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From The Desk Of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton

A Tree Fell… Someone Heard It

Yes, they were hoping that if trees fell throughout Nassau County and no one was there to hear it, they could say it must not have happened. 


Well, people were there. We heard it. We saw it. And now the administration of County Edward Mangano, the office of Comptroller George Maragos and the Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature are starting to hear from brave residents, environmentalists and good-government groups. 


I have to commend the people who attended the Monday, April 8 Nassau County Legislative Committee Sessions. They had the courage to come out and speak publicly. They are showing that this is not a political issue. This is an important issue about forcing our government to be accountable to the people. 


Your tax dollars might have gone to the wrong places… at the wrong time… for the wrong reasons – in the middle of an emergency situation, when we needed services going to the right people, at the right time, in the right places. 

County Executive Mangano, Comptroller Maragos and Presiding Officer Gonsalves have all tried to quiet this and keep discussion out of the Legislature, which is where oversight is supposed to take place on your behalf. 

Well, again, thank you to those who came this week to demand that democracy run its course as planned; to demand that we discuss $200 million in emergency appropriations in the light of day, in public, in front of the voters and taxpayers who deserve answers. 


Without creating any account, you can view the public speakers and Legislative discourse at:







I encourage you all to get informed and get involved. You have now been reading front-page stories day after day about infractions during Sandy cleanup – so questionable that Nassau and Suffolk DA’s are investigating. 

If you have information, you can come forward anonymously. Even better, if you feel strongly, contact me and come speak before your elected representatives.