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Letter: Response to County Executive Column

I would like to comment on [County Executive] Edward Mangano’s opinion piece that appeared in the June 2 issue of the Mineola American.

Mangano voiced concerns about “our broken property tax assessment system.”  What really is broken, and perhaps beyond repair, is the County’s school system.  Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, he skirted the real issue: school taxes.  Suozzi at least initially verbally addressed the issue (“we can’t take it anymore”) but then opted to do nothing about it.  He, along with a long line of other elected officials, fearful of Albany’s most powerful lobbying group—the Teachers’ Union—has consistently refused to tackle the problem.  The county’s problems simply cannot be solved until the school tax problem is solved.

I voted for Mangano, hoping for meaningful change.  Two letters to Mangano on school taxes have gone unanswered. He has now settled into office and is apparently committed to the status quo regarding school taxes.  It really is unfortunate that he is nothing more than another typical bureaucrat, prepared to serve the all-powerful at the expense of the County’s taxpayers.  Property values, quality of education, and the local economy will worsen with Mangano.

Dr. Lou Theodore

Professor of Chemical Engineering

(50 Years)