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Letter: Weitzman Can Do The Job

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Nassau voters should elect a comptroller that is the most qualified, possesses a CPA background for the position, is honest and looks out for taxpayers. Howard Weitzman was all of the above when he was in office. Howard Weitzman brought in the most qualified professional staff, which proved its worth by always looking out for the interests of  Nassau’s residents. Even Maragos believes Howard Weitzman staffed his office well and complimented him on how he ran his office. Alas, Maragos didn’t follow in his predecessors footsteps.

Howard Weitzman is a CPA with private and public sector financial experience. During his eight years as Nassau County Comptroller there were balanced budgets every year, 13 bond upgrades, and he produced ground-breaking audits of county agencies and special districts.

The choice is evident in this year’s comptroller race. Howard Weitzman is competent, experienced and trustworthy.

Gerald Goldstein

 

 

Letter: Vote Suozzi

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Tom Suozzi is my cousin, so obviously you know I’m supporting him this November. He’s running again for Nassau County Executive because he believes that this county can be one of the greatest places to live in the country. He’s a deeply caring man that wants nothing more than to use his skills, abilities and leadership to serve his community and provide a better future for our children.

Vincent A. Suozzi Jr.

 

Letter: Common Sense Is Needed

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.

Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.

 

Letter: Open Letter To CEO Of Glen Cove Hospital

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Dear Mr. Dowling,

I am writing to you in the dual capacity of a concerned citizen/father as well as a former Bayville Trustee and current government official to urge you to reconsider the decision to close our essential, irreplaceable and beloved community hospital in Glen Cove. Given where my neighbors and I live, on the beautiful North Shore peninsula where Bayville touches the Long Island Sound but which includes Lattingtown, Mill Neck, Centre Island as well as parts of Oyster Bay and Locust Valley, we insist that you analyze this decision differently than any standard corporate model might indicate.

 

Weitzman Blasts Maragos Over Threatening Letter

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Threat of lawsuit, made at public expense, aims to silence political opposition

Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman announced that he received a letter from the law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, at the behest of the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, threatening a lawsuit unless he retracts a complaint he filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The complaint, based on an investigative piece published by the Wall Street Journal, highlights evidence that Comptroller George Maragos’s annual financial report is misleading and that the County Attorney’s office colluded with a partisan Republican judge to ‘cook the books’ and misrepresent the county’s financial condition on the annual financial report.

 

From The Desk Of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton: October 10, 2013

Written by Delia DeRiggi-Whitton Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

This week I would simply like to share the fact that again I have asked Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos to appear before the body meant to provide oversight over your tax dollars, the Nassau County Legislature. Many have hoped you forgot about Superstorm Sandy cleanup work done at your expense which directed $70 million to County Executive Mangano’s campaign contributors. I handed this letter to each legislator – on the record - at Monday’s public session:

 

Letter: Shameful Diss on Miss America

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
As a Member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.  

Embracing diversity is an American value, and one that I have always cherished. I am the product of grandparents who fled Russia due to persecution and found an accepting home here in America. I have spent my life honoring their memory by fighting against hatred, bigotry and persecution. When I heard of the vitriol being directed toward Ms. Davuluri, I felt compelled to respond.

I join with the voices of the many Americans who have cried out against these hateful remarks. And I will continue to work in Congress to fight against hatred.

Steve Israel

 

Letter: ‘Raise The Age’ Outrage

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Your “Raise The Age” story pointed  out that  74.4 percent of crimes that 16-and-17-year-olds are arrested for are only “minor” misdemeanors. Of course, that means that 25.6 percent are felonies, including burglaries, robberies, muggings, assaults, molestations, rapes, torture and murders. Yet District Attorney Kathleen Rice is against arresting, prosecuting and punishing 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for these horrible crimes “Regardless of the offense.” Similarly, Assemblyman Charles Lavine feels that “children should be treated as children regardless of the crime” they chose to commit.

However, I consider the crime committed (and its victim) much more important than the age of the perpetrator. Presumably, Rice and Lavine would both object to treating the following “youths” as adults: The two 16-year-olds who recently beat an 88-year-old World War ll hero to death; the trio of 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds who recently shot a visiting Australian baseball player to death because they were “bored;” and the 8-year-old who recently shot his 90-year-old babysitter to death. These were not the acts of “innocent children.” 

 

Letter: Removing NIFA Chairman ‘Makes No Sense’

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

I have been a member of the Nassau Legislature since its inception. Back in the Gulotta days when Nassau was nearly bankrupt and a step above junk bond status, I became Presiding Officer and, in that capacity, went to Albany and pleaded for the creation of an oversight board to save Nassau. NIFA was formed three months later and Ron Stack has been a member of this board since the beginning. He is an expert in the field of municipal finance and has served this board with nothing but dignity and professionalism.

 

Letter: State Tests: None Of The Above

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

I work in education. John Owens’ article “They’re Drowning Our Kids In Snake Oil” (Sept. 18-24 edition) was very interesting, as are so many that are being written now. Obviously, members of the New York State Board of Regents are reading none of them.

One thing that some journalist should look into is the ever-present name of Pearson that appears on everything Common Core, including testing materials, preparatory materials, texts, etc. Sometimes it feels like this publisher is writing the New York State curriculum. Why? And who is cashing in? Not the students...

Lindsay Carlucci

Pearson is a London-based publishing conglomerate that is the leading provider of test materials in the U.S. Last spring, the company made headlines when tests it prepared for the New York State Education Department under a $32-million contract were found to contain more than 30 errors. The state agreed not to score those questions, and continues a close relationship with Pearson.

 

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