Letters to the Editor — Feb. 12, 2021


The Issue: The city’s response to a rash of violent attacks in the New York City subway system.

How should we deal with the “Underground Crime Wave” (Editorial, Feb. 10), which includes fare evasion, vandalism and assaults on New York City Transit subways and buses?

Perhaps it is time to return to the good old days, when a transit police officer was assigned to ride and patrol most stations and trains.

This, along with the installation of security cameras on trains and at stations, might serve as a deterrent against crime.

There also may be the need to increase fines and penalties as a deterrent for those who don’t pay their fare or commit assaults or vandalism.

Larry Penner

Great Neck

I am trying so hard to understand our vacuous-minded mayor and all his drivel.

Does he even know what city he lives in? For him to say of the rise in crime, especially in the subway system, that “the subways have gotten safer” makes it sound as if he just visits but doesn’t live here.

But then that’s the way he’s been leading our city, so why should I be surprised with all his nonsense?

Bunny Abraham


The front page (and follow-up story) of the Feb. 10 issue of The Post accurately describes the dismal condition of New York City subways (“Mad transit”).

I am a senior. In December of 2019, I had no problem going to a show, and returning alone to my Queens home at 11 p.m. The system felt and was safe. Going to on- and off-Broadway shows was a part of my glorious retirement.

Mayor de Blasio thinks the problem with subway ridership is fear of COVID. He is wrong about this, as he is wrong about almost everything.

But I laughed reading a second story in the same paper: Someone thinks people will be enticed to ride, because stars will read the announcements. I can’t imagine anyone willing to risk their life to hear a celebrity tell them to “watch the closing doors.”

I’m nervous enough knowing that I have to go down to a subway to reload my MetroCard. My sympathies are with those who have no choice.

Ellen Minaker


No matter how many people are pushed onto the tracks, stabbed, slashed, raped, shot and robbed, our mayor will say it didn’t happen and the subways are safe.

That is the de Blasio way to deal with this very serious emergency — deny the problem exists and go back to sleep or take a walk in a park.

Of course, his SUV will drive him to the park and his security will make sure he is safe.

Carol Meltzer


Thank you for highlighting the danger citizens now face when they take mass transit in New York City.

Another dumb policy decision that unfolded last summer, upon the tragic death of George Floyd, was to defund the police. Our feckless and reckless mayor supported this.

In addition, trained social workers were going to intervene with situations involving the mentally ill and the homeless. So where are they, and how do I call out to them if I should need one?

Martin Garfinkle

Staten Island

Once again: Mayor Putz is often wrong but never in doubt. The subways have turned into a straphanger nightmare.

It’s time that Police Commissioner Dermot Shea stands up to this blathering fool and starts taking New York City back from senseless crime.

Doc Ludemann

Bridgeport, Conn.

How wonderful for Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld and Debi Mazar to lend their voices for train announcements. That will certainly attract more straphangers.

They will need to add to their repertoire the message “next stop, the emergency room,” as MTA riders are habitually being pushed onto the tracks and suffering attacks of violence.

It would be more beneficial if these stars would lend their voices to calling for more police protection in the subways and for incarceration of criminals instead of allowing courts to be a revolving door for these perpetrators.

Karl Olsen


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