Almost lost in your story "Contracts put on hold" [News, Aug. 4] were the details about a Mangano administration proposal offering $1,000 per year worked for Civil Service Employees Association members who agree to take early retirement.

CSEA president Jerry Laricchiuta explained the deal by saying, "You're getting rid of someone making $90,000 with full medical [coverage] and replacing them with someone making $24,000 and paying into their medical."

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That salary is about $461 per week. Assuming it's a 40-hour workweek, that's $11.53 per hour. Who in Nassau County can afford to live on that? One could argue that these new CSEA employees would be better off financially in the fast-food industry.

Mark Herzog, Rockville Centre