Letters: How can Nassau afford this land?

A portion of the four-acre, former Brooklyn Water A portion of the four-acre, former Brooklyn Water Works site in Freeport that Nassau County plans to buy from businessman Gary Melius for $6.22 million. Photo Credit: NEWSDAY J. Conrad Williams Jr.

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Let me get this straight. Nassau County has no money. People are facing layoffs, police precincts are being closed, etc., but there is $6.2 million to pay for four acres of vacant land in Freeport ["Nassau can buy Freeport parcel," News, Aug. 31]?

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority board is supposed to oversee the finances of the county. What are its members doing? Landowner Gary Melius is getting $1.55 million per acre. That's a lot of money and quite a profit. I'm sure he's been taking a write-off for the last 26 years.

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There is a lot of vacant space in Nassau, most of it between the ears of the NIFA board and the county executive.

Lew Montgomery

Rockville Centre

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