As a lifelong New Yorker, I am not offended by the remarks of Sen. Ted Cruz regarding New Yorkers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo [“Cruz’s NY bruising,” News, Jan. 16].

I was born and raised by my Irish Catholic parents in Brooklyn. I raised my children on Long Island.

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We obey the law, we pay our taxes, we are pro-life, pro-marriage and family and pro-U.S. Constitution, including the Second Amendment. My governor stated that because of these beliefs, there is no place for “extreme conservatives” in the state of New York. Cruz was spot-on.

Peter Kelly, Medford