Opinion: Email to Baruch College on October 10, 2023, about MetroCards for students receiving public assistance.


Greetings Baruch College, 

First and foremost, I always treat all parties involved in this situation (CUNY Edge/HRA/etc.) with the absolute utmost respect at all times. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I understand everyone is doing their best under the circumstances. 

I’ll survive regardless. 

In the past, full-time The City University of New York (CUNY) students on public assistance used to receive MetroCard money from the Human Resources Administration (HRA). 

For the past four years, I’ve always received MetroCard money every week from (HRA). 

If I’m correct, the public assistance students would receive the MetroCard money regardless if school was open or on break. 

Then the MetroCard money was only given when school was open. 

For some reason, last semester, the MetroCard money started a few weeks into the semester. 

It’s October 10, 2023, over a month into the semester, and I’m not receiving the MetroCard money from HRA. 

I’ve politely and respectfully asked Baruch College CUNY Edge about it, and they said they are waiting to hear from HRA. 

I’ve politely and respectfully asked the people at Benefits Access Centers (BAC) – HRA located at 109 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003, regarding the situation. 

They said they didn’t have any information. 

Did HRA cut off all CUNY public assistance students from the MetroCard money? 

Did HRA cut off all New York City public assistance full-time college students from MetroCards?

I’m guessing there are thousands of CUNY students who receive public assistance. 

After all these years, are they cutting the MetroCard money? 

Is there any way to find out if all CUNY public assistance students have been cut off from the MetroCard money? 

I’m trying to find out if everyone was cut off or just some students. 

I just had the idea while writing this note to contact other schools outside of CUNY to see if I can gather any information. 

I’m going to call/email New York City colleges outside of the CUNY system starting tonight and see if they have any information. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

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Mark Pine

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