We, the Democratic minority delegation to the Rules Committee of the Nassau legislature, voted against a contract with KPMG LLC to study the feasibility of the county leasing its sewer system to a private operator ["Nassau money down the drain," Editorial, July 1].

Newsday's editorial correctly condemns the county's agreement to retain KPMG as a financial consultant for sewer privatization. The editorial neglects to mention how the committee's Democrats voted. Our negative vote was based on the very reasons expressed in the editorial, as well as because sewer privatization will inevitably result in higher sewer rates for the public.

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Kevan Abrahams, Judy Jacobs, CarriƩ Solages, Mineola

Editor's note: The writers are, in order, the Nassau legislative minority leader and representatives of Legislative Districts 16 and 3.