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Letter: Sewer savings don't add up

I read "Nassau's sewer switch" [News, Jan. 3], about the private takeover of the Nassau County system. According to the Nassau County official quoted in the article, this "will save taxpayers $11.8 million in 2015."

I don't understand how this could be, since no workers are being laid off. The takeover company, United Water, is being paid $57.4 million annually by Nassau to run the system. This money from the county will, in part, pay sewer system workers who are retained.

All workers not retained, according to this article, will be "reassigned to vacant positions elsewhere in the county." Thus Nassau taxpayers will be paying the salaries of the sewer workers through the payments to United Water and will also be paying the salaries of the workers no longer working for the sewer system.

In addition, I assume United Water is making a profit on this deal, so taxpayers are also paying for that. Could someone please explain how the taxpayers are saving money?

Barry Schwartz, East Meadow

Johnson fought to save lighthouse

Newsday rightfully gave the late Sen. Owen Johnson glowing accolades for a sterling career and for always thinking of his beloved Long Island and ways to improve it.

He worked across the aisle, leaving an incredible legacy. However, I want to add one important achievement. As the wife of the late Thomas F. Roberts III, the founding president of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, I witnessed constant attention as the senator fought for our organization in Albany.

If he hadn't procured the seed money, the Lens Building would not have been built. It houses a first-order Fresnel lighthouse lens and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. This is a definite jewel in the crown of a prince of a man.

Marilyn Miller Roberts, Bay Shore

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