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Letter: $12M contract, no questions

State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Long Island's

State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Long Island's highest-ranking legislator and majority leader of the Senate, is the focus of a federal investigation into allegations of corruption. Above, Skelos in July 2012. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Joye Brown's timely column about the lawmakers on the Nassau Rules Committee accurately described the incompetence of these elected officials ["A $12M deal, no questions asked," News column, April 19].

She used the committee's own minutes to describe its voting process on a $12-million contract for AbTech Industries to design and maintain a water filtering system. Not one member of the committee raised a single question before approving the contract. The fact that the son of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was employed by AbTech was not disclosed. Shockingly, no one even asked why the project didn't go to the lowest bidder!

Politicians and board members have a fiscal responsibility to review all contractual bids to make certain they are from firms with impeccable credentials. The knee-jerk approval of this major contract demonstrated a complete lack of dedication by the members of this important committee.

Robert Ricken, Floral Park