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April 25, 2014

In Your Opinion: To fight drugs, start enforcing the law

Dear Sen. Seward, the forum you are hosting to cover the growing epidemic of heroin use would have benefited our communities more if the forum were held when working-class, taxpaying citizens that deal with this epidemic firsthand could have attended. Instead, I will use this avenue to ask my question. 

Our neighborhood endured a drug raid a few weeks ago! It involved a helicopter landing near our homes and six police vehicles carrying a small army of armed officers. It took five years leading up to this event. What started out as an assortment of beer and liquor containers alongside the roads to rotting buildings, trailers and campers strewn with trash and health issues, now includes syringes, illegal dumping and homes being robbed. 

Taxpaying citizens on Wilbur Hill and Butternut roads tried for years to get these properties cleaned up so we could foster a quality of life that repels alcoholism and drug abuse. It gives the impression we don’t care, when it’s our county and state officials that don’t care. We have now asked for help from our town board, which has even fewer resources. 

You, Sen. Seward, stated, “We need to take definitive action to halt this ugly trend. It is important that we formulate a multi-prong strategy.”

Our communities are at a great loss when officials such as Neil McManuse of the county codes office, Muehl, Green and Elkan of the district attorney’s office, county Rep. Jim Powers and Judge Claudette Newman do not enforce the codes and laws of our county and state.

My question to you, Sen. Seward, is this: how do we create an environment where people don’t use drugs and alcohol when the current codes and laws are not being enforced?

Tammy Reiss and family


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