To the editor,
I have been watching News12 Brooklyn. The segment on commercial vehicles parking overnight on residential streets was of particular interest.
On 19th Avenue between 86th and Benson we have mail trucks parked without impunity day and night, alternate side or not, on streets and sidewalks. I have called Congressman Donovan, Councilman Treyger, the 62nd Precinct, and 311. All say they can do nothing about this.
Although helpful and cordial, Fran Vella-Marrone has said the Post Office will continue to do this without penalty even though city law on commercial parking is clear.
To the taxpaying resident it screams that government may break its laws but the law-abiding tax-paying resident must abide by them. This is democracy!!!!
Joseph S. Fusco, PhD
To the editor,
I was the first chairman of Community Board 2, appointed by Borough President Abe Stark and Councilman Lenny Skolnick, and it was the duty of community boards to protect the rights of our voters, to protect the interests of our community. I believe we have done a great job as non-salaried workers who meet every day, week, and month of the year to protect the interested citizens. But what I have been seeing in this newspaper [is] about money-makers from other countries ripping up our Downtown Brooklyn, hurting thousands of other people who live in Brooklyn. I’m now retired and live in New Jersey, but still love Brooklyn, where I grew up [and lived] all my life. I can’t believe our Borough President and Community Board 2 will lose this fight to cut down this new development on Flatbush Ave. Extension. Please, community board, don’t lose this fight!Rocco (Roy) Vanasco
Monroe Township, NJ
New York squeeze
To the editor,
The focus on real estate development in New York City needs to be replaced with a focus on the quality of life for its already too-large populace.
Consider the city a closed vessel, a fixed-size location: to keep building and squeezing more people on the sidewalks, streets, mass transit options and aged infrastructure seems to favor only one entity, the real estate builders and those they support come election time.
Every time I leave the city to go to upstate New York, among other places nearby, it becomes all too clear that elected officials are catering to the wrong class of people, and that the tax-paying populace is being squeezed more and more into the same small cage, making life claustrophobic and pretty much unbearable once one leaves their home. Of course there is the impossible problem of the great lessening of affordable housing as well.
Everyone knows cronyism abounds, that class warfare is very old news. The electorate truly must begin to get far more involved in neighborhood, city and state politics … and must vote.Barry Brothers
A question of timing
To the editor,
Where was the Professor when Judge Kavanaugh was appointed to the D.C. Court of Appeals? Why didn’t she go to the FBI at that time? Why did she wait until Kavanaugh was named as a candidate for the Supreme Court? Had his name not come up no one would have ever found out about her.
While I am sympathetic about her happening, the timing and circumstances are a bit suspect. I think the FBI will clear Kavanaugh and the Democrats will be sitting with their heads between their legs.
GOP’s last stand
To the editor,
The Republicans have proven, probably for the last time, that they have no backbone and will be frittering away any Republican dominance in Washington, over the Socialist-Communist democrats for the next 50-plus years.
The recent Kavanaugh hearings proved to be the circus it was predicted to become. Worse yet, the Democrats had their knives out for him as well as any proposed Trump official, long before hearings began.
With this new delay, I suspect that all sorts of mischief will be dredged up by the Democrats in their never-ending battle against truth and more important, decency.
This may very well be the Republicans’ last chance to grow a pair, stand up for what is right and do what is necessary to keep this country from falling over the left coast. Failing this, I can predict a senate hearing in the future starting with the “Comrade” from the great state of confusion!
Robert W. Lobenstein
Need a party mix
To the editor,
Republican–Conservative Party candidate Jonathan Trichter for State Comptroller makes sense. Albany has always had members of different political parties holding key statewide offices. This promotes independent checks and balances to insure honesty. Past Republican Governors Nelson Rockefeller and George Pataki had Democrats Arthur Levitt, Carl McCall and Alan Hevesi as State Comptroller. Democrat Governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo had Republican Comptroller Ned Regan. GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro’s valiant efforts swimming upstream against Albany Pay for Play special interests and overwhelming Democratic enrollment numbers favor Democrat Andrew Cuomo being reelected Governor for a third term. Just look at the voter affiliations and campaign funds. State wide voter enrollment numbers clearly favor Cuomo. There 5,621,811 Democrats versus 2,632,341 Republican active voters. Cuomo has spent $11 million and will easily spend millions more over coming weeks. Molinaro, like Cynthia Nixon in the primary, will be outspent by Cuomo ten to one.
For taxpayers regardless of ideology or party affiliation — Republican Jonathan Trichter is the logical choice for State Comptroller. He can hold Cuomo accountable to honest finances along with avoiding waste, fraud and abuse. Trichter will also have his hands full keeping an eye on Democrat State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and the new State Senate majority leader [Andrea] Stewart Cousins. It is doubtful that current Republican State Senate leader John Flanagan will maintain majority control of the State Senate. One party control of Albany by the infamous “Three Men In The Room” for both Albany executive and legislative branches of state government is a recipe for disaster.
Many, including myself, long for the days of our late State Comptroller Arthur Levitt, who served from 1954 to 1978. He was a true friend of taxpayers and kept the wolves at bay!
Brooklyn’s Municipal Building on Joralemon Street could soon bear the name of Kings County’s own born-and-bred U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if Mayor DeBlasio signs off on the renaming recently requested by Borough President Adams (“Quest for Ruth: Beep wants Downtown building named for Justice Ginsburg,” by Julianne Cuba, online Sept. 28).
Ginsburg, 85, began her journey to the Supreme Court bench in her native Flatbush, where Adams said her childhood as the daughter of Jewish immigrants is a “quintessential New York story.” She went on to study at James Madison High School before graduating from Cornell University and then Columbia University Law School. Some readers didn’t agree with the Beep:
I’ll get flamed for this: RBG’s legacy will only be infrastructure named after her; if she and Breyer had resigned during the first Obama administration their legacies would be preserved. Now, with the both of them out, in one way or another, in a few years or so….well, we all know.
Can O’Peas from Flatlands
Ginsburg is part of the radical anti-Constitution wing of the Democrat Party. They believe in centralized power and are crypto-totalitarians. She is a borderline Marxist. Thank God she and Breyer will soon be gone and Trump will replace them. The sooner the better.
Peter Williams from Bath Beach
It wouldn’t matter of it does get named for her, because most people won’t even be using that name anyway just like every other building or bridge that was named for someone important.Tal Barzilai
from Pleasantville, NY
Stop re-naming things! I don’t like change! A friend of mine from outta town said the were once gonna take the Hugh Carey Tunnel and I had no idea what they were talking about. Build something new if you wanna name it something new.
Jim from Cobble Hill