To The Editor:
I come from a law enforcement family. My father was a Trooper and BCI Investigator with the New York State Police for over 35 years and both of my sons are New York State Troopers.
I have over 33 years experience as a police officer in St. Lawrence County, having served proudly with the Potsdam Police Department for over 20 years and have served as an investigator with the DAs Office for over 13 years under three different district attorneys, including Nicole M. Duve.
Much has been said lately about the Garrett Phillips case. The death of Garrett Phillips is currently an open and ongoing Potsdam Police Department homicide investigation. The New York State Police Violent Crime Investigation Team is assisting the Police Department with this investigation.
Having worked for the Potsdam PD and knowing many of the Phillips family personally, I would love nothing more than to see this case solved.
Sometimes cases are worked on for years and unfortunately the public cannot be privy to the every day developments of the investigation. Please believe that when this investigation has been completed by the police and turned over to Nicole for prosecution, she will do everything within her power as the prosecutor to get the long awaited justice that Garrett and his family deserve.
I work side by side every day with members of the New York State Police, the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Office, the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force, police departments in Potsdam, Canton, Massena, Ogdensburg and Gouverneur as well as numerous federal law enforcement agencies.
The overwhelming message that I am hearing from the rank and file is that law enforcement wants to keep Nicole Duve as their district attorney.
Law enforcement recognizes a strong leader who will not quit because of a heavy workload. Law enforcement appreciates a prosecutor who puts in the long hours and gets the job done.
Nicole Duve is one of the hardest working law enforcement officials that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is tough on crime but also compassionate and fair. Nicole is not only interested in putting criminals in jail; she is focused on making sure that justice is served.
When I go to the polls on Nov. 5, I will be voting for Nicole Duve to continue the excellent work she has done as our district attorney since 2006. I hope you will do the same.
Daniel W. Manor, Sr.