2017-08-09 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Check Out The Library

Dear Friend,

Public libraries are extraordinary places where one gets to immerse oneself in literary worlds and explore new hobbies. In our borough, we are extremely fortunate to have the Queens Library, which operates more than 60 branches, serving more than 11 million people every year. This is why I am happy to have helped secure $60,000 in state funds for some of the library branches in our senatorial district. Queens Library President Dennis Walcott and I made the announcement this week at the LeFrak City Library.

The funding will be used to cover the costs of some of the classes and programs offered at the various library locations, including STACKS, the free curriculum-based after school program for children ages 6 to 14. The state award will provide additional programming and activities at the Jackson Heights, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center and LeFrak City locations.

For more information, do not hesitate to call my office at 718-205-3881.

Jose Peralta

Foye A Poor Record

To The Editor:

Perhaps Governor Andrew Cuomo’s candidate, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye, to be the new Metropolitan Transportation Authority President is not the best person to “Keep It Moving” (Editorial, August 3). Consider his track record at the Port Authority. The World Trade Center PATH Station costs doubled from $2 billion to $4 billion. It took 15 years after 9/11 to complete this project, many years behind schedule.

Sixteen years after 9/11, the Cortland Street WTC NYC Transit #1 subway station is still two years away from returning to service. The Port Authority and MTA fought for years over budget, funding sources, scope and schedule. If there are no new delays, perhaps the station will reopen by December 2018.

The approved Port Authority 2017- 2026 10-year, $32 billion Capital Plan provided only $3.5 billion toward construction of the new $10 billion 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal. Initiation of yet another planning study for $70 million is just the first down payment. After decades of discussions, the project has yet to complete the environmental review process, preliminary and final designs, and engineering – let alone begin construction.

Customers may have to wait until the next Port Authority 10-year, 2027-2036 Capital Plan before a complete $10 billion funding package is in place. It may be another 20 years before completion.

After 30 years, the $10 billion Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel has yet to complete a federal environmental review process.

Is this what transit customers have to look forward to in management of the MTA’s $32 billion Five Year 2015-2019 Capital Program under Foye’s watch? Taxpayers and riders deserve better.

Larry Penner
Great Neck

Don’t Demonize Police

To The Editor:

I was appalled and quite troubled that a cop-hating worker at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Brooklyn denied service to two hard-working police officers. Michael Palladino, head of the detectives union called it a disgrace and said it should not go unacknowledged. I totally agree. Palladino also said the city’s elected officials deserved to share the blame for having encouraged this type of behavior by constantly bashing officers. Now furthermore, if one worker could get away with this, more people at other chains would do the same which creates a virus of hate. What some of these people don’t understand is that those in law enforcement are there to serve and protect them from the criminal element that seeks their harm. To deny service to a segment of our society, reminds me of the Civil Rights Movement where there were those who were denied service because of the color of their skin. Now the focus of some is to deny service to those who protect the rights of the many. These police officers are there to protect us all. So therefore what’s wrong with that? I guess stupid is what stupid does!

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Jobs Citizens Won’t Take

To The Editor:

What a blight on our presidency to have a federal grand jury investigate collusion and interference in campaigns. I also do not like the idea that our election records were given to the feds. This is an invasion of privacy. The cutting down of immigration to the highly skilled only is a shame. There are jobs that Americans will not do, such as nurses’ aides, care managers, home health aides and home attendants. I cannot believe that according to statistics crime has decreased. All I hear on the radio and read in the Gazette is of murders, stabbings and shootings. It seems that statistics are changed to make the city look nice. I am glad that the NYPD named a street after Officer Randolph Holder, who was shot and killed several years back. That is a testament to his being a hero. I appreciate all that Congress Members Maloney and Crowley are doing to help us.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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