Letters: Objecting to Nassau exec choice

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano campaigning at the

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano campaigning at the Merrick Fair. (Sept. 28, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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It comes as no surprise that Newsday endorsed Tom Suozzi for Nassau County executive ["Suozzi for Nassau executive," Editorial, Oct. 20]. In fact, Suozzi was hired by Cablevision as a consultant following his election loss in 2009. While Cablevision did donate $12,000 to the Mangano campaign, that pales in comparison with the $200,000 the company donated to Suozzi this year. One must wonder if this endorsement has anything to do with The Madison Square Garden Co.'s loss to Forest City Ratner Cos. in the contest to revitalize the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

What's most surprising is the oblivious, heavy-handed approach to the endorsement. Newsday fails to acknowledge Mangano's accomplishments -- whether it was leveraging private dollars for the public good by getting the Nassau Coliseum redeveloped, his job growth strategies that have resulted in the lowest unemployment rates in the region, dismantling Suozzi's patronage mill and, of course, Mangano's stand against county tax increases. Furthermore, Newsday's editorial gives the impression that Suozzi left on sabbatical for several years, and the county simply ground to a halt awaiting his return. The only thing that did grind to a halt were his tax hikes, as Mangano knows residents are overtaxed and cannot afford to pay government more of their money.

Newsday's editorial could have at least maintained a veneer of credibility had it acknowledged the paper's significant conflict of interest, even if it could not bring itself to note Mangano's leadership.

Brian Nevin, Mineola

Editor's note: The writer is the Mangano campaign spokesman. The Dolan family holds a controlling interest in both The Madison Square Garden Co. and Cablevision, which owns Newsday.
 

Newsday's endorsement of Tom Suozzi for county executive left me scratching my head. By your own account, Ed Mangano is saving the county $30 million a year by privatizing the bus system, and another $30 million a year by settling tax grievances before the tax roll is set.

My property taxes have gone from $4,700 to $8,400 between 1999 and the present.

While it's nice that Suozzi has a dream of affordable downtown housing areas close to transportation for young adults, all that does nothing for me. By far the largest issue is property taxes. I'll go with the guy who is saving the county $60 million a year.

Charles Blatt, Levittown
 

The only surprise in Newsday's endorsement is that it took you so long. Newsday has been salivating over the prospect of a Suozzi campaign since it was first rumored, and your breathless coverage of him in those early days was reminiscent of a giggling schoolgirl.

Susan Bennett, Long Beach

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