Sidewalks (better) get a lot clearer soon
On September 13, the Board of Health met and passed the following with respect to Health Code 161.03 which bears on dog waste on sidewalks and other public places:
“§161.03 Control of dogs and other animals to prevent nuisance.
(a) A person who owns, possesses or controls a dog, cat or other animal shall not permit the animal to commit a nuisance on a sidewalk of any public place, on a floor, wall, stairway, sidewalk, lawn, garden or roof of any public or private premises used in common by the public, or on a fence, wall [or], stairway or entranceway of a building abutting on a public place.”
I’m told this statement of the regulation will go into effect around October 21.
The new statement makes clear that 161.03 applies to both public and private property. This means that dog owners in STPCV would have to abide by the same rules by which other dog owners in the city are charged to abide. That is, dogs must be curbed, the waste picked up and discarded.
Dogs would do their business in the streets, presumably where the sanitation vehicles clean. At the public hearing it was said that DHMH legal intends to get in touch with STPCV management about enforcement.
Management policy in STPCV has been to permit dog owners to allow their dogs to do their business on sidewalks, in specified grassy areas and on dog day playgrounds.
I think the clarified statement makes it clear that the current management policy if continued would be in support of activity the board of health would consider illegal.
Would like to know if management intends to follow the clarified HC161.03 or intends to continue current dog waste policies. Would also like to know Dan Garodnick’s position with respect to this issue. To wit, should STPCV management follow the amended HC161.03 or not?
Barry Shapiro, ST
Yet another computer scam
I would like to alert my fellow ST-PCV residents to a current computer scam.
I have always discounted anonymous phone calls alerting me to “serious problems on your computer.” This time, the warning came in a box on the screen, saying that my Microsoft browser had been disabled and that I needed to call a certified technician at a certain 888 number to avoid corruption of my system. If that occurs to you, just close the computer!
I ended up with a $900 charge for the “repair” and a year’s service, which I authorized, plus a foreign transaction fee which I just discovered. I am not naming the “up and coming” computer security company because I do not know their role in what followed and they have refunded my money.
What followed four days later was a call announcing that the company had problems and was going out of business. To make a long story short, I ended up being threatened with the loss of all my savings unless I went to the nearest Walmart (Secaucus) and effected a wire transfer.
That, of course, did not happen. I was able to close my accounts.
The original screen box may just have been a company’s questionable marketing technique, but thieves have found a way to make use of it.
Name withheld, ST
Squirrels are the ones getting abused
Dear Sabina Mollot, Executive Editor of T&V:
This letter is in response to the defamation of character of Al Salame (writer of letter, “Stuy Town is filled with squirrel haters,” T&V, July 28), an old friend of mine, as well as a witness to his animal-saving activities.
I have never heard, in my 28 years here in Stuy Town, of a squirrel bite incident. However, I have witnessed little and larger children throw rocks, broken items, etc. at squirrels and groups of pigeons, all under the watchful and uncaring eyes of their parents and/or nannies. These same children charge, screaming and in groups, into groups of small and unprotected animals. Who is the victim here? It’s an easy answer!
When my son was in the 5th grade at PS 40, I granted him permission of walk home unaccompanied. He complained about all the bigger boys from an unnamed school and how they attacked the animals and the trees, both. How can parents, who are the child’s first teacher, permit animal abuse to fester and grow? This behavior is known to grow into child abuse when said children launch into adulthood.
Mr. Salame should get a Medal of Honor from animal rights groups, not the condemnation by uneducated adults, who write of what they know nothing of.
Susan Schoenbaum, ST
Squirrels crawl up evolutionary ladder
Before I moved to PCV – I lived in Flushing. And I have found that the PCV/ST squirrels here are far more friendly here. Visitors have made the same comment.
They are so sweet and frequently as they greet people by approaching them and getting up on their hind legs.
My hypothesis is Darwinian in that that as dogs are actually wolves that over many years have become domesticated and now can relate to us humans… so since the residents of the two developments have treated these creatures so nicely during the past 70 or so years – it has modified their behavior.
If you want something realistic to be concerned about: think about Trump possibly becoming the next president or global warming which can end the viable ecological system which sustains human life on this planet.
David Chowes, PCV
One frustrating cab ride home
Upon being caught in an unexpected downpour (Saturday, August 20) without an umbrella I hailed a yellow cab on the northeast side of Second Avenue and 22nd Street, destination — 7 Peter Cooper Road — left on 22nd across First Avenue into Peter Cooper complex. Four times I needed to repeat the instructions and four times the driver did not understand!
So much for non-English speaking can drivers. So much for a safe trip when the driver cannot read road signs, nor understand the destination of the paying customer.
Helen R. Casciani, PCV