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Letter: “Waged” Warfare

For years, catering companies on Long Island withheld tips that were meant for waiters and other workers. When it was ruled illegal in 2008, workers filed suit for millions of dollars in lost pay dating back to 2004. State Senator Jack Martins, who had not previously received contributions from the catering industry, took $56,000 and sponsored legislation to grant caterers immunity from lawsuits that had already been filed.  

On April 2, Norman Gersman wrote a response in which he accused me of corrupting the election process. He complained that, if catering companies, such as Leonard’s of Great Neck, were forced to repay money that had been illegally withheld from their employees, it would hurt their bottom line. Boo Hoo! He had not one word of sympathy for the workers who were cheated, but he shed tears for the caterers that illegally profited off their labor.

Mr. Gerson said that “The catering industry had used accounting procedures approved by the state department of labor and were consistent with federal and state tax laws.” Let us remember that Jim Crow laws were also legal in the United States at one time, but that did not make them right.  

If Jack Martins cannot tell the difference between what is legal and what is ethical, if he cannot empathize with hardworking people as much as he empathizes with his big-money donors, then we need a state senator who can.  

 — Ruth Shalom

News

Tammany Hall is an essential part of the vocabulary of New York City politics. For many, Tammany Hall and political corruption are synonymous. For others, Tammany Hall was a lifesaver tossed into the turbulent and unforgiving sea of 19th- and early 20th-century New York City. The author of a new book about Tammany Hall, Terry Golway, will speak about these complexities at the Wednesday, Nov. 12 meeting of the Irish Cultural Society of the Garden City area.

Golway’s book Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics has been well received in book reviews. His talk will acknowledge the misgovernment of Tammany Hall with its creation of “Boss” Tweed as the very face of political corruption. But he will also argue that Tammany Hall was an influence on the progressive legislation which helped working people, the Irish among them, to form a vibrant middle class in the United States.

On Oct. 23, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrest of a Floral Park woman for stealing nearly $700,000 from a longtime employer, as well as more than $10,000 from a new employer, by writing herself checks drawn from company bank accounts.

Deborah Tangredi was arrested and arraigned on Oct. 23 before Nassau District Court Judge Joy Watson on the following charges:


Calendar

Harvest Fair

Saturday, November 1

West End Civic Meets

Thursday, November 6

Floral Park Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, November 5



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