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Letter: Call out Nassau's obstructive Dems

Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) at a

Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) at a news conference in Mineola. (Feb. 22, 2011) Credit: Barry Sloan

Newsday's editorial bias on the subject of county legislative redistricting must be exposed ["The game Nassau can't afford to lose," Editorial, Feb. 24].

Nassau Democrats are holding our county's fiscal health hostage by demanding political advantage in legislative redistricting, in exchange for governmental cooperation that would move Nassau toward greater fiscal stability.

Newsday continues to give the Democrats a free pass while they purposefully withhold their votes from virtually every initiative advanced by County Executive Edward Mangano that would continue to clean up the fiscal mess in Mineola -- a mess that Mangano inherited from the very same Democrats who are now using politics as an excuse to thwart his efforts.

Despite the fact that Republicans have developed new district lines following the letter of federal and state law, the county charter, and the exact precedent set by the Democrats when they controlled the last redistricting process 10 years ago, Newsday refuses to call Democratic legislators out for blindly following the clearly unethical political dictates of their party boss rather than act in the county's best interests.

As Nassau Democrats brazenly seek political advantage by refusing bipartisan cooperation on critical issues affecting the health, safety and welfare of county residents, they must be heartened to still hear resounding cheers from their fans at Newsday.

Joseph N. Mondello, Westbury

Editor's note: The writer is the chairman of the Nassau Republican Committee.