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Letter: Pension Amounts Outrageous

As I read an article in Newsday last week, it became apparent to me that we have reached a real milestone. The system is so flawed that we, the taxpayers of Long Island, are paying 19 of the 20 people…all former school superintendents… named in this article, about $5 million a year to do nothing. And nobody seems to care. So, to use another allusion to an old movie called History of the World Part I, it’s good to be the superintendent. 


Now I realized that these esteemed individuals have worked hard for the money and as Ronald Friedman is quoted as saying, “My colleagues who worked for 40 or more years have steadfastly improved education for children on Long Island, and helped make Long Island one of the most desirable places for people to live.”


Well, in that case why not make it $400,000 a year? These guys are really worth it. They need to maintain the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to. The rumpled old tweed jackets are being replaced by a smoking jacket and ascot. I can almost hear the conversations around the Ex-Superintendent’s Club, “I say old chap, you only make $20,000 a month? What was the problem? Wrong attorney?”


Our very own former Mineola superintendent, Dr. Lorenzo Licopoli, is one of the lucky winners of the higher education sweepstakes. I dare say he’s certainly worth the dough.


But the folks in the Commack Union Free Schools, Comsewogue Union Free Schools, and Sawanhaka Central Schools should be honored because they have two lucky winners each on the list. How did they get so lucky? Only the Lord knows. But, they are worth the money.


So, back to Friedman’s quote. I wonder if the topic of egregious, out of this galaxy pensions and their effect on tax rates and home prices, and their effect on the lives of the children he claims that he and his colleagues have educated, have ever been discussed in the classrooms of any of their former school districts?


I would guess not because if they were, the students, though young and inexperienced would be appalled. These people who claim to have their best interests at heart are lying to them.


It’s like being invited to a very expensive dinner by someone you trust and they run out and leave you with the check. That has to be paid over and over again.  It’s shameful to say the least.


John Napolitano


Williston Park