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Lengthy Island Metropolis: Gov. Hochul’s latest State of the State handle sends a message that our fellow New Yorkers who’ve been incarcerated or in any other case impacted by the prison justice system have the potential, and deserve the prospect, to construct lives of contribution to their households and communities.

We applaud the governor for pledging to hunt elevated and much-needed funding for Different to Incarceration (ATI) and reentry programming. The Fortune Society has supplied ATI and reentry providers for 55 years. Daily, we work with people who find themselves within the technique of rebuilding their lives, reuniting with their households and creating plans for his or her futures whereas residing safely in our communities.

Legislative motion can also be wanted, nonetheless, to interrupt down the boundaries to profitable reentry posed by the stigma of a prison conviction. It will probably stop somebody from accessing employment, acquiring housing, securing a variety {of professional} licenses and persevering with training. With out entry to those alternatives, individuals are prevented from supporting their households and contributing to stronger, safer communities.

We hope that the governor will champion the passage of the Clear Slate Act, which might open doorways which can be typically closed to folks with conviction histories even after they have remodeled their lives and had no additional system involvement.

We sit up for working with the Hochul administration and different elected officers within the coming yr to make sure that all New Yorkers, notably these accused of crimes and people with conviction histories, are handled with dignity and supplied equitable entry to alternatives. JoAnne Web page, president and CEO, The Fortune Society

Bronx: Re “How New York can construct housing” (op-ed, Jan. 19), by Jolie Milstein and Andrew Rein: Can housing be constructed on Rikers Island, both to deal with folks completely or quickly for many who have misplaced their houses due to fires or floods? Virgilio Carballo

Manhattan: There’s an excessive amount of use of unlawful medicine on the streets. It contributes to elevated crime and violence within the metropolis. Daily, there’s a information story about crime, stabbings and violence. We have to be taught to reside in peace and respect each other for our variations. I hope that at some point quickly, crime will decline and residing within the metropolis will change into secure once more! Amy Rosenfeld-Kass

Vero Seashore, Fla.: In response to Voicer Mildred Manham’s request for an reason why protester violence is “terrorism,” once we don’t use phrase that for police violence: I’m not a choose or a politician, only a retired phone employee, however the police try to implement the legal guidelines of the land in addition to maintain you secure. The criminals are breaking them. Is that simple sufficient so that you can perceive? Douglas Weinberg

Bronx: In response to Voicer Mildred Manham’s ridiculous problem to level out the distinction between protesters being labeled terrorists and cops not being labeled with that title: One group is unlawfully attacking society and the opposite is lawfully defending society. However I hope you are feeling higher that you simply managed to smear a whole career and have been capable of squeeze in a Hitler reference whereas doing so. Invoice Reddan

Jamaica: To Voicer Invoice McConnell: To my letter about all these people performing like a fifth-grader smoking a cigarette for the primary time and being all giddy and excited, you say the reason being that now it’s authorized and the worry of being arrested for possession is mainly over. I didn’t know whether or not to snigger or in the event you have been critical. The bulk of people that use it recreationally have in all probability been utilizing it since their teen years. As adults, each time they made a purchase order they appeared behind their backs and received nervous throughout their transaction, you say? I’m not a person, but when I bought an unlawful substance ranging from when it was unlawful due to my age and saved shopping for as an grownup, I feel that worry would progressively fade away. Shirley Watts

Staten Island: As a lifelong resident of Staten Island, I need to thanks for publishing Monica Miller’s op-ed about Completely happy and Patty (“Freedom for the Bronx Zoo elephants,” Jan. 21). I completely oppose these very smart mammals being disadvantaged of all the things pure for his or her total lives. Sustain the great work by persevering with to spotlight their plight! Patricia Mathis

Manhattan: My household stopped going to the Bronx Zoo years in the past after I was first made conscious of the marketing campaign to free Completely happy and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s resistance to it. I simply don’t perceive the rationale of the zoo. We’ve got managed to legislate and cease the sale of canines at pet shops right here in New York State (a significant contributor to the existence of pet mills), and the federal authorities has lastly handed the Huge Cat Act, limiting roadside zoos from breeding and promoting lion and tiger cubs. Years in the past, Sea World and the like needed to take a tough take a look at captive whales and dolphins and people sights have lastly begun to go by the wayside. Elephants should be subsequent. They aren’t meant to be saved alone or inside all winter lengthy. Rescue teams are prepared and capable of take each elephants! It’s time! Colleen Kelly

Brooklyn: I need to say thanks to the Metropolis Council for saying no to altering Administrative Code 12-126. We earned these advantages! Mayor Adams, Invoice de Blasio and you’ve got taken earned metropolis retirement advantages to the subsequent degree. How dare you each attempt to stability the town finances on the backs of the town retirees? All of us earned our advantages. You’ll not be getting a second time period, so take your Medicare Benefit plan and put it the place the moon don’t shine! There are 250,000 of us. Karl Stults

Brooklyn: My fuel sizzling water heater wants electrical energy to function and my fuel range has an electrical ignitor. How are people ready to make use of these with out energy throughout blackouts? The range I can perceive as a result of you need to use a match to mild it. I don’t perceive the fuel sizzling water heater. Can somebody please elaborate? Josie Oliveri

Brooklyn: Perhaps it’s time for Gov. Hochul to nominate one other Moreland Fee — if she is prepared to take the chance. It destroyed a number of legislative leaders some years in the past. And he or she and Mayor Adams ought to individually maintain press conferences promising to marketing campaign in opposition to and first any state senator who votes in opposition to Hector LaSalle, or all however three or 4, and likewise anybody who Andrea Stewart-Cousins endorses for an open seat. Samuel Finkelman

Garwood, N.J.: GOP Home members’ rallying cry is to chop important packages to be able to scale back the nationwide debt. How quickly they neglect how the Former Man’s first stroke of the pen was his large tax minimize for large enterprise. The nationwide debt elevated by roughly $6 trillion! Whereas I can’t argue that some packages may want a little bit of belt-tightening, I imagine the supply of wasted cash on this nation is fraud! Practically each month, you may examine docs and clinics scamming the Medicare/Medicaid methods. You hear about fraud by store house owners fleecing the SNAP program. And possibly the most important of all is no one in authorities can account for the place all of the stimulus cash for small companies went. There are billions of {dollars} they’re searching for. It’s nicely previous time {that a} cabinet-level Division of Fraud be created to police, examine and prosecute offenders. This division would pay for itself very quickly. John Deichmeister

Rockaway: It looks like each day, one other George Santos lie is uncovered. This could inform anybody who doesn’t have their head caught in a gap all the things they should know in regards to the present Republican Social gathering. The individuals who voted this man into workplace have been swindled and defrauded, but the celebration doesn’t care. Kudos to these New York Republicans who did ask for his resignation. The remainder of your celebration, sadly, didn’t hear you. Anthony Johnson

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