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.

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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