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Letter: Nassau mishandles payments for work

Patti Ambrosia, left, and Domenica Calafano hold signs

Patti Ambrosia, left, and Domenica Calafano hold signs objecting to the VIP Splash Waterways Recovery Group contract as the Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee discusses the contract that is under criminal investigation during the meeting on Monday, June 6, 2016 in Mineola. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Deputy Nassau County attorney Daniel Grippo states that he didn’t believe the county had the right to hold up the contract with VIP Splash Waterways Recovery Group Inc., just because it’s under investigation [“Nassau OKs $400G,” News, June 7].

He states, “The alternative is litigation, and you’d be arguing that the commencement of an investigation justified nonpayment.”

No, you would argue that the extra work done was outside the current contract and not authorized.

The county consistently allows work to proceed without contract approval, and then uses the excuse that the work was already done as justification to approve payment. That is not how it should work.

Susan Zecca, Levittown

Editor’s note: The writer is retired and worked as a fiscal officer in the Nassau County Comptroller’s office.