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Letter: Nassau medical center hiring

The Hempstead Town Board is holding a public

The Hempstead Town Board is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 on a proposal to create a resident-restricted parking district in East Meadow near Nassau University Medical Center. Credit: Barry Sloan

A letter writer hit the nail on the head when he outlined how connected Republican operatives do very well in Nassau County ["Well-connected do well in Nassau," Sept. 9].

Now years removed from the Great Recession, and with constant budget shortfalls despite being one of the wealthiest counties in America, Nassau still acts as if it's business as usual.

Another flagrant example was county Legis. John Ciotti, who lost re-election in 2011 and was then appointed as counsel to the Nassau University Medical Center at a salary of $300,000 annually, despite having no experience in health care law!

All this while county properties fall into disrepair and lower-echelon workers get laid off or forced out. Is it any wonder citizens are sick of politicians?

Mike Tartaglia, Franklin Square

In a county institution with 530 beds which has had to write off $7.9 million in recent years because of billing errors, shouldn't the taxpayers have a say over who is being hired? A secretary without health care experience receives a $95,000 raise? Who hired her? Did Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano approve her hire -- she's his former secretary?

It seems as though there are other county personnel being hired every day at the medical center. Who is looking at all the new hires? Who are they replacing? Is it under new titles? The Nassau Interim Finance Authority needs to take over the hospital and stop allowing friends and relatives to be hired there.

Shelby Milan-Shore, Point Lookout