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Letter: Gracie Mansion's costly new roof

A wrought-iron gate secures the entrance to Gracie

A wrought-iron gate secures the entrance to Gracie Mansion, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, on Monday, July 28, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife and their two children woke up in their official Manhattan residence for the first time on Monday, a day after returning from their vacation in Italy. Credit: AP / Richard Drew

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?

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


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