I am writing in response to Howard Weitzman’s letter to the editor dated May 31, 2013 wherein he disputes the highly respected journalist Mike Barry’s commentary “Quietly Vindicated” which complimented the Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, published on May 17, 2013.
Let’s remember that Mr. Weitzman is the former Comptroller who left the County nearly bankrupt with a $250 million structural deficit. He is now a candidate for Comptroller attempting gain attention with misleading statements. He is wrong in every allegation.
In Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, we learn that “slow and steady wins the race.” Truthfully, many of us probably learned this first from an overconfident Bugs Bunny who challenged Cecil Turtle to a footrace. Who can forget his look-alike cousins who help the slow-talking tortoise outwit Bugs to win the race?
There’s something to be said about enlisting the help of others to steadily accomplish goals and this is true of my effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to create the Long Island Aquifer Commission.
I always read the Letters to the Editor. I was very disappointed in the cartoon that was in the paper. Here is a woman with 5 kids looking for a babysitter. So she voted for the school budget. It is in poor taste. Our school is not a babysitting service.
So I’ll share my position here. To be clear, I consider taxpayer financed political campaigns to be one of the most blatant exploitations of hard-working New Yorkers I have come across. Proponents claim it cleans up elections by taking money out of the game. It doesn’t. It merely substitutes your tax dollars for private donations.
I read your story about Canadian Geese. A large part of the problem is a man-made one. This is a migratory species that no longer migrates. I understand that geese were originally introduced into the area by hunters, and they never learned to migrate. Since there are very few predators in this area, the problem does worsen every year.
Thank you for writing about this problem.
Rich Cameron, Hauppauge
I must take exception to Mike Barry’s recent column trumpeting the County Office of Legislative Budget Review’s (OLBR)’s “verdict” that the County Comptroller’s office sought and received adequate backup for payments to Super Storm Sandy contractors. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The OLBR report clearly stated that their review was limited in scope and not meant as endorsement or criticism of the FEMA funding and approval process in totality (pg. 3). In fact, payments to the largest vendor, Looks Great Services, which totaled over $34 million, were approved for payment based upon an Excel spreadsheet without adequate documentation (pg. 5).
I enjoyed John Owens’ article “When The Goose Poop Hits The Fan.” In England (I am English), this is a problem that has been dealt with humanely for many years by feeding corn or other feeds treated to interfere with the egg laying; a form of birth control.
Something similar is available here: www.idausa.org/ida-offers-free-birth-control-for-geese/
Gavin E. Pike
New York State voters approved nearly 96 percent of its school districts budgets on Tuesday, May 21.
The New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA), which announced the results, is still waiting for nine additional school districts to release their data. Of the 660 school districts with released results, 630 of them have had their budgets pass.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to restructure the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) would take giant steps forward in improving the quality of life for every Long Islander.
The impacts of recent weather events and Superstorm Sandy are still being felt throughout Long Island. Restructuring of LIPA will allow for quicker responses in times of need. It will ensure that all communities get the service they deserve, including restoring power more efficiently and in a timely manner. Restructuring LIPA will allow for more accountability and we hope it will provide opportunities to expand renewable energy options in the future, helping build a cleaner, healthier future.
Sustainable Long Island applauds the leadership and plan of Governor Cuomo in the quest to restructure LIPA; increasing accountability and providing more efficient, transparent utility service for all Long Islanders.
Executive Director, Sustainable Long Island
When I became a new dad many years ago, I asked a friend whom I admired how to be a good father. Without missing a beat, he responded simply, “Love their mother.”
As husband to a mom of four and son to a mom of five, I live (you can already guess) in a mom-centric zone, and over time that lesson has become abundantly clear to me. So I thought I’d take a break this week from the usual legislative topics and instead reflect upon the powerful love we celebrate in the middle of May each year.
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