I'm still annoyed, but two weeks has gone by and it's time for a new post, the last one getting over 200 responses. While I understand Rick and Blackstone, my take on his message is still negative. I understand that Rick is trying to put the best face forward and, at the same time, promote this property, which is now Blackstone's, as a place that is safe and full of amenities that should impress. Personally, I have nothing against Rick, and I'm glad that at least he is living in the community. He appears to be a "nice guy," but I'm sure there is a hardcore element to him which ultimately insists "my way or the highway." I also understand the workings of Blackstone. Having been in situations that duplicate the company spirit and intentions, I am more than familiar with the public versus the private face. It is not, however, my job to present the public face of Blackstone or of Rick or of PS, the latter of which I am thankful for if something serious happens in this community--and they see it!
That said, I am far from impressed by Rick's message to tenants after the "incident." Let me remind people that there was a beating and an attempted rape and an attempted murder happening in this community. Obviously I am aware that the murder accusations could be overcharging, but the perpetrator has admitted to rape and murder in front of police. The courts and evidence will now take over.
Again, for fairness, let me repost Rick's message:
In the aftermath of the sexual assault that occurred on Sunday, StuyTown
Property Services has been following social media posts whereas
comments are being made concerning resident safety.
Before addressing, SPS would like all to know that our thoughts continue
to be with the victim; in all the dialogue over the past few days, I
trust no one forgets there was an innocent person involved.
That said, this incident occurred on our watch. This is not lost on anyone on our team.
Hence, SPS is taking steps aimed at preventing such acts or similar acts
from occurring. One of these steps is an awareness campaign
highlighting the tools available to residents should one feel
Emergency Phone/Video Stations: 36 stanchions illuminated with blue
lights on top and connected to Public Safety, located throughout the
“SECURITY” buttons on building intercoms located in vestibules and on
the exterior walls of the Terrace (Stuyvesant Town) and Lower Level
(Peter Cooper Village) entrances.
Officers (wearing fluorescent vests) patrolling on foot and in cars 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Officer escorts from the Peter Cooper Village security booth on 1st
Avenue and 22nd Street. Give this address to cab drivers, Uber drivers,
etc. and an officer will escort you to your building. If in Stuyvesant
Town, the Command Center located at 2 Stuyvesant Oval is available 24/7.
Put the Public Safety telephone number into your contacts: 212.598.5233.
Another step is an expedited review of the lighting around the PCVST
neighborhood. New lights were just installed along the 14th Street
corridor but a review of the remaining perimeter lighting (Avenue C in
particular) and the interior lighting will be advanced; areas needing
improvement will be addressed.
The third step will be SPS working with its security consultants to map
out a plan to identify where new and additional equipment can be placed
to enhance coverage. A considerable number of cameras and related
equipment have been introduced into the PCVST Public Safety department
over the past 10 years, but even with today’s surveillance
configuration, coverage can still be increased. Sunday morning’s assault
was not fully visible by the cameras.
Lastly, SPS will offer complimentary self-defense courses to any
resident interested in learning how to ward off an attack. Even as we
work to make our neighborhood safer, such skills can benefit someone
anywhere one goes. Information on these courses will be distributed next
week along with details on location, class size, and sign-ups.
The safety and well-being of PCVST’s residents remains our top priority. We will work tirelessly to keep every resident safe.
CEO | General Manager<<
Almost from the start Rick berates the community. This is the way I read it; others can read it differently. "I
trust no one forgets there was an innocent person involved" does not read to me innocent of implications. Who is forgetting this? Certainly not I nor the people in this community for whom this incident is serious. For someone, who has been a member of this community recently, to come along and say "I hope you don't forget..." is kinda insulting. Sorry, Rick, we are not forgetting.
"...this incident occurred on our watch. This is not lost on anyone on our team." Thank you for this. Seriously.
Next: The rest of the proposals are not serious or even laughable. A self-defense course??? I don't know about you, but a limited self-defense course can just infuriate a potential perpetrator instead of disarming him. You take your chances with self-defense unless you know what you are doing and know it fairly well or are Chuck Norris. As someone commented, jokingly maybe, it would be best to arm people to protect people. Is Rick willing to go this far? Is PS?
Lights not working? Why?
And enough with the cameras! This community has plenty of them, and they were not able to stop the incident which was "not fully visible".... What? Were they partly visible? The addition of even more cameras would have helped--how, if the people watching the cameras are not increased also?
And that is the point. Read my last post about the problems in this community happening years ago, problems which we now know have not been alleviated AT ALL.
This is what I'm waiting for. I see many rules and many signs. But I see little enforcement. Even now. And I am not the only one. Other residents see this and are aware of this. And many have given up hope.
Perhaps it costs too much to have professionals working at the "lower" positions. It is up to Blackstone to decide.
I have always reported accurately on what I see. Sometimes I am forced to take photos. Let this community thrive, but it will not thrive with blinders on or proposals that are not to the point.
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