Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers:
The Asian tiger mosquito, which bites during the daytime, has moved into the Lower Hudson Valley. County health departments are paying attention; this breed of mosquito can also carry West Nile virus. Experts are on alert:
We are doing all we can to learn about the local ecology of the mosquito so that if (it) becomes an important vector later we will be better prepared to deal with it.
— Richard Falco, a regional medical entomologist for the state Department of Health.
And readers reacted as well, with comments like this:
Great – first it’s the ticks and now disease carrying mosquitos.
An editorial examining Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s demand that the federal government release $7 million being held as part of a fair housing settlement. The county executive is premature in declaring victory in a federal magistrate’s ruling,a 19-page decision that hardly lets Astorino off the hook on key policy points, the editorial states. Readers reacted:
I’ve worked hard all my life, even while raising children. I do NOT want to spend my old age living next door to an OctoMom enjoying Section 8 charity. I totally support Astorino.
… who says section 8 is charity? we deserve decent housing and it should be open for all and affordable.