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Opinion: Message to the Commissioner of HRA in New York City. October 7, 2021.

Greetings Steven Banks, Commissioner, Department of Social Services, 

First and foremost thank you for the help. HRA saved my life after people I grew up with paid NYC law enforcement to sabotage my web marketing clients. I have no criminal record. I don’t do anything illegal. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I’m a full-time student at Baruch College (12 credits this semester). I wish the public heard about homeless people like me more often.

I always treat everyone at HRA with the utmost respect at all times. Your staff is as good as it gets. I hold you all in the highest regard. 

As I stated, I’m a full-time student at Baruch College. The CUNY Edge office and I sent all the paperwork to prove that I’m a full-time student. For some reason, my Access HRA account is showing that they want information about job searches. 

“You need to give us these documents. If you don’t give us these documents, you may not receive benefits. You can view SNAP examples or view Cash Assistance examples. Proof of Job search activities (FIA-1021b Declaration of Job Search Activities) Proof of Eligibility for SNAP again because ABAWD rules are met (or no longer need to be met).”

My access HRA account also says Next Recertification Due: June 2022

Previously, I worked for RF CUNY. I was notified that RF CUNY is canceled this semester for full-time students.

Please let me know what I need to do to meet my requirements. The best way to reach me is via email or if you email me a phone number I’ll call. 

Thank you again for the amazing support you provide for everyone who receives benefits from HRA including myself. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Opinion: We should dedicate one day per week towards improving the world.

In my opinion we should take one day per week and use it to improve the world and help people.

Ideally, I would like for the day to be either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Realistically, it would probably have to start on Saturday or Sunday. When it picks up enough steam, we can move it to be an official day of the week.

We have seven days per week. If everyone spent one day per week helping others and improving the planet, I believe it would lift everyone’s spirits.

What are we really doing that is so important? The majority of us, including me, are spending time watching entertainment videos and sports. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. All I’m pointing out is there is time to help others.

Helping others and elevating the planet doesn’t have to mean spending money. There are plenty of things we can do that doesn’t include paying. We can get involved with politics, local nonprofits, and spread awareness about beneficial programs. We could spend the one day per week trying to figure out what is the most important way to spend the day.

Ideally, companies would allow their staff to spend one day per week during the work week helping people and the planet. It would be nice if everyone connected on the same day. If we spent every Tuesday for the last thirty years helping each other, where would we be right now?

How many people in the United States or globally can use a little lift to get back on track? What can we do to help them? What is currently being done to help them? How can we create new ideas and improve the current programs?

The current schedule is work five days and relax for two.

I would like to see work for four days, dedicate one day to the planet and relax for two days.

I would be happy with work for five days, relax for one, and dedicate one day to helping others.

Could you visualize where that might lead?

In my opinion, we are all connected. If one person is down, it brings the whole chain down. We are all on the same team.

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Message to my wonderful storage place.

Greetings X Storage,

X storage is the number one storage on the planet. 

Quick note. Today when I showed up at the location, I pressed the elevator. There was someone inside the elevator already. I think the capacity is two but I let the person go up alone anyway because I treat your location the same way you do. 

Next. Today, when I was at my storage someone, walked up directly next to me. I did not say a word to anyone except when I called X storage corporate customer service afterward to tell them how much I appreciate the service. In the future, if I see the person using the storage before me I will go downstairs and wait.

I would never walk up to someone’s storage directly next to mine while they are there. I already had my door open and was organizing some things so there was nothing I could do. 

No one tried to start a conversation with me today, although I have had a few people try and start conversations with me over the years that I’ve been a customer, and I never say a word to anyone besides your staff. Of course, I treat your staff with the utmost respect as they deserve because they are amazing. 

I’m not going to get into the details but people I grew up with pay the NYPD (police) to harass me very badly. I have called various law enforcement numbers thousands of times throughout the years including today. That doesn’t mean I’m ever disrespectful to police or security guards in person.  

One last thing. Another reason I keep one hundred percent to myself at X Storage is that I create thousands of videos in the streets and subways of New York City. I’m a full-time journalism student at Baruch College. Heaven forbid I’m walking around the Upper East Side or anywhere creating videos in the street with my phone or camcorder and someone from X Storage things I’m filming them. That would be ridiculous. 

The person next to me today was walking out at the same time s me. Again, I let the person have the elevator alone. When I was walking out of the exit I saw the person standing to the left of the exit so I went to the right and walked through that driveway around and back to the avenue. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Message to my gym.

Greetings,

X gym is the number one gym on the planet.

I was just in the locker room. It was a little crowded so I left to let it clear out. Also, people left garbage in the locker room.

I would never touch anyone’s belongings, so I politely and respectfully notified one of your stellar staff members that some people left garbage around.

Thank you again for the marvelous service.

Have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Be polite when you’re contacting people and companies.

I’m at Whole Foods in Garden City, Long Island. I was using my debit card and it took a few tries for it to work. The reason is that the debit card is slightly scratched. 

I was sending a secure message to my bank and I thought I’d create a blog post about it. The following is the message I sent to my bank:

Greetings, 

Can you please send me a new debit card with the same number? I still have my current debit card and it’s working. Don’t cancel my current card. 

Please just send me a new fresh one before the current one stops working because it’s a little scratched. If you require any additional information please let me know. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine

I contact companies all the time via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the corporate support pages on their websites. Sometimes I’m in a rush. There are instances when I’m unhappy with the product or service. 

Regardless of what is going on I always slow down a little bit while I’m sending the request or information to the company. I make sure my message is clear. More importantly, I always go out of my way to construct the note to be ultra respectful. 

The same thing goes for when I’m contacting the staff and professors at The City University of New York. Anytime I send a message to a staff member at my college I go above and beyond to be respectful. I also take my time to make sure the message is clear so they know what I’m requesting. 

In my humble opinion, if you go through life sending half-written emails and messages to people that give the impression that you’re stressed out, people are not going to respect you. Moreover, you can potentially miss out on important details. 

Be friendly. Be polite. Be respectful. Be clear. You never know who is going to be reading your messages and emails. Furthermore, you might miss out on crucial information if you are sending out the wrong impression while reaching out to people. 

Regardless of what is going on, it’s safe to say the person fielding your messages didn’t create the problem you are inquiring about. If someone gives you an attitude, ignore it. Continue to treat the individual with the utmost respect, keep it brief and professional, then move on.

Someone giving you an attitude is not an excuse to act disrespectfully. Bring them up to your level and move on. 

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Life New York City Opinion

Email to a professor at Baruch College about not interacting with students.

Greetings Professor,

I signed up for your class. 

I have a quick question. Is there interaction between students? The reason I’m asking is that I try to maintain my privacy as much as possible. 

I love the subject and your reviews as a professor are amazing. I just want to avoid any classes where I’m going to have to interact with students via video calls and my phone. I’ll interact with professors. I don’t want to interact with students. 

The environment is so strict these days in regards to tossing students out of school for misunderstandings, I don’t even want to be in a position where there can be a misunderstanding. That goes for female and male students. 

I want to keep to myself, study hard, learn, and graduate. 

I have been harassed by at least three students for absolutely no reason. I just ignore it. After so many instances of being harassed by students, my strategy at school is to try and avoid those types of classes where I have to interact with students. 

I can easily meet people outside of school. I don’t want to meet anyone at school besides professors and Baruch College staff. 

I’m always friendly and respectful to everyone including students. With that being said, I’m not going out of my way to meet students. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I always treat everyone with the utmost respect. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I love The City University of New York. 

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Email to my gym about customers not respecting the environment.

Greetings X gym,

More important than anything, I treat all your staff with the utmost respect at all times. For the most part, I keep to myself. The interaction I have with your team is always respectful as I treat everyone. The X gym employees at the gym are the best in the business.

As I’ve mentioned several times, X gym is my favorite workout place in the city. You are doing an extraordinary job.

I wanted to report that the majority of your clients are following the rules. For some reason, and this was going on at other gyms I’ve been a member at, there are people whose mission is to break the rules.

I never mention anything about this to your staff in person. Lord knows they have enough to manage running a retail location in New York City. Furthermore, I would never mention a word to one of your customers, regardless of whatever happened. Nothing phases me. Someone could throw a can of paint on my head, and I woudn’t lose my cool.

The issue I’m emailing about is people not being patient while walking around the gym. If I didn’t know better, I would suspect there are a number of customers looking to crash into people in the hallways. I was waiting for someone to walk out of the locker room while walking out of the bathroom. People start running around me from behind, cutting everyone off. They might have been on their way to pick up a bank check or something like that. It’s none of my business.

If you ever look at how carefully I walk around the gym, you would see how respectful I am. I’m not claiming that everyone needs to be as cautious as me. However, some clients are cutting people off and not respecting the situation here.

It’s not a big deal. I merely enjoy reporting everything to try and be helpful when possible.

Thank you again for running the number one gym in the city. I hope X gym takes over the whole country.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Email to my storage place about someone blocking the hallway.

Greetings X Storage,

I love X Storage. It’s the best service ever. The deal is amazing. A lot of people realize how awesome it is and a lot of people don’t realize the convenience of having storage. 

Tonight I showed up at my storage location and there was someone blocking the hallway. There was no way to get by the person. I wanted to let you know how I handled the situation. 

I didn’t say a word to anyone. I didn’t say a word to the person blocking the hallway. I didn’t say a word to your staff asking them to please ask the person to make space so people can get by. 

I just turned around and left. That is the amount of respect that I have, had, and always will have for X Storage. 

I’m not perfect. Most people are not perfect. For whatever reason, the person felt the need to block the entire hallway and that is fine with me. The world is not going to end because I can’t access my storage room for a few minutes or hours. I let things slide and move on to the next.

Your staff is doing an amazing job running the place. That’s it. I just wanted to let you know again, that I appreciate the service. Furthermore, I treat everyone at X Storage with the utmost respect at all times. That includes your staff and customers. 

Personally, I would never block the hallway like that. Regardless, it’s no big deal. I just wanted to let you know how respectfully I carry myself in your establishment. 

Thank you for the amazing service and value. 

Have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine