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Letter: Not conflict to support a political candidate

Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont), right, speaks

Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont), right, speaks at the Elmont Chamber of Commerce's Second Annual Elmont Summit, at the Elmont Memorial Library. (May 2, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

It was a real pleasure to have served on the board of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with such a professional and dedicated team on the county's financial issues.

However, I do need to address the question by Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) as to whether it was a conflict of interest for me to support his political opponent during my term on NIFA .

As reported by Newsday, political activity by NIFA members is not prohibited, and NIFA members have given more than $66,000 to political candidates while serving on the board.

Moreover, and not surprisingly, there was a glaring omission in the article -- Solages clearly forgot to tell Newsday that I supported him during his 2013 political campaign while I was on the NIFA board. He didn't raise any conflict of interest issues then, and apparently he only thinks it's a problem when I support his political opponents.

Dermond Thomas

Valley Stream

Editor's note: The writer is a Valley Stream Village trustee.


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