For the second time in the past couple of weeks, I have been shocked. This time by the amount of interest that has been generated by the destruction of my apartment at 909 Washington St.
At first, I wanted to just warn other landlords about tenants. I have had messy tenants over the years, but I cleaned up and went on. I feel that this issue goes far beyond the massive destruction done to one of my apartments.
This man sheared off the tips of my cast iron radiators. My wall-to-wall carpeting and padding was all ripped up and gone.
The upholstery on two couches was destroyed; the refrigerator was damaged beyond repair; and the stove was not only painted on the outside but also on the inside. Doors were taken off the dresser, as well as the kitchen cabinets, and are gone. The closet in the dining room is gone. My metal bed frame and box springs are gone.
I mention these issues because there was too much emphasis on his artwork on all of the walls and ceilings. That particular damage can be easily painted over.
I hold no malice toward Mark. There but for the grace of God go I.
I was told that Social Services would take care of everything. In time, I will have my apartment renovated and rentable again.
Now, the real meat of this letter is that Mark and other unfortunate people like him belong in the hospital or some kind of facility where they can get the medical and mental help they so desperately need. The judge tells me that there are many, many like him and if he puts them in the hospital, they are out in a couple of days. The same with the police, medical facilities, as well as jail cells are overcrowded with the real criminals.
Everyone I have contacted or spoken with has agreed that the first thing that should be done is to see to it that the patient is properly taken care of. What better reason to keep the hospital in Ogdensburg and others like it open?
I wish to give my sincere thanks you to all the wonderful people who have rendered assistance to me. Namely: Craig Fox and Amanda Morrison of the Watertown Daily Times; Brian Ashley and Channel 7 News; Constables Patty and Mike Hennegan; police supervisor Chris Thomas; police officer Trottier; Sherry Baszto, Social Services; Sen. Patty Richie; Sen. Hugh Farley; Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush; Chuck Kelly, head of the task force to keep the hospital open; Judge Eugene Renzi; Mayor Jeff Graham; Assemblywomen Addie J. Russell; U.S. Rep. Bill Owens; and also my wife, Patti, just for putting up with me.
J. Clancy Hopkins Jr.