Enough from the squirrels’ PR people
It takes a lot for me to pen a letter on any topic since I have an opinion on almost every subject, but when things get personal, I feel the need to speak out. Of all the topics I now feel the need to speak out about, squirrels were not at the top of my list. When people write letters to the editor describing children attacking wildlife (Ms. Antini), or accuse tenants of spreading false statements of squirrel attacks and rummaging through garbage cans (Mr. Paslayan), or saying that squirrels are not aggressive (Ms. Turchin), I have to counter those arguments. Especially since my son is a friend of that little girl who was scratched (“Squirrel scratches kid in ST,” T&V, Sept. 14) so I can bear witness to this firsthand.
As a lifelong resident of over 50 years in Stuy Town and now raising two very young children here, I am constantly in the playgrounds and because of this I am witness to squirrels not only rummaging through garbage cans (picture included), but also going in and out of people’s strollers seeking and stealing food.
These wild animals that are part of our natural habit have been conditioned by those of you who feel the need to feed them. Now they fear no one or no thing and instead menace the kids in the playgrounds. If you consider these animals to indeed be wild, then there is no need to feed them as they have survived long before you or I were around, and they survive in all other areas of the city in other parks relying on what nature provides for them.
My kids are indeed raised to “respect wildlife,” and they do, and I find this to be offensive to place all kids in one category for the offenses of a few. If the wildlife presents a threat to my children, then maybe we need to alter how we deal with them. You might also stroll by some of the children’s playgrounds to witness some of these squirrels in action. Although these days, you might not see some of the scavenging in garbage cans as management has replaced the old garbage cans with new ones that have lids. Thank you PCV/ST management for hearing our concerns.
Brian P. Loesch, ST
Powers was always a fighter for tenants’ rights
To Town & Village:
Keith Powers, the Democratic candidate for city council, has spent much of his life work working to preserve affordable housing, including organizing tenants at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village to fight back against the predatory practices of the sharks who have tried to destroy it over the last decade. He has developed exciting new ideas to protect and expand affordable housing (at keithpowers.nyc).
When the Tenants PAC board interviewed candidates for this seat this last summer, several of whom were also impressive, Keith stood out for the energy and creativity he brought to the discussion. That is why we endorsed him in the primary, and in the general election on Nov. 7. If he is able to enact only a few of his ideas into existence, the city will be much better off in terms of affordability. Other candidates should talk about the issues affecting the district.
Treasurer, Tenants Political Action Committee
Needing relief from neighbors’ nicotine
“Second hand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including 70 that are known to cause cancer” (NYC Health). A startling statistic that the occupants of my floor in Peter Cooper are living with every single day.
We now have two tenants that are literally killing us with the secondhand smoke in the hallway and what overflows into our apartments.
I realize that STPCV leases allow tenants to smoke in their apartments, but the health impact on those people who live adjacent to smokers is very serious.
Perhaps management should consider protecting all of their tenants in regard to quality of life and seek a solution like installing commercial air purifiers in the hallways?
Nancy Fuller, PCV