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Letters: Steve Levy's ethics snare

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. Credit: Ed Betz

Newsday unveils the grand jury report that highlights the Machiavellian manipulation of the Suffolk Ethics Commission by former County Executive Steve Levy ["Ethics breakdown," News, April 20].

His later-in-life change of party affiliation should come as no surprise, as his alleged conduct borders on that of another GOP executive, former President Richard Nixon. The alleged conduct of Levy's former legislative aide, Ben Zwirn, was happily more akin to that of Nixon's principled attorney general, Elliot Richardson.

Edward B. Ryder IV, Greenlawn

Newsday really is going after Steve Levy -- five pages about the ethics commission. I guess that's what happens when you change from Democrat to GOP. (I am a Democrat, by the way.)

Phil Sullivan, Lake Ronkonkoma

The lengthy article about a total absence of ethics in the Levy administration reminds me of former Chief Judge Sol Wachtler's famous quote: a prosecutor could "indict a ham sandwich." This is a new low even for Newsday. Levy was your hero until he switched parties. With the serious issues facing the new Bellone administration, you do your readers a great disservice with this inside baseball nonsense.

Robert Bennett, Riverhead

Editor's note: The writer is a retired chief clerk of the Suffolk County Supreme Court.