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Letter: Set up hotline for illegal dumping

A shuttered West Islip pool is being reopened

A shuttered West Islip pool is being reopened by town officials to accommodate Brentwood residents as a criminal probe into illegal dumping will keep Roberto Clemente Park, which is pictured here, closed indefinitely. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

In response to Newsday’s editorial “It’s everyone’s job to watch out for parks” [Jan. 26], citizens had for many years complained about the dumping at Clemente Park in Brentwood. Our complaints were ignored until April 2014, when Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota started to investigate.

So, the problem is not one of citizens failing to report illegal dumping. It’s that people in power blatantly disregarded their responsibility to care for the well-being of the people. It’s just another reason why our trust in politicians continues to erode. A hotline to the district attorney’s office should be set up so illegal dumping can be reported.

Newsday should continue to be outspoken and put pressure to get problems solved in a timely fashion.

John Wolf, Levittown