Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
Nassau and Suffolk Counties are in deep trouble. Political corruption is rampant. It’s all about money – campaign contributions, tax refunds and settlements that should never be.
You read about it every day – a police lab that has to be closed with 9,000 tests that have to be redone out of state, wrongful convictions brought about by a failure to disclose exculpatory evidence, illegal arrests and the improper taking of confessions. Prosecutors cover up and elected officials look the other way. Taxpayers are forced to pay the bills for these monumental screw-ups that should never have occurred if all elected officials were honest and properly trained. This nation desperately needs legislation that will stop the flow of slush money to political campaigns. We can never hope to have honest government if all of our elected officials are bought and paid for. Doing the right thing has been overrun by doing the politically correct thing. In the end, the taxpayers lose because our elected officials act in favor of those who have given them the most money. This is an inherently corrupt system at all levels of government. If you take money from special interests, you have to give back to them or not be re-elected.
Prosecutors and judges take campaign contributions too. And what does that tell you? Follow the bouncing ball and connect the dots – money equals corruption and campaign contributions equal more corruption. Hello out there, are you listening? Keep it going? Let the good ole boys and girls run the show or stand up and stop it. Where is your voice? I do not hear it.
These counties need an ombudsman or woman, not elected but appointed like the FBI director for 10-year terms with the power to investigate and prosecute. The ombudsman or woman could be nominated by anyone and even elected but would be banned from campaigning or receiving campaign contributions of any kind. This could be done on a bicounty basis or the nominations might come from the county legislatures without regard to politics and purely on the basis of merit. In fact, political activity would be a negative.
If corruption is making you sick and you realize that it is ruining our nation, then do something about it. Support the concept of an ombudsman or woman. Make it happen or continue to pay through the nose for the corruption that you support and engender. Dear voter: When are you going to learn how really bad it is out there? Political signs and posters should remind you that you are being insulted every time another appears or that you are dumber than dirt for having voted for someone on that basis. A political sign does not give you a respected record anymore than a credit card makes you wealthy. Let’s stop the madness.
Thomas F. Liotti
Westbury Village Justice
Garden City attorney
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.