(MSCC) Sharon Jasprizza, Posted: May 1, 2022

SUMMARY: 421-a tax credit is not an affordable housing program.



  • John Mudd welcomed everyone and introduced members to the 9:30 am-10:30 am Tuesday, April 5, 2022 meeting on Zoom and outlined the purpose of the meeting


  • John Mudd spoke about Charisma White’s needs for housing and about her landlords unwillingness  to meet even the basic maintenance needs, and the 421 a tax credit and how it relates to affordability
  • Charisma White’s recent media article regarding homelessness click here! (See addendum A for more comments)
  • Tom Cayler noted in the Chat Box for Charisma: Tom is working with the Manhattan DA’s Fraud Division RE: landlords and building professionals who file false documents w/ DoB.  With 110 outstanding NoVs . . .Please contact Tom Cayler at tacayler@verizon.net


Robert Seebeck, CB5, providing inventory analysis of social and housing services in Community Board 5 and presenting findings tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, to the CB5 office. Summary of research: 

  • 1,500 total supportive housing beds in 3 locations, Prince George Hotel, Times Square Hotel, and Friends House
  • Breaking Ground is working on a 4th supportive housing location
  • There are religious sites offering housing, such as St Francis Xavier 
  • Two shelters in the area: Main Chance Drop-in Center and Urban Pathways
  • 23 hotels
  • MSCC Street sheets helped Robert Seebeck
  • Robert is looking for ideas to support his research and a resource map
  • The report will be available at some stage


Zoom at 9:30 am Tuesday, July 6, 2021  


During this meeting, we updated our work on the Adaptive Reuse: Hotels to Housing efforts, marked the success and outlined the details of the House Our Neighbors with Dignity Act (HONDA); Rachel Hanover, Program Manager for Hope House with the Ladies of Hope Ministries, outlined Hope’s programs for women; Latisha Wright, Outreach Coordinator, Marketing and Affordability Oversight, NYC Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) presented the NYC Housing Connect’s new website.


Swimming In Mudd

(MSCC) John Mudd, Event Date: February 17, 2019

Swimming In Mudd: A Solo Performance that encourages, delights, and hits your funny bone through the character’s despairing search for a purpose!

Enjoy a dark comedy with great food and beverage

1 Night Only!

Sunday, February 17th 

The West Bank Cafe’s Laurie Beechman Theater

481 42nd Street @ 9th Avenue

Door Opens @ 6pm

Show starts @ 7pm

$20 Tickets on Sale now!

Goto westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre

or to Ovation

Community Members use discount code: sim15

Call telephone 212-352-3101

10% of our proceeds goes to fighting homelessness

Author/Actor John Mudd   

Director Geoffrey Owens

Stage Manager Joe Primivera

Producer Sharon Jasprizza

Producer Paul Frediani

Production Assistant Michael Spencer

Graphics Paige Lin

Webdesign Karin Kawamoto

Editor in Chief Grace Cavallo

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Ancient plague helped determine genetics of the modern European, study says

(CNN) Jack Guy, December 8, 2018 — The fearsome disease known as the plague might help explain a mystery that has puzzled scientists for years.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, Neolithic farming communities in Europe dramatically declined, and there is still no definitive answer as to why. Now, however, a team of researchers in Sweden has found a new strain of plague that they say may have been partially responsible.

Why scientists reconstructed an ancient plague 

The research, published in the journal Cell, describes the discovery of the oldest-known sample of plague bacteria in the 5,000-year-old genetic material of a 20-year-old woman found in a rural farming community.

She was buried in a passage grave in Gökhem, southern Sweden, alongside 78 people from around the same time. One other person also showed traces of the same strain of plague, and the researchers suggest that this provides evidence of an epidemic.

Scientists previously thought that the plague arrived in Europe with migrants from the Eurasian Steppe, who effectively moved in and replaced the Neolithic communities. The steppe is a belt of grassland that runs from modern-day Hungary through Ukraine and Central Asia then east to China. Steppe peoples moved across the region for most of recorded history, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

However, the discovery that the plague reached northern Europe far earlier suggests that the disease arrived before the Eurasian migrants.

The study suggests that the plague started as a human disease in “mega-settlements” of 10,000 to 20,000 people were built starting about 6,000 years ago. Poor sanitation and the concentration of people, animals and food may have allowed the plague to develop into a dangerous disease.

“It’s the classic textbook example of what’s needed to develop a new pathogen,” said lead study author Simon Rasmussen, associate professor with the Disease Systems Biology Program at the University of Copenhagen.

The pathogen then spread throughout Europe along trade routes, made possible thanks to the development of technology such as the wheel, the study said, rather than with mass migration.

“You can think of it as the Stone Age ending with a bang,” Rasmussen said. “Society as it is just falls apart.”

via Ancient plague helped determine genetics of the modern European, study says – CNN.

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Cops called on women nursing their kids at pool, so dozens of breastfeeding moms show up to protest – CBS News

(CBS NEWS) July 24, 2018 — Two Minnesota women who were confronted at a public pool for breastfeeding say they plan to file a discrimination lawsuit. And over the weekend, dozens of other moms launched their own, special protest outside the pool to support the two women.

Last Wednesday, Stephanie Buchanan and Mary Davis were in the kiddie pool with their children at the Aquatic Center in Mora, about 60 Miles north of Minneapolis. When Buchanan’s three-month-old son, Roman, got hungry, Buchanan started nursing him.

“A patron came up, a lady at the pool, and told me that I needed to cover up,” Buchanan says.

Davis then started breastfeeding her child in solidarity. A pool employee asked them to cover up or move to the locker room. They refused and decided to leave the pool. That’s when a police officer approached them.

“I said ‘Minnesota state law protects me to feed my baby anywhere that I need to,'” Buchanan says. “He said, ‘I understand, and I let the establishment know, but they reserve the right to ask you to leave.'”

via Cops called on women nursing their kids at pool, so dozens of breastfeeding moms show up to protest – CBS News.

An emergency call center operator tells a dying woman that everyone dies

(CNN) Dakin Andone, Morgane Guillou, May 15, 2018 —

In pain too agonizing for her to describe, a young woman calls emergency services.

“I’m going to die,” she says.
“You will die, certainly, one day,” the phone operator replies, “like everyone else.”
A few hours later, the woman — 22-year-old Naomi Musenga — dies. And now, officials in France have launched an investigation into why her call wasn’t taken more seriously.
The call
The incident happened in the city of Strasbourg in northeastern France in December. However, there’s new interest in the case after a recording of the call surfaced.
“We are waiting for justice to be done … to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” the woman’s father, Policarpe Musenga, told reporters Thursday. “Whether it was bad will or dysfunctions, it is a serious error.”
In the three-minute call on December 29, Naomi Musenga calls the local ambulance service, complaining of severe stomach pain.
Operator: “Yes hello?
Musenga: “Hello … Help me, ma’am.”
Operator: “Yes, what’s going on?
Musenga: “Help me.
Operator: “Well, if you do not tell me what’s going on, I will hang up.
The woman can’t fully articulate her condition and says she’s in a lot of pain. In response, the operator tells her to call a doctor.
Musenga: “I’m gonna die.
Operator: “Yes … you will die, certainly, one day, like everyone else. Call the SOS doctors.” [The operator gives her the number to SOS Médecins, France’s medical emergency service that sends doctors directly to a house.]
Musenga: “Please, help me, ma’am.
Operator: “I can’t help you, I don’t [know what’s wrong with you].”
Musenga: “I have a lot of pain, I have very bad pain.
Operator: “And where?
Musenga: “My stomach hurts a lot … and I feel terrible everywhere.”
Operator: “Yes, well, you call SOS doctors.” [The operator gives her the number again.

via An emergency call center operator tells a dying woman that everyone dies – CNN.

Appetite 4 Life

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Word of today – Ergophobia


Ergophobia / [ur-guh-foh-bee-uh] / noun


An abnormal fear of work; an aversion to work.


He was examined by Dr. Wilson, who diagnosed the disease which had attacked him as ergophobia, (fear of work.) — , “Bad Case of Ergophobia,” New York Times, October 13, 1907


Ergophobia, “abnormal fear of or aversion to work,” is formed from two Greek nouns commonly used to form words in English: érgon “work” and the combining form -phobía “fear.” Greek dialects preserve the original form wérgon, which comes directly from Proto-Indo-European wérgom, the source of Germanic werkam (English work). The combining form -phobía is a derivative of phóbos“flight, fear, panic fear,” from Proto-Indo-European bhógwos, a derivative of the root bhegw- “to run,” which appears in Slavic (Polish) biegać “to run.” Ergophobiaentered English in the early 20th century.

Source: http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2018/03/06/ergophobia