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I have been reading quite a bit in your newspaper regarding the police commissioner election over the last several weeks. It is disappointing to see a man who wants to be a police commissioner, embark on a mud slinging campaign against the incumbent Police Commissioner Roy Smithheimer.

The police commissioner should be a community figure above reproach, with long-term goals for the community he serves, not someone who sinks to the lowest form of campaigning because he is in a close race. What will Zimbardi do when there is a real problem, or when he has to make a tough decision? Will he point his finger and say it's not my fault? Or will he address the issues head on like incumbent Police Commissioner Roy Smithheimer has done during his tenure.

As anyone who knows Roy Smithheimer or has worked with him realizes, he is an honest, trustworthy person who is devoted to his community. He is a founding member of the annual Pride in Port celebration, a member of the fire department, a past-president of the Chamber of Commerce, and an executive director of the BID.

In short, Roy's efforts are devoted to the long-term betterment of all Port Washington and its residents.

Beware of the opportunists like Sal Zimbardi. In his attempt to get elected he's already shown us the type of individual he is, he will say anything to get elected.

I urge all Port residents to join me in voting for Police Commissioner Roy Smithheimer, on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Lee Rubinstein

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