Dear Breathing Readers: On October 22, 2009, I invited Attorneys Jim Farrell and Glenn Kroll (candidates for Sullivan County District Attorney) to publish open letters of interest and intent to local voters in the Breathing forum. I welcomed them to present their views and policies at length because our readers care deeply about the future of our beautiful, generous and often, beleaguered county. We deserve a forum in which pertinent questions are posed and thoughtful answers are provided.
Although Mr. Farrell has not responded as of yet, I am very pleased to publish the following Open Letter from Mr. Kroll and express appreciation for his support of a public exchange over issues as urgent as crime, poverty, education, our diverse cultures and the futures of our grandparents and grandchildren:
Dear Sullivan County Voter: October 30th 2009
When asked why I was running for District Attorney, my response was straightforward: as an experienced trial lawyer and elected Bloomingburg Village Justice for the past four years, plus my unique background in both Law and Education, I was in a position to help my home County in new and positive ways for all of us.
I graduated from college in 1993 and New York Law School in 1996. For two years I taught in the New York City School System, having been appointed as Dean of In-School Suspension. It was an eye-opening opportunity to learn how children go wrong – and how their self-destructive behavior can be turned around. I understand how today’s young bully can become tomorrow’s gang member with guns. THIS MUST STOP!
We all understand that our criminal justice system is mainly geared to finding, arresting and prosecuting criminals. My legal training and experience as a trial attorney and Village Justice certainly qualifies me to handle that part of the DA’s job. But when I researched the operations and accomplishments of our DA’s Office over the past 20+ years, I discovered something very important had been completely overlooked: almost no crime prevention programs or efforts had been undertaken in the last three decades!
As so many District Attorneys in New York State (and the nation) have learned, it’s vital that our DA’s office become an integral factor in initiating and maintaining local crime prevention efforts in Sullivan County! Let’s stop crime together in your community and your schools.
The slumping economy is also causing increased crime in our County: the economic crisis has caused a high level of crime in Sullivan County to become even worse. Drug use, drive-by shootings and illegal assault weapons on our streets, have increased dramatically in just the past few years!
My unique professional background will add a new dimension to the District Attorney’s Office in the form of a strong and proactive program of CRIME PREVENTION in our County.
The DA’s office is, first and foremost, the arm of our legal system that protects the County’s citizens by prosecuting those who break the law. I intend to do just that with:
1.RELENTLESS Prosecution of the Real Criminals: The gangs, the shooters, the drug dealers, the child molesters and the second and third time felony offenders.
2.RESPONSIVE Community Input – the key factor in an effective County-wide Crime Prevention Program. As District Attorney, I will implement a network of Community Liaisons who will work closely with the DA’s office to share their specific concerns and needs for law enforcement in their communities. As District Attorney I will be ACCESSIBLE, APPROACHABLE and FAIR!
3.RESPONSIBLE Fiscal Control. Everyone in the Country is feeling the pain of these hard times. The District Attorney’s office must also conserve taxpayer dollars whenever possible. I pledge to run a lean, but more efficient operation.
My vision and energy will lead the District Attorney’s Office in the uncertain and dangerous years ahead. With your vote and support, we can begin to turn around the growing problems of crime in our County. It is important to all of us. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you. Please make sure to vote on November 3rd.
VOTE ROW “A” or “E” November 3rd Election Day