Support Auffredou in Supreme Court race
I write in support of Martin Auffredou for the position of Supreme Court justice in the 4th Judicial District.
I have know Martin for 20 years or more and he was a partner in my law firm for many of those years. He is now the Warren County attorney and has an outstanding record of honest, hard-work ethic and a very broad knowledge of the law, having worked with many municipalities during the time that he was in private law practice.
I encourage you to vote for him for Supreme Court justice in the 4th Judicial District. By doing so, you will have provided a Supreme Court justice who will be outstanding in his capacity, understanding and human relations.
Paul E. Pontiff
When will the shootings stop?
Another shooting — more grieving families. Will it ever stop? I write from the perspective of a mother of a murdered child. Yes, my daughter, Mary Regina, was murdered 30 years ago in California. Our family recently “celebrated” her 30th anniversary of death.
For nearly 30 years, we as a family waited for justice. Her murderer was sentenced to death. But after some 25-odd years of continuous appeals, he finally died in prison. As I hear about this recent shooting in Oregon, my heart and prayers go out to the newly bereaved parents.
Will it ever stop? I doubt it unless we can convince the American public that there are too many guns, many of which are illegally owned, in our society. Seriously, does everyone really need to own a gun? Have we as a society come to that? I say no.
A lifesaver for me and my family was finding the organization, Parents Of Murdered Children & Other Survivors of Homicide Victims, a support group for just what the title says. But not just parents are invited; any family member or friend of a murdered victim may “join.”
Over these 30 years, I have come in contact with hundreds, perhaps more, family members of homicide victims. It’s never easy to be numbered among us but what’s the alternative? Grieving alone, becoming more embittered as the years follow?
We cannot do miracles; we cannot bring the victims back. But what we can do is provide a place where a family member (or friend) can pour their heart and soul out to folks who truly understand.
May God bless all the grieving families out there in Oregon. Peace.
Patricia M. Gioia
The writer is co-leader of Parents Of Murdered Children & Other Survivors of Murder Victims.
Cuomo demonstrates commitment to environment
In signing the international “Under 2 MOU” [Memorandum Of Understanding] accord to reduce New York’s carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, Gov. Cuomo has demonstrated New York’s continued commitment to environmental leadership.
New York already has the lowest per-capita carbon emissions rates in the country. This is due in large part to the fact that New Yorkers derive 51 percent of their electricity from nearly carbon-free nuclear and hydro sources.
A recent study by The Brattle Group found that New York’s six nuclear power plants reduce carbon emissions by 26 million tons annually. The loss of any of these nuclear facilities would derail hope that we could meet the terms of the MOU without a substantial cost to energy consumers.
President Obama put it best when he said, “To meet our growing energy needs and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we’ll need to increase our supply of nuclear power.”
We urge our state’s political leaders to heed these words when planning for our future energy needs
The writer is president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.