Letters: Melius-politico ties made plain

By requiring that the court-mandated DWI deterrents be By requiring that the court-mandated DWI deterrents be connected to 911 emergency systems, Nassau and Suffolk counties effectively steered offenders only to the companies with that technology. Interceptor Ignition Interlocks, in which Oheka owner Gary Melius was an early investor, was for months the sole qualifier in Nassau, and one of three in Suffolk. Photo Credit: Joe Rogate

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After reading "Business battle" [News, Feb. 28], concerning Gary Melius's business dealings involving the Suffolk County Legislature, I believe that federal prosecutors should invoke the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and take a real hard look at Suffolk politics.

How does even a well-connected citizen sign a consulting agreement, as the story said, "pledging to get laws passed that would help [a private company] win public contracts"?

According to Newsday, Melius would get 2.8 million shares in the company in exchange for the enactment or amendment of laws requiring the company's technology. And such a law was passed in Suffolk County, according to the story.

Is the Suffolk legislature for sale? Was there some kind of consideration advanced to individual legislators, or to the various political parties, to pass this law? Will federal prosecutors please pay us a visit?

Jim McDonald, Deer Park

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Editor's note: The writer ran as a Democratic candidate for State Senate in 2006.

 

Is anyone else as disturbed as I am to learn that hospital visitors to Gary Melius -- a man whose phone call requesting a favor led to Nassau's top cop stepping down -- include both county executives, at least two judges, the Nassau County sheriff, ex-Sen. Alfonse D'Amato and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford)?

Do I see multiple important political figures in a rich man's debt?

Jacqueline Clark, Islip
 

I am glad that Gary Melius, the owner of Oheka Castle, will recover.

But with all the police activity, the recent court case where the judge's friend was recommended to a board of directors by Melius, and all of our elected officials visiting him in the hospital, it makes you think he owns a lot more than just the castle.

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We need to stop private and union election contributions.

Gary Maksym, Massapequa
 

Following this Melius story in Newsday really highlights the amount of corruption in the political system on Long Island.

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Here's a guy someone tries to kill. Then, all of our politicians trot over to North Shore University Hospital to pay homage to him until the Suffolk County district attorney advises no more guests.

The situation with the Independence Party and the judge who ruled in favor of Melius in a business lawsuit just stinks ["Kick this party off the ballot," Editorial, March 7]. You could write a television script based on these facts.

Now I read that the Suffolk DA got a court to seal a civil case involving Melius and a company that makes ignition locking devices ["Case sealed," News, March 6]. Newsday should continue to investigate this mess.

Tom Kelly, Rockville Centre

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