Written by Logan Gooley in the Press-Republican on July 22, 2020

TO THE EDITOR: This past Sunday, hundreds of Plattsburgh residents celebrated our brave men and women in blue.

We stood in solidarity to show our appreciation for the police departments in both the North Country and throughout the nation. We stood against the movements of Defund the Police and ACAB, that have been crippling our nation from the inside out, destroying our police departments and have led to the killing of several American citizens. I was proud to see Congresswoman Elise Stefanik there, proudly supporting our men and women in uniform.

Abolishing the police will be detrimental to our society. For example, as New York City slashed the budget of their police department by $1 billion, crime has taken a sharp trend upwards. In the first six months of 2020, New York City homicides increased by 21 percent and shootings have skyrocketed to 46 percent, according to NYPD statistics.

These numbers are staggering and should be frightening to anyone who believes in abolishing the police. Social workers and therapists do amazing jobs, and they should be respected highly, but under no circumstance should they be in charge of lowering crime and protecting our streets. The NYPD will crumble under the new budget, and the streets of New York City will be turned over to the hands of looters, gangs, and murderers. That is why we need a representative like Elise Stefanik who isn’t afraid to stand up the radical left’s efforts to dismantle law and order.

That is why I will be voting for Elise Stefanik in November. Elise has proven that she is working around the clock to ensure that they have enough funding for the resources and support they need and deserve.



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