Residents come out for Clinton

Apr21 Hillary at Mikey Likes It

A week after her husband visited the community, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the real scoop of local flavor at Mikey Likes It, an ice cream shop owned by Stuyvesant Town resident Mikey Cole (pictured at left) on Avenue A. The visit may have paid off as Clinton did well with locals at the polls on Tuesday. (Photo by Tajanay Brown)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

On Tuesday, democratic voters in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village overwhelmingly chose Hillary Clinton, with the former Secretary of State getting 63 percent of the vote in the community compared to Bernie Sanders’ 39 percent.

Election data from the New York Times reported similar citywide results, which had Clinton with 63 percent of the vote and Sanders with 37 percent.

Meanwhile, though the numbers showed a wide margin for Clinton, voters who spoke with T&V on Primary Day seemed less definitive about their decisions.

One Stuyvesant Town resident and poll worker said that it almost came down to “eeny, meeny, miny, mo” for her in terms of picking the best Democratic candidate but the recent debate forced her to look more specifically at some issues, which swayed her towards Clinton.

“She’s kind of a hawk, which is a big problem for me, but she’s been fighting the good fight for a long time,” said the resident, who did not want to be named. She said that she was convinced by articles written by former Sanders supporters on why they were no longer voting for him, in particular a piece from social activist Tom Hayden, found when she did more extensive research following the debate.

“I probably would have decided by flipping a coin, which I don’t like to do, but the Brooklyn debate solidified it for me,” she added. “I’ve been a Bernie fan from the beginning. Both he and (Massachusetts Senator) Liz Warren are great, but (Clinton) has been around these people for years, working in Washington for decades. She knows how to do this.”

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Letters to the Editor, Apr. 21

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

We help seniors avoid abusive grifters

To the Editor of Town & Village,

Sadly, the terrible roommate experience encountered by Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village resident “Neal,” described in your March 31, 2016, article “When your roommate’s an abusive grifter” is all too common in NYC. Thankfully, it need not be.

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ Home Sharing Program, the only service of its type in New York City, provides free comprehensive screening and matching services for individuals seeking shared living arrangements that can help potential roommates avoid the type of dreadful experience encountered by “Neal.”

The program’s team of experienced professional licensed social workers link potential “hosts” who have extra private spaces in their homes to share with compatible “guests” seeking suitable housing. At least one of the share-mates in each match must be age 60 or older. For more information on how New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ Home Sharing Program can help promote companionship and enhance financial wellbeing by matching you or someone you know with a professionally screened and compatible roommate, call (212) 962-7559 or visit today.


Linda Hoffman
President, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Campos Plaza ‘murder,’ Stabbing outside W Hotel

Police arrested 23-year-old Campos Plaza resident Theodore Holloway for murder on Wednesday. Police said that Holloway shot Elliot Caldwell, 23, last Thursday around 10:44 p.m. in front of 635 East 12th Street near Avenue C. When police arrived, they found Caldwell, unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound in his back. A EMS team took him to Bellevue, but he couldn’t be saved. Local blog EV Grieve reported that Caldwell grew up in Campos Plaza and would frequently come back to visit.

Thirty-year-old Francisco De La Rosa was arrested for assault and weapons possession in front of 201 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 6:05 a.m. De La Rosa allegedly stabbed the victim in the hand and stomach with a gravity knife because of an argument they were having. Police said that the victim had a cut on his right middle finger and the right side of his stomach. When police searched him, they found that De La Rosa was in possession of a gravity knife. The victim was transported to Bellevue and police said that surveillance video is available from the hotel.

Police arrested 56-year-old Diane Connif for grand larceny last Monday at 5:35 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Connif, who was hired by the victims to clean and take care of their apartment, swiped jewelry and other items from their home at 32 Gramercy Park South. According to the District Attorney’s office, Connif entered the apartment on March 20 to clean and the victims said that when they got home later that day, they noticed that a Social Security check and other mail was missing. The victims said that jewelry was also missing from the bedroom. Police said that Conniff admitted that on a date between February 29 and March 20, she took a checkbook, a Social Security check and valuable jewelry, but claimed she took the items to keep safe for them. The DA’s office said that the jewelry was valued over $50,000. Police said that both victims are senior citizens over the age of 85.

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Politics & Tidbits: Now it’s personal

By former Assemblymember Steven Sanders

The traveling Presidential campaign trail has reached New York State. The Republican and Democratic primaries are coming this Tuesday, April 19. It is now up close and personal. With the races in both parties showing signs of tightening, the results will have a consequential effect on the race for the Presidency. Of the four leading candidates from both parties, three can actually boast of their New York roots. Republican Donald Trump was raised in New York City and the center of his business empire sits in Manhattan. Democrat Bernie Sanders (no relation) spent much of his childhood living in Brooklyn and now is Senator from the neighboring state of Vermont. And of course Hillary Clinton resides in Westchester and served in the United States Senate for eight years representing New York State. Ted Cruz traces back to Canada, and now Texas.

The last President of the United States to call New York home was Franklin Roosevelt and before him Theodore Roosevelt. Beyond the Roosevelt family one needs to go back to the 19th century to find the last President from New York State.

Say what you will about Democrats Sanders or Clinton… they are both qualified to be President. This in spite of the increased political hyperbole from both campaigns. Both have served in government for a long time and more importantly, both thoroughly understand the issues of the day. And although the United State Constitution specifies that the only qualifications needed to be President are that you be a natural born citizen and at least 35 years of age, historically we expect far more from our national leader, especially in this complex day and age.

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Former Mets GM Bobby Valentine offers words of wisdom to PSLL

League celebrates 60th anniversary and district win

Bobby Valentine threw the first pitch of PSLL’s season on Saturday, which was caught by a mustache-wearing Alex Ramirez. Ramirez was one of several players wearing mustaches in Valentine’s honor. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

Bobby Valentine threw the first pitch of PSLL’s season on Saturday, which was caught by a mustache-wearing Alex Ramirez. Ramirez was one of several players wearing mustaches in Valentine’s honor. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The cold and wind that had been accurately predicted for Saturday morning was no match for the 700-plus members of the Peter Stuyvesant Little League, many of whom celebrated the league’s 60th anniversary with a parade and ceremony.

The parade, an annual event, was attended this year by Bobby Valentine, former general manager to the Mets and Red Sox as well as a former pro player. Following a pair of bagpipers, Valentine marched with the kids, who resembled a moving rainbow in their new uniforms and colorful team banners, through Stuyvesant Town and then on to Con Ed Field.

At the field, Valentine offered the players a pep talk, telling them they should feel sorry for anyone there who wasn’t in uniform, “because if they could, they would trade places with you.”

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Stuy Town M23 bus stops may be consolidated for SBS

New York City Transit said the M23 route was picked for SBS because of its high ridership per mile and the nearby subway connections. (Photo via

New York City Transit said the M23 route was picked for SBS because of its high ridership per mile and the nearby subway connections. (Photo via

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Bus stops in Stuyvesant Town along the M23 may be consolidated when Select Bus Service is implemented along the route, Department of Transportation and New York City Transit representatives said last week. The reps from DOT and NYCT discussed the issue at a recent meeting for Community Board 6’s transportation committee, where they also discussed existing conditions for the route for the M23.

Regarding the stops near Stuyvesant Town, NYCT is considering consolidating the stops at East 20th Street/First Avenue and the East 20th Street Loop because they are about 450 feet apart, which is short even for local bus spacing, according to NYCT. The two stops are only on the westbound side of the route.

Committee member Gene Santoro argued that consolidating the two stops might not be beneficial for residents who regularly use the M23, specifically because of Stuy Town and Peter Cooper’s population.

“Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are a mixture of older people and younger people with kids,” he said. “I would bet that’s why that stop is there in the first place. (The stop at Avenue C and East 20th Street) is all the way at the river. That’s a longer distance than one city block.”

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The Soapbox: Making sense of the presidential campaign

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Some translations on candidates’ big talk

By Bradford J. Gonzalez-Sussman

Why I am not feeling the Bern or the fallacy of the shoot-from-the-hip-candidate.

Many otherwise sensible people now enamored with Trump and Sanders have the idea their candidates “say what they think!” about fat cats on Wall Street and in Washington, Mexicans or Muslims or whoever the enemy de jour is.

I have two problems with this mythical “rebel” candidate concept. Are they speaking their truth without concern for consequences; and, do I want to share a tent with extremists who seem to be attracted to the shoot-from-the-hip image these candidates are cultivating?

Firstly; do populist politicians pander? Is the Don’s claim to be an anti-abortion bible scholar believable? When Bernie Sanders argues against gun manufacturer liability, is this a principled stand or an appeal to special interests in his state? These candidates analyze their audience, but because their core supporters are not mainstream their rhetoric may sound fresh. When Trump’s advisers say, “Let Trump be Trump,” that advice itself is the result of polling.

So, with advisers and polling aplenty, “outsiders” carefully craft their messages to have a Rorschach-like appeal to the disenfranchised and extremists in our country. This approach, like the Tea Party, has somewhat successfully herded cats in appealing to disparate groups of disaffected voters.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for cat ‘abuse,’ ‘Perv’ nabbed at L station

Police arrested 58-year-old Steven Loftin at 14 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. Loftin allegedly kicked his cat several times, causing the animal to slide down the hallway. Police said that upon further investigation, it was determined that the living conditions were unsanitary for a cat, with feces and urine all over the apartment. Loftin also allegedly leaves the cat in the hallway for hours at a time and refuses to let the animal inside. He was charged with an unclassified violation of an agriculture and markets law.

Police arrested 23-year-old Mario Andrades for sexual abuse inside the First Avenue L station last Friday at 6:58 p.m.
Police said that Andrades was standing alone on the L platform at Union Square, pacing from end to end of the platform, allegedly checking out women who were also waiting for the train. He then allegedly positioned himself behind a woman and followed her onto a Brooklyn-bound train. Police said that Andrades pushed his groin against a woman and repeatedly rubbed against her, and noted that there was enough room behind the woman such that he didn’t need to be so close to her. He also allegedly placed his hand on the woman’s buttocks.
Andrades was also on the L train at the Union Square station last Wednesday and followed a woman onto a Brooklyn-bound train, allegedly rubbing his groin on her buttocks and touching her buttocks with his hand.

Thirty-year-old Pedro Vazquez was arrested for robbery at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street last Saturday at 6:16 a.m. for an incident in an adult video store on the west side of Sixth Avenue. The owner said that Vazquez entered his store and without permission, placed a pair of Hauty lace underwear into his waistband and allegedly attempted to leave without paying. When the store owner tried to stop the suspect, he allegedly punched the owner in the face, causing bleeding and swelling. The owner flagged down someone to help him and they detained the suspect until police arrived. When Vazquez was searched, police found that he was allegedly in possession of metal knuckles. Vazquez was also charged with petit larceny, resisting arrest, assault and weapons possession.

Police arrested 23-year-old Hector Lema for assault in front of Flatiron’s Equinox gym at 897 Broadway last Friday. The victim told police that Lema was trying to force her into giving him a kiss and while she was trying to get away, he allegedly scratched her neck. The victim said that she and Lema are coworkers.

Police arrested 37-year-old Carlo Trotto for assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 27th Street last Thursday at 11:02 p.m. Police said that a cab driver flagged down police and said that he had picked up Trotto and another man in the Midtown South Precinct and agreed to drive them home.
The driver told police that while Trotto was in the backseat of the cab, he was intoxicated and allegedly began punching the back of the driver’s seat. The driver then pulled over at the southeast corner of Fifth and 27th and Trotto allegedly proceeded to punch the driver in the back of the head and his face, causing pain and swelling.
Police said that Trotto and the man he was with fled the scene but a witness told police that he saw Trotto screaming at a food vendor, using racial slurs, at which point the witness intervened. Trotto then allegedly charged at the witness, attempting to attack him, but he was soon arrested at the location without incident.

Police arrested 51-year-old Brian Best for possession of stolen property last Friday at 11:02 a.m. at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street. Police said that Best was seen throwing out the contents of a purse into a garbage can in a suspicious manner. Police approached him and asked if the bag belonged to him, and he allegedly said that he found the bag and that it isn’t a crime to go scavenger hunting. The owner of the bag said that it went missing from in front of 248 East 28th Street.

Police arrested 22-year-old Sieun Hwang for prostitution inside a spa at 350 Third Avenue last Friday at 7:10 p.m. Police said that Hwang agreed to have sex with an officer in exchange for cash. Police said that Hwang was questioned in regards to human trafficking but she did not provide them with further information.

Police arrested 42-year-old Alpha Fadika for forgery in front of 1167 Broadway between 27th and 28th Streets last Thursday at 5:47 p.m. Police said that Fadika was displaying trademark counterfeit sunglasses and had a case containing additional sunglasses that were also allegedly counterfeit.

Police arrested 61-year-old Jerry Mills for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance last Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue. Police said that Mills exchanged a quantity of a controlled substance for cash with an undercover officer. He was also in possession of an alleged controlled substance.

Police arrested 46-year-old Willie McCray for a public health law misdemeanor in front of 397 Third Avenue last Tuesday at 12:19 a.m. Police said that McCray was on the sidewalk smoking an alleged synthetic marijuana cigarette. When police approached him, he allegedly admitted that it was K2. Police found that he was also in possession of a bag of K2.

Angel earns her City Wings (and a $100 tip from customer)

Eliana Polanco holds up a thank you note and $100 given to her by a woman she’d tracked down to return a handbag left behind at City Wings.

Eliana Polanco holds up a thank you note and $100 given to her by a woman she’d tracked down to return a handbag left behind at City Wings.

By Sabina Mollot

The mensch of the month award officially goes to Eliana Polanco, a cashier at First Avenue restaurant City Wings, who went above and beyond her duties in order to return a forgotten handbag to a customer.

William Hsu, a manager at the restaurant, contacted Town & Village to share the story which began on Sunday evening, April 3, when a customer left her handbag behind. It was soon found by Polanco, who then stayed over an hour past her shift, which ended at 11 p.m. to see if the customer would return. She didn’t yet know who the bag belonged to, but when no one came to claim it that evening, Polanco rifled through it in search of identification.

She then learned that the bag’s owner’s name was Lauren and she lived on 18th Street, so after her shift at the restaurant, at the corner of East 20th Street, Polanco walked over to the apartment building. Once there, however, she saw that it was under renovation and all the tenants had been moved to a midtown hotel.

“That’s when Eliana decided to come back to the store to wait for the customer because Lauren had also left both of her cell phones inside the bag,” Hsu said.

Sure enough, a frantic Lauren did come back, asking if her bag was there. Polanco said it was and also confessed to having had to look through it.

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Former President Clinton visits Stuy Town

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Former President Bill Clinton, at the Stuyvesant Town Community Center with Council Member Dan Garodnick and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and residents Herman Diamond and Doris Black (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

With the presidential primary a mere eight days away, Hillary Clinton’s campaign got a boost in Stuyvesant Town, when her husband, former President Bill Clinton, stopped by to schmooze and pose for pictures with voters.

The visit by the former leader of the free world on Monday was almost as guarded as he was, with the event kept quiet up until the last minute when word started to get around the neighborhood. At that point, the Community Center started to fill up much more than it usually would for afternoon bridge games, mainly with politically connected residents. However, many of the seniors who’d gone there earlier to play cards were still shocked to see a president campaigning on the property for the first time in decades. Then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy had also made a campaign stop in Stuy Town in 1960.

With secret service men in tow, who cautiously allowed tenants to tap Clinton on the shoulder or back while requesting photos with him and asking him questions, the former president eventually made his way around the entire community center.

When shaking his hand, one woman informed him, “You are gorgeous.” In response, Clinton said, “It’s been a long time since a girl said that to me.”

He also got a compliment of sorts from longtime resident Tony Koestler, who told him he looked better in real life than he did on TV. An unruffled Clinton agreed with the man. “Most people with round faces do,” he said.

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Mariella Pizza closes doors after 37 years

Mariella Pizza closed due to a gas issue in January, then never reopened. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Mariella Pizza closed due to a gas issue in January, then never reopened. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Mariella Pizza, which had slung slices for 37 years on Third Avenue before closing in January due to a gas issue, has gone for good.

On Monday, April 4, the pizzeria held a public auction to clear out its equipment before closing its doors once again.

One of the owners, who introduced himself as Tony but didn’t want his last name mentioned, said he would have stayed had he been offered a “fair lease,” but also indicated there were other factors like a vent that wasn’t up to building code, which he said the landlord had concerns about. However, on the latter issue, Tony said he couldn’t have it fixed. “If it was something simple, we would have addressed it,” he said.

Tony isn’t currently planning to reopen Mariella’s at another location.

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CB6 will meet on poll site confusion

Bill by Garodnick would mean signs get posted at former poll site buildings

Apr7 vote here sign colorBy Maria Rocha-Buschel

Community Board 6’s budget and governmental affairs committee will be discussing legislation regarding signage for former poll sites at its upcoming meeting next Monday. The timing of the meeting is somewhat serendipitous considering the presidential primary election that will take place the following Tuesday on April 19, but City Council Member Dan Garodnick, the prime sponsor of the legislation, said that this is a coincidence since the legislation was proposed back in 2014.

The upcoming committee meeting will be the first time that the community board is addressing the legislation. Garodnick noted that the issue may have pinged on their radar because there was a City Council hearing on legislation on February 29.

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Former Mets GM Bobby Valentine to attend PSLL Parade on April 9

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Bobby Valentine


On April 9, Bobby Valentine, who’s managed the Mets and the Red Sox, will be attending the Peter Stuyvesant Little League’s annual parade and ceremony. Valentine has also played for several teams, including the Mets, in the 1970s. He later went on to manage teams, and has also worked as a baseball analyst for ESPN. He is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The parade on April 9 will have a ceremony afterwards which also celebrates the league’s 60th year in youth sports.

Participating players and their families will line up at 8:15 a.m. at First Avenue and 20th Street in front of Hane restaurant before marching through Stuyvesant Town and heading to Con Ed Field at East 16th Street and Avenue C. The brief ceremony will be from 9-9:30 a.m.

Lawsuit over man’s death on reality show can proceed

Mark Chanko, who was at one time a resident of Stuyvesant Town, died in 2011, but unbeknownst to his family, his final moments were filmed for a reality show. He’s pictured (left) with son Ken, currently a Stuy Town resident, in 2006

Mark Chanko, who was at one time a resident of Stuyvesant Town, died in 2011, but unbeknownst to his family, his final moments were filmed for a reality show. He’s pictured (left) with son Ken, currently a Stuy Town resident, in 2006

By Sabina Mollot

The Court of Appeals has allowed a lawsuit filed by the family of a late former resident of Stuyvesant Town, who unbeknownst to him had been filmed for a reality show as he lie dying in a hospital room, to proceed.

The widow and grown children of Mark Chanko, the man who was filmed at the hospital following being hit by a truck, had appealed a decision by the Appellate Court to dismiss the suit. However, in a decision last Thursday, a judge ruled that while the suit can go on against the hospital, New York Presbyterian, the ABC network that was responsible for the show, mini-series “NY Med” featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz, is no longer a defendant. New York Presbyterian Hospital and Doctor Sebastian Schubl, who treated Chanko, are still named as defendants.

In the court decision, Judge Leslie Stein also ruled that the suit alleging a breach of patient/physician confidentiality could continue while another charge of deliberate infliction of distress was dropped.

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No ethics reforms for Albany

The Senate Democrats vote on closure of the LLC Loophole, which failed to make it into the budget. State Senator Brad Hoylman called the budget process unchanged since the Silver and Skelos scandals.  (Photo by State Senator Brad Hoylman)

The Senate Democrats vote on closure of the LLC Loophole, which failed to make it into the budget. State Senator Brad Hoylman called the budget process unchanged since the Silver and Skelos scandals. (Photo by State Senator Brad Hoylman)

By Sabina Mollot

After an all-nighter in the Capitol, Governor Cuomo signed off on a budget that included none of the ethics reforms he claimed he’d be willing to pass during his state of the state address in January.

Those reforms included closure of the LLC Loophole, which currently allows nearly limitless donations from limited liability corporations, limiting legislators’ outside income and stripping pensions from any legislator who’s found guilty of corruption.

Following the 17-hour session that led to the budget’s signing on Friday morning, a groggy State Senator Brad Hoylman told Town & Village that even after two major scandals last year, nothing’s changed in Albany when it’s time for negotiations.

“The budget process doesn’t lend itself to transparency,” said Hoylman. “It’s still the same three men in a room.”

He then blamed the Republican majority in his own house for not allowing the proposed reforms to reach the floor.

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