Gracie Mansion has an asbestos problem and needs a new roof ["Asbestos at Gracie," News, April 10]. That seems reasonable; the building is more than 200 years old.

I don't know anything about asbestos removal, but $250,000 seems like a lot. Perhaps it's reasonable. But $3.4 million for a roof? Are they using solid gold materials?

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New York City has many people and projects that need financial assistance. Is this a reasonable and prudent use of city tax dollars?

Barbara Graziano, Riverhead