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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 24

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 24

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Tonko not looking out for girls’ safety

In Decatur, Georgia, a kindergarten girl went to use the girls’ bathroom. A boy followed her into the bathroom, pushed her against the wall, and sexually assaulted her. The public school defended the boy saying he could use the girls’ bathroom because he identified as female. The public school ignored parents’ complaints and continued to allow the boy to use the girls’ bathroom.
What happened to that little girl in Georgia can happen here. Recently, a 17-year-old girl from Brooklyn was attacked in a library bathroom.
Males following females into bathrooms with intent to rape is common. Policies championed by Congressman Paul Tonko allow biological males to use the girls’ bathroom. Tonko elevates the desires of a few over the safety of girls. He even calls safety measures to protect girls “bigoted.”
In reality, Tonko’s the one who’s bigoted towards girls. His policy opens the door to pedophiles and perverts. He doesn’t care that little girls can’t defend themselves. He tells parents too bad … so sad.
Moms who care about the safety of women and children want Tonko out of office. We will vote for a woman who values our children’s safety, and her name is Liz Lemery-Joy.
Jennifer Richards
Burnt Hills

Lowering OT would mean adding officers

Unless you are saying that city legislators and the executive should add police officers, your Jan. 17 editorial (“City must get a grip on police OT“) on police overtime misses the point: There is precious little overtime if you have sufficient staff; with enough police officers, detectives and specialized unit officers you can limit much of the overtime to emergency situations.
Every year we see editorials castigating officers for the long hours they put in and the corresponding overtime pay they earn while protecting the public.
Clearly the council and mayor have applied a cost-benefit analysis and have decided that paying overtime is better than adding officers. So when you say the city should do something, are you advocating adding officers, which will have short-term costs of education and training, but long-term savings, savings that could save the public and the safety of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us?
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
The writer is a former town justice.

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