Readers sound off on justice for Eric Garner, Con Ed, and Jennifer Dulos
Added 07-23-19 03:13:01am EST - “Manhattan: Eric Garner's death was a tragedy. That the Department of Justice dragged their feet for four years and 364 days before telling his mother they'd do absolutely nothing is a shameful mark on our country's history.” - Nydailynews.com
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Manhattan: Eric Garner’s death was a tragedy. That the Department of Justice dragged their feet for four years and 364 days before telling his mother they’d do absolutely nothing is a shameful mark on our country’s history. In New York City, we put our faith in the federal government. We believed they’d do their job. We waited, not wanting our workplace disciplinary proceeding to prejudice a possible criminal case. Now we know that was a mistake — one we’ll never make again.
Last year, we told DOJ we were done waiting and began our trial. It has concluded and the police commissioner awaits a report and recommendation from the trial judge. He will then make the final determination by Aug. 31. This is the only way — by law — an officer can ever be fired.
The last five years have been exceptionally painful. This past week, our hearts broke all over again. As hard as it is to wait, this is the process and we must see it through. Any declaration by the mayor on whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be fired could tie the city up in appeals for years, as it did in 1998 with Mayor Giuliani. The Garner family has already waited long enough. Freddi Goldstein, press secretary to Mayor de Blasio
Manhattan: We should have an electrical infrastructure that is up to date and works in a heat wave. Heat waves are nothing new to New York City in the summer and the fact that Con Ed is saying that there could be more power outages and blackouts due to the extreme heat is not acceptable in this day and age. I hope all New Yorkers take precautions in the stifling heat and stay hydrated and cool. I wish all New Yorkers a safe and healthy summer. Amy Rosenfeld
Blauvelt, N.Y.: Con Ed, with the city’s blessing and the developers’ lobbying, can quickly provide huge power loads to the ever-rising condo and office building complexes but cannot assure sections of Brooklyn and Queens that the AC will stay on in a major heat wave. Gov. Cuomo, the mayor, state and city agencies have got to set the priorities. There will be more heat, and so far, there hasn’t been enough under Con Ed’s backside. Art Gunther
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