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Letter: Service levels fall in Nassau

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. (March 15, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. (March 15, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Residents of Nassau County should be outraged at those men and women who run county government ["Mangano cuts 200 more jobs," News, July 24].

I wrote in May about Nassau government being at a standstill, because the two political parties were holding each other hostage in a game of chicken ["All sides playing politics in Nassau," Letters, May 21]. The Democrats won't allow their members to vote yes on borrowing to pay tax certiorari judgments unless the Republicans give them fairer redistricting lines. Republicans won't give Democrats fairer lines until they approve the bonding. It's like a bad drug deal where one guy has the drugs and the other has the money. Who hands it over first?

Now the rubber is about to meet the road, and neither side is budging. More innocent, low-earning government workers could have their lives destroyed with a third round of layoffs. Residents are being shortchanged as their services have reached a new low.

Mangano believes he can get away with more cuts because he uses the phrase "no tax increase" when he speaks. Meanwhile, there can be just one 911 operator working for the whole county at a time, and lines are out the door at Social Services.

Residents, beware. You could soon be the highest taxed county in the nation with the fewest services to show for it.

Jerry Laricchiuta, Massapequa Park

Editor's note: The writer is president of the Civil Service Employees Association, Local 830, the largest union of county employees.