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Letter: Skeptical of Nassau’s new contract rules

The Nassau County legislature in session on Sunday,

The Nassau County legislature in session on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Mineola. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Regarding “New contract rules” [News, March 3], yes, the Nassau County Legislature has finally done the right thing by advocating for legislative approval of all public service contracts awarded over $1,000. However, let’s not forget that lawmakers were dragged kicking and screaming to this decision by Newsday articles exposing contract award shenanigans.

The perception, and probable truth, is that Nassau government is still riddled with people who will make it their business to flout and circumvent whatever law exists to make a buck out of county contract awards. If you don’t believe this, just wait for the revelations to come.

The truth is, we must clean house in Mineola at the next election and all the others to follow. That’s the only way. Nassau voters should no longer tolerate any public servant who abuses the public trust.

Michael J. Moonitz, Massapequa

 

Once again, the Nassau County legislators have proved how selfish and dysfunctional they are [“Borrowing blocked,” News, March 8].

Democrats blocked a $275 million capital budget for improvements in Uniondale, Port Washington and Freeport. But the real kicker: Bulletproof vests for our Nassau police were included in that budget. Vests should be in the budget for police equipment or in the asset forfeiture fund.

Don Hagan, Wantagh

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired Nassau police detective.

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