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Handicapped New Yorkers have lost rights


I agree with the citizens and representatives standing up for their rights. Being a gun owner for over 40 years and a pistol permit holder for 38 years, our rights need protecting.

In May 2010 another group of people in this state lost their rights. The New York state parks agency changed their laws stating that permanently disabled people with severe limited mobility could no longer qualify for reduced rate access passes. They stated it was a fiscal matter. Now, three years later, several parks are at 50 percent capacity except for holidays and some weekends,

New York state Department of Motor Vehicles considers me severely disabled. I got handicap plates. I have been trying to have my pass reinstated since it was canceled. The first representative that agreed to help the reinstatement of passes was Sen. Patricia Ritchie, who has a bill proposal in the Senate awaiting. Also Assemblywoman Addie Russell has been working on it. These representatives are the only ones who decided to stand up for the disabled. Not one other legislator, Assembly member or senator, returned a call to a permanently disabled person, who was injured while working, to offer assistance. They tend to help those with problems that relate to themselves.

Perhaps the disabled were the first group to lose rights, now followed by gun owners. According to the news media, police and firefighters from state-described “fiscally distressed communities” are going to be next.

Our representatives have to begin to work for the benefit of all residents of their state or the future can easily be that more people will lose more rights by regulations that sidestep laws that have been in force for decades.

Three years ago, a really smart lady spoke out about the problems within this state. She used the term “dysfunction” to describe the problems. Sen. Patricia Ritchie is her name. Why not work together on all problems? A statement comes to mind, together we stand, apart we fall. We’re already falling.

Gerald A. Peterson


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