The red tape needs to be cut in an emergency
Aug 17, 2016 | 8412 views | 0 0 comments | 380 380 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The bureaucracy of government can be awfully bizarre and counterproductive when it wants to be, and the investigation into the murder of a 30-year-old Queens woman on federal property in Howard Beach was a shining example of government in the way.

The fact that there's a process in place where members of the National Park Service need to call Washington, D.C., after a woman is murdered to basically do anything is simply absurd.

Last week, a rightfully angry community looked for answers and basically walked away with none, other than a master class in the wastefulness of “process.” It was a community that wanted lights, some weeds chopped down, and cameras inside a huge national park.

Instead, they got a quote for an ecological solution to the weed problem, cameras everywhere but inside the park, and an explanation as to why the federal government doesn't have people patrolling the parks on the weekends, which logically would be the time that most people would use it.

And this is not to say it's the fault of those cogs in the machine and perhaps the community was a little harsh on the messenger of all that bureaucracy, but their frustrations are very warranted.

It becomes a jurisdiction issue, too. It's absurd that the cameras that Borough President Melinda Katz allocated funding for cannot be installed within the grounds of the park because it's federal property.

There needs to be emergency provisions that allows matters of public safety to take precedent over government process. Sure, the community of Howard Beach is very likely as safe as it was before the murder of Karina Vetrano – and even safer right now with an increased police presence – but in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy like this, government really needs to work for its people.
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