It is not often that I agree with the leaders of Nassau County's employee unions, but the raises given to appointees are outrageous ["Raises despite a pay freeze," News, Jan. 3].
The comments of County Comptroller George Maragos were especially offensive. He said the raises were given to "retain outstanding personnel." These appointees can really make more in the private sector? I doubt it. He has a secretary who makes $130,000 a year? I bet there are many outstanding secretaries who would take the job for less than half of that salary.
The Mangano administration has continually thumbed its collective nose at the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. Nassau County is doomed because of such financial shenanigans.
Robert DeMarco, Wantagh
Charity is paid back many times over
As we were closing the pantry door at the St. Bernard Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society on the Saturday before Christmas, "Valerie" came to the door and asked if she could make a donation ["Stressed-out safety net," News, Jan. 6].
It seems she had received help from our organization about nine years ago. She said, "I don't have much, but please accept this, because if it weren't for St. Vincent de Paul back in those days, I wouldn't have been able to manage my life or care for my son properly." She gave us $200 and a bag of new toys.
Then on Jan. 4, a young man came to the door of our pantry. He said he also wanted to make a donation. "Mike" is 19 and a seaman in the Navy. He said he was leaving the next day for San Diego to begin three months of combat training, after which he would be assigned to a Marine combat unit in Hawaii as a medical corpsman.
He told us that when he was 10, St. Vincent de Paul was such a help to him and his mother that he wanted to do something in return. In case you haven't figured it out yet, Mike is Valerie's son.
He reached into his pocket and nervously pulled out a very large wad of bills. He said, "Here's $1,000 for being such an important part of our lives. Can I give you a hug?"
Patricia Rosalia, Levittown
Editor's note: The writer is the president of the St. Bernard Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
No obligation to disclose private issue
A letter writer feels that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter should have revealed her very private battle with depression and substance abuse during his campaign instead of afterward ["Daughter's confession and campaigning," Jan. 3].
Seriously? A private family matter needs to be disclosed to prove that you are capable of running the city? Why is this relevant?
Family health, sexual orientation and financial concerns do not reflect the skill or integrity of any person. That the mayor's daughter chose to reveal her private battle should only empower those also affected, showing that they are not alone in their quest for relief. Isolation serves no one.
Beth Littman Josephson, Merrick