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Letter: No leniency for ex-Sen. Dean Skelos

Dean Skelos exits a federal courthouse in Manhattan

Dean Skelos exits a federal courthouse in Manhattan during his retrial in July. Credit: Charles Eckert

When I read “Seeking clemency,” the Oct. 13 news story about former Sen. Dean Skelos’ plea for leniency when he is sentenced for public corruption on Wednesday, I almost choked on my coffee.

How dare his family say this man who abused his power and betrayed the trust of his constituents deserves clemency. His son, Adam Skelos, also benefited from his corruption. Dean Skelos used his influence to get jobs for Adam, who thought that like his father, he was entitled to do whatever he wanted to.

The request by the defense lawyer that Skelos be allowed to be close to his grandchildren, who have moved to Florida, is even more disturbing. This man deserves the fullest punishment allowed by the law.

Pat Normandin, Bellmore

Group home workers are a nuisance

I hope Glen Cove will fight the court ruling that would allow the establishment of a home for people with eating disorders on St. Andrews Lane [“Council to weigh group home appeal,” News, Oct. 15].

I live across from a group home for mentally handicapped adults on St. Andrews Lane. The problem is not the people who live there, but those who work there.

Every day at all hours, cars are parked in front of my house because there is not enough room in the home’s driveway. At 2 a.m., someone will sit in a car playing loud music, or people will argue in the street. They sometimes block my driveway. They leave garbage on my lawn. When there is a blizzard and the city forbids street parking so roads can be plowed, workers park there anyway so the group home’s lot can be plowed. Then traffic backs up in the narrow roadway and ambulances rushing to Glen Cove Hospital must slow down.

The residents at the end of St. Andrews Lane near this proposed house are well justified to object.

Anne Kochendorfer, Glen Cove

This sentence won’t deter other crooks

I was very annoyed by the Oct. 10 news story “Guilty plea in $568G wide mortgage fraud.”

Defendant Mark Savransky defrauded 32 homeowners during the height of the mortgage crisis, keeping mortgage payments he collected from them for his own use. In some cases, lenders began foreclosures due to nonpayments.

He now faces 1 to 6 years in prision when he is sentenced Jan. 10. No mention was made about repayment to the victims. Why won’t the punishment be enough to motivate future would-be crooks from taking chances like Savransky?

Robert Wilson, West Islip

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