Letters to the Editor, June 9

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Voter signatures needed ahead of primary

In order for a candidate to appear on the ballot for the September primary and then for the November election, that person must file designating party petitions containing signatures of voters with the NYC Board of Elections.

The petitioning period started on June 7 and will continue until July 11. The green colored petitions signify Democratic candidates.

If you are asked to sign as a Democrat, please do so.  Your signature allows the candidate to run. It does not mean that you are supporting or voting for the person at the polls. This is the electoral process in New York State.

Hopefully, this will change in years to come but for now, it is the only way that a candidate can get their name on the ballot. The petitions this time are for our State Senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, our State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, Civil Court Judges Josh Hanschaft, Emily Morales Minerva and Judy Kim, State Committee and Judicial Delegates.

These candidates are running unopposed but must still qualify their candidacies with the Board of Elections.

We look forward to seeing many of you during the next several weeks. Please stop, meet the candidates and sign our petitions.

We will also be participating at the Street Fair on June 12 on Third Ave. between 23rd and 34th Sts. where you can find out more about the Samuel J. Tilden Club, register to vote and sign petitions there.

Louise Dankberg and Sandro Sherrod
Democratic District Leaders
74th Assembly District, Part C, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club


Fond memories of Jo-Jo

You hit the ball out of the park, Lee (Dugatkin), with your wonderfully-detailed and nostalgia-provoking article, “A Quarter Plus 2 Cents Tax” (“Town & Village”, May 26, 2016), on Jo-Jo, your Dad’s toy store on 14th Street.

I purchased many a Spaldeen ball (actually Spalding) from the store in the 1950’s and played stick ball, stoop ball, Chinese handball and hit-the-penny with them hundreds of times. Your reminiscences and reflections invoke many fond memories.

On the Internet, I saw a short YouTube video on The Spaldeen Ball in which several celebrities opine/muse on it.

Sidney Schneck, ST


We’ll reuse your refuse

Stuyvesant Town’s Greenmarket has a booth where compost can be dropped off. It’s a free city-sponsored program that’s a great easy way to help our environment. We’re there every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here’s a few salient points about Stuy Town’s compost program:

For most people the key is freezing their food scraps, preferably in a paper bag. If that’s not an option, keeping the scraps in an enclosed container either inside or outside their refrigerator works well.

There is also many commercially manufactured bins widely available.

We can accept nearly everything except bones – including food soiled paper napkins and towels. Egg shells, coffee grounds and their paper filters, fruit and vegetable scraps, spoiled leftovers and bread are all compostable.

Many cities in the US and worldwide have initiated compost programs because it has so many benefits. It turns trash into a resource that is used to amend the local soil while preventing food waste from ending up in a landfill where it creates methane, a greenhouse gas 20 percent stronger than CO2.

A very large portion of NYC Compost goes to greening projects in all five boroughs; our parks, gardens and schools.

In short, it’s a beautiful way to connect to our community and our city.

Jerry Eaderesto,
Grownyc compost
coordinator for Stuy Town


The bike accidents are constant

A few Sundays ago, a young man on a bike crashed into the side of an island near 20th Street. He fell on his head and didn’t move for a few seconds. I ran to him, he got up, refused help, ran into Lenz’s for paper towels and continued to ride away.

Last summer, an NYU student went flying off his bike on First Avenue, split his lip open and was in a state of confusion. He did agree to get medical help and called security. He did go to the hospital.

Last month, two deliverymen crashed into each other, riding along the service lane, going in opposite directions. Both refused help.

The bikes are everywhere and the warm weather will promote more outdoor experiences — good and bad. It’s a shame that the traffic, bikes and congestion of all motorized vehicles have meant that crossing the street is a big deal — very scary at times.

Name withheld, ST

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21 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, June 9

  1. Thank to letter-writer NW, who points out how safe it is for pedestrians in our neighborhood.

    NW noted that cyclists themselves should be more careful about riding in the area, should wear helmets and not be reluctant to accept assistance if they are in an accident. As NW noted, pedestrian activity is largely a safe pastime.

    Our neighbors and friends should not be reluctant to walk through the campus and enjoy the spring and summer weather. Too many people in the Tenants Association employ “scare tactics” to discourage people from walking around, claiming that cyclists create a constant menace. The truth, as NW points out, is quite different.

    • I don’t think that NW implied that pedestrians were safe. He/she pointed out that “crossing the street is a very big deal. Very scary at times.” It is hazardous to be a pedestrian around here because bicycles are on the sidewalk, they go the wrong way on the street, and they speed around the Oval and other parts of the property making walking through the property very unsafe, especially for seniors, the disabled and small children.

      • 19th and first is possibly the most dangerous street to cross in NYC because bikes never stop for a red light. There is no danger to them since there is no through traffic so the bike riders don’t even slow down. After intervening to help an elderly couple cross there once due to no one stopping I notified the 13th precinct. Needless to say they did nothing.

        • Agreed. I almost kicked someone off their bike their today because they didn’t stop and almost hit me. There were 10 bikes right behind him that sped right through as well.

        • Steve, I wanted to let you know that I notified the 13th Precinct about your attempted battery of a cyclist.

          The community affairs office will be in touch with you.

          Violence is never the answer, Steve. Lawman will no doubt agree.

        • Maria, you’re funny!
          You know Steve and where he can be reached? I think that all of the cyclists who don’t obey the rules should
          get their asses kicked,

  2. So if we don’t sign the green papers we wouldn’t have Kavanaugh, Kreuger or Hoylman anymore??? That’s a no brainer isn’t it? Pass those green papers by people and lets see if no one is better than the corrupt pols we have now!!!!

    • I don’t think Kavanaugh, Kreuger and Hoylman are corrupt, especially Kreuger. There are corrupt pols, but I don’t think the above-mentioned are among them.

      • They’re all professional politicians. All professional politicians are corrupt. We need to get back to what the founding fathers intended and have regular people man these posts on a temporary basis to keep corruption out of the process. All professional politicians need to be voted out.

  3. Speaking of corruption, since this particular publication regularly gives a forum to Dan Garodnick perhaps he would like to explain the claims on the Stuyvesant Town Reporter that he received a $60,000.00 payment from PCVST through George Arzt a known lobbyist. Or perhaps Steve Sanders would address the allegations against him???

  4. Yo! Maria E. Carpenter, you halfwit troll. The cyclists in this town are a bunch of irresponsible, borderline-homicidal, self-absorbed a**holes. They should all go under the wheels of 18-wheelers. Have you seen the lunatics who zoom around the Oval? I think Management is trying to kill off the older folk by allowing this. A broken hip here, a dislocated shoulder there, and a fractured skull here and there is a surefire way to reduce the senior population and grab their apartments.

  5. Vicky, remain calm. There is a big difference between motorized delivery guys, sweeping through the complex at 15 miles per hour, and an 11 year old on a bicycle.

    I don’t think that Management are trying to kill the old folks, and I don’t really think you want the 13th Precinct to investigate you for threatening bodily harm to a cyclist.

    So, please remain calm and think twice before you hit that “SEND” key. We all have to live here in our community together. Do you even live in Stuyvesant Town?

    • I haven’t threatened anybody with bodily harm, you nut! Yes, I do live in Sty Town, though I am currently out of town and wish I could stay here in LA, drought notwithstanding. Maybe the 13th Pct should investigate you!

  6. Hello Vicky,

    I referred your note to the Community Affairs officers at the precinct.

    Here is what you wrote:

    “They should all go under the wheels of 18-wheelers.”

    If there are those in our community who wish violence upon others, then yes, remaining in another state could be best for all. Enjoy your visit to the 13th Precinct.

    • Hey Maria,

      Next time you speak to this community affairs officer, can you ask them to meet me on the NW corner of 19th Street and 1st avenue.

      As I stated earlier, I almost knocked someone off their bike who broke the law and ran a red light. My actions would have been in self defense since this person was barreling towards me in the wrong.

      After this officer writes tickets for these cyclists that are breaking the law, I’m sure they would agree with my anger towards these cyclists.

      • Steve —

        If it’s so important to you, why not walk down 19th Street a block, turn right, turn left, and talk to the desk sergeant.

        He’ll know it’s you because you’ll have the bright red face and bulging angry eyes.

        If this is so important, why not head on over there and explain the situation in person, Mondays-Fridays, 8 am to 4 pm.

        Thank you.

        • I don’t have a problem with bikers, that is until they break the law and they put me or my family in danger, then it is on them.

          Oh, and by the way, it would be very hard for my face to turn bright red, if you catch my drift…

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