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Letter: Grateful for the work of Dean Skelos

Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) speaks in Albany

Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) speaks in Albany on Feb. 10, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Mike Groll

I hope people will not forget the good that Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) did during his 30 years in the State Senate [“Albany, after the trials,” News, Dec. 13].

In my eight years as mayor of Malverne, no official at any level of government did more for my village. Skelos helped me locate and obtain grants for numerous public projects, including the repavement of village parking lots, renovation of village hall, beautification of the business district and much more. He was always there to lend his support at village functions and celebrations. He was proactive in assisting our senior citizens and veterans.

I am, of course, disappointed in the illegal activity he is said to have engaged in, and in the inglorious way his career has ended. He made mistakes, as we all have. He is paying a high price for them.

I recall the words of Marc Antony over Caesar’s body in Shakespeare’s play: “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones.”

Anthony Panzarella, Malverne