Letter to the Editor;
I went to Marcello vigil today. There were many politicians present and asking that in a Judeo-Christian tradition the Latin community rely on its spiritual traditions and forgive the assault that is widely being described in Newsday as an assault on our entire community. I arrived a few minutes late, I figured I must have missed something… the part where the guilty party admits its guilt, shows some contrition and asks for forgiveness.
The Village of Patchogue Mayor, Paul Pontieri, got up and spoke for the local community about how members of his family are immigrants also and how Patchogue is a pro immigrant place. Actually, I was expecting more from the leaders of our community. I was waiting for Mayor Pointier to say, as did Attorney Brian Egan, that the Village of Patchogue had broken the law. I was expecting him to admit that as late as June 1, 2008, they had an illegally armed police force without proper police training because they were not police in the first place. In the audience were Pattersons’ Human Rights commission, the NAACP and countless other organizations, I was expecting the Mayor to come clean and admit that Patchogue has a illegal and unconstitutional fake police force that was created in response to the immigrant population. A police force that is morally wrong and ask the forgiveness of the entire Latin community for this criminal affront against them. Well, maybe that wouldn’t even be enough, because just as those 7 boys are said to have attacked the entire community, it is pretty obvious that for 17 year the political leaders of Patchogue attacked our entire community—a reign of terror, full of fraud and deception, which closed, destroyed many businesses, closed out oldest standing veterans home and put them out on the street, illegally ticketed and targeted motorist and home owners. These acts were a similar attack on our entire community.
In order to have such an effective and colossal attack upon a community you have to have a few other things “fixed.” You have to fix it so that in order to pay the Village of Patchogue Constables, the Trustees had to pass a fake law, defraud the taxpayers and Suffolk County Department Civil Service and tell them that you don’t have an armed constables force. But there is more, more than a reign of terror and lawlessness spilling right out of the Village of Patchogue’s Board of Trustees and the Village Justice Court, which includes the suspension of the right to speak, fraudulent documents and the wholesale destruction of 17 years of constable personnel records. The fix goes even further, you have to have the apathy of other government agencies and regulators.
Where were the government regulators? Where was the Department of Criminal Justice Service? Where was the District Attorneys Office? Where was District Attorney Spota, whose office both prosecuted the tickets, got dress up and moonlighted along with the Patchogue’s make believe cops? Where was the Suffolk County Police Department when the Village of Patchogue was impersonating police officers?
Prior to this vigil, officials in Patchogue boasted and would tell you that this is what it took to keep the likes of the Marcello out of the neighborhood. Why did Patchogue officials armed themselves? You have to begin to understand it from the Village of Patchogue’s Trustees perspectives. In their view, Patchogue was “at risk.” In fact being invaded! Hence they were defending their Village. If Latin America was going to come to Patchogue, the Trustees felt they had to take matters into their own hands and ironically become like a Latin America, where civil rights have little meaning and the cops are corrupt. So what if their friends got all the development rights and the outsiders had to carry the extra regulatory burdens? And what’s a couple of million dollars in illegal ticketing? So what if they were pretending to be cops without proper training? So what the Latin population bore the larger brunt of the illegal tickets? And so what if the legitimate minority American population lived in fear and was denied police protection because Suffolk County Police Department turned a blind eye? So what if Marcello Lucero lived in fear? All is fair in war…even if it is undeclared.
Dated: November 14, 2008
Patchogue, New York