Your editorial hit the nail on the head in stating “cop compensation is the largest cause of the county’s budget woes” [“Suffolk spirals deeper into debt,” Editorial, Feb. 28].

I’m a huge fan of the police on Long Island. New York City police do an outstanding job, too, but are not compensated anywhere close to the Island’s forces.

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As Suffolk County executive, Steve Levy attempted to save money by using lower-paid sheriff’s deputies for some tasks. The reality is, no politician or legislator will ever take a stand against the extremely strong police unions because they will never be re-elected. The result: No one will ever shift the course, and the situation will only continue to worsen.

The inevitable result will be the bankruptcies of Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Michael Sullivan, Garden City