Tag Archives: McCarthy Manor

The Lousiest Neighbor


The fireman’s radio has reported that it was a sofa fire, and he says it’s out, so he gives me his oxygen. In a few minutes another fireman stumbles through the door carrying the big red tote that has the … Continue reading

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One Woman and a Facade


Attn: Tom Druelinger, HUD Buffalo Office Date:  October 29, 2010 Re: McCarthy Manor, 501 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse NY 13210 Sharon Sherman, d/b/a Greater Syracuse Tenants Network Sharon Sherman, ostensibly working for the Greater Syracuse Tenants Network, is interfering with … Continue reading

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The Right to Nap


 “Can you provide me with the details of your complaint at the property so that I may get in touch with the Management Agent.”  HUD Buffalo agent Sure.  Last Thursday, August 23, I was in bed, asleep, and only half-dressed, … Continue reading

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The Wall, The Law, and Who’s In Charge


So there was this fellow who was a sergeant and a drill instructor in the army of these United States.  He retired on years of service and moved from the base to a nearby city.  A year later he returns … Continue reading

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The Institute, The Wall and My Home, Part II


             The problem, dear reader, is that McCarthy Manor’s front door is accessed by a circular driveway off Crouse Avenue and we travel by bus.  The tenants of McCarthy Manor—mostly disabled—travel on short buses owned and operated by Centro’s Call-a-Bus, … Continue reading

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A House for Christmas


Dear Shiu, I am often mindful of the day at Plymouth Church when you asked congregants to stand if they (a) had a college education, (b) owned their own home, (c) were paid a salary instead of hourly wages, and (d) lived … Continue reading

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Bedbugs to HUD (part I)


          I live at McCarthy Manor, which is a HUD-subsidized apartment building, and we have bedbugs.  I have lived in apartments since 1966 and never have had bedbugs before.  Therein lies the story:  nobody was prepared for the problem.  As … Continue reading

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