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POLICE SHOULD RESUME PATROLS OUT OF ANNEX ON EAST SIDE

I read with interest The News story "Court refuses to order police to resume patrols out of annex." Without the patrols at the former Precinct 11 on Bailey Avenue, the entire East Side of Buffalo east of Bailey is left unprotected. State Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dillon and the five judges in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester made, in my opinion, an off-the-cuff decision and never visited the East Side to see what a mess we are in regarding our police protection.

The original plan in police restructuring called for six district houses. The members of the Iron Island Society fought long and hard and used their own money to keep our protection. Commissioner Rocco Diina at that time said he wouldn't do anything to hurt the people of Lovejoy. But in 2003, he and Mayor Anthony Masiello took our police away. The district house on Ferry and Fillmore would not be there if it wasn't for the work of Iron Island and the cooperation of the late councilwoman Beverly Gray. She was the only politician who realized the importance of our endeavors.

Marge Thielman Hastreiter

Buffalo