Good Thursday morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today:
Gloria Nartey and Mount Vernon: Editorial
We comment on the Monday shooting of Gloria Nartey, a 27-year-old Mount Vernon woman who was shot and killed as she walked around South 12th Avenue. Nartey, a PepsiCo employee, was simply walking home from a trip to the store. We write:
Mayor Clinton Young, who lately has been pressing Westchester County to make good on promised funding for housing and economic development projects in Mount Vernon, pledged to boost police presence in Nartey’s neighborhood. A mobile police command vehicle will be posted there “until further notice.” He said 12th Avenue will be placed on “lock down” — a step Young called “bold action.”
Mount Vernon, he said, “has more police officers in the community than ever before, but these thugs continue to prey on our city.”
Young knows as well as anyone that “bold action” will have to encompass more than extra police. Remedies must include improving the housing stock; expanding economic development and job opportunities; bolstering the ailing public school system — key to holding onto the middle class — and getting more residents involved in fixing their communities. Creating a more collaborative political environment wouldn’t hurt either; Democratic-controlled Mount Vernon’s intra-party politics are contentious to a fault.
But maybe those are concerns for another day; on this one, there is only numbing outrage and disgust that Gloria Nartey did not make it home.
Pet dealers: Commentary
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, responds to a Sunday report on wayward pet dealers. Paulin advances several pieces of legislation aimed at better regulating pet dealers.
Jobs and gangs: Reisman
Phil Reisman assesses the massive Tuesday raid that netted 65 gang-related arrests in Yonkers.
Here’s what our colleagues are saying today:
The government and the markets: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Cuomo rolls the dice: Editorial, Daily News
Three big jobs for Cuomo to fill: Editorial, Newsday
Hugh L. Carey, Statesman, Wit and Cook: Editorial, The New York Times