This time, the doors are doing the poisecutin’!

March 7, 2007 — Religious Jewish residents of Stuyvesant Town
yesterday complained to the owners that a planned electronic key-card
system would lock them out on the Sabbath and holy days.

The new access method – which is already in place and causing similar
headaches at nearby Peter Cooper Village – is set to replace all
traditional keyholes in the complex .

As early as next week, occupants would have to swipe an ID containing their personal information to enter their buildings.

Problem is, observant Jews are forbidden from using such technology on
Friday nights, Saturdays and religious holidays, which can last several
days
.

“They are making us prisoners in our own homes,” said Jeannette Shuck, 67, who has lived in Stuy Town for more than 25 years.

“What do they want us to do? It’s not like we can go somewhere else. It’s our home.”

She said she began a letter-writing campaign over a year ago to the building’s management company.

That’s when the newfangled system was implemented at Peter Cooper
Village – and she began hearing horror stories from other Orthodox
friends who were stranded outside for more than 30 minutes waiting for
someone to let them in
.

“I write to them and months and months later they’ll write back,” she said.

But nothing was done.

When The Post contacted a spokesman for new Stuy Town owner Tishman
Speyer, he said that they had just learned of the problem and had
decided to give residents of both Stuy Town and Peter Cooper
old-fashioned keys during the Sabbath.

“They really are sensitive to the religious needs of the community,” said Tishman Speyer spokesman Howard Rubenstein.

Which came as good news to the dozens of Orthodox families, who
previously had to schlep over to the manned security booths and ask a
guard to let them in
every Saturday.

“Think of the
inconvenience,”
said Shuck, who uses a cane to get around. “It means
having to go back and forth three blocks each way.”

And even
then, tenants said, they had to wait for the security personnel to find
someone to man the booth while the guard leaves the booth to open the
door.

Rochelle Neumann, a Peter Cooper Village resident for 18
years, has been spending weekends with her sister to avoid the problem.

“Either I go to my sister’s or I don’t go out,” said Neumann, who has waited up to 30 minutes on a Saturday to be let in.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), who has worked alongside the
community trying to resolve the issue, said he is delighted that the
end is in sight for the aggrieved tenants.

“This has been going on for over a year with no results,” he said. “If this is correct, I am thrilled.”

STUY TOWN FLAP By JENNIFER FERMINO – Regionalnews – New York Post Online Edition

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