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Letter: Legislature’s leader is blocking progress

Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow)

Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) attends a hearing in Mineola on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Norma Gonsalves, the Nassau County Legislature’s presiding officer, has again embarrassed her office by not doing her job [“Dems push inspector general vote,” News, July 17].

The Republican leader continues to ignore the Democratic Party’s plea for a vote on an independent inspector general to oversee how county contracts are awarded. Corruption involved in these deals of $24,999 or less is well documented and must be stopped. But Gonsalves has not allowed a vote on any proposal by the minority party. Doing so would put her party members’ votes on record and their blockade of progress out there for all to see.

This is not just a Nassau problem. It’s rampant within the GOP on the national stage and has been the party’s political survival tactic: Stall and block anything the Democrats try to do.

Bruce M. Resch, East Meadow

Editor’s note: The writer is a registered Democrat.