Regarding “Where the money goes” [News, Dec. 21], Nassau and Suffolk counties’ deficits could be significantly reduced by making one basic change: Restrict the retirement payouts of civil service employees, including those who work for towns, villages, schools and police departments, to the current maximum levels for New York State workers.

Even though many in private industry believe these levels to be similar, Long Island county, town and village workers enjoy far higher thresholds for accumulating vacation and sick days.

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Since both state and Long Island civil service workers eventually receive their pensions from the same retirement systems — the Employees’ Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement System and Police and Fire Retirement System — why shouldn’t all recipients have the same restrictions on their retirement payout limits?

Ronald Gendron, Smithown

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired SUNY police officer.