New York state editorial roundup: Rikers Island, marijuana rules, Madison Avenue | Editorial

“Eleven shootings a day, babies getting shot in Times Square, and they want to release more prisoners?” snarks the correction officers union chief, Benny Boscio Jr.

Boscio is right to want more officers hired, but even more important — as a federal monitor noted last month and the Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas has stressed on these pages — is better management. Some officers are asked to work three shifts, a recipe for disaster and a clear sign of poor leadership.

Decisions regarding retail marijuana sales within their borders or to allow for sales are being made throughout municipalities in Chautauqua County and New York state. Some communities, such as the towns of Gerry and the village of Cassadaga, have already opted out of allowing these types of establishments.

Tonight, however, is a chance to hear both sides of the issue. At 7 p.m. in the Fredonia Opera House, a forum regarding marijuana laws will be held. Included in the panel discussion are: Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research with the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions; Penelope Hamilton Crescibene, executive director of WNY NORML; Brent Isaacson, chief, SUNY Fredonia University Police Department; and Melanie Witkowski, executive director, Prevention Works.

There is no charge for admittance to the forum. But if you do attend, facial coverings are required.

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