New York Legislator says nobody should ever ride a motorcycle

"drivers expect to see other drivers on the road not bicyclists or motorcyclists"

Posted: 17 February 2014
by Visordown News

Matthew Cutrone's email to Barraga
Barraga's reply to Cutrone

A LEGISLATOR has sparked controversy, saying motorcycles and bicycles don’t belong in his County.

Thomas F. Barraga, 70, a member of the Suffolk County Legislature in New York, made remarks regarding his opinion on two-wheelers when replying to 17-year-old Matthew Cutrone.

Cutrone wrote to Barraga after his mother had been knocked off of her bicycle by a car driver who wasn't paying attention, suggesting: “there should be some sort of bike lane or maybe even just some warning signs to put around in certain areas so that drivers can know when to be careful of bicyclists.”

Barraga responded to Cutrone six weeks later saying: “I have lived in West Islip most of my life and my personal feeling is that no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or a motorcycle.

Adding: “drivers expect to see other drivers on the road not bicyclists and motorcyclists.

“Reality at time can be difficult for some to come to grips with but giving false hope would be inappropriate.”

Barraga has said he is standing by his remarks after a copy of the email he sent lit up social media.

“I’m not going to tell them what they want to hear, a lot of fluff. I tell them the truth.”

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Scary... Thomas F. Barraga needs counselling, no doubt.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:44

He probably thinks people who stand in front of guns when they go off deserve all they get too. This guy deserves to be knocked down crossing the car park to his car.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 12:27

@eke The lad who wrote in was 17 matey.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 12:35

Shouldn't he be retired ?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 15:08

Here is a reasoned response to this asshat...

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 16:03

What an absolute rotter (in a terry thomas accent)

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:42

Stupid old duffer...

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:47

Thomas F. Barraga possibilities;

A/His Mummy probably told him he couldn't have one because they're dangerous.

B/He's run down dozens of two wheeled riders with his Oldsmobile Cutless Supreme & is being sued.

C/ An in hindsight suggestion by me is his Mother should have swallowed instead!

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 05:04

Interesting that he refers to "reality" in his letter, when clearly his existence has no base in it.

Oh what it must be like to live in Podunk County, USA...

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:21

But I think he's absolutely right! But if we being that `honest` let's look at the bigger picture = why does the pathetic Suffolk County need it's own legislature?
Fire the senile old fart and give him a job managing the crossing outside a school. Dead in a week.

How the neighbourhood will cheer!

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 15:40

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