Council candidate’s plan for ST/PCV

Vanessa Aronson (Photo courtesy of the candidate)

By Sabina Mollot

Vanessa Aronson, one of the candidates hoping to replace Dan Garodnick on the City Council, has come up with a plan specifically for the residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, aimed at maintaining quality of life for residents as well as affordability.

That plan, which she outlined in an eight-page document provided to Town & Village on Monday, includes preparing for the L shutdown by implementing a free shuttle bus along 14th Street, turning ST/PCV into a single school district, educating seniors about rent freeze programs and even helping the owner keep the property’s open spaces their greenest, possibly through city funding. She also calls for advocating at the city level for repeal of the Urstadt Law, empowering local tenant boards and making the MCI (major capital increase) process more transparent.

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Paws & Relax owners helping dogs in Texas

Sept7 Paws and Relax GoFundMe

Seeing photos like this one inspired the business owners to help dogs impacted by Harvey.

By Sabina Mollot

Jon Huston and Steve Carroll, the owners of dog daycare center Paws & Relax on Avenue B, have set their sights on the animals left on their own following the flooding caused by Harvey. The owners of the business, both former residents of Stuyvesant Town as well as Peter Cooper Village, set up a GoFundMe page on Tuesday in the hope of raising $2,500 to send food to dogs in Texas who’ve been rescued after being abandoned or lost. By Friday at 9 a.m., the campaign exceeded its goal, totaling $2,850.

On Thursday afternoon, Town & Village spoke with Huston, who confirmed the effort had “taken off like wildfire.” At that point, the campaign had raised $2,440.

Huston said he and Carroll started the GoFundMe page after hearing about many animals who’d been stranded after their owners fled their homes.

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