2003-06-04 / Editorials

Letters

Deplores Cuts

A copy of the following letter was received by the Gazette.

Hon. Michael Bloomberg

Mayor, City of New York

City Hall

New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

As president of the Greek American Homeowners Association, with a membership over 2,000, I am writing you to express our adamant disapproval of your proposal to reduce Sanitation pick-up to once a week in Queens.

To target our borough, along with Staten Island, is unacceptable and unwarranted. The value of our properties will diminish with the lack of cleanliness and health-related issues that will follow should this change be implemented. You must find another means of cutting the city’s budget, but not at what too often is referred to as the "outer boroughs" expense. We are first class citizens of this great city and must be treated as such.

Sincerely,

George Alexiou

Astoria

Hails Service

A copy of the following letter was received by the Gazette.

Dear Rose Marie [Poveromo, president, United Community Civic Association]:

In writing this note I am sure that I am adding my personal voice to the many compliments and congratulations you have received for the outstanding memorial ceremony, led by you and sponsored by your organization, held on Sunday, May 25, 2003.

As an individual who has experienced the sorrow and anguish of losing a loved one in World War II, it was most gratifying to join with you, our political leaders, clergy, members of the Armed Forces, community activists, our civil servants and the many others who were in attendance.

Each Memorial Day in my own personal way I try to make an effort to remember and pray for those who have died so that all of us can continue to enjoy the benefit of their sacrifice.

I hope to join my friends and associates and become a regular participant at your annual ceremony which was conducted with reverence and dignity.

My appreciation for your outstanding leadership in conducting a most impressive memorial service. May you be blessed with good health for many years to come, so that you may continue to provide the people of Astoria with your effective leadership.

Sincerely,

Tony Petrocelli

Assistant Principal, Retired

Long Island City

Pay For Probation

A copy of the following letter was received by the Gazette.

Hon. Martin F. Horn

Commissioner

Department of Probation

33 Beaver Street

New York, NY 10004

Dear Commissioner Horn:

I appreciate the sincerity of your testimony before the City Council’s Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee on May 9, 2003.

Your remark that should New York state funding fail to materialize, the safety of New Yorkers would be jeopardized by ex-offenders on the streets without supervision is truly frightening. You also asked on several occasions for advice on where and how to seek additional funding.

Given this possible dire situation, I am astounded that you have not pursued my suggestion of charging a nominal monthly fee to individuals on probation. If the situation is as serious as you stated, initiating this fee can only help improve the agency’s fiscal position.

From your previous correspondence to me, I know that you feel not everyone on probation is capable of paying this fee. Well—something is better than nothing! It is clear from conversations I have had with professionals in this field that there are individuals who can and should be required to pay for probation services.

I ask you again to revisit my suggestion.

Sincerely,

Tony Avella

Councilmember

District 19, Northeast Queens

Raps Awning Rules

A copy of the following letter was received by the Gazette.

Patricia J. Lancaster, AIA

Commissioner

New York City Department of Buildings

60 Hudson Street

New York, NY 10013

Dear Ms. Lancaster:

I am disturbed by the enforcement of certain sections of New York City regulations and statutes regarding store signs and awnings. As you know, many stores during the past couple of decades have installed canopy type signs rather than flat signs. These signs have become very common along commercial strips throughout the city and elsewhere. I understand that many of them may be technically illegal, however, the timing and methods of enforcement are objectionable.

Recent enforcement of these regulations has been in certain neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn. I strongly object to the sudden enforcement of these statutes without any warning. Also entire commercials strips were targeted. Merchants are being fined and ordered to remove these signs after they have been erected for years and decades.

I believe that these rules have not been enforced in decades. I would like to know a year by year count of the number of summonses issued for violations for this type of canopy signs. Also, how much revenue has been generated with this enforcement effort to date this year. I think that the DOB should reconsider the neighborhood blanket method of enforcement of this regulation as well as examine the current statutory scheme for amendment to allow for reasonable canopy signs.

Sincerely,

Catherine Nolan

Assemblymember, 37th AD


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