How could Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who was elected as a Republican and Conservative candidate, endorse Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ["Cuomo touts tech, Astorino draws crowd," News, Oct. 28]? He rammed same-sex marriage down our throats and has been very strongly pushing for his abortion expansion called the Women's Equality Act.

What was Mangano's motive? Maybe to collaborate with Cuomo to get some tax money for Long Island's use?

Hey, Mangano and all you Republican fellow travelers, if you supported Cuomo over an honest, capable Republican with a good record, is it any wonder that the state Republican Party gets weaker and less successful?

Don't expect my vote or support in the future, Mangano. If the Republican Party won't fight for its principles, it's time to leave it behind.

Edmund Farrell, Lynbrook

In "Cuomo, Astorino take their duel upstate" [News, Nov. 1], Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reportedly made a reference to what he called "ultraconservatives," stating that, "Their ideology, their goal, is they are right and everybody else is wrong. It's 100 percent their way or they will make sure nothing happens."

That sounded more like a description of the governor himself and the way he seems to conduct business. Perhaps he just got confused.

Joseph Blaettler, Smithtown

Negative campaigns reached new low

Newsday published its list of endorsed candidates, but I'm having a hard time believing anything good about the candidates ["Editorial endorsement wrap-up," Editorial, Nov. 3]. The reason is that over the last month I've seen 1,182 negative TV ads about Rob Astorino and 1,232 negative ads about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. I've also received 3,245 phone calls from Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Lee Zeldin.

I normally vote every year, but this year I couldn't wait to see Election Day in my rearview mirror, so I could answer my phone again. If the people in charge of these campaigns think the negative ads are helpful, they are sorely mistaken.

Neil Bellovin, Port Jefferson

We have been inundated with robocalls, expensive mailings and attack ads on TV, all in the name of campaigning for office. The U.S. Senate race in North Carolina reportedly cost both sides a total of $108 million! Has this nation gone insane?

We need radical reform of how elections are financed. Opening the door to corporate donations in Citizens United was one of the worst decisions any U.S. Supreme Court has ever made. The court doesn't always get it right. Anyone remember the Dred Scott decision from 1857? He was a slave who sued for his freedom, and the court ruled that he was "property."

We need a system that restricts the time allowed for campaigning -- perhaps to one month. We also need restrictions on how much money can be spent, and that money must come from the federal government, with no private or corporate money allowed.

We also need elected officials who have the personal integrity to put such laws into action. I haven't seen any yet.

Nicholas Dallis, Smithtown

Backtracking on precinct consolidation

With the Nassau County government and upper police management, once again it's the tail wagging the dog ["Nassau restores precinct," News, Oct. 31]. They just realized that the idea of consolidating eight police precincts into four was not saving the county the $20 million annually that they said it would.

The legislature's budget review office said there was no savings because of retirement termination pay and overtime costs. How could the county not plan for police officers retiring when they're eligible? How could county officials not think there would be higher overtime costs as a result?

This consolidation was a bad idea from the start, with poor planning and no foresight. If it was saving money, county officials wouldn't have reversed their decision. Can we please start putting someone competent in positions of importance in this county?

Don Hagan, Wantagh

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

Again, the County of Nassau takes one step forward and four steps backward. One example is the restoration of Elmont's Fifth Precinct to a full station house.

Another example is that after all the hoopla of installing cameras in front of schools, they are going to spend more money installing flashing lights at speed-camera sites ["Riled by the cameras," News, Oct. 31]. Meanwhile, Nassau's budget is unsound.

Ann Marksteiner, Levittown

Pay equity law would hurt women

A recent letter writer understands the true nature of gender pay equity ["Politicians pander on gender pay equity," Nov. 2]. What rules the market is not fairness but cheapness. That's why identical services and goods -- say, two quarts of milk or gallons of gasoline -- sell for different prices. Businesses advertise that they sell for less.

Equal pay for equal work sounds fair, but it handicaps women by destroying their ability to bid down the price of their labor and thus, their ability to compete for jobs.

Robert Carlen, Stony Brook


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