How does Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto have the nerve to threaten laying off 150 to 200 town employees, when he himself is not faithfully doing his own highly paid job ["Meetings back on coffee time," News, Oct. 4]?

I refer to his repeated late arrivals to scheduled 10 a.m. town board meetings, which are part of his official duties. His excuse is that when he stops at a Dunkin' Donuts before these meetings, town residents besiege him with comments and questions, and he then feels obliged to respond at length.

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He made a New Year's resolution to solve this long-standing problem by either leaving his house earlier or not stopping for coffee. But just like thousands of other elected government officials who routinely break their campaign promises, he has reneged on his resolution.

Richard Siegelman, Plainview