Letters to the editor, Dec. 28

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

New initiative for teaching teachers

Have you ever wondered how schools are preparing our students from kindergarten through high school to understand climate, how it affects us and what we can do about it?  One solution that has been suggested is to reach out to the teacher training colleges who prepare the adult students to be teachers before they enter the children’s classrooms. Here in New York City, Teachers College, Columbia University and New York University are both participating with the New York CityDepartment Of Education (DOE) Office of Sustainability, to increase environmental and sustainability education for teachers and students. There is also an initiative from NYC DOE to strengthen the sustainability coordinator position in each public school.

We were delighted that State Senator Brian Kavanaugh was able to speak at the recent meeting of the Environmental Education Advisory Council (EEAC) dealing with the aforementioned issues. The senator spoke about initiatives on the environment that he sponsored when he served in the State Assembly before he won a spot in the State Senate recently. He also offered suggestions for helping to improve environmental and sustainability education in the schools.

Sarah Pidgeon, head of teachers’ program at Solar One; State Senator Brian Kavanagh; and Joy Garland, environmental activist

Senator Kavanagh received a score of 100 from Environmental Advocates of New York who each year keeps track of how members of the Senate and Assembly vote on specific environmental bills.

 The photograph above shows a photo of Sarah Pidgeon, Sen. Kavanagh and myself at the meeting. Sarah heads a team of teachers from Solar One in Stuyvesant Cove Park. Sarah’s team goes into schools in the five boroughs to prepare the students and teachers to learn about solar energy such as making small race cars powered by the sun. As the third person in the photo, I’m a member of the Steering Committee of EEAC that meets once a month at NYU. I live in Stuyvesant Town which is planning to put solar panels on every rooftop here by 2019 and we also do composting in every building!

 Happy holidays and greetings to all our neighbors!

Joy Garland, ST


Construction isn’t the only noise

Re: “MCIs, noise top tenant concerns at meeting” and “Garodnick calls for transparency on construction noise,” T&V, Nov. 23

I was glad to see that other tenants and officials have acknowledged the noise nuisances, directly affecting Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town, in your last two articles.

However, the construction noise complained about is intermittent, project-based, and temporary. The offensive ambient noise generated from PCV/ST Playground #11 is continuous, to varying degrees, and ongoing, from 9 a.m. to dusk. As previously stated, it includes the playground participants cursing, yelling, screaming, shouting, dribbling basketballs, and loitering. The participants, their friends, and the loiterers include four visitors per tenant, which, considering the recent and regular crimes against persons in our development, are potential muggers, rapists, thieves, and general criminals.

Playground #11 needs to be eliminated and replaced with a community garden, a meditation/Tai Chi area, board game areas, a beautiful lawn, etc.

The noise I am describing is worse than and more irritating than neighbors’ noise, construction noise, maintenance workers’ noise, back-up beeping noise, dogs barking, etc., since it is repetitive. It detrimentally affects quality of life and peaceful enjoyment of our apartments. Thank you.

Stuart J. Levinson, ST


1984 predicted 2017

The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has instructed the CDC not to use seven words in their communications: “vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based.”

As George Orwell spoke about in his essay on language, “Politics and the English Language,” the use or modification of concepts via word usage has the capacity to influence persons to change attitudes in a direction for a population which a government desires.

G.O.P. wordsmith Frank Luntz has successfully used this numerous times. For example, as most Americans had been in favor of an “estate tax,” by using “death tax,” instead, has reversed how citizens felt.

Luntz was manipulating the emotional variance of given words to affect emotion. He noted that emotional variance of given words to affect emotion was far more powerful than rationality in their given impact on persons. Luntz suggested to President Bush (H.W.) to use “climate change” rather than “global warming.”

Trump is using omissions of the aforementioned seven words for his political agenda, as George Orwell spoke about in 1984.

David Chowes, PCV


Same mold thing

Tenants who use STPCV laundry machines may have noticed a moldy smell in the washers. A closer inspection will most certainly reveal mold on the rubber gaskets. A sign on every machine door states to leave it open when not in use.

Recently I complained to management about the mold issue. Management requested the porter remove the mold in my building’s laundry machines. We have an awesome porter; and it’s unfair to give him extra responsibilities when Mac Gray should be maintaining their machines.

Since we will soon be paying $2.90 for each wash, we would prefer washers be free of mold.

Name withheld, ST

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5 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Dec. 28

  1. Why in the world does T&V continue to print Mr. Levinson’s ridiculous letters? While I do agree with some points he makes in terms of enforcement of large numbers of non-residents using the playground, his continued rhetoric is becoming annoying.

    As I’ve previously stated when you posted his letters, almost 80% of apartments face a playground. Why Mr. Levinson is your apartment facing playground 11 any different than the 10,000 other apartments facing a playground? Why would playground 11 be the one converted to this garden? Maybe it should be playground 9, or 12, or 5?

    Take your argument elsewhere, it’s getting old.

    • And maybe Stuy Town should look into the uses of your apartment, and why you continue to fight this. You do know that running a business out of your apartment is against RS laws, so I would suspect that as a therapist and lawyer you would know better than to make a stink when you are running therapist appointments out of your RS apartment. Just saying.

      • Is using an apartment for business a significant problem in this city now especially when the existential threat is that New York I is quickly morphing as exclusively for only for the very wealthy?

        And how about quite rich business residents having others over when the main reason is to make a transaction or close a deal?

        To use a residential unit for therapy sessions is minor when juxtaposed with the above. Wouldn’t you say?

        • Having a business in an RS apartment is probably a pretty common thing, however, most of those businesses do not bring foot traffic into the building. Holding therapy sessions in a Stuy Town apartment brings numbers of non-residents into the buildings and puts tenants at risk. This is coming from the same person who wants to put a cap on the number of outsiders that use playground 11.

          I have a major problem with tenants who put their neighbors at risk by running a business where non-residents are continuously coming and going. I bet the landlord would as well.

  2. Re: “Sanders… A wink and a nod”

    Ideally a viable and well functioning government should have citizens who become true servants of the electorate; rather we have professionals who make a career of enriching themselves by paying especial attention to the selfish desires of the special interests of individuals or organizations.

    Of course this becomes antithetical to the needs of the so-called democracy. So the process morphed into a game played by the pols and the campaign contributors.

    This of course is not the way the process was designed to work or am l being far to idealistic? See “the Prince” by Machiavelli for greater understanding of this perenial problem which seems to always exists in all democratic republcs to some degree.

    David Chowes, PCV

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