CSEA president Jerry Laricchiuta speaks about Nassau bonding issue and...

CSEA president Jerry Laricchiuta speaks about Nassau bonding issue and the possible appointment of the county executive to enact pay freezes and layoffs without legislative approval on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Mineola, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp) Credit: Photo by Howard Schnapp

The preferred slogan among elected officials is that you never mix politics with government, but that statement is an oxymoron ["Plan: $41M cuts to pay tax refunds," News, May 12].

Governments at all levels mix the two. However, Nassau County has taken it to new levels. Political maneuvering and threats, usually confined to backrooms and hallways, occur openly.

Today, our Democrat lawmakers in Nassau speak openly about holding up funding as a way to pressure the Republican Party to get a better deal in an electoral redistricting battle. Just as blatant, the Republican Party says that if county borrowing is not approved, its majority lawmakers will pass a law -- which is illegal as written -- to let the county executive unilaterally change any and all terms and conditions of union contracts. This is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution and the New York State Taylor Law.

Not taking sides, I believe both parties should be held accountable by the electorate. In fact, any lawmaker who knowingly passes a bill that violates the law should be held accountable by the federal government.

Taxpayers, residents and workers all deserve responsible government, and this crew is not living up to their oaths of office.

Jerry Laricchiuta, Massapequa Park

Editor's note: The writer is president of the Civil Service Employees Association, Nassau Local 830.