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Letter: Speed cameras jeopardize elections

Speed cameras in front of the Dutch Broadway

Speed cameras in front of the Dutch Broadway School in Elmont on Aug. 31, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Isn't it a shame that our elected officials have to see their re-elections in jeopardy to do the right thing? ["Speed cameras in peril," News, Dec. 9]. Wouldn't the public be better off having a representative government that works for the people who elected them and not their own selfish ambitions?

It's time to remove the speed cameras and admit that they were installed to raise our taxes. They had very little to do with safety. It's time to revamp the county government, cut the waste, start with a blank piece of paper and rebuild from scratch.

Gary Peckett, Baldwin

Editor's note: The writer is a former employee of Nassau County's Office of Management & Budget.