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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change, though the "selling" of this place is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.

Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day Update

From Councilman Dan Garodnick:

Message about tomorrow's voting from
Dan Garodnick

Tomorrow is Election Day - and the right to vote is something that many of us regard as fundamental as heat and hot water. So, we need to make sure that our poll sites are up and running.

On Saturday, I inspected with Board of Elections representatives each of the seven Peter Cooper and Stuyvesant Town poll sites 
to ensure that they were powered and ready for Election Day. There was no damage to the voting rooms, and all of the relevant buildings have electricity. Accordingly, the Board of Elections is making no changes on the poll sites -- they are the same as they were on Primary Day this past June and September. Unfortunately, at this moment, there is no heat at any of the locations, and it remains to be seen whether the Board of Elections will take additional steps to warm them up.

Also of note, our neighbors in Waterside Plaza will be voting in Asser Levy Recreation Center along with many Peter Cooper voters. The Board of Elections relocated their poll site to Asser Levy because there is no power yet at Waterside. Accordingly, that site will be busier than it usually is.

The following are the poll sites in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village. To locate your particular poll site, please visit
These are our poll sites:

360 First Avenue
Asser Levy Recreation Center
525 East 14th Street
3 Stuyvesant Oval
272 First Avenue
10 Stuyvesant Oval
283 Avenue C

People have asked us whether some accommodation can be made for those who are in buildings without power and elevator service and may not be able to get to the polls. There does exist a complicated process for that to happen.

The date for people to submit absentee ballot applications was extended until today. We are working on a way to help residents get their applications down to the Board of Elections (and for us to get them their ballots) right now. If this is an issue for a neighbor, please come visit us in the Stuyvesant Town Community Center and we will explain the process. We need to get all signed applications to the Board of Elections by 4pm today, so time is of the essence.

We expect to have absentee ballot applications in the Stuyvesant Town Community Center by 12 noon.

Dan Garodnick

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