the subway, we have no objection at all.
But freedom of choice is one of the great bedrocks of our democracy, and we urge all tenants to let all of the TA’s directors know how they feel about the ferry.
Name withheld, ST
I don’t object to the ferry landing
Re: Letter, “Ferry wouldn’t be the only noisy thing,” T&V, Jan. 28 re: story, “ST/PCV residents mostly in support of East 20th Street ferry landing,” T&V, Jan. 21
Re: My position on the 20th Street ferry landing.
I am NOT opposed to this, but in listening to the Economic Development Corporation’s presentation, I realized that a lot of information was lacking.
What was not made clear in the article is that Justine Johnson deflected a lot of excellent questions from the 45 (not 30) attendees by saying that the proposal would answer them. She and her colleague did not indicate that the EDC had made noise abatement a requirement of the proposal from any potential operator.
When someone specifically noted that it’s possible to have directional horns, she had no response. That’s just one example. I reviewed the EDC’s materials about the ferry landing before the meeting, and I’ve also taken an interest in what’s being considered for the 23rd Street crosstown bus.
I repeat: I never said I was against the ferry landing, but I did want to hear a plan for how people were going to be able to get to and from the ferry and how that would affect local transportation, among other things.
I could go on, but I think this is long enough. I want it to be clear that I was searching for answers, not opposing the landing.
Anne Greenberg, PCV
‘Dear Stuyvesant,’ your fortune awaits
On the heels of a second wave of IRS scam phone calls to Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village residents, Susan Steinberg, president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association found herself on the receiving end of a “Stuyvesant” email scam.
She forwarded us the email, which needless to say, should just be ignored by anyone else who gets it.
Subject: Dear Stuyvesant,
I am contacting you regarding the deposit made by late Victor Stuyvesant, a national of your country who died and left a deposited sum of $16.2 million with the bank here in the republic of Togolese. I will want you to stand as the next of kin so that the bank can release the deposit to you. Contact me for more details;