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Letter: Buy new vehicles for LI state park police

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference about the future renovations of Jones Beach while inside the West Bathhouse, which is currently under renovation, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Credit: Steve Pfost

It’s great that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is dedicating $36 million to renovate Jones Beach [“Restoring gems of Long Island,” Editorial, May 29].

As a former state park police officer, I would like to see the governor also set aside funds to acquire vehicles for Long Island. The average patrol sedan and four-wheel-drive vehicle that drudges through the sand has far more than 100,000 miles. It seems that new vehicles are sent upstate, and only used ones are sent to patrol Long Island beaches, parks and trails.

It’s nice that Long Islanders can enjoy ice cream in a renovated parlor, but it also would be nice to know that when state parks officers respond to an accident, assault, medical emergency or drowning at the shoreline, the wheels won’t fall off their vehicles.

Thomas Duignan, West Islip

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired detective sergeant.