Stranded by disabled MTA
To the Editor: An open letter to the MTA and our local politicians.
On Thursday, Sept 6 at 2:45, on the corner of 14th Street and Avenue C, I was waiting for the westbound Ave D cross town buss. For 45 minutes I watched as eleven D buses go eastbound. Three buses going west stopped but they did not allow me to board, the driver said their buses were full.
A fourth bus stopped and the driver also did not want to assist me to board, I am handicapped and use a walker, however, a kind gentleman waiting with me picked up my walker and placed into the bus. No one got up and offered me a seat; I had to sit on my walker.
Manhattan bus service is terrible and it is a great hardship for handicapped people like me who cannot take the train and rely on the buses for transportation. I am appealing to the MTA that every hour they have a bus on every line just for the Handicapped riders who use wheelchair, walkers, canes and crutches. All too often drivers refuse to let me board; some say their lift is broken, others look away as if they don’t see me.
Wilma Loosen, ST
Squirrels are not the problem
I am appalled that there is a war raging against squirrels in ST/PCV. As a life-long tenant of Stuyvesant Town, (I grew up here and still live here), I have co-existed with these adorable animals for many, many years without incident. I have always loved and looked forward to interacting with them, i.e., feeding them and watching their cute antics. I have even hand-fed them on occasion. I have never witnessed any aggression.
I can’t begin to fathom a squirrel “attacking” a child or adult without some kind of provocation on the part of the human being. These maligned animals live with the constant threat from off leash dogs (I’m a dog lover), hawks and abusive kids that love to taunt them.
I think that management should focus on the true quality of life issues here such as enforcing the rule that tenants must lay down rugs in their apartments to cut down on the noise levels which is intolerable at times and creates tremendous stress. I know as a fact that the rug issue is not being addressed based on the severe noise problems I’ve experienced for years from the revolving door tenants that have lived above me.
Let’s concentrate on what’s really important to the quality of life here. Give the squirrels a much needed break. They really do deserve it.
H. Logan, ST
What a maligning mailer
Dear New Yorkers,
As a member of the New York State Democratic Committee, I am outraged by the smear campaign issued against Ms. Nixon. Ms. Nixon has been and continues to be a loyal Democrat fighting for the rights of all its citizens. At this time, we should all stand up, for a fair election. As a Democratic Party we are of a similar ilk as Man 45, issuing statements to defame a candidate.
The NYS Democratic Committee Chairman and Executive Director should resign or be fired!
I condemn the smear mailer and disassociate myself from it.
The New York State Committee knowingly sent out a mailer to citizens of the Jewish faith to defame Ms. Nixon.
Any New York State Committee Member that does not submit a statement condemning this practice does not deserve re-election to the State Committee.
Remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Michelle D. Winfield,
New York State Committeewoman,
74th Assembly District
Bottle law applies to all NYC stores
To the Editor:
I am encouraging neighbors not to shop at CVS, until the company makes a commitment to adhere to the NY bottle bill, which requires retailers to accept recyclable plastic bottles and refund a deposit.
At 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, I was in the CVS at Park Ave. South and 18th Street. While buying a few items, a gentleman entered the store with several loads of plastic bottles, and asked to return them for the deposit.
The manager, standing behind me, told the gentleman, “We don’t have any more room for those bottles.”
The gentleman the left the store with hundreds of recyclable bottles that he would have to carry for several more blocks, or potentially overnight.
I asked the manager why he turned the man away. He said, because we don’t have any more room. I said, I don’t think that is a valid reason for declining to accept recyclables. When I researched the law, I determined that a retailer can’t simply say “We don’t have room.”
Collectors of plastic bottles perform an important public service. Our landfills are filling up with excess trash, and too many of us don’t bring recyclables back for the five-cent deposit.
Retailers like CVS are required to accept plastic bottles at all times, not just when convenient. Retailers can and should do more to comply with the law: in 2016, nearly $102 million in bottle deposits went unclaimed (and these amounts reverted to the State of New York).
We strongly urge CVS to educate all of its staff and managers about the New York State Bottle Law, which has been a law for 40 years.
Name withheld, ST