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Letter: Pay raises in Nassau look bad

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano urged legislative leaders

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano urged legislative leaders figure out how to replace $30 million in projected annual revenue that would be lost by repealing the county's unpopular school zone speed camera program. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has lamented to the county legislature that it needs to come up with $30 million in expected revenue from the fines the school speed cameras would have generated. Already, fines for $24 million were imposed from September through December.

Now I know why the county needs that revenue: $4.4 million in pay hikes and benefits so far, with more on the way, for county staff and their political appointees ["Appointees get $4.4M," News, Dec. 30]. With percent increases ranging from 13 percent to as high as 69 percent, it looks like the taxpayers will again fund abusive spending practices. And who benefits? Political appointees!

Many taxpayers in Nassau County have had either no raises or cuts in pay just to keep their jobs in recent years. Nassau County's complete disregard of fiscal responsibility and conservative spending is why we are in such dire straits.

Steven Belmonte, Seaford

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