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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

County sponsors Narcan training at high school

Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.

Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


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