Your Feb. 27 news story “No more freebies” is about the executive order from Nassau County Executive Laura Curran to bar gifts from county vendors. I was amazed to read about free tickets to football games and a free cup of coffee. As was pointed out by columnist Joye Brown in another part of the paper, there was no mention about political contributions [“It will take more to fight graft,” News].
I have been retired for more than 10 years, but I worked for more than 40 years as an electrical engineer for firms in New York City and Long Island. I had clients in the private and the public sectors. We had coffee machines in our offices for our employees, and we considered it a matter of courtesy to offer coffee when our clients came in to conduct business. Nobody would have considered that a gift, a perk or a freebie.
It’s sad when our county’s leadership believes that a public servant could be influenced in his or her decision-making by a free cup of coffee.
George Gross, Syosset