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2018-04-25 / Letters to the Editor

Executive order creates new low for governor

Gov. Cuomo’s executive order pardoning tens of thousands of criminals on parole, including rapists, murderers and sex offenders, shows a willingness to disregard both the limits of his office and the rule of law.

The governor is attempting to restore parolees’ voting rights before their debt to society has been fully repaid. He has failed to convince state legislators that this change is good public policy — because it is not — so in a fit of tyrannical excess, he has decided to shortcut democracy and proceed through executive fiat.

This is not only a usurpation of the legislative process, but an irresponsible disregard for the public’s safety. Sadly, this isn’t being done for the betterment of our community, but instead is a blatant political maneuver to gain an advantage for the governor’s re-election and his presidential ambitions.

This action is a painfully obvious attempt to fend off a challenge from Cynthia Nixon on his far left. As the governor should know, parolees who have shown positive strides toward rehabilitation already have a legal avenue to regain their right to vote through a “Certificate of Relief from Disabilities” or a “Certificate of Good Conduct.”

Unfortunately, this is what we have come to expect from a governor who has said, “I am the government” and stated that those who do not share his same political views have no place in New York. Jeopardizing public safety and ignoring the legislative process for personal political gain, however, is a new low.

Ray Walter
Assemblyman
146th District

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