Strike Update Day 20 – (3/10/2008)

I can’t believe it is day 20! Almost three weeks on the picket line for these workers and no negotiations are even taking place. I am glad the strikers are still standing strong! I know it gets hard at times but in unity there is strength and together you will succeed.

 

Today I could not believe that the lights the nursing home installed are visible from about 1/2 mile away. Here are two pictures from 234th street and Kingsbridge Avenue, the big bright spot in the distance is the nursing home! Amazing isn’t it?

 

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Here is what it looks like up the block from the nursing home…

 

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And here is what it looks like when you turn onto Cannon Place, this is actually a very dangerous situation since the lights blind you when you first make the turn onto Cannon Place.

 

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I received a comment on yesterdays post that follows:

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE SIGNS?? WHERE ARE ALL THE FLAGS?? WHY IS EVERYONE SQUEEZED INTO SUCH A SMALL AREA?? IT KIND OF RESEMBLES COW CORRALS THAT YOU SEE ON THE FARMS UPSTATE. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS? THE POLICE DEPARTMENT? I DON’T REMEMBER THEM BEING CORRALED LIKE THIS WHEN THEY WERE ON STRIKE.. WHERE IS THE A.C.L.U.?????????

 

To answer this comment, the picket signs, flags, etc have all been removed by the police department. The strikers were told to remove all signs from the metal barricades as the barricades are NYPD property. Apparently this corralling is a NYC thing, whenever there is a strike they now setup the metal barricades. Like you said, I am sure that the PD didn’t have any such thing when they were on strike, by then again I thought they weren’t supposed to be allowed to strike anyway?!

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

 

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10 responses to “Strike Update Day 20 – (3/10/2008)”

  1. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    I JUST VIEWED THIS WEBSITE, AS I DO EVERYDAY, AND CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT IS GOING ON IN MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS ONCE BEAUTIFUL,SERENE AND ACTIVELY INVOLVED COMMUNITY?????HAS EVERYONE BECOME SO COMPLACENT IN THEIR THINKING???? WHERE ARE ALL THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, THAT YOU PUT IN OFFICE??? WHY AREN’T THEY DOING ANYTHING?? DO THEY REALLY THINK A LITTLE LIP SERVICE AND TWO LINES IN A RIVERDALE PRESS ARTICLE WILL GET THEM RE-ELECTED?? THIS WHOLE SITUATION FROM START TO DATE IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDULOUS./I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS INJUSTICE IS BEING PERPETRATED ON A COMMUNITY AND NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!!!!!!! THESE LIGHTS ARE POSING A SERIOUS DANGER TO EVERYONE IN THIS COMMUNITY. THE NOISE LEVEL[WELL ABOVE LEGAL LEVELS] THE AIR POLLUTION[OF THE GASOLINE RUN ENGINES] THE GASOLINE SPILLS WHILE REFUELING THESE ENGINES, AND THE BLINDING BRIGHTNESS WHICH POSES IMMINENT DANGER TO ANYONE DRIVING IN THE AREA. THESE PICTURES LOOK LIKE THE ONES YOU SEE IN MOVIES OF PRISON YARDS, THE ONLY THING MISSING IS THE GUN TURRET.. WHEN ARE THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, THE DEP, THE NYPD, THE MAYOR’S OFFICE ,COMMUNITY BOARD #8 GOING TO COME TO THEIR SENSES AND RESOLVE THIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY KEEPING A COMMUNITY HELD HOSTAGE BY ONE GREEDY WOMAN, UNWILLING TO COOPERATE,COMMUNICATE, INTERACT OR NEGOTIATE.. JUST REMEMBER ONE THING, SHE DOESN’T VOTE IN THIS COMMUNITY.WE DO……….

  2. FIPNA MEMBER since 1980

    Does anyone know for sure that the nursing home put up those lights? Are you sure it wasn’t the police department? Just to make it easier for them. This way they can just sit in their nice warm cars, engine running polluting the environment, and see everything that goes on. The 50 was always known as “the country club’precinct and from the looks of some of the police officers in the pictures,things sure haven’t changed much.

  3. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION- MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND YOUR MUCH TOUTED QUALITY OF LIFE INITIATIVE–WHERE ARE YOU WHEN IT COMES TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD? DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHERE KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS IS?

  4. Phil

    To answer your question, the Nursing Home did in fact rent these lights and place them on the city sidewalk in front of their building. Their security guards are the ones who fill these lights with gasoline and turn them on at dusk.

    I don’t think the PD actually likes these lights because they cannot “escape the light” no matter where they sit. This must be very inconvenient on the night shift.

  5. Phil

    In response to comment #3:
    Don’t even get me started about Mayor Bloomberg and his quality of life. Every complaint is now supposed to route through the 311 system.

    I feel that the 311 system is just there to insulate the public from the governmental offices that are supposed to serve them.

    However, this is not the place for this as I am just one opinion and I cannot talk for FIPNA when it comes to these matters, but look for my own posting about the failure of 311 to me on my personal blog.

  6. Former Employee

    Don’t worry,my brothers and sisters in 1199 ,we be there on saturday to stand with you and support you.stay together.

  7. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    I JUST READ THE RESPONSE BY PHIL TO MY EARLIER COMMENTS. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US WHERE WE CAN FIND YOUR PERSONAL BLOG?

  8. FIPNA MEMBER 1

    I HAVE BEEN READING EVERYONES COMMENTS AND I THINK YOU SHOULD GET A PETITION TOGETHER AND AT THE RALLY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 15th YOU SHOULD GET EVERYBODYS SIGNATURE. IT’S ALL FOR THE GOOD 0F THE COMMUNITY. ELECTED OFFICIALS DON’T LIKE PETITIONS. I THINK MAYBE THEN SOMEBODY WILL GET UP OFF THEIR BUTT AND DO SOMETHING. COUNT ME IN ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP.OUR COMMUNITYN IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!!!

  9. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    YEARS AGO WE HAD A TOPNOTCH ASSEMBLYMAN GEORGE FRIEDMAN AND A FIRST RATE COUNCILWOMAN JUNE EISLAND WHO WERE INVALUABLE IN GETTING THE JOB AT HAND DONE. ARE THERE NO GEORGE FRIEDMANS OR JUNE EISLANDS NOWADAYS????? WHY IS THIS SITUATION STILL CONTINUING 20 DAYS LATER WITH NO ONE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT??? THIS IS AN ELECTION YEAR IS IT NOT?????

  10. Phil

    In response to comment #7 above, you can find my personal blog at http://www.philmcdonnell.com, however I do not post there too often.

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