The Feb. 15 "Politics & Power" column said that if former Suffolk Comptroller Joseph Sawicki is chosen as county treasurer, he "could legally double-dip for more than $300,000 in salary and pension, even though he is five years short of 65" ["Treasurer hopeful could double-dip].
I was not surprised at county GOP chairman John Jay LaValle's quip that Sawicki, a Republican, would be "a hog" to double dip.
I hope that LaValle holds that opinion if Angie Carpenter does the same thing when she leaves her job as Suffolk treasurer to become Islip supervisor on March 1. She made $189,248 a year as treasurer. Her salary as supervisor will be a mere $103,000. It would not come as a surprise to me to see her apply for her pension of more than $86,000.
Gaming the system is as American as apple pie in Suffolk County.
Joe Fritz, Brentwood
Editor's note: The writer, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for State Senate in 2014.