Letter: No choice in big Suffolk races
So, after a couple of years of collecting a government paycheck, the Suffolk County district attorney, sheriff and county clerk decide that the people they serve no longer have the right to restrict them to three terms in office ["Unlike Nassau, voters get no choice in Suffolk," News Column, Feb. 17].
They claim that they are actually state officials, in that their offices were created in the state constitution, and a state judge agreed. The fact that they serve a county function, receive county salaries and are elected by county residents is just a coincidence.
And the Suffolk legislature mysteriously refuses to appeal the judge's decision that overturned a 1993 referendum, laughably citing budget constraints.
Then, on cue, both major parties cross-endorse the Gang of Three -- Democratic District Attorney Thomas Spota, Republican Treasurer Angie Carpenter and Conservative Sheriff Vincent DeMarco -- thereby making the election process a farce.
It seems we are no longer being governed; we are being ruled.
Peter Nichols, Melville
Editor's note: The writer attempted, unsuccessfully, to intervene in the lawsuit and force an appeal.