Sunday, February 08, 2009


An Update on Ray's Candy Store ...

Our new President tells us that we are today facing a great national financial disaster . You wouldn't suspect this to be the case from hanging-out on avenue A this last Saturday night . Though the neighborhood's usual troubled souls were present , most of the crowd on the street was well dressed , well fed , liquored-up and having a good time spending lots of money . This was all good for Ray of course ; he had a solid 6 to 7 hours of continuous business . Amy worked the front counter and in the back Ray fried and fried and fried . All while a photography student photographed Ray's candy store and business operation for a class project .
Though this warm Saturday night helped Ray make some money it wasn't enough to make much difference in his over-all financial situation . He still doesn't have enough money to pay the electric bill or pay the rent for the store . If we have more warm weather he might make enough to just meet these expenses and perhaps a few others too. The rent that Ray pays for his month-to-month lease will be increased by $500 in April .... and there are the payments on the $40000 of credit card debt too .
If Con Ed turns off the electrical service or the managing agent evicts Ray from his store Ray will have no source of income ; income that he needs for food and for his apartment rent . Without his store Ray will be without an income of any kind ; he has no savings ; no other source of income ; not even Social Security . Because Ray does not have the Social Security income that he is entitled to , the loss of the candy store income will mean that Ray will not be able to pay his residential rent or buy food .
Recently several attempts have been made to get the NYC Dept. of Adult Protective Services and the Dept. of the Aging to help Ray obtain his just , lawful SS benefits , benefits that he is entitled to and that he desperately needs . These attempts have so far been unsuccessful ; lots of confusion and excuses but no help .
We recently noticed that our Mayor Mike has been promoting a program to help recently unemployed Wall Street professionals with their problems . With severance pay , a savings account , investments and probably some sort of home to live in , if you are a recently unemployed financial services professional you can go to this site for even more : . Where does 76 year old Ray ; who for now pays rent and lives on left-over hot dogs , potatoes , ice cream and sauerkraut ; go for help ?
76 year old Ray needs professional assistance obtaining his Social Security benefits .

Just another night on Avenue A....


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