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Toni Boornazian

KEEP NEW YORK CITY CLEAN

Team Up With NYC CLEAN Volunteers

NYC CLEAN Volunteers and a member of SPNA worked hard to clean the streets and sidewalks of our neighborhood last month. New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera met up with the volunteers and expressed her support. It was wonderful to come together as a team to make our city a cleaner and more welcoming place for everyone. We thank NYC CLEAN Volunteers for helping clean the streets around First Avenue and surrounding the park.

You can get in touch with NYC CLEAN Volunteers by emailing Sokie Lee (sokie007@gmail.com) and/or Ken Gray (kennethgray200@gmail.com). You can also join them through their Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/nyccleanvolunteers.

As you’ve very likely noticed, New York City can be a whole lot cleaner. We encourage you to sign the petition to restore and expand the sanitation budget to ensure clean streets for all. The petition advocates to reverse the proposed cuts to sanitation personnel and services, restore composting programs, fund rat mitigation efforts, and invest in zero waste schools. A cleaner city is a safer city. Help us make our city as clean and safe as possible.

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SUPPORTERS OF SPNA

Join Our Pressure Campaign

In order to be more effective in addressing issues in the park and the surrounding community, there are times when one on one communication is not enough and many voices need to be heard. For example, when the Park Department closed the dog run at 6 p.m. without any consultation from the community, we all came together to email and call the Parks Department, Parks Commissioner, Carlina Rivera, and others. The galvanized force successfully got the policy rolled back.

We encourage you to join the approximately 100 people who have signed up for our pressure campaigns to advocate for decisions that better our community. Please sign up and join us in making sure the decision makers and those in power realize the Stuyvesant Square neighborhood is an engaged community and needs to be listened to.

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SPNA INVESTS

Update on Our Rat Abatement Program

As everyone is aware, New York City has an out of control rat problem and Stuyvesant Square Park is no exception. The Parks Department only has one exterminator for all the parks in Manhattan, which is not nearly enough to curb the issue.

To help with the problem, SPNA hired a private company to execute a rat abatement program, which has already seen much success. The company uses safe and effective methods for rodent control and does not use any poison. Over 100 rats have been killed so far, with about 40 from the no poison bait station, and our community is noticing the difference.

The program is not cheap and we would like to thank Friends Seminary for their generous donation in support of our efforts. SPNA is hopeful that this program will help everyone who visits Stuyvesant Square – neighbors, volunteers and even our pups – to have a safer and more pleasant park experience.

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2022 ANNUAL MEETING

Delving into the New Year

The message below is from SPNA President Jason Money.

From all of us at SPNA we hope your 2022 is off to a great start and everyone is staying warm as we make it through the winter. Please see the meeting minutes and materials in the links below:

On January 26th, we held our Annual Meeting. We had over 30 people attend in person which was a great turnout! I want to thank everyone in our community for their interest and support of SPNA. We’re only able to make our community better with you.

SPNA got to share with everyone the challengers and successes of 2021. We recapped the events we were able to host, the improvements we made to the park, and our plans for 2022. Our new and returning members and officers were announced as well.

Unfortunately, we had technical difficulties with our Zoom broadcast of the meeting. For those that were unable to attend online we were able to record some of the meeting. Please find the links to the recording below:

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RATS!

SPNA Invests in a Rate Abatement Program

As everyone is aware, New York City has an out of control rat problem and Stuyvesant Square Park is no exception.

In order to get this situation under control, the SPNA board voted to hire a private company to execute a rat abatement program. This is an expensive undertaking, but as the Parks Department only has one exterminator for all of the parks in Manhattan, it was obvious that they would not be able to do what was necessary to reign in this problem.

The company that was hired uses safe and effective methods for rodent control which have been approved by the Parks Department. They work in many parks in the city including Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, and Gramercy Park, among others. The work was started in the beginning of January.

SPNA is hopeful that this program will help everyone who visits Stuyvesant Square – neighbors, volunteers and even our pups – to have a safer and more pleasant park experience.

You can read more about rats in New York City in this New York Times article.

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