Opinion: Email to HRA about my MetroCard allowance and cold food retailers not accepting the welfare EBT card on January 13, 2023.

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Greetings HRA,

First and foremost, I always treat everyone at HRA with the absolute utmost respect at all times. That is more important than any of this.

Thank you for saving my life with the food and money.

The stuff that is going on with law enforcement sabotaging people’s food at some, not all, soup kitchens is out of control. Thank God I don’t have to deal with that.

People I know pay the NYPD and others to harass me. That’s why I’m homeless.

Question. What is the story with the Baruch College student MetroCard money?

I’m a full-time student at Baruch College.

I think school starts back up on January 25, 2023.

If you’re not too busy, please let me know when the MetroCard money starts back up.

A few weeks ago, I stopped receiving my MetroCard money around Christmas 2022.

Additionally, can someone please look into why there are so many places in Manhattan that sell cold food that don’t accept SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps?

Sometimes I ask people at food stores, markets, supermarkets, etc., whether they take food stamps.

Some of them, not all, say they don’t take food stamps/EBT like it’s beneath them or something. Like, that’s for poor people or something like that.

In my humble opinion, that is ridiculous.

I appreciate the help.

I’m living in the street homeless for the past five years or longer.

I don’t drink.

I don’t smoke.

I don’t party.

I don’t do anything illegal.

Just no money and bad credit.

I don’t look homeless.

I understand the government doesn’t want people blowing the food money on bad things so that is why we are forced to spend out welfare food money at participating retailers.

The thing is, a number of Manhattan retailers are not accepting the card.

There are a lot of retailers that do accept the card.

I don’t understand why any cold food retailers would turn down food stamps when there are so many of us receiving them.

It doesn’t make sense.

Why would a company turn down government money?

Can someone please look into it?

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine.

Opinion: Email to US Government Agencies on December 26, 2022 at about 10 AM. New York City law enforcement basically kidnapped me right now. I’m on the 3 train uptown.

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Greetings US Government Agencies,

I was taking the number 3 subway from Downtown to Midtown in New York City. 

In my opinion, law enforcement knocked me out with drugs like they always do. 

I woke up on the train and now we are at a stop that has a lot of crime and drugs. 

Now law enforcement won’t move the train. 

The train is stopped. 

There is no announcement and no explanation why we are not moving. 

I’m on the 3 train uptown somewhere in New York City. 

Please help. 

Law enforcement is harassing me around the clock. 

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to the Queens Public Library on August 7, 2022.

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Opinion: I’m about to sue The City University of New York again. July 26, 2022.

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I always treat all staff, professors, and students at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times.

I never mention a word about the lawsuit to anyone at Baruch College.

There is no animosity attached to the lawsuit.

In my opinion, people I know pay New York City law enforcement to harass and sabotage me.

New York City goes behind the scenes at Baruch College and many other places and sabotages me. That’s why I’m suing.

I’m not an attorney. I’m representing myself. I plan on filing the lawsuit on my 46th birthday. August 15, 2022.

I would never do anything to jeopardize my great standing at Baruch College. I’m on the Dean’s List right now.

I’m utilizing the courts to present my case to a judge and have her or him decide if my claims have merit.

Baruch College has done a lot to help me. For example, in one month I’m about to receive about $5,000 in my bank account to pay my bills for the year.

The money is from student loans. The only reason I’m receiving the funds is because I’m a student at Baruch College.

Do you know how much money $5,000 is to a person that is living in the street homeless?

It’s a lot.

I’m on public assistance or welfare. I receive about $600 per month to live on.

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record.

In my opinion, people I know paid New York City law enforcement to sabotage my web marketing clients and now I’m homeless.

I have places to shower. I have a storage room to keep my belongings. I have clean clothes. I don’t think I look homeless. Albeit, I live in the streets.

The money from the welfare office keeps me alive.

The money from student loans allows me to have a laptop, phone, warm clothes, and more.

I would never jeopardize that.

In my spare time I’m trying to find new web marketing clients and launch startups.

Thanks to the skills I’ve learned at Baruch College I believe I’ll be rich and famous.

New York City law enforcement pays Baruch College students to try and pick fights with me and I ignore them.

I don’t care what anyone does to me at Baruch College, you will never hear a negative word out of me there.

I sued Baruch College once before and I lost. This is going to be the second lawsuit.

I have learned a lot at Baruch College. I love Baruch College.

The reason I’m suing is there are a few things that I have questions about that I only believe can be answered with the involvement of the New York Court of Claims.

This way I don’t have to directly ask anyone that works at Baruch College. I can pose my questions to the court and Baruch College attorneys. The answers will be part of the court record.

If someone at Baruch College tries to sabotage me on the request of New York City law enforcement I don’t take it personal. I’m not upset with them.

In my view, New York City law enforcement can have anyone at Baruch College fired.

I would like to publicly thank everyone at the Bursar’s office, Financial Aid office, CUNY Edge, Dean’s Office, and all the professors. They are doing a great job

My lawsuit against Bruch College has nothing to do with the staff. The staff treats me like gold.

This lawsuit is about New York City law enforcement threatening people behind the scenes like they always do to sabotage me.

If you are thinking about college I recommend starting at a CUNY community college. They are awesome.

Again, I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. I highly recommend Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York.

Email to CUNY Edge at Baruch College. July 21, 2022.

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This is an example of how to treat people respectfully at all times. I wanted to share this email with the world to inspire additional respectful emails between humans.

Greetings CUNY Edge,

July 27, 2022 at 10 AM is good for me if that is acceptable. 

A few quick things. 

I dropped a class during summer 1 as I mentioned. Because I didn’t finish the class, the payment for the class became my responsibility. 

Unfortunately and thankfully, I had been in the emergency room of the hospital twice during the class so I was excused from having to pay for the class which is awesome. That was very generous of Baruch College and The City University of New York. 

Another great thing. I have been receiving my MetroCard money even though I’m not in school and I’m not working. Last summer because I wasn’t working for RF CUNY and I wasn’t taking classes my MetroCard money was cut. Needless to say, I’m not complaining. 

I sent an email to RF CUNY and the Baruch College Dean about the RF CUNY fellowship program. 

This is it: 

Greetings RF CUNY, 

CUNY Edge is as helpful as humanly possible.      

CUNY Edge could not make keeping up with my Human Resources Administration documentation any easier. 

I always treat everyone at CUNY Edge with the utmost respect at all times as I treat everyone that is connected with CUNY and Baruch College. 

I’m 45 years old. I understand that life isn’t perfect. I just want to quickly bring something to your attention. 

All the Baruch College students that are on public assistance are assigned hours by HRA to work for the RF CUNY fellowship program. The amount of hours can be anywhere from 0 hours per week to I suspect 20 or 30 hours per week. 

As I stated CUNY Edge is as helpful and as great a resource as humanly possible. CUNY Edge is as great as it gets. This has nothing to do with CUNY Edge. CUNY Edge is just the messenger. 

I don’t take it for granted how easy CUNY Edge makes it for students like myself on public assistance. 

I have a suspicion that a number of colleges might be a lot more work and not as quick turnaround time for students on public assistance to submit their documentation to HRA. 

I’m experienced enough to know that I have no idea who makes the policy for the RF CUNY fellowship program at Baruch College and CUNY. 

Even if I did know I still treat everyone at CUNY, Baruch College, RF CUNY, etc., with the utmost respect at all times. That is regardless if I get my way or not. 

Here is the situation. 

I was notified by CUNY Edge that some public assistance students are able to get RF CUNY fellowship program hours and others are not. 

RF CUNY pays about $15 per hour if I’m correct. For someone like myself on public assistance that is a lot of money. 

Plus working for the RF CUNY fellowship program doesn’t throw my HRA case into a tailspin like any other job would. 

I could be 100% wrong and if I am I apologize for this note. 

I suspect that there are students at Baruch College working 10, 20, and maybe more hours per week at Baruch College for the RF CUNY fellowship program. 

Simultaneously, there are students such as myself that are designated by HRA to work 5 to 20 or more hours per week that are getting 0 hours from the Baruch College RF CUNY fellowship program. 

In my humble opinion, I think it would be more fair if the hours were split up so that everyone receives some hours. 

The last 4 semesters Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 1, Summer 2, I’ve received 0 hours and I was assigned hours from HRA every semester. 

I understand that I am not president of the universe. I’m not the CEO of RF CUNY. I’m not the Chancellor of CUNY. I’m not the Mayor of New York City.  

If no one agrees with me it’s OK. Life goes on. I just want to bring this situation to your attention. 

If you have any advice regarding this situation it would be appreciated. 

Also, before I started CUNY I didn’t have a laptop. I didn’t have anything so I never forget how thankful I am for CUNY. I’m sitting in Central Park typing this message on a laptop that was given to me by Baruch College / CUNY. To not appreciate that would be insanity.

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

I wasn’t going to mention the email to you but I thought since we were in communication about next week’s meeting, I thought to include the message in this note. 

Clearly, I made sure to include how helpful CUNY Edge is. 

The City University is all about inclusion so I just wanted to remind whomever is incharge that there are students being excluded. 

Last but not least I’m working diligently to get off public assistance. I can’t say when it’s going to happen but in my spare time I’m using the tools (laptop, phone), and knowledge that I’ve accumulated from Baruch College and The City University of New York to try and elevate my situation. I have a feeling that my big break is around the corner. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to Baruch College about RF CUNY. July 14, 2022.

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Greetings Baruch College,

First and foremost, you and your team are doing an amazing job running Baruch College. I love Baruch College. Especially for a street homeless person such as myself, it’s great to be part of the CUNY community.

Baruch College / The City University of New York is the best opportunity ever. That goes 10X for me.

Additionally, CUNY Edge is as helpful as humanly possible.

CUNY Edge could not make keeping up with my Human Resources Administration documentation any easier.

I always treat everyone at CUNY Edge with the utmost respect at all times as I treat everyone that is connected with CUNY and Baruch College.

I’m 45 years old. I understand that life isn’t perfect. I just want to quickly bring something to your attention.

All the Baruch College students that are on public assistance are assigned hours by HRA to work for the RF CUNY fellowship program. The amount of hours can be anywhere from 0 hours per week to I suspect 20 or 30 hours per week.

As I stated CUNY Edge is as helpful and as great a resource as humanly possible. CUNY Edge is as great as it gets. This has nothing to do with CUNY Edge. CUNY Edge is just the messenger.

I don’t take it for granted how easy CUNY Edge makes it for students like myself on public assistance.

I have a suspicion that a number of colleges might be a lot more work and not as quick turnaround time for students on public assistance to submit their documentation to HRA.

I’m experienced enough to know that I have no idea who makes the policy for the RF CUNY fellowship program at Baruch College and CUNY.

Even if I did know I still treat everyone at CUNY, Baruch College, RF CUNY, etc., with the utmost respect at all times. That is regardless if I get my way or not.

Here is the situation.

I was notified by CUNY Edge that some public assistance students are able to get RF CUNY fellowship program hours and others are not.

RF CUNY pays about $15 per hour if I’m correct. For someone like myself on welfare that is a lot of money.

Plus working for the RF CUNY fellowship program doesn’t throw my HRA case into a tailspin like any other job would.

I could be 100% wrong and if I am I apologize for this note.

I suspect that there are students at Baruch College working 10, 20, and maybe more hours per week at Baruch College for the RF CUNY fellowship program.

Simultaneously, there are students such as myself that are designated by HRA to work 5 to 20 or more hours per week that are getting 0 hours from the Baruch College RF CUNY fellowship program.

In my humble opinion, I think it would be more fair if the hours were split up so that everyone receives some hours.

The last 4 semesters Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 1, Summer 2, I’ve received 0 hours and I was assigned hours from HRA every semester.

I understand that I am not president of the universe. I’m not the CEO of RF CUNY. I’m not the Chancellor of CUNY. I’m not the Mayor of New York City.

I would like to be the Mayor of New York City one day. If I become mayor I promise to raise the budget to CUNY maybe double or triple it.

I have an idea for a few additional two year schools that would be awesome. I’ll send you that note later.

If no one agrees with me it’s OK. Life goes on. I just want to bring this situation to your attention.

If you are too busy to respond it’s no big deal. If you have any advice regarding this situation it would be appreciated.

Also, before I started CUNY I didn’t have a laptop. I didn’t have anything so I never forget how thankful I am for CUNY. I’m sitting in Central Park typing this message on a laptop that was given to my by Baruch College / CUNY. To not appreciate that would be insanity.

Thank you again for the amazing opportunity that is Baruch College.

Have a great day.

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to the New York City welfare office (HRA) on July 11, 2022.

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Greetings HRA, 

First and foremost thank you for all the help. 

I am a full time Baruch College student that has been living in the street homeless for the past five years. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. 

I always treat all the HRA staff and security guards with the absolute utmost respect at all times. Most of the welfare recipients are respectful with the HRA staff like myself but it’s still a demanding job for the HRA team and they are appreciated. 

I’m not taking any classes this summer at Baruch College.

I was signed up for two classes and I dropped them both. 

I dropped one summer class at Baruch College on June 13, 2022. I dropped the second Baruch College summer class a week or two later. 

Fall 2022 I’m signed up for a full time schedule at Baruch College. That starts on August 25, 2022. 

In the meantime I did all the preparation to work for RF CUNY at Baruch College although I don’t believe there are any job openings. 

I went on a RF CUNY interview for the library and they said they had a large number of applicants for the position so they couldn’t hire me. 

When I was at LaGuardia Community College before Baruch College I was able to obtain a job with RF CUNY very easily. I assume that’s because it’s a much smaller school. 

At first I didn’t realize how competitive RF CUNY is at Baruch College so I was asking for the library. Now that I realize I might not be able to land a RF CUNY job at all I notified the CUNY Edge office I’ll take a job in any department. 

The reason for this note is that classes don’t start again until August 25, 2022.

Due to the fact that there are no openings at RF CUNY I’m unable to find a job so I’m not working. 

I’m still receiving the MetroCard money every week. If I’m not supposed to be receiving the MetroCard money I just wanted to point it out because I don’t want anything that isn’t mine. I always follow the HRA rules exactly as they are required. 

I just recertified my public assistance case so I’m set until June 2023. I just don’t believe I’m supposed to receive the MetroCard money if I’m not working for RF CUNY and I’m off from school. That was my experience last summer. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine

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Opinion: Email to my gym on July 3, 2022 at 7:45 PM.

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Greetings X Gym,

I wanted to say thank you for providing the absolute best gyms in New York City hands down. 

The staff is as great as it gets. Everyone is friendly and the locations are spotless. 

I have belonged to other gyms in Manhattan and they were filthy and the equipment is outdated. 

I’m sure there are a few other nice gyms in Manhattan although I don’t believe there are any gyms that offer nearly the amount of value, locations, and services provided by X Gym. 

I have left five star ratings on several of the X Gym locations in Google Maps. 

I see that most of the reviews are positive. When I see someone leave a negative review for a X Gym, I say to myself what are they comparing it with? I’ve belonged to three other gyms in Manhattan and none of them compare with X Gym. 

Thank you again for the stellar service you provide. X Gym is as good as it gets. There is not one thing I can think of that you could be doing better. 

Have a great day. 

Mark Pine