Email to HRA Commissioner Steven Banks about my MetroCard being taken away.


Greetings Commissioner Banks,

More importantly than anything, I treat everyone at HRA with the maximum level of respect at all times. That is more important than anything. The reason I’m contacting you is because my MetroCard was cut by whoever creates the policy. 

I am a full-time college student at CUNY. I have been homeless in New York City for about five years. I understand that finances are being strained right now and school has gone mostly online.  My thought process is this. If I wanted to move into a homeless shelter, the city would pay for it. That would cost a lot more than a monthly MetroCard. 

I can’t go into a homeless shelter. In short, rich people who I grew up with pay New York Federal and State law enforcement to torture me every single day in New York City. The majority of the time that means civilians who work for them try to pick fights with me. They are literally harassing me as I type this. 

The people who I grew up with that pay New York law enforcement and their police partners drove me into the street. They tried to set me up but I didn’t fall for it. They had about three dozen girls from the ages of about 15 to 40 throwing themselves at me to try and set me up. They have had thousands of women and men try and pick fights with me, including several today already. 

The reason I mention this is because New York law enforcement made me homeless. I was able to avoid them setting me up but I couldn’t stop them from sabotaging everything I had financially. Maybe they should pay for the MetroCard. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. I’m doing very well at CUNY. I love CUNY it’s the best opportunity ever.

I don’t have the money to purchase a MetroCard and I don’t want to have to jump the turnstile everytime I take the subway. 

Please advise with any feedback you deem appropriate. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Mark Pine

New York City startups, web marketing, and Baruch College journalism major. 917-815-5415