I read with interest letters to the editor "A Pledge to Levittown Residents" where our new Councilwoman-elect Rita Kestenbaum brings up some very important issues that are of interest to the residents of Levittown.
Unfortunately, the issues this South Bellmore resident claims to want to work on as a councilwoman of the Town of Hempstead sound great, but are not issues that are controlled by her position. Does she know what her job responsibilities are? Does she know the scope of her job?
She indicates that she is "deeply interested in issues surrounding children and education." While I too am involved in the PTA for many years, I know that the town board has nothing to do with our school district. As a past PTA president she should know that the school board, superintendent, and the school administration control our children's education. The only elected officials wo can legislate aid and mandates to our local schools are our state legislators and governor, not our town councilperson.
Our new councilwoman "looks forward to hearing your views regarding the property tax assessment system and hopes to work for any changes favored by my constituents." To reassess our property taxes or not to, is a very topical issue, but again, not one that sits before the town board. Reassessment is a county issue, and rests before our county legislators and county executive. As councilwoman, does she know that this issue does not come before the town board?
I hope that our three new councilpeople (none of whom is from anywhere around this area) are quickly educated as to the issues that are under their control. The Councilwoman-elect's letter, that I think was meant to make me feel better...really scares me.