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Letter: Senators Should Stand For Our Safety Not Dangerous Political Agenda

New York’s lawmakers and our many leaders outside government have a choice: stand up for public safety, or keep peddling division and fear.

Let’s start with what’s obvious: say “no” to State Senator George Maziarz (R-North Tonowanda) and his bill for a New York-version of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” the one in the middle of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial.

If we change our criminal laws to a vigilante-style “shoot first, ask questions later” policy, we’ll see more weapons used on our streets and our first-responders at greater unnecessary risk every single day.

Senator Maziarz’s bill reminds us that politicians love to pander, misusing legislation just to raise some extra cash and ride the wave of controversial headlines, sometimes all the way to re-election.

Growing up a cop’s son, I think he and his supporters have some nerve trying to make his name off of putting our men and women in blue in even greater danger.

That’s a non-starter, and should be a no-brainer too.

Debating this bill is a ridiculous waste of our time and tax dollars; a distraction from the real concerns working families, like my own, talk about at every kitchen table.

No matter where we live or what we look like, all New Yorkers deserve leaders that understand the difference between public safety and sensationalism.

We need elected officials that we can trust and who actually want to improve our communities’ real problems with real solutions.

We shouldn’t tolerate this kind of irresponsible lawmaking in Albany any more and we should start by making an example of this bill.

Contact State Senator Kemp Hannon and tell him to oppose SB 281.

The senator should be looking out for our safety, not his colleague’s dangerous and wasteful political agenda.

And Senator Maziarz? Cut the bull. Pull the bill.

Kevin Brady
Levittown

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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