First a pause for Heath Ledger and others lost before their prime.
Heath was an actor for whom playwrights dream of writing. He inhabited his roles with great sensitivity and respect for his characters. His roles became increasingly dark and choices puzzling. He was a generous actor. Failing to protect himself may have contributed to his premature demise.
As a produced dramatist and (unpublished) novelist I feel a responsibility to actors and audience, but especially actors. With rare exception, the audience shows up once, has dinner, goes home, entertained and intellectually stimulated. The actor returns to the role the following night. My themes are heavy – very heavy, but I always attempt to interject irony, humor, hope and redemption. My background in science often tempts me to more “explosive plots,” but I refuse to write “how tos” for terrorists and criminals irrespective of the potential pay off.
As a member of SAG I was disappointed at the gratuitous violence in most of the nominated movies. Arts for arts’ sake has become violence for its own sake, and it sometimes seems that writers are writing less from life experience than “upping the ante” in re-hashes of old movie and television plots. Or X boxes. The old guard knew how to create tension in a look, an out of place pause? To establish character without inundating the audience with profanity. Yes, I will support First Amendment rights, along with the right not to pollute my brain.
Why am I a dramatist. Ask me why I breathe. Writing is oxygen for the soul. I write plays because I cannot not write plays. I cannot ever remember not being able to read. I was the youngest in kindergarten and the only reader. The teacher had to leave the classroom, handed me a book and said to read to the class. I became so engrossed that I forgot to speak aloud and when the teacher returned all the other tots were crowded around my desk trying to hear.
No fear of that now!
Later that year I refused to go on as the “bluebell fairy,” because I knew that the role of Fairy Queen was mine. That the Fairy Crown didn’t fit my brain powered cranium was irrelevant. I had read Shaw, Wilde, Pinnochio and Alice in Wonderland unabridged and I knew drama! The word “temperamental” showed up on my school report that year. No respect for the wisdom of babes. I wasn’t yet five years old!
A few years later my intelligent and perspicacious teacher, Mr. Mott, in Hampshire cast me as the lead in the class play. He was ex British Army stationed in India, and gave me an enduring respect and affection for “our chaps.” We then moved to Ireland.
If there were an opportunity to express my musical gifts, England would have sent me to the wonderful Yehudi Menuhin school for child prodigies, but there’s nothing in the world for the literary prodigy, and a girl with super math/science skills better conceal them if she doesn’t want taunts, bullying and social exclusion. Bullying becomes more sophisticated in adulthood with “intelligent” articles on the relationship between genius and insanity. Take Van Gogh; the guy lived on black coffee, wine and whatever food he could scrounge, all the while creating a treasure house of artwork for his greedy brother, Theo. Mozart wrote over a thousand works, heard three hundred, the assumption being he wasn’t paid for the other 700. James Joyce lived off his supernaturally patient brother, Stanislaus, while teaching basic English to Italians. Too many prodigies die young, leaving academia to smirk in the counting house while outwardly lamenting the loss to the world. Perhaps the general public or awarding authorities need their communal heads examined.
It’s frustrating having an Irish name and a cosmopolitan background. Irish men are allergic to intelligent women and while I’ve talked a number into celebrity status, they’ve a habit of kicking a potential female rival off the career ladder. I can do “ochone, ochone, a weela walya,” dialogue but not with a straight face. McDonough’s welcome to that, though those of us in the know see him as a Londoner translating urban thuggism into rural Ireland. It’s disappointing to see New York audiences lapping up all the cliches and stereotypes inflicted on the Irish in previous years, revisited by McDonough. Although that’s expected of me, I won’t do it. Then again…another nascent play has just joined the queue…
I’ve written plays in school copybooks, driving in cars, in quiet corners at noisy parties, with an infant sleeping in one hand and a pen in the other. As a woman, “permission” for time to write is grudging, so my writing is compressed and concentrated. I complete my plays quickly, every line interlocking into the next, like, I hope, a finely engineered clock with a few rambunctious cuckoos to keep the audience awake! The physical act of writing is secondary to the mental processes which, like fine wines, can mature for years. I have three dramas “in holding” waiting for landing time like planes circling JFK, but the present priority is preventing Jerome Belson Associates/Urban American from snatching my apartment. “We know you’ve paid the rent,” they say, but…
With the exhausting exigencies of living on an island whose access becomes unreliable at any hour of day or night, it’s difficult to attend theatre and opera, dinners or parties to network, an integral component of our industry.
It’s akin to giving birth. They gestate for a while. When due, my otherwise placid nature becomes edgy, territorial of space and time. I become a bear disturbed in mid-winter. As a woman, space and time for creative enterprise are not a “given.”
Another analogy is the “holding pattern.” The plays circle the “landing zone” until space and time become available, usually August when the town empties, and I write intensely, and sleep the deep, dark peace of catharsis.
VIOLATIONS OF SAFE STREETS ACT 1968 42 USC 3789d(c)(3), SECTION 1997 of CRIP
Additional names of witnesses will be provided when I am assured that they will not be harassed in any way. R Is is a one street town with linking “tectonic” plates.
August 16, 2006
November 2, 2006
Main St Roosevelt Island
Apartment off Main Street Roosevelt Island
Crimes: Abduction, assault, kidnapping with intent to homicide, reckless endangerment. Abuse of NYC Property and taxpayers’s money. Lying to the NYPD. Defamation of character. Sexual Battery. Illegal entry into my apartment. Attempted break in.
Perpetrators: NYS “Public Safety” Department (PSD)
PSD Toro, odiferous partner, name unknown. PSD Sergeant Evans. PSD Lieutenant Ramirez (?) PSD Dentone. Off-duty members of PSD. Alleged FDNY EMT Ruger, Fellaria.
(Authority on Roosevelt Island: NYS patronage appointees at RIOC)
Witnesses: NYPD Officers and Sergeants; local business owners, rare honorable members of PSD, civilians and neighbours. Names available with assurance of their safety.
Consequences: Continued harassment and stalking by PSD. Need for “buddyguard.” Unable to go outside on Roosevelt Island without escort for two years and even now uncomfortable. Unable to sit on park bench with cup of coffee. Constant pain in wrists from damage to radial and ulnar nerves, bone bruising from sadistically applied unlawful handcuffs. Numbness in lower extremities from damage to C2,C3. Almost lost life from plummeting B12 levels due to stress of abduction. Fear of ambulances! Lack of confidence in NYC authorities – NYPD uniform excepted.
I have exhausted all local and state resources and have been given a run around, stalled, ignored, misdirected, treated with hostility, denied services, denied investigation and prosecution, etc., by one or all of the following: NYPD Executives, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (who may not have received my letter,)DA Richard Browne’s Office, Manhattan DA, Crime Victims’ Services (No report number!), Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the appointed overlords on Roosevelt Island, ie, RIOC,* etc.
History: Harassment started with note under door, 1976, “we dont want you here,” escalated to attempted murder and loss of home and health. Instigator is Rosalind Fernandez, officer of Lenox Hill Democratic Club, and co-ordinator for Board of Elections (BoEl) with access to Housing Records, DHCR and PSD employees. She conspired with employees of Jerome Belson Associates to deprive me of my home. Numerous complaints have gone un-addressed or “disappear” from authorities. Numerous complaints to the Board of Election go unresolved. A Charles Rangel protegee. Initial Housing Records showed a reference for me from ranking Republican. There is considerable concrete and circumstantial evidence to her destructive role in my social and professional life and direct threats. Her association with Public Safety, threats to “Get” me and obstruction of justice in attempted murder trial, where my son was victim, suggests an involvement in the following;
PSD CRIMES OF AUGUST 16TH, 2006, NOV 2, 2006
On August 16th, 2006, as I was returning from a walk, two NY State uniformed employees and a rogue EMT dragged me off the street, shouting that I was “having a stroke.” They applied handcuffs, saying that they were “not arresting (me)” They shouted that I was “suicidal,” “on medication,” “drinking,” etc. EMT’s partner, Fellaria, was silent and non participatory throughout.
Someone called the NYPD who eventually go rid of them. Meanwhile I was standing in the baking sun for 30 minutes, dehydrated. My blood pressure went up to 185/120. I was at risk of losing my life. From comments made by the perpetrators, I believe that was the intention.
On the advice of doctors and lawyers I left my home, believing that an attorney would keep his word and file an “intent to sue” on my behalf. This was not done.
On my return, PSD were still stalking me. I went to the NYPD 114th (Oct 30th or 31st) to request an investigation and report number for the August 16th incident. They referred me to “Community Liaison,” which was not satisfactory and asking for trouble.
Sure enough, on November 2, 2008, a howling mob of PSD employees, FDNY, and the rogue EMT Ruger were at my door, trying to break it down. They blocked off the street, told my neighbours that I was “dangerous” and “mentally ill.” Ruger’s partner, Fellaria, was silent.
(Board of Election co-ordinator, Rangel protegee and island bully, Rosalind Fernandez tells all my new neighbours that I and my children are “crazy” and “dangerous” and to “keep away from us.” Long term nabes know better.)
There is a peculiar situation on Roosevelt Island. We are NY State in the middle of NY City,, but we have neither NYPD or NYS Troopers. A group of illiterate, Orwellian felons run Roosevelt Is. They are known as Public “Safety” Dept. (PSD) and The RI Operating Corp (RIOC)who claim there is no crime on R Is., because most crimes are committed by PSD and kept quiet to maintain property values. Residents are denied equal protection under the law with terrible consequences. Even when a resident calls the NYPD, the NYPD arrives but must check in with PSD, who malign the victims’ character and credibility, prejudicing legit cops against residents. In fairness, most NYPD officers are well trained and see through the garbage, but are restricted from taking appropriate action.
Consequently there has been no investigation or prosecution. Queens and Manhattan ADAs behaved indifferently, passing complaints from one jurisdiction to another. The Mayors Office and State Attorney General ignored my complaints, and the NYS AG also ignored a letter from Assemblyman Kellner. Councilmember Lappin said coldly that she “could not help.” (She relies on RIOC for access to the Community Center) RIOC lied, promised an inquiry, fired the Director of PSD, (the second one to go and a witness,) and their legal counsel, Paul Harte, suppressed evidence, shredded FOIAs, blocked enquiries from the Irish Government “to protect my privacy!” As if.
The FDNY did have the decency to conduct an inquiry. However, they provided no follow up information and I do not know the status of that inquiry.
An attempt on my son’s life was followed by assaults abuse, threats against him and arrests on false charges by PSD and thugs enabled by PSD. No investigation, prosecution, follow up. Similar abuse from RIOC; shredded documents, violation of FOIA, stalling tactics. Forced to leave the country of his birth.
*Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. Many Island groups have been trying to obtain autonomy and/or local representation. RIOC subsumed that energy by promising seats on the RIOC Board to six residents. They held an election but to date have not honored the results and it is doubtful whether RIOC President Stephen Shane intents to empower the residents in any way.
He has denied the presence of any complaints regarding PSD or any FOIA requests. Hence my references to “RIOC shredder.”
-30-CRIME VICTIMS SERVICE TREATMENT CENTER NEW YORK
Quote affirms discrimination against persons with mental illness.
Tangentially, I called a Crime Victim Service which immediately said they “cannot help me.” On further inquiry they admitted that “when a person has problems with authority, we assume there’s a history (of mental health issues.) Well, now we know what happened to Jews in Nazi Germany, Christians in Stalin’s day, intellectuals under Mao Tse Dung, Buddhist Monks in contemporary China, George Washington, Patrick Henry, etc. They had problems with abusive authorities, therefore the victims were insane!
I do not have a “history of mental health issues,” though I suppose being a pro life conservative puts me at odds with the Move On.org consensus on Main St., R I. Abstruse logic presented by orthodox mental health practitioners (20th century editions of Merck Manual) would suggest that early Christians were insane; likewise a vegetarian member of a cannibalistic tribe and so on, because they “bucked” the status quo. Back to the Founding Fathers…
I am deeply concerned that a NY State funded Crime Victims Service chooses to ignore persons with actual mental health issues and infer that it is “open season” on the mentally ill. This would seem to be an egregious violation of Constitutional Rights separate and apart from the multiple infractions against healthy citizens seemingly “carved in stone” on Roosevelt Island, but belongs here as another illustration of the pervasiveness of Constitutional, Human and Civil Rights abuses in NYS and NYC and the cheapening of life in the abortion capital of America.
On Sept 27th, they were outside my neighbour’s apartment looking into my window.
On Sept 28th, they killed my neighbour’s cat.
Date April 15, 2009
Roosevelt island crimes and felonies
“Would these crimes have occurred if professional police were on duty?”
Every item verifiable, from 1976 to present – a compendium in random order
Two seven year old girls abducted from the Blackwell playground and brought through Motorgate and raped in Queens. The wealthy one moved immediately, The poor one stayed and lit fires.
A group of R Is youth commit armed robbery against a Manhattan Restaurant.
The proprietor shoots one of them.
They escape but drive around for hours with a dying companion until he bleeds to death.
Fugitive wanted by Interpol and Italian police hides out on R Is. Later found hanging
on a London bridge.
Cop from non-NYC jurisdiction embezzles Senior Citizen.
Aforesaid cop scores cocaine with Island teenagers, takes family hostage, steals, admits drugging mother with Seconal. Discharged from PD on disability on recommendation of psychiatrist. History of black market dealings with PBX items in Asia.
14 year old babysitter (male) ties up 8 year old (male) with intent to rape.
Drug dealing openly on Roosevelt Island.
Drug dealers arrested at Island diner, owned by aforesaid dealers.
Island teenager assaulted – in coma -It is likely that the wrong party was arrested.
This resident accuses PSD of abduction, assault, sexual battery, unlawful restraint, lying to the police, unlawful use of a NYC vehicle to transport victim, misrepresentation, conspiracy to deny a resident liberty and life, violation of the Safe Streets Act and all Human and Civil Rights.
This resident accuses PSD of assault, battery and sexual abuse of her minor son.
This resident accuses PSD of allowing R Is thugs to assault and batter her minor son. (see Main Street WIRE, Dec 6, 08)
This resident accuses PSD of conspiring with a hostile neighbour to arrest her son on false charges on multiple occasions;
This resident accuses PSD of conspiring with a hostile neighbour to deprive her son of liberty.
This resident accuses PSD of conspiring with hostile neighbour to cover up attempt on her son’s life, to pervert the course of justice, to misrepresent her son’s character and that of the machete wielding psycho.
This resident accuses PSD of allowing the son of RIOC’s personnel director to bully, harrass, assault minor youth on Roosevelt Island. As difficult as this woman and her son were, I did not believe that assaulting a child was part of her praxes.
PSD allowed, condoned and collaborated in the harassment of this tenant by aforesaid hostile neighbour.
RIOC covered up the assault on my four year old son by the wife of RIOC’s personnel director. No record exists of complaint made to “Roosevelt Island ‘Security.’” I was a shocked eye-witness. The woman ran an illegal day care center.
Another associate of hostile neighbour arrested with son for possession of arms and drugs.
Resident A claims assault by PSD
Resident B claims threats, intimidation, coercion by PSD
Resident C accused PSD of arrest on frivolous charges immediately dismissed by NYPD.
Assaults that have come to my attention have been against White, Hispanic or Jewish residents.
Many accusations of sexual misconduct by PSD against minority island teenagers have been made, but I am not in a position to verify or disclaim those particular accusations, though inclined to believe them after PSD’s sexual battery and statement by another victim.
Residents A to Z claim to have witnessed PSD standing by in the presence of drug dealing.
Residents X,Y, claim to have witnessed PSD using drugs openly
Murder-suicide of middle aged couple
Murder of young woman
Defenestration of disabled tenant
Defenestration of teenager in presence of PSD
While direct evidence and witnesses are not available at present, the bizarre conduct of two detectives in attempted rape case can only be explained by the discrediting of the witness by PSD. Said detectives were both transferred shortly thereafter.
Harassment and assault of RIs tenant dismissed by NYPD – presumably due to discrediting of witness by PSD.
Abusive conduct by EMS toward this tenant probably attributable to PSD. Carries over to hospital in life threatening situation.
NYPD always includes and briefs PSD, and accepts their interpretation of events and persons. Disastrous.
The absence of professional police allowed:
Aforesaid hostile neighbour to assault a three year old girl (by slamming her fingers in the heavy outer door) (Girl is now an ADA)
Drug dealing, prostitution, breaking and entering, theft by aforesaid hostile neighbour’s daughter.
Assault on a fifteen year old Hispanic girl by hostile neighbour’s grand-daughter. Contusions, lacerations.
Attempted murder of a youth (not my son)by hostile neighbour’s grand-daughter. Victim survived multiple stab wounds. Grandmother faked cardiac arrest to divert attention from victim.
Alleged off-Island breaking and entering by hostile neighbour’s grand-daughter.
Aggravated assault against my son while illegally handcuffed on one of neighbour’s/PSD’s spurious charges.
This is one person’s account of life on Roosevelt Island. There are numerous accounts of rapes not reported because of Public Safety. Some accuse PSD Personnel of rape. After my experience with them I find this entirely plausible. An open and honest investigation – if such is possible in NY – will bring many more facts and accusations to light, but only if the residents are assured that their rights will be respected.
Absence of police led to constitutional anomalies such as “triple arraignment.” Id est:
“Arrest” by PSD. Assault in back-room. Molestations in back room.
Transfer to 114th Precinct. Arraignment?
Transfer to 19th Precinct. Arraignment.
Transfer to Corrections Department on trumped up charge to await Court Hearing.
In the case of the assaults and arrests on false charges of one child to man, PSD and malicious neighbour always chose a long week-end such as “Memorial Day,” which co-incided with his birthday to bring her malicious lies, ensuring he would spend his birthday week end in the “Tombs.”
Where Police Brutality is an issue, a victim may take the case to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. No such provision exists for victims of NY State Peace Officers’ brutality or NYS “Unified Court System” Officers’ prejudice, abuse or incompetence. Hostile witness assaulted me in Housing Court, to no effect. This system is routinely abused by Jerome Belson Associates, now Urban American.
The NYPD must take over law enforcement on Roosevelt Island ASAP and the court system, in order to stop the relentless State Sanctioned abuse of law abiding civilians. Community “policing” is civilian abuse.
RIOC, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp are “responsible” for PSD, and have shown complete indifference to the concerns of 95% of tenant voters who want oversight of PSD. End