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Letter: Nassau needs public election funding

Nassau County Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams speaks

Nassau County Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams speaks on May 12, 2016, in Mineola. He is seeking a public vote on the measure over county contracts. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

I agree with Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams on establishing an inspector general with oversight of government contracts [“Dems push inspector general vote,” News, July 17]. However, this measure won’t go far enough. We need a radical break with the past.

The Nassau County Legislature should debate and vote on having publicly funded elections and should pass a resolution urging the state government to do the same.

From former Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray’s controversial appointment to a job with Nassau Community College, to former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ conviction, we have ample evidence of undue influence.

Publicly funded elections, along with stricter disclosure laws, would encourage candidates to focus on the needs of constituents rather than large businesses and wealthy donors.

Paul Ibuzor, Melville