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Letter: On Long Island, pay doesn’t go as far

About two dozen people from as far away

About two dozen people from as far away as New Jersey came to Port Washington to take a tour, guided by Craig Morrison, of the Execution Rock Lighthouse on the Long Island Sound on July 16, 2011. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

The Census Bureau’s definition of “middle class” doesn’t fit Long Island [“Household shift,” News, Oct. 18]. With our astronomical regional cost of living, $185,000 doesn’t make someone wealthy. Property tax bills of $12,000 or so take a chunk out of family budgets.

The income problem is far worse than reported. My local financial adviser has told me that $300,000 on Long Island isn’t a lot, based on what we pay for things.

There should not be a blanket thrown over the country on what constitutes wealth. It deserves more careful thought and analysis that include regional costs in the equation.

Carol Schwasnick, Oakdale


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