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Letter: We need more people like Peter Affatato

Defense attorney Peter T. Affatato was a fixture

Defense attorney Peter T. Affatato was a fixture in the State Supreme Court in Mineola. The longtime Massapequa Park resident died of complications of heart disease on Aug. 31, 2016. He was 92. Newsday's obituary for Peter T. Affatato
Credit: Affatato family

I’d like to thank Newsday for its obituary “Peter Affatato, ‘dean of the trial lawyers,’ 92” [News, Sept. 26].

Affatato seems to have extended himself to the fullest as lawyer and active citizen, serving his clients and community through his admirable personal conduct. Affatato’s story shows how, even in the worst of systems, an extraordinary person can make things better. His family and others touched by him were fortunate.

If we look at the current political scene, it’s difficult to ignore some questions: How is it that people of high character like Affatato do not wind up in higher office? Where does our political system go wrong?

Robert M. Goldberg, Jericho