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Letter: A tale of two town scandals

Frederick Ippolito, commissioner of Planning and Development, attends

Frederick Ippolito, commissioner of Planning and Development, attends an Oyster Bay Town Board meeting on Friday, Feb. 3, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Ted Phillips

It’s almost too much to believe. The man in charge of enforcing the codes, rules and ordinances in Oyster Bay, Frederick Ippolito, pleaded guilty to tax evasion [“Guilty of tax evasion,” News, Jan. 27]. He didn’t pay federal income taxes on $2 million. Long Island has to be the most corrupt place anywhere.

Stan Bleiman, Westbury


Scandals in North Hempstead and Oyster Bay generated two very different responses.

When Frederick Ippolito, Town of Oyster Bay planning commissioner, was indicted by the federal government for failing to pay taxes on $2 million, Supervisor John Venditto chose to do nothing. Even after Ippolito accepted a plea deal, the town did nothing until Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Ippolito had to step down because he was a felon [“After guilty plea, Ippolito resigns Oyster Bay post,” News, Jan. 29].

In North Hempstead, questions were raised about $1.4 million owed in federal and state taxes by Gerard Terry, chairman of the town’s Democractic Party, attorney for the town zoning board and a special counselor to the town attorney. Supervisor Judi Bosworth immediately asked him to resign as party leader and said there were no plans to renew his contract with the town [“Loses election job,” News, Feb. 3].

Politicians have to stop protecting cheats. Until the voters are convinced that our elected officials represent our interests and not those of their political cronies, we will continue to have no confidence in their leadership.

Maureen Griffin, Syosset


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