Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's proposal to lease the county's sewer system is bad for ratepayers and the environment ["Sewer lease delay," News, July 2].

This dubious deal would transfer money out of the system to pay for unrelated services, while undermining control of a vital public asset. Mangano's false solution to his budget problems would borrow money -- and trouble -- for Nassau County, benefiting corporations, like the high-priced consulting firm KPMG, at public expense.

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Eric Weltman, Brooklyn

Editor's note: The writer is a senior organizer with Food & Water Watch, an environmental advocacy organization.