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Letter: Violence task force helped many lives

A nearly $30 million fund for open space

A nearly $30 million fund for open space and clean water projects being proposed by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's administration and environmentalists will eventually cost $76.3 million with interest payments, according to a legislative budget report. Credit: Johnny Milano

I was surprised to read that Suffolk County's Task Force to Prevent Family Violence has lain dormant for three years after functioning continuously since 1988 ["Domestic violence: Task force allowed to lapse," News, Aug. 19]. I was proud to be a founding member and served for 20 years, including several years as co-chair.

This hardworking group consisted of representatives from the public and private sectors. Members came from health and human services, child advocacy, domestic violence agencies, law enforcement, legal firms, the courts and mental health providers.

We worked to find solutions that involved complex legal and human services, and which crossed agency lines. It cost very little, and probably saved money in improved coordination and cooperation on behalf of vulnerable families and children.

Integral to its effectiveness was that the task force reported directly to the county executive. I hope that the reconvening of this group by County Executive Steve Bellone portends a real commitment to dedicate the time, energy and effort requisite to rebuild a group that can make a difference in the lives of so many.

Jane Corrarino, Setauket