2012-01-06 / Letters

Out Of Touch AG

Dear Editor,

“Overreacting And Overreaching On Police Bill” (Editorial – December 16) also applies elsewhere. Consider Manhattan/Brooklyn Congressmember Jerry Nadler’s call for United States Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a federal investigation of how the New York City Police Department managed the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park clearly illustrates how out of touch he is from the reality of constituents’ day to day lives. This is the same Attorney General Holder who has no idea how several thousand Guns for Drugs ended up in the hands of drug cartels resulting in the death of an American boarder patrol officer. Nadler is conveniently silent on many related issues. The Occupy Wall Street protestors cost NYC taxpayers millions of dollars in overtime for reassigning hundreds to several thousand of New York’s finest on a daily basis to preserve their right to protest. Many of these police officers had to be pulled from other precincts around the city. As a result, many of those neighborhoods may have suffered from a higher crime rate due to fewer police on patrol. During Occupy Wall Street, several hundred people lost their jobs as adjacent businesses lost customers. Several thousand people, including me, who either work or live in the neighborhood were denied access to Zuccotti Park as our civil rights were violated by the occupancy. New York’s finest conducted themselves in a professional manner with incredible restraint. Congressmember Nadler does a great job representing the most liberal elite of Manhattan’s West Side, but continues to neglect the overwhelming majority of both his constituents and other New Yorkers by constantly advocating on behalf of the “politically correct” causes of the moment.

LARRY PENNER

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