Johnson’s actions matter most

Published 10:36 pm Friday, October 19, 2012

To the editor:

I am writing to remind our citizens that as Suffolkians we must prepare ourselves for the 2012 mayoral election taking place on Nov. 6. A key point I want to make is the importance of quality of life to Suffolk citizens — and where our mayor really stands on such issues.

Let me explain. A year ago, the city of Suffolk was in dire need of hiring 27 additional firefighters and emergency services providers to staff the King’s Fork and Driver fire stations in order to respond to emergency calls in those areas.

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Councilman Leroy Bennett voted against the new positions and the direly needed emergency equipment in the FY 2011-2012 budget, which was ultimately approved by other members of the City Council.

Mayor Linda Johnson voted for the addition of more firefighters and emergency equipment that now provides emergency services to the citizens living in Sadler Heights, Burnett’s Mill, Riverwood, Applewood, Centerbrook, Berkshire Meadows, Wexford, King’s Point and many other subdivisions too numerous to name.

Her commitment to public safety is not only demonstrated in her words, but also in her actions, which is what should matter when you cast your vote on Nov. 6.

Daniel R. Reukauf