Letter: Nassau should halt wage freeze

A file photo of the NIFA board. (Dec. A file photo of the NIFA board. (Dec. 30, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Last week, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority voted to continue the wage and salary freeze for county workers ["Freeze to continue, board says," News, March 15]. This action gives County Executive Edward Mangano all the power he needs to place the brunt of sacrifice squarely on the backs of county workers.

The freeze supposedly saved the county $40 million a year. Where's the money? NIFA projects bigger deficits for the coming fiscal year than last year, so how is the freeze helping?

Instead of diligently and responsibly fixing the financial corruption brought on the county by this administration and all previous administrations, Mangano is only interested in re-election. He promised to fix the broken assessment system, but he has failed to deliver. His sewer deal does nothing to solve any problem Nassau has now. The county's so-called budget surplus is pie in the sky.

Last month, a federal judge ruled against NIFA, saying that the police wage freezes were illegal. But Mangano continues to waste taxpayer dollars on appeals. Shortly after that, a judge ruled against the county trying to pass the cost of tax refunds to the school districts. When is enough enough?

County workers are not the problem. We are members of the voting public.

Ebbie Kurian, Merrick

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Editor's note: The writer is a corrections officer for Nassau County.

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