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Letter: Port Authority vetoes distressing

By vetoing bills passed by both legislatures in New York and New Jersey to reform the politicized Port Authority, Govs. Andrew M. Cuomo and Chris Christie have again given honesty, integrity and accountability a backseat to politics .

By disbanding the Moreland Commission, Cuomo already proved his lack of emphasis on ethics in government. Christie, absolved by his own commission of any involvement in "Bridgegate," was a question mark until now. That absolution was questionable at best, and now he has firmly entered the ranks of the ethically challenged.

My problem is how to get rid of these guys and, in fact, most of the politicians inhabiting the legislative houses in both states.

Richard M. Frauenglass, Huntington

NYPD union chief overstepping role

Is Mayor Bill de Blasio actually the person most responsible for the turmoil in New York City? His position of leadership naturally makes him an object of scorn from all sides.

The police should support the mayor in this time of tribulation. Instead, they are being deterred and dissuaded from practicing the loyalty they promised in their oath of office.

It's a convenient power ploy by Patrick Lynch, the overambitious president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. How dare this so-called public servant promote mutiny within the ranks to the point that New York's Finest turn their backs to the mayor in public?

Also, his suggestion that the families of the two slain officers turn away a passionate and grieving mayor from their homes was ludicrous. Thankfully, the families seemed honored and comforted by de Blasio's visits.

This all takes more brass than Lynch's job calls for.

Joe Krupinski, Sea Cliff

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is in a no-win situation ["Emotions raw at funeral," News, Jan. 5]. If he favors and supports Mayor Bill de Blasio, he loses support of the police rank and file. If he appears to lean too heavily in favor of the department and its unions, Bratton will alienate himself from the mayor.

Bratton has said that all the city's mayors in the last 50 years have been disliked by the NYPD. The department has had issues with mayors, but the issues usually involved contract negotiations on pay and staffing.

On the other hand, de Blasio has alienated the NYPD on critical issues regarding job performance. There is a genuine dislike for de Blasio that previous mayors never experienced, which puts Bratton in a very tenuous predicament.

Joe Margolis, Westbury

Workers deserve pay for time spent waiting

The Supreme Court recently decided that the time hourly workers must spend after their shifts so they can be checked for theft is not "integral and indispensable" to the employees' duties, and therefore doesn't need to be compensated ["Court: No pay for waiting," News, Dec. 10]. If that's so, then dispense with the unnecessary detention.

This is not a "red" versus "blue" kind of problem. This decision proves that all nine justices are too far removed from the lives of hourly wage workers to be even remotely objective. If forced detention of workers who have committed no crime is not cruel and unusual punishment, what is?

Whoever you are, if you have a normal life expectancy, then every hour of your time on this planet is as irreplaceable as anyone else's. It's a ridiculous notion, and certainly an un-American idea, that any corporation can commandeer someone's time without reasonable compensation.

James Moyssiadis, Mount Sinai

Speed-cam haters can't complain later

Speed limits in school zones have existed for years ["What to do now about speed cams?," Letters, Jan. 5]. After Nassau County found a way to enforce them with cameras, everyone was in an uproar.

If you were one of the unfortunate ones to receive multiple tickets, shame on you. It shouldn't matter why cameras were installed, money or safety. The laws did not change, only the manner of enforcement.

Now please remain silent when the county cuts services and raises taxes to make up for the shortfall.

Raymond Moran, Massapequa Park

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