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.
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