A helping hand from a distance
Like the majority of Stuyvesant Town residents, I too received the questionnaire about the squirrels. I was perplexed that it has come to that: current residents having to decide how they feel about the squirrels, which have been around Stuyvesant Town long before any of the current humans, and thus decide their fate! To cut a long story short, in the comments section of the questionnaire, I expressed my additional views and suggestions, which happen to almost completely coincide with those of Katherine Compitus, somebody who clearly knows a thing or two about wildlife, as expressed in your article of August 16, 2018.
She makes many excellent points about the issue, the most important being that management should install its own squirrel feeders in the property, out of the way of people. I am afraid that one key issue that has been overlooked in all this, is the fact that there would be no need for residents to feed squirrels had Tishman Speyer and now the current management, not cut down perfectly healthy and mature oak trees which have always provided plenty of acorns, the natural food for squirrels.
The photograph of a squirrel inside a garbage can was the most depressing and unnatural thing in this debate. Squirrels do not rummage in garbage by nature, unless hungry. Nor do they eat bread, which I have seen them eating, if there are acorns or nuts around for them. And most importantly, they are wild animals. Not to be petted, or fed by hand, or taken cute photos with. By nature they would stay away from people unless invited to get close. Throwing food on the ground is a perfect way to feed them.
Last but not least, parents, who seem to be the most exercised about the squirrels, should see the presence of squirrels (and pigeons and turtle doves and hawks) in the property as an opportunity for their children to see animals in their natural state. If that involves installing some sense of discipline so that children understand that not all is accessible and permissible to them, so be it.
Also, if this involves not having the children eating while in the playground, so much the better. A good snack after some time spent while playing and expending energy should be the best reward for time well spent with their friends.
Anna Theofilopoulou, ST
Credentials needed in AG race
During my career, before applying for a job, I obtained necessary credentials required to qualify for the job.
Have times changed? I know New Yorkers are transfixed on the convictions and the anticipation of future indictments of Man 45 cohorts. However, I also care about why there is no mention of candidate Zephyr Teachout’s credentials or lack there of… who still has not been admitted to the NY Bar. I find this offensive!
And yes, I am a Tish James supporter for the next New York Attorney General.
Michelle D. Winfield,
State Committeewoman, 74th A. D.
Handicapping the primary
To the editor:
I read T&V’s report that Assembly member Epstein endorsed the actor, Ms. Cynthia Nixon for Governor, and she endorsed him for Assembly.
All this Democrat could think of was Final Jeopardy:
The first NY State Assembly member — just won by special election — to endorse the primary opponent of their party’s two term incumbent governor when, only weeks before the primary, the opponent was “down by as much as 30 points in the polls.”
Who is our new guy, Ocasio Cortez-Epstein, Alex?
Billy Sternberg, ST
Welcome, NYC Ferry
At the time Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village were built (70 years ago) there was a working waterfront.
Now, with the inauguration of NYC Ferry service, the waterfront is working for us, again.
Lawrence Scheyer, ST