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Letters: Cost of immigrants raises concern

The Oct. 7 news story "Pol to push for immigrant aid" states that Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Peter King (R-Seaford) are calling on the federal government to reimburse public schools up to $12,000 per student to educate the more than 2,500 immigrant children who recently crossed the border and are now here on Long Island. At $12,000 each, if this goes through, the taxpayer will be handed a bill of more than $30 million.

The article also says that the number of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, is 43,000 throughout the United States. That makes the country's bill ring in at more than $500 million.

King visited a ninth-grade class to learn about the challenges the migrants face. The responses from some students were they wanted financial aid for college and better soccer fields. Really? My kids didn't get financial aid, despite having good grades, because I made the mistake of saving for their future from the moment they were born.

As far as the soccer fields go, if they were good enough for my kids to play on, they are good enough for the migrants.

Tom Vespo, Bethpage

I just read that protesters are demanding that Nassau County agencies offer services in Creole and Mandarin, besides the current English and Spanish ["Rally seeks help with languages," News, Oct. 2].

Whatever happened to the possibility of these people learning English? Do we have to pay for interpretation in every conceivable language? Where does it stop?

We do have instruction available to learn English. Is that so inconvenient?

Larry Ring, Coram

Nassau should cut back its spending

I just finished reading about another Nassau County shortfall ["Nassau sales-tax woes," News, Oct. 9]. I cannot believe that Nassau officials haven't learned their lesson about spending and unsupported projections.

I only wish I could start spending now based on my big raise or promotion that I will get next year. If I don't get either, I can just borrow to cover the shortfall and repay it in 20 years.

It's time county officials start paying as they go. We all have to live within our means, and governments should do the same. Bond issue after bond issue just make the hole deeper. Acting responsibly is good government.

James V. Diodato, Centereach

Following court list cause for censure?

Newsday's voluminous coverage of Gary Melius' role in various foreclosures is notable for the absence of material facts regarding my receivership of an office building in Huntington Station, which would have documented that no misconduct was committed by Justice Emily Pines or me ["Judges act, insiders profit," News, Oct. 5].

The story failed to disclose that I was appointed the receiver solely at the request of the plaintiff-foreclosing bank. Also not revealed was that the property manager and every other appointee was on the eligible list as legally required and pre-approved by the bank, and then appointed by Pines at the request of the parties. Also not mentioned was the fact that every single invoice and payment was also approved by the bank before any payment was made. Finally, at the conclusion of the receivership, the parties agreed to my detailed accounting legally confirming their approval of all payments before Pines approved it.

Rick Bellando was selected property manager from the list of eligible property managers maintained by the New York State Office of Court Administration, as required by court rules, and appointed as property manager, also upon consent of all parties. As it turns out and unknown to me until 18 months after the foreclosure action and receivership was successfully concluded, he was ineligible to be on the list. His ineligibility should have been obvious to the Office of Court Administration, which is responsible for the list. The resume attached to Bellando's Office of Court Administration application prominently disclosed that he was executive director of Nassau's Independence Party and thus ineligible.

The foregoing information was provided to Newsday and the record needs to reflect these facts.

Ronald J. Rosenberg, Garden City

Editor's note: The writer is an attorney for Melius and a former Independence Party committee candidate.

Need more, not less accountable schools

Regarding "Call to give kids fewer tests" [News, Oct. 6], fantastic idea!

Our top-heavy, bloated, overrated, unchecked, autonomous Nassau County schools need this. This way we can allow our ridiculously overcompensated teachers to do less.

While they're at it, why don't they shorten the school year as well?

Tommy Gregoretti, Oceanside