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Letter: Prejudicial Immigration Policies Hurt Local Government

The pandering rhetoric of politicians on the subject of immigration is a throwback to a time when slavery was the law of the land and later in the 1920s when we restricted immigration, establishing quotas based upon ethnicity and countries of origin. The Irish, Germans and Italians all successfully assimilated here but some candidates believe that we should expel the 11 to 15 million undocumented immigrants here, most arriving from south of the border.

They, like our forbearers, are just looking for better lives for themselves and their families. They live in an underground economy, forced to drive illegally because they cannot secure Social Security numbers or drivers licenses. They are packed into illegal substandard housing where they pay enormous rents in cash to absentee, unscrupulous landlords.

They work as day laborers, low-end jobs, which few citizens would accept. They have no medical insurance, Workmen’s Compensation or Disability. When they are injured in the often-dangerous jobs that they are compelled to take, they have no coverage. Without a bilingual education they are unable to secure better paying jobs; their children struggle in school and their assimilation into the rest of our society and culture is at a standstill.

While candidates for the presidency come up with impossible solutions, local governments are forced to balance individual rights with enforcement of existing laws regarding housing and the unlicensed operation of motor vehicles. In my court I am charged with the responsibility of upholding the Constitution and at the same time preserving the residential character of the community. These two issues are often in conflict because of the added burdens placed on local governments, including our school, water and garbage districts, as a result of illegal housing and unworkable immigration policies.

Legalizing the immigrants who come here would allow for their documentation and taxation that would then alleviate many of the problems that we have in local government. So far not a single politician for national office has had the courage to realistically speak out on this issue.

Hon. Thomas F. Liotti
Village Justice, Westbury
Attorney, Garden City


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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