Letter: Sposato obit sustains 'bias'

Louis F. Sposato, a longtime Republican committeeman from Louis F. Sposato, a longtime Republican committeeman from Oyster Bay, Nassau County clerk and deputy in the sheriff's department, died at 93. Photo Credit: Handout

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Two items in the obituary of Louis F. Sposato [News, Dec. 1] require comment.

The obituary completely mischaracterizes my relationship with Sposato. Subsequent to his retirement as executive leader of the Oyster Bay hamlet, I appointed him vice chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee. He remained vice chairman for many years, actively providing me with wise counsel and advice.

While your obituary suggests an estrangement that never existed, I am grateful that Sposato and I remained close friends up until his passing and continued in regular contact through his well-deserved retirement in Florida.

The obituary also perpetuates Newsday's none-too-subtle bias against the Republican Party and its leadership. Why, an astute reader may ask, is Republican Chairman Joe Mondello sometimes referenced as the "GOP boss," while his counterpart is consistently described as "Democratic Chairman," or sometimes "Democratic leader" Jay Jacobs?

The answer is simple: The term boss when used in a political context is clearly a pejorative meant to cast the individual in a negative, almost sinister light. Conversely, the terms chairman and leader convey universally positive connotations.

It's a shame this material was included in the obituary of a fine man and a dedicated public servant. Sposato did much good for so many people over the years.

Joseph Mondello, Westbury

Editor's note: The writer is the chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee.
 

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