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Letters: When will Mangano discuss speed cams?

With all the attention being paid to the school-zone speed cameras, I hear nothing about working with Albany to change the minimum speed limit, which is 15 mph ["A pitch on speed cams," News, Nov. 30]. I have seen several school zones posted 15 mph.

Let's be real. It's about time the state Vehicle and Traffic Law was amended to raise that minimum limit to 25 mph. This is 2014, not 1930.

Bill Blaschuk, Melville

Since the introduction of speed cameras near some Nassau County schools, public outrage has been widespread. Some county Democrats have called for suspension of the program. But where is the person responsible for this program, County Executive Edward Mangano? He seems to have vanished.

Mangano has not addressed the issue with his furious constituency, nor has he agreed to consider rescinding the flawed program.

Instead of having the decency and courage to address the speed-camera issue with the people who elected him, Mangano has chosen to hide behind John Marks, the executive director of the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.

Marks appears determined to insult residents' intelligence by insisting that the goal of the program is to make roadways safer. We all know this isn't true. The cameras have been placed for maximum revenue.

We recently organized a town-hall meeting at Cantiague School in Jericho to address the speed camera placed on Cantiague Rock Road. Our concerns were the same as every other community's: The school zone has always been safe, the signs alerting drivers to the cameras are unsatisfactory, and the real goal is to raise revenue. Our panel included Marks, state Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and county Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury). Mangano was invited but declined to attend.

Several times we have asked for a meeting with Mangano to discuss the issues. He hasn't even acknowledged our requests.

Gary Strauss

Ellen Meister

Helene Konsker


Editor's note: The writers are the organizers of the Cantiague Rock Road Speed Zone Fairness Coalition.

Overtaxing those who stay on LI

Nassau County is losing its tax base because of a shrinking population that is receiving higher education in other states and finding high-paying work elsewhere ["Study: 'Alarming' population trend," News, Nov. 20]. The cause is more than senior citizens leaving for warmer winter weather states -- it's clearly the high cost of living in Oyster Bay and Nassau County.

Newsday has done fine work in recent months showing the downturn in revenue to sustain the township and county budgets ["Oyster Bay: Town's credit rating drops," News, Aug. 22]. The tax burden is absurd, and the town just got another 8.8 percent.

The town says the increase amounts to an average of $90 per household. Many homes, especially on the North Shore, would pay more.

It seems to me the deception was in place right from the start when the Oyster Bay board couldn't figure out how to balance its budget. Board members knew that broadcasting their need for a tax increase would bring on the wrath of the people. Never did I see an article asking for resident input.

The escape from Long Island is happening. How long do our town and county leaders think they can bleed the people who stay?

Bob Selby, Oyster Bay

Clean-air rules would cripple our economy

The article about the sweeping environmental controls that are proposed for the energy industry ["New smog standard," News, Nov. 27] could be a template for how to ruin our economy and destroy our country.

There is a projected $3.9-billion cost to industry for the proposed 70-parts-per-billion limit for ozone pollution. Who are we trying to fool? This cost would be borne by the customers. And the spectacle of some Environmental Protection Agency official saying that lower ozone standards would actually spur more businesses, investment and jobs is a sham. We are throwing gobs of money down a regulatory sinkhole, and it will cost us big-time.

The point by Bill Becker of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies that the president is taking an opportunity to right a wrong is a delusion. It's just another erosion of our freedom.

Larry Mogen, Dix Hills