Letters: Fine for LIRR fraudster baffles

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Regarding the penalty levied against the latest Long Island Rail Road disability fraudster, it seems that U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan missed some math classes during her early education ["No jail for LIRR fraud," News, May 21]!

Repaying $294,717 at the rate of $25 a month would take more than 980 years! Who says cheating doesn't pay?

Joe Fasano, Massapequa Park


And, in our "crime doesn't pay" file . . . we have this item: Disability fraudster Christopher Parlante must repay $294,717 that he swindled from the LIRR, at a rate of $25 per month.

The moral of the story? All of you who might be contemplating fraud, be warned! You too might be socked with a no-interest loan of roughly $300,000, and have about 1,000 years to pay it back. So watch out.

Unbelievable.

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Peter Larkin, Bayside

This cannot be real. If Christopher Parlante, 61, lives to be 100, he would only repay $11,700 -- not even close to what he owes.

I wept uncontrollably when his lawyer described in detail the financial hardship this poor man was going through.

There must be a joke in this story. Unfortunately I fail to see one. But wait, I see it now! The joke is on us, the law-abiding citizens.

Paul Fallai, Wading River

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Muslim leaders must reiterate peace

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This is in response to Salaam Bhatti's op-ed, "My reasons for being optimistic" [Opinion, May 18]. Bhatti outlines how things have changed for average American Muslims after 9/11. I am sure he is correct.

Many individual groups have voiced strong condemnation of the acts of 9/11; however, these positions have not been well publicized. For example, we all know where the Roman Catholic Church stands on many issues. Where is that voice from Islam?

If Islam is against slaughter of innocents, then say so. If Islam does not require the slaughter of those who do not recognize Muhammed as a prophet of God, then say so.

If Islam is not in favor of the violent overthrow of the United States government, then say so. If Islam is not in favor of imposing Sharia law across the United States, then say so.

If the leadership of Islam and Muslims across the world could get a simple message across that those who commit violence violate the principles of their religion, and that they will not be rewarded in heaven for these acts, perhaps there is reason for optimism.

Robert Bialer, Glen Cove

Cross-endorsement should come to end

A number of recent articles in Newsday have dealt with New York's system of fusion and political cross-endorsements, including what amounted to an editorial on the whole issue ["Fire party leader from both jobs," May 9, 2014].

Newsday states, "Cross-endorsements should be outlawed in New York. Every party should have to put up its own candidate on its own line."

The Green Party of New York State also has called for an end to New York's system of fusion voting. For many years, the Green Party has chosen to run its own candidates for statewide offices such as governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general and U.S. senator. It has not always been easy to obtain ballot status by running our own independent candidates, but it has been important for our party to present its own progressive ideas and policies, undiluted, to the electorate.

After Howie Hawkins' strong gubernatorial race in 2010, when we regained official ballot status by winning more than 50,000 votes, Green Party organizations across the state have increased their commitment to running our own Green candidates as well.

This stand fosters political independence. Not only do we refuse corporate money, but we also reject candidates of corporate parties. The Green Party knows that fusion is confusion.

We urge that New York's system of cross-endorsements, which generate corruption and electoral confusion, be ended once and for all.

Jim Brown, Island Park

Ron Snyder, Huntington

Editor's note: The writers are Green Party chairmen in Nassau and Suffolk counties, respectively.

Accept school vote in West Babylon

I am glad to see that the West Babylon taxpayers said no to the over-the-cap school budget, and no to higher taxes ["3 districts that sought to exceed NY limit are defeated," News, May 21].

The school board should not waste any more money asking for a second vote, but instead should figure out how to manage spending with the austerity budget. The community has spoken; no means no.

George Simolin, West Babylon

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