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Letters: Nassau County's budget burdens

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. (May 17,

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. (May 17, 2012) Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

Regarding "Could LI be next Scranton" [Editorial, July 13], that city is teetering near bankruptcy, and its employees have had their pay cut to minimum wage. Is it possible Nassau County is in worse financial shape than Scranton?

If County Executive Edward Mangano and his administration seek to privatize the sewer system, the only concern should be whether the price tag is sufficient. Given the chronic, structural deficits facing Nassau County, I am puzzled that $750 million from a third party private investor isn't receiving more support.

Those who opposed redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum in August 2011 need to now consider working with the Mangano administration to rebuild it. This is an opportunity to put people back to work, retain jobs and protect the county's long-term tax base.

Michael P. Mulhall, Rockville Centre

Hello, heavily burdened taxpayers. It's that time of year again when Nassau County announces that next year we will have a deficit ["Deficit forecast," News, July 14].

Why can't Nassau County get it right? Its leaders seem to understand wasteful spending, and they understand whom to blame: unions, the police, bad contracts -- and let's not forget that the red-light cameras are not pulling their weight. Why can't our elected officials logically figure out that the bad decisions that they make are the cause of our deficit problems?

Philip A. Boscia, Syosset

Once again, it seems that the powers that be in Nassau County are balancing the budget on the backs of our youth ["Closed down," News, July 16]. County Executive Edward Mangano's budget targets the social agencies that provide training, rehabilitation and education to the most vulnerable members of our community. They have too little as it is. These programs should be enhanced and multiplied, not gutted and devastated.

Joseph A. Volker, Point Lookout

Editor's note: The writer is the director of the Nassau Affirmative Action Project, a nonprofit organization opposed to systemic racism.