2016-03-18 / Letters

Living In A Police State

Dear Editor:

As a resident and homeowner of Edgemere I strongly, strongly, protest against the siege of flood lights our community is under since March 2.

After many efforts to find out the who and why of this abusive project, I was told by Renita R. Francois, deputy director- MAP for Neighborhood Safety of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, (1 Centre St., 10th Floor, Room, 1012 N, 646-576-3527), that this is a six-month study conceived by the mayor's office and NYCHA.

Captain Courtney Nilan of the 101 Precinct send out an email stating that residents were surveyed on the issue, which I can only call a blatant lie.

There is no way that anyone would give their consent at living in a police state. Maybe the people that were asked were told that they would get better lighted areas, but nobody would agree to be surrounded dusk to dawn by high-intensity, gasoline fume spewing flood lights (such as found around prison yards).

Putting the mental health and respiratory health of the whole community at risk is beyond any understanding.

Today, waking up for the sixth day with a flaming headache and clogged airways, I can only say: STOP THIS MADNESS NOW!

No New Yorker should be treated like a third-class citizen!

MARLEN K. WAAIJER

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