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Letters: School cameras needed for safety

Again I had to read negativity about the need for speed cameras ["Problems with speed cams persist," Letters, Sept. 17].

I am a school crossing guard. If cars don't slow down when they see me standing on a curb, what makes anyone believe that trimmed trees, flashing lights, more signs, etc., will do the trick?

I witness accidents, near-misses, screaming parents, cars coming up to my knees before stopping, and distracted drivers. I have had to grab children and jump out of the way of oncoming traffic with my hands and sign up! Do you honestly think that there is no need for these cameras? Stand out with me for one hour!

As for the "let us speed after hours" mentality, are educated parents and professionals really saying this? Aren't most schools in residential areas? When is it safe to speed?

Our children watch how we drive and imitate us. What we should all say to ourselves is, "I must be a more aware and considerate driver," period!

Linda Oley, Bayport

I was very surprised by the comment from Legis. Judith Jacobs (D-Woodbury) ["Speed cams add 5 sites," News, Sept. 15]. She said it's "confusing" and unfair to motorists who have to guess which cameras are operating and which are not.

Should students not cheat on tests only when the teacher is watching? Is it OK to break the law if a police officer is not standing beside us? Jacobs is way off on this one. John Marks, the Nassau Traffic and Parking Violations Agency executive director, was right on with his rebuttal that people should follow the law whether or not there is a camera in place.

Some will argue that this new initiative is just another moneymaking tool but, at the end of the day, our children will be a lot safer.

Catherine Kropf Harris, Levittown

No mystery on Nassau finances

It's surprising that Nassau County officials don't understand how they had a shortfall in sales taxes, when they balanced the 2014 budget by reducing "other expenses" from $335 million to $291 million -- about $44 million -- according to the 2014 budget plan published in Newsday ["New Nassau budget," News, Sept. 16].

They also expected sales tax revenue to rise about $31 million. This was to happen even while local businesses are closing daily.

Hopefully the 2015 budget takes into account the loss of revenue when the New York Islanders move to Brooklyn. Also, just as with traffic cameras, school camera revenue will not last forever once people become familiar with them.

Alexander J. Swiderski, Levittown

How ridiculous is it for County Executive Edward Mangano to claim that the decline in sales tax revenue was unexpected. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that sales tax revenues were up after superstorm Sandy due to reconstruction.

Two years later, county leaders should have expected a decline in sales taxes. This decline didn't create the deficit. It was the total mismanagement of county expenses by Nassau's leadership.

I hope the public takes the time to analyze the 2015 budget on the county website and compare it with prior years. That will show the real cause for the $194-million increase in spending.

Gary Peckett, Baldwin

Fine planes, solve two problems

Airplane noise, speed cameras and county and city budgets have received a good deal of attention in Newsday ["Rally: Aircraft noise has worsened," News, Sept. 15]. I suggest that those bothered by airplane noise mount speed cameras on their rooftops. If the planes exceed the speed limit, they will be fined, and the city or county will be able to use those fines to balance their budgets.

As an added bonus, the out-of-state company that installs the cameras and shares in the fine revenue can buy and install more cameras and generate more fines.

Burton Aronson, Bayside

Another weekend, another 60 planes over my Northport home. My neighbors and I were hoping that this constant droning would stop after Labor Day weekend, but no, the noise goes on.

Recently on a beautiful Sunday, my family was indoors with the windows closed to shut out the constant noise. Low-flying planes continue to prevent us from enjoying our home, which is 21 miles from Republic Airport and 23 miles from Long Island MacArthur Airport. We have lived in Northport for 15 years, and this nerve-wracking noise is pretty new. Why has this happened?

I wonder if the Federal Aviation Administration has shifted the flight path of the small planes, seaplanes, helicopters and small jets east to accommodate the new NextGen system at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) is calling for reduced noise levels from those airports. Will the Northport route be abandoned once this system is in place? Is there any relief in sight?

Judy Hanson, Northport