Letters to the editor, Sept. 7

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Time to show what we’re made of

When I moved to ST in the 70s, our council district then was more economically homogeneous. It included parts of the East Village, Chinatown, Lower East Side and Soho. Within this district STPCV was a Democratic powerhouse.  Not so today.

As incorporated in District 4, STPCV is still a substantial political prize but much diminished.  As District 4 cuts from 14th St. to 97th, most of its votes are outside of STPCV.  And north of 34th St, most people are co-op or condo owners.

While we in STPCV are still greatly concerned about protections for rent stabilization, north of 34th most folks are concerned about quality of life issues, property taxes and the affordability of maintenance.

To win in District 4 commandingly, a council candidate must have the right look and appeal for north of 34th St. and at the same time convince STPCV/Waterside voters that he/she really, really cares about middle class affordability and will fight for us.

And a fight will be required.   It means that Senator Simcha Felder and the IDC will have to be defeated in order for the Urstadt law to be repealed, and city councilmen will have to lead the fight to get back the rightful authority they lost in 1971 when the Urstadt law was passed.

Even if a STPCV/Waterside candidate doesn’t win, if voters here stay solidly behind STPCV/Waterside candidates, this will send a message that we are still forces to be reckoned with.  That STPCV/Waterside cannot be underserved without consequences after any election.

Barry Shapiro, PCV

Powers is already a fighter for tenants

As a resident of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village for more than 49 years, I watched Keith Powers grow up due to being good friends with his mom and dad. I know he is the best candidate to fight for renters’ and tenants’ rights and defend the people that have made their home here.

When Met Life sold our complex to Tishman Speyer and BlackRock in 2006, Keith organized tenants, fought for affordable rent, and made sure that the needs of long-term residents were met.

That proved to me just how deeply he cares about our community and its future, and I know he will bring that same passion when he is elected.

I strongly endorse Keith Powers for City Council, and I hope you will join me in voting for him in the September 12th primary.

John “Butch” Purcell, ST

Thank you, Councilman Garodnick

For the last 12 years, our neighborhood has been fortunate to have Council Member Dan Garodnick as our leader. He has been a strong, passionate voice for our community during difficult times.

On Tuesday, we will make an important decision about the future of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. The next City Council Member will be expected to lead us on issues around preserving rent regulation, addressing an uncertain future for Roberts’ tenants, fighting for long-term affordability, and much more.

I want to thank all of my neighbors for the opportunity and encouragement to run for City Council. In the last year, I have knocked on every door (probably too many times), called every neighbor, and presented my new ideas for our city.

As a candidate born and raised in Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, it has been a truly rewarding experience to share our love for this community. There’s no place like home.

Keith Powers, PCV


3 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Sept. 7

  1. Barry, you seem like a great guy and stand for a lot of wonderful and admirable things. Sadly, you haven’t a chance at winning this race. It would be nice if you and Vanessa Aronson would bow out gracefully and throw your considerable weight and voters behind the only candidate with integrity who stands a chance at defeating Keith Powers (another same old, same old product of the Democratic machine). Please don’t be another Ralph Nader– we all know how that worked out.

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