Letters, Week of Oct. 17, 2013

Senators stymie women’s agenda

To The Editor:
What has happened to Governor Cuomo’s 10-Point Women’s Agenda? It still seems to be languishing in our state Senate. It didn’t pass, despite a majority of Democrats, because the Independent Democratic Caucus (I.D.C.), headed by Senator Jeff Klein teamed up with Republican Dean Skelos, who squashed women’s reproductive health.

As we all know, in the last week of the regular legislative session, the Assembly passed the omnibus 10-Point Women’s Equality Act (A 8070) and the Senate introduced the 10 points as separate bills, but passed only nine — omitting reproductive health. This means that, so far, there is no “same as” legislation that can advance to the governor’s desk and become law.

There is still time to get the Senate to pass the omnibus bill or the Assembly to pass the 10 separate bills…but the clock is running out on these bills. The deadline is Dec. 31, 2013.

We women all need to contact our state senators and Andrea Stewart-Cousins, head of the Democratic Conference, as well as Senate Majority Coalition co-leaders Republican Dean Skelos and Democrat Senator Jeffrey Klein and urge them to return to Albany and get this done for us!
Mary L. Jenkins


Competition for D’Agostino

To The Editor:
Re “Is frozen yogurt smoothing my relationship with D’Ag?” (notebook, by Michele Herman, Oct. 10):

Mrs. Green’s, a new supermarket, is coming to Hudson and Bank Sts. It’s replacing what was a drug store, Duane Reade, at the 99 Bank St. co-op building. So D’Ag can anticipate other competition very close to its Bethune St. location. I know a lot of people who use D’Ag as a deli to fill in on items they need. I’m hoping Mrs. Green’s brings D’Ag down to earth in its pricing. We’ll see.
Elaine Young 


What about park air rights?

To The Editor:
Re: “10 years later: Meatpacking District would have been minced meat without landmarking” (news article, Andrew Berman):

The Meatpacking District’s low-rise character alone makes the landmarking an utter triumph for all involved. Berman makes a salient point in regard to accepting what preserved areas become, so long as they are preserved, and remain open to the sky. It is crucial. Often the conversation and opposition revolve around trying to prevent, across the board, what will be presumed to happen to an unprotected area, rather than the far more important “getting the protections in place.” Things will change, and they must be allowed to, but preventing overdevelopment in this manner automatically prevents a huge swath of negative possibilities. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is nothing short of heroic.

On the Hudson River waterfront, I continue to believe we must convince Governor Cuomo to reject signing S5824. Giving away air rights is no different than losing a landmarking battle or a variance fight. It is exactly the same as putting housing on the pier, something we all (almost all) opposed. It is asking developers to come in and rescue the park. It is giving them what they want, in the end. No difference if it’s on the pier, in the park or on West St. We lose.
Patrick Shields


Dog shooting gnaws at him

To The Editor:
Re “Word up! Artists reopen gallery in ‘novel’ fashion” (news article, Oct. 3):

I can’t believe anybody would willingly share the same oxygen as the dog-killer Tom Otterness. He adopted an innocent shelter dog, tied it to a fence and shot it dead for “art.”
Alexandra Dixon


Back in the saddle again

To The Editor:
Regarding the bike ad that ran under “First, Citi Bike; Next…Citi Arch?” (news brief, Oct. 3):

Times have changed. The uncredited man on the bicycle used to be one of the most recognized faces in the world: Gary Cooper, two-time Oscar winner and the most represented actor on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. He’d be recognized if he were riding a horse.
Bill Doody

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4 Responses to Letters, Week of Oct. 17, 2013

  1. Ralph Prujansky

    Ms Dixon: Get over it! This event with the dog happened over 30 years ago and the has artist apologized many times.

    Too bad that you animal-rights nuts never show the same compassion for the millions of human beings slaughtered in those intervening years. Just one dog constantly arouses your ire whenever Otterness's name is mentioned in the papers.

    Salvador Dali and famed filmmaker Luis Bunuel, in the groundbreaking surrealist film, Le Chien Andalou (The Andalusian Dog) also used a slaughtered animal, an ox, in the film's famous opening sequence, which simulated the slashing of the eyeball of the film's leading lady, using the eyeball of the ox in its place. Would you have preferred they used the woman's eyeball instead?

    However, I never hear you animal-rights fanatics decrying Dali or Bunuel, or protesting when this film is screened. Why? Is it because their fame greatly surpasses Otterness's and you fear you would be mocked and marginalized if you went after them, so you obsessively pick on the little guy?

    Finally, if you have an aversion to sharing the same oxygen as Otterness, there is a simple solution for that: stop breathing.

    • Ok Ralph (or Tom, or Tom's assistant, or Tom's PR firm, or better–oneTom's collectors…),

      Keep repeating this little chestnut to the mirror to quell your troubled self.

      He "adopted" the dog, killed it, and filmed it with the intention of launching a fabulous art career: Mission Accomplished. He got his fame from that piece: He's a millionaire, many times over, and far from the "little guy" you try to make him out to be.

      He apologizes only when pressed. At least Michael Vick has gone on to do PSA's about animal abuse, and did actually pay his debt to society.
      And if the truth shall set you free, maybe there should be signs near his work–which some children do find wonderful–that say: "this clever and wonderful work was produced by a dog killer."

      Good luck with yourself, I am sure Tom appreciates you.

  2. Ms. Dixon: Banning art for any reason should simply not be tolerated in this or any other country. It should also be oted that the current executives of the Battery Park City Authority are guilty of such intolerance through their rejection of free Otterness library lions.

  3. Bonnie Slotnick

    As a longtime subscriber (who studied calligraphy when such things were still taught in art school), it pains me to see that you've replaced your most recent (and the paper's original) masthead with a generic font. It always gave me pleasure to look at the letters and know the physical sensation of carefully drawing those oblique serifs with an ink-dipped pen. Troy, Arnold, Chris–please give us back The Villager masthead we know and love!

    OK, that's it, I'm officially OLD.

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