I have just seen a picture of dignitaries at the 9/11 ceremony. They were Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. There was also Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former Governor George Pataki, State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
It showed the group all placing their hands across their hearts during “The Star- Spangled Banner" except Mark- Viverito, who had her hands locked together in front of her. What was that all about? Did she not have respect for our country and all those who have died?
It was also reported that before she ran for speaker, she would not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at ceremonies. I am really appalled that someone of Mark- Viverito's status as an elected official would show such disrespect and lack of patriotism at this most solemn and sacred anniversary of 9/11.
I myself served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to do so. And I hope all who read this letter write to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and tell her that her actions are just not acceptable and she needs to apologize to the city and to all who lost loved ones on that day.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village