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Fireworks prohibition

To The Editor:

As we prepare to enter the summer season, the July 4th holiday is fast approaching and firework prevention is a major initiative in keeping our communities safe. As many of you know, the use of illegal fireworks injures many and can permanently disfigure those who use them.

In an effort to avert such incidents, the police department would like to get the word out that fireworks are illegal and dangerous. The Police department has distributed posters and flyers to highlight the dangers of the use of fireworks and phone numbers that can be utilized to report illegal sales of such items.

Please be assured that those who use or distribute these dangerous items will be arrested. Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly have announced that penalties ranging from $750 fine to the repossession of the violator’s vehicle could be imposed.

Please contact 911 for crimes in progress or 311 for information regarding illegal fireworks or call your community affairs officers in your local precinct if you have any information that can aid us in this effort to prevent firework injuries.

The Mayor and the Police Commissioner have also stated that there is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a fireworks violator.

For further information visit www.nyc.gov⁄nypd. Thank you for helping us in this effort and have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Joseph Fox

Assistant Chief

Patrol Borough

Brooklyn South

You gotta be kidding

To The Editor:

As a life−long community activist, I must voice my opposition to a recent Guest Op−Ed here, where [soon−to−be former] MTA executive director and CEO wrote that the MTA operates in an “open and above board” manner.

Perhaps, Elliot G. Sander knew where the public’s attendance was solicited.

I did not see any posting of MTA’s ‘public hearings,’ nor much press coverage, other than MTA’s incessant cries for more raises, and reaching in desperation to snare their tentacles on all of our bridges – the very bridges that bridged our boroughs into one city, so often called ‘The Big Apple,’ un attached.

The answer to MTA’s financial problems is right there in their tunnels of neglect. Down in the subways, the TA once rented magazine stands, where riders could quench their thirsts, or buy a pocket book, magazine or their daily paper.

Upstairs, out on the streets, they used to rent out stores within their properties, where flower shops, coffee shops, or any type of store, would shed life, light and revenue. Instead, when a store is Åclosed now, iron gates roll down to pervade darkness and attract graffiti.

Here in Brooklyn, while drivers comb their neighborhoods at night, seeking to park their cars, or on ‘alternate−side’ mornings, the MTA could erect paying parking spots and⁄or other retail−producing ventures. Subways and buses might also attract more riders if their numbers, or initials, were understandable.

Instead, they give us MTA hieroglyphics to decipher; the Sea Beach is the ‘N’ and not its initials, ‘SB’; the Brighton Beach is the ‘Q’; and the West End is the ‘B.’

With buses, wouldn’t it be easier if the 5th Avenue bus was the ‘5’, etc.?

Let us go to Coney Island where the multi−million dollar terminal brings in such little revenue from the lengthy blocks of unrented storefront properties, particularly now, when there is an alleged plot to bring Coney Island back. Back from where?

Just 10 years ago, all the interior and exterior store, and stand, frontages were rented. It brought monies, increased safety and illuminated the darkness.

Open up the MTA! Let the public holler where it hurts us. It is our pocket books and wallets that the MTA has raided since Governor Rockefeller created that body back in 1965. Our nickels have grown into dollars, and now the MTA dares to seek invasions of our bridges, the very bridges that unified us into one Big Apple.

Don’t let the MTA bite into it – ever.

Lou Powsner

Bensonhurst

Holocaust Park

To The Editor:

As a member of the Holocaust Memorial Committee, I feel that I must respond to the recent article by Thomas Tracey, regarding the “Changes to Holocaust Park.”

All the groups that the article alluded to that were left out have, in fact, been acknowledged by being, permanently, engraved on the central memorial since the establishment of the memorial in 1997.

Vivian Singer

Brooklyn

Opposing tyranny

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