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Car owners in projects

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Tenants at the Pomonok public project are griping about the conversion of their parking spaces from free to paid. Here’s some advice. Stop squawking or move out. Public housing projects shouldn’t have parking spaces and tenants should not own cars. The AAA says it costs about $4,000 a year to keep a car on the road in New York, regardless of its age, make or model. That includes gas, insurance, maintenance, repair, inspection and license renewal. If you can afford this cost, you can afford to pay market rate rents and don’t qualify for public housing.

There are much more deserving tenants with lower incomes and no cars. Get rid of your cars and do what most New Yorkers do: Ride public transit or bikes — or walk.

Richard Reif

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