'Wrong sizing'
May 21, 2014 | 6290 views | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Your article about the sad situation at Pomonok (“90-year-old war vet fights NYCHA downsizing” - 05/08/14) spotlights how the NYCHA is targeting seniors.

A World War II veteran who served his country with honor is being dishonored by the NYCHA's brain-dead decision makers. Their order forcing Ralph Calindo to leave the Pomonok apartment he's occupied for 60 years is a death sentence. He'll lose friends, neighbors and support systems he needs.

He's among many seniors in public housing projects who are targeted for eviction and relocation to make room for young tenants with children. NYCHA calls this policy "right sizing." Wrong sizing and elder abuse are more accurate labels.

Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz introduced a bill banning NYCHA from evicting tenants who are 61 or older, or who have lived in their apartments for at least 20 years. Albany's lawmakers must pass it.


Richard Reif


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