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Letters: Nassau finances are a worry

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on Jan. 10,

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on Jan. 10, 2014. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Nassau County government has privatized the bus service, prison heath care system, and now the municipal sewer system ["Nassau's sewer switch," News, Jan. 3].

Let's not forget that it needs the interim finance authority to oversee county finances.

How about privatization of the county government itself, since the elected leaders can't seem to get the jobs done themselves?

Rudy Vilardi, Islip

Nassau's recent "money saving" wastewater agreement with United Water brought to mind an earlier attempt to economize.

In 1997, Nassau County officials were duped into believing that switching the county's health insurance to a new company, Benefit Plan Administrators, would reduce insurance costs. As it turned out, rather than saving money, it ended up costing the county an extra $70 million.

A deputy county executive admitted to taking bribes in exchange for his help in the scheme, and many people ended up going to prison for their parts in the fraud.

Here's hoping history does not repeat itself.

Rudy Rosenberg II, Carle Place

It's shameful that some Nassau County employees got excessive raises ["Appointees get $4.4M," News, Dec. 30]. Who gets raises of 13 to 69 percent? Most people are lucky to get a 5 percent increase at best, and don't get me started about the small Social Security increases.

The average county worker is getting by on a much smaller salary and increase. The county isn't out of the woods, far from it, and yet several elected officials allowed these raises to occur.

They're like Nero who fiddled while Rome burned. No wonder people are leaving this county!

Susan Stempel, Merrick