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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Email to HRA about my welfare case on July 6, 2022.

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Greetings HRA,

First and foremost, thank you very much for all the help and information. 

I believe there might be a ;mistake with my Access HRA account. 

Last month my SNAP account or food stamps were added to my account on June 10, 2022. 

Today is July 6, 2022 and I’m not seeing any future payments on my account. 

Usually by now my Access HRA account would show when the next future payment. 

My next recertification is for June 2023. 

I’m a full time student at Baruch College. 

My classes start back up on August 25, 2022. 

In the meantime, I’m waiting for my next interview for RF CUNY. 

Can someone please look into my account and see why there are no future payments showing? 

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

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Email to HRA (NYC welfare office) about my storage room. June 9, 2022.

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Greetings HRA, 

First and foremost thank you very much for all the help. The whole HRA staff is as helpful as humanly possible. 

I just submitted my storage payment for the month of July 2022. For some reason, the bill doesn’t get paid unless I send an email here. For example, there have been months where I had to pay the bill out of the other money you send me or the payment would have been late. 

When I receive the bill from the storage company I take a screenshot of the bill on my phone and upload a perfectly clear copy into the HRA app. 

I just completed my recertification. If I’m correct everything went perfectly: the interview, the documentation from CUNY Edge and me, etc. Your team at the 14th Street HRA location was very helpful. 

Please help with the storage payment if possible. If you require any additional information from me please let me know. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

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Opinion: Email to Baruch College about summer classes, HRA, and the police harassing me. June 5, 2022.

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Greetings Baruch College,

I’ve had dozens of conversations with the police and FBI about many of the topics covered in the class I’m taking this summer (phone records attached). 

I have never and will never mention a word about the police harassing me in any Baruch College class. 

I’m never saying a negative word about anything in any Baruch College class. 

I’m only going to speak positively about the government, courts, and laws in class. 

I’m not mentioning a negative word about the defamation laws that I have complained about to law enforcement dozens of times outside of school. 

I’m strictly positive and professional in my classes. 

I never mention a word about my personal life. I never mention a word that is negative. 

You said only to contact you if I have any issues at Baruch College. 

You told me not to contact the Chancellor and not to contact the Baruch College President. I haven’t and I won’t. 

New York City law enforcement just tried to run a nice scam on me tomorrow morning. 

New York City law enforcement sabotages me at HRA all the time. I never mentioned 1 word about it to the CUNY Edge office and I never will. 

I just coincidentally received an email today that I have to interview with HRA or my welfare case is going to be closed. 

Normally I would go running down to the HRA office on 14 St tomorrow morning. I would be waiting outside at 7 AM and be one of the first in. The police know that. 

New York City law enforcement has people tear me to pieces on the welfare line on 14 St. Or maybe it’s just a coincidence. 

I believe the police have people blow weed smoke in my face and harass me the entire time I’m on the welfare line waiting to get in. 

I’m not going tomorrow because it’s my first summer class. 

I’m not going to be harassed for two hours nonstop, while simultaneously people are blowing weed smoke in my face. Then I’ll show up to my first Zoom class high on weed after being harassed for two hours nonstop. That has happened to me so many times I lost count. 

I’ll go to HRA on Wednesday when I don’t have a class and the police can harass me all morning on my day off from school. 

Tomorrow morning I’m going to show up to Baruch College at 7 or 8 AM. I’m going to find a nice place to sit or stand in clear view of a security camera. I’m going to relax and start studying for class. 

Tomorrow during class I’m going to keep my mouth shut. If I’m called on or if I feel like participation is necessary I will be positive and professional. 

I will speak like the Baruch College President and the Chancellor are going to be sent a video of the class. 

This is the email I coincidentally received from HRA just now:

The due date for your Cash Assistance case with case number ending in 898H is approaching. If you do not complete the interview on 06/14/2022 your case may close. Log in to your ACCESS HRA account at nyc.gov/ACCESSHRA to submit your recertification.

You can update your notification preferences at any time by logging into ACCESS HRA and selecting “Update” on your ‘Profile’ page.

No one from HRA ever called, HRA said we don’t have to go in, HRA said they probably won’t even interview me.

Coincidentally I received this email the day before class begins. 

If I show up to HRA tomorrow morning, which I’m not, New York City law enforcement will chew me up and spit me out. 

I’m getting off to a great start for the summer semester. I’m not letting them do it and I’m not going to HRA until Wednesday. 

I’m about to email the Commissioner of HRA’s office about it right now too. 

After the police sabotage my HRA case over and over which is well documented, the Commissioner’s Office cleans it up. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. That includes staff, professors, security guards, and students. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I never participate in controversial conversations at Baruch College out of respect for people’s feelings. I love Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York. My goal is to pass. Grades are not my priority. I’m at CUNY to learn. I have been living in the street homeless for five years so it’s a miracle that I’m able to attend college. I don’t care if someone at Baruch College pours a can of paint on my head, I have never and will never say a disrespectful word to anyone at Baruch College under any circumstances. I’m walking on eggshells trying to go from homeless to home. In my spare time I’m cold calling hedge funds trying to launch startups and I promote myself on the Internet. Hopefully one day soon I can get back into an apartment. I believe in giving back even with my current situation living in the street homeless. One of the best things the government does in my opinion in addition to CUNY is the New York State Real Estate Salesperson’s License. During the last two decades, I have recommended thousands of people who are living check to check in New York City and the tri-state to obtain the license. 

Opinion: Email to the Human Resources Administration. 5/2/2022.

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Greetings Human Resources Administration,

First and foremost, I always treat everyone at HRA with the utmost respect at all times.

Treating everyone at HRA respectfully is more important than anything.

Thank you very much for the help. If it wasn’t for HRA I would have starved to death by now.

On 4/11/2022 I sent a perfectly clear copy of my storage bill to HRA via the mobile app.

My case number is X.

It seems that every month I submit my storage bill to HRA, it doesn’t get paid until I send an email to the Commissioner Department of Social Services.

I can’t imagine that every person who is having a storage room paid by HRA has to email the commissioner every month or visit HRA in person every month to have their storage room paid.

That would create an insane amount of unnecessary work for HRA.

Can someone please look into why this is happening to me every month?

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

City of New York Correspondence Number is #1-1-363478

Opinion: Email to one of my Baruch College professors about student groups and pairs. February 12, 2022.

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Greetings Professor, 

First and foremost I treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. That is more important than anything. 

Second and foremost, I’ll gladly, happily, and respectfully do anything that you assign to the class. 

I was working on the homework right now and I had a thought that I wanted to ask you outside of class. 

Would it be possible to request that all communication and work between my podcasting partner and myself be done in the classroom on Tuesdays? 

I would prefer not to share any of my personal information with students for the sake of privacy and security. I would also prefer to interact with my podcasting partner(s) in a supervised classroom instead of an unsupervised location. 

I’m a very social people person outside of school, although at school I have my guard up due to several experiences I’ve had with students since starting at CUNY two years ago. 

When interacting with students, I treat them with the utmost respect. I only talk about schoolwork. I don’t joke around at all. I don’t talk about anything controversial. 

I just wanted to include that I love this class. The material is awesome. I think you’re a great professor and that you have designed a class that is very beneficial for students. 

I’ll do anything you tell me to do. I just wanted to let you know what’s on my mind just in case any accommodations can be made. Also, I didn’t want to approach you with this on the fly in class. I thought it would be better to bring this up via email in advance so you can answer when you are available. 

The thought of meeting with students off-campus and sharing personal information is very scary for me due to the astronomical amount of complaints from students against students in New York colleges. 

Almost 4K sexual violence complaints made at New York colleges (nypost.com)

Between you and me I’m street homeless. I don’t think that many parents would want their children sharing personal information and meeting with street homeless people outside of the classroom. 

Also, my personal data/information isn’t secure at all. I have been robbed four separate times in the past two months. People stole my phone four separate times in Midtown Manhattan in the past four months. 

I have woken up with my phones and laptops missing so many times over the years I lost count. Then when I get my phone back I see people have gone into my accounts and sent messages, erased things, uploaded pictures into my accounts, contacted people, and everything else you can imagine. 

I have so many police reports reporting all the times I’ve been robbed that I literally lost count because I’ve been street homeless for five years.

On a positive note, I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. I don’t do anything illegal. Homeless people have a bad reputation so I like to include that when I mention that I’m homeless. 

In regards to schoolwork I’m moving full steam ahead. I almost always turn in homework on time or early. I don’t care about grades at all. Luckily I’ve been on the Dean’s List for the past four or five semesters.

In regards to student loans and the welfare office, all I need is a C or D. I’m happy to earn As and Bs although I’m at Baruch College to learn and elevate my situation which is what I’m doing. 

Also, the welfare office tells everyone that if a man looks at a woman if it’s determined to be leering, all food and benefits will immediately be discontinued, and the person will have to eat at soup kitchens. I have eaten at some soup kitchens in New York City and to be honest I’d rather eat dog food, it’s probably safer. If I’m correct, Baruch College has a leering policy as well. 

That is why I would feel more comfortable in a supervised atmosphere. Also, I’m glad I remembered to mention to you that I’m street homeless because I don’t want any parents to complain to the school and cause anyone any grief. 

I’m not embarrassed about being street homeless at all. From a legal standpoint if you would like to announce to the class that Mark Pine is street homeless is there anyone that wouldn’t mind being in a group with him. There is a good chance that students could see me sleeping in the subway so there is no point trying to hide it. 

Thanks to CUNY and HRA I have places to shower, keep my things, wash my clothes, etc. Unfortunately, I don’t like living in homeless shelters so I have to sleep in the subway or on benches when it’s warm.

I’ll be honest I’m in better spirits now than I was when I was living on the Upper East Side, always behind on my rent. Of course, my number one goal is to get back into an apartment, I’m just saying living in an apartment that I couldn’t afford wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had. At least now I don’t have that hanging over my head twenty-four hours per day. 

I make videos on social media talking about how I’m street homeless. I’m trying to raise awareness about how there are a lot of homeless people like myself that just have bad credit and no money. We work. We go to school. We are trying to elevate our situation.

The general public thinks every homeless person is pushing a shopping cart yelling at an imaginary friend. Plus, drunk and on drugs. I have met many homeless people that have normal jobs and are trying to elevate their situation. 

I’m more than happy to pair up with any student you assign. I’m just a little cautious about having unsupervised contact with students outside of class. 

Please let me know if you require any additional information from me and any feedback would be appreciated. Regardless of what the decision is, I’ll make the best of it like I always do and I’ll continue to treat everyone professionally and with the utmost respect.

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine