TUBS OF LOVE FROM NST
UPSTANDERS’ CLOTHING DRIVE ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS
Reminder: NYC Primary Elections
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
The NYC Democrat and
Republican primaries are
happening on June 22, and
there’s a lot going on between the
introduction of ranked choice
voting and five major offices up for
Ranked Choice Voting
• Voters can rank up to five (5)
candidates in order of preference,
instead of casting a vote for just one.
• You do not have to rank all five.
You can rank as many or as few candidates
(up to 5) as you like.
• You can choose to vote for only
one candidate and leave the other
• Pick your first-choice candidate
and fill in the oval next to their name
under the 1st column. If you have a
second-choice candidate, fill in the
oval next to their name under the
2nd column and so forth.
• You cannot rank the same candidate
more than once.
Get Out Your Calculators
Important note: Once the polls
close, if a candidate wins a majority of
first-choice votes, i.e., more than 50%,
that person wins outright. But if no
one has a majority of first-choice votes
after the first round, the person with
the lowest number of first-choice votes
is eliminated. That candidate’s votes
are redistributed to the second-choice
candidate on the ballot. The process
is repeated for each round until only
two candidates are left. The person
with the most votes then is the winner.
Except in rare cases, the winner
will have a majority. Sometimes,
however, a candidate will achieve
a majority before there are only two
left, but counting still continues.
Although this person has technically
already won, completing the
rounds of vote counting ensures that
the most number of people will have
their votes count in the final round.
These changes in voting procedures
are happening simultaneously
with five (5) important NYC offices
up for election:
• Public Advocate
• Borough President
• City Council Elections
There are several websites where
you can find out more about the
candidates and voting procedures.
Some of these include:
• ny1.com (Spectrum Ch. 1)
• thecity.nyc (Nonprofit, nonpartisan
digital news platform)
• vote.nyc (NYC Board of Elections)
• voting.nyc (Informational site funded
by the Campaign Finance Board)
BY JUDITH SCHWAGER
On May 20, grocery carts and
giant bins bursting with
gently used clothing were
filled and refilled again to keep up
with the outpouring of donations
from generous North Shore Towers’
residents. The trousers, shirts, suits,
blouses, handbags, ties and belts
were given to help young men and
women entering for the workforce
for the first time.
At 11am, before the Drive had even
begun, Isaac Adlerstein, Director of
Volunteers at Commonpoint, was
called to come early to pick up bins
and carts filled to the brims from
Building 1. Later, he actually brought
a bus to pick up donations from each
building and still had to return twice
more to fill his car with the overflow
of additional items. Special thanks
to our doormen in all three buildings
who helped fill and move the
tubs and carts from the lobbies for
Great appreciation goes to Faye
Nadel for coordinating the Drive and
to Lois Rubenstein, an Upstander
and a member of Temple Sinai in
Roslyn and its Action Committee.
She spearheaded the Committee’s
efforts to join our drive, resulting in
more than a tubful of donations and
a spark for our campaign’s success.
There were many reasons for this
outpouring of clothing donations.
Of course, it is spring cleaning
season, but more than that, clothing
awakens a variety of special
feelings in most of us. In Building
2, an Aide made several trips to the
lobby--once, twice, three times. It
seems her client was a woman who
was widowed about a year ago had
been unable to begin the process of
donating her husband’s clothing.
Fortunately, the Drive was an opportunity
for the Aide to help the widow
begin the process of letting go and
Commonpoint was the beneficiary
of their kindness.
Dawn Steinberg spoke about her
Aunt who had recently died and
whose clothing she was donating.
“I thought about the idea of standing
in someone else’s shoes as a way to
memorialize a loved one,” she said.
Dawn thought her Aunt would have
liked to know that her clothes were
donated for a good cause.
Shirley Silver knew something
about the challenges faced by young
people preparing to enter the workforce.
A professor at Queensborough
Community College, she teaches this
very subject and was eager to help.
Some people are just charitable
of spirit. Sheila Harmon spread the
news about our drive to her many
friends in Brookville and Glen
Cove, increasing donations and
making many trips back and forth
for pick up.
We hope these donations give
these young people a step up in the
work world and we are grateful to our
North Shore Towers Community for
their spectacular generosity. Anyone
who was unable to donate on the
day of the Drive is welcome to bring
clothing directly to Commonpoint,
58-20 Little Neck Parkway. Call 718-
225-6750 for more information.
Photos by Carol Meyerson
Ready to kick off the Drive:
Volunteers (l to r): Harriet
Rosengarten, Souzin Thau, Adele
Damon, Toby Kemelor, Robin
Savitt and Carol Myerson.
Early pickup: Isaac Adlerstein
of Commonpoint, loads bus
with tub-full of donations from
Temple Sinai, Roslyn
Helping hands: Volunteers (l to r):
Fran Gubernick, Dawn Steinberg,
Fran Gordon, Barbara Margolis
and June Stelbaum.
In New York, you must be a registered
member of the party in order
to vote in that party’s primary.
June 12 – 20: Days of Early Voting
(Site for NST below)
June 15: Last day to postmark, email
or fax application for primary ballot.
June 21: Last day to apply in person
for primary ballot.
June 22: Primary election (On-site)
Last day to postmark primary
election ballot (must be received by
Early Voting Site for North Shore
79-25 Winchester Boulevard,
Hours vary; check https://findmypollsite.
vote.nyc/ for details.
June 2021 ¢ NORTH SHORE TOWERS COURIER 3