Letter: Babylon Dems help political donors

Steve Bellone reflects on his first year in

Steve Bellone reflects on his first year in office as Suffolk County Executive. Bellone was interviewed at his office in Hauppauge. (Jan. 2, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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Recently, Newsday listed political contributions by Rechler Equity Management LLC to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone ["$1.8M for 2015 so far," News, Dec. 16].

As the town supervisor in Babylon, Bellone was the one who initiated plans to close the Frontier Mobile Home Park in North Amityville and allow its purchase by R Squared LLC, an affiliate of Rechler Equity Management. Bellone claimed that the park would be condemned by the county for health and safety violations, regardless of Rechler buying it.

Somehow, after 50 years of operation, this park was suddenly a hazard.

I looked into public records of political donations at elections.ny.gov and this is what I discovered: From 2011 to 2013, Rechler Equity Management donated $24,600 to Bellone, $15,500 to the Town of Babylon Democratic Committee, and $7,600 to the Suffolk Democratic Committee. Rechler Equity Construction, which shares an address with the management company, donated $10,000 to the Suffolk Democratic Committee.

The people involved in these organizations are among the same people who approved Rechler's plans, including variances, for apartment buildings.

Over the past 10 years, the mobile home park has become predominantly Hispanic, and most residents are recent arrivals to the United States. They are hardworking people who want their kids to stay in their current schools, but unfortunately, they have too little political clout.

Ruben Perez, North Amityville

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Editor's note: The writer lives at the Frontier Mobile Home Park.

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