Volume 19 • Issue 17 | September 8 - 14, 2006

Letters to the editor

Health protection

To The Editor:
There are two ways to respond to yesterdays 9/11 health findings:

One: The government most definitely has a responsibility to aid those who have been taken ill by the after effects of 9/11.

As to how to pay for these claims, the answer is simple. The government need only go after the money that was paid out through improper 9/11 loans.

This money should be repaid by the borrowers if they fraudulently filed or by the banks if they made improper loans. 

The balance of the bill could be paid by making companies that were paid millions but delivered little or no services after 9/11 pay back what they were paid. These companies were identified by an audit last August but no action has yet been taken.

Or two: Since the World Trade Center is not New York City property (as they continue to build outside the legal jurisdiction of the city Fire and Building Departments) the Port Authority should be held liable for all claims resulting from the aftermath of 9/11.

Either way those who have taken ill should not be ignored.
Dennis McKeon

School crowding

To The Editor:
Re “Returning to evermore crowded classrooms” (Editorial, Sept. 1 – 7):

Thank you for writing about the serious problem of school overcrowding. Class size and overcrowding is a major concern for Battery Park City parents.  Residential development in our neighborhood is booming yet new school space is not being created.

Building more schools is the right thing to do. Smaller classes will help raise student achievement, make schools safer, and provide students with the individual attention they need. We need more space in Battery Park City for public education, kindergarten through high school.

Dennis Gault
P.S. 89 P.T.A. co-president

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