‘Crazy’ Assembly
Nov 07, 2019 | 879 views | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

"Is everyone out there crazy, or is just me?" asks Arthur Fleck, a.k.a. The Joker in the hit film depicting New York as a dark dystopia run by clowns, criminals and crazies.

It's a case of art imitating life, thanks to liberal legislators in Albany. They refuse to vote on a bill that would keep dangerous people like Isaiah

Thompson off our subways.

Police arrested Thompson for slamming a woman's head into a train at a Brooklyn station. This was shortly after Thompson allegedly pushed a 58-year-old man into an F train at Jamaica's 179th Street station.

Why was he allowed on the subway at all? His rap sheet over the past two years includes 18 arrests for subway-related crimes, including slashing a man at Brooklyn's Jay Street-MetroTech station and causing more than 70 train delays by pulling emergency brakes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo supports legislation to ban repeat offenders from mass transit. The State Senate passed a bill to do that, which could be enforced by facial recognition technology and added police presence.

But the Assembly, refuses to vote on the bill, insisting that current penalties are sufficient. That's totally unacceptable.

All Assembly members face re-election next year. This paper and other media must hold their feet to the fire. Voters deserve accountability.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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