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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

Long Island Democrat David Denenberg has dropped out of the race for state Senate, after recent accusations that the Nassau County Legislator fraudulently billed his own law firm—

Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron—over $2 million for non-existent case work. According to published reports, Denenberg stated, “My family, the electorate, the campaign and this position are way too important to subject myself to such outrageous allegations and negative attacks against me personally. Therefore I withdraw from the race.”

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Levittown.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Sports

Saturday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Great Neck South at MacArthur

9:15 a.m. JV Football Lawrence at Division

10 a.m. Boys JV Soccer West Hemsptead at Division

10 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Division at West Hempstead

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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