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Open Letter to the Editor of the New York Post in Response to Today's Column by Fred Dicker, from Mylan Denerstein, Counsel to the Governor

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As we approach the political season we expect the campaign dialogue to become more heated on both sides. We understand the New York Post is an opinionated newspaper and that Fred Dicker is an extreme conservative. However responsibility must not be forsaken.

 

Dicker's story that the Governor said Conservatives have no place in New York is unfair, false and the exact opposite of what his tenure as Attorney General and his state administration has been all about.

 

The Governor has never demonized the opposition to his gun law nor stance on protecting choice nor marriage equality. The Governor is a gun owner and a Catholic. His faith is very important to him and he respects the Second Amendment. I have been party to many of these discussions over the years and while opinions are firm, the entire discussion on these different views has been tempered and respectful. The Governor's main principle for New York State is tolerance of different opinions, races, sexual orientation, and religion.

 

Fred Dicker has angered many with what has been reported as "hateful" comments but the Governor would be the first to defend Dicker's right to express his views and believes the diversity of opinion is one of New York State's greatest assets.

 

The Governor was making the point that he makes often: New York is a politically moderate state and an extremist agenda is not politically viable statewide. New York has a long history of electing Democrats and Republicans statewide who are moderate rather than on the extreme ends of the political spectrum. That is an inarguable fact.

 

Let's discuss relevant issues rationally. Or at least attempt to do so.