To the editor:
(re: “Dinowitz should quit,” June 20)
The letter written by one of your readers completely misrepresents the tenor of his conversation with my staff about his school-hardening proposals.
Mr. Steve Reich, who (as far as I know), does not work for the city’s education department or the New York Police Department — nor does he operate a school security consulting firm — seems to think schools should be on permanent lockdown, a philosophy frequently espoused by conservatives who would rather turn our schools into jails than actually confront the epidemic of gun violence in our country.
I agree that school safety is incredibly important. I think we should let school security experts be the ones who make decisions about school security, and we should let office managers make decisions about office personnel.
I stand by my staff and reject Mr. Reich’s politically motivated attack on my staff’s character.
The author is the Assemblyman representing the 81st district, which includes Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Van Cortlandt Village, Kingsbridge Heights, Marble Hill, Norwood, Woodlawn and Wakefield.