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Letters: Where is the choice in Glen Cove?

Political leaders have conspired to deny the citizens of Glen Cove the right to choose an elected official by majority vote in the upcoming mayoral election ["Negative fiscal report puts heat on Spinello," News, Sept. 25].

It is Nassau County good-old-boy politics at its worst, as Democratic and Republican leaders collude to endorse the same candidate, incumbent Mayor Reginald Spinello. In addition, as a registered member of the Independence Party, the mayor is running on that party's line, as well as those of the Conservative and Reform parties.

The Democratic Party is running its own council slate. This dumbfounds me. How can the party support a mayor if it doesn't support the council candidates he's chosen to run with? Does this mean there are no qualified or capable members of the Democratic Party willing to run for mayor, or are there other influences at work?

If Glen Cove were a thriving community, I could see how the leaders of the local parties might back an incumbent. However, this is not the case. The state comptroller has recently changed Glen Cove's fiscal status to "significant stress." This is a culmination of years of poor fiscal management and a sign that it's time for things to change.

Annie Phillips, Glen Cove

Editor's note: The writer is a volunteer for Councilman Tony Gallo Jr., who won court approval to run for mayor on the Glen Cove United party line.

Difficult to find true Democrats

Columnist Lane Filler is so correct about the unclear positions of politicians ["Please tell us what you really believe," Opinion, Sept. 30]! It's time for our nation to "get the honest debate we need."

It's time to put an end to the political lies and nonsense we've been hearing from politicians for 20 years and focus on attempting to solve the problems facing this great nation.

We need a return to a political climate in which the positions of the politicians actually reflect their parties' basic traditions. I've been a registered Democrat for more than 50 years, but for two decades, I've had no idea what the Democratic Party stands for.

In New York we have a Democratic governor who supports tax cuts for the wealthy and charter schools. That doesn't reflect the party principles I believe in.

Only Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and a few others speak out as true Democrats.

Julian Esposito, Levittown

The Islanders are in Brooklyn to stay

Several events have taken place which, if you're an Islanders fan, should confirm your worst suspicions about the prospect of the hockey team ever returning to Long Island ["Mangano's cruel hoax," Editorial, Sept. 28].

There was a photo of team captain John Tavares decked out in a black jersey and sporting a black helmet with "BKLYN" on the side. There is also an ad campaign for the new season titled, "Brooklyn Scores."

Face it, Islanders fans, this is just the beginning. I certainly expected the team to reach out to Brooklyn fans. It's smart marketing. But I fully anticipate that within 10 years, Long Island references to the team will be few. The logo and merchandise will likely change, despite insistences to the contrary. I get that, though I don't have to like it.

But please spare us the self-serving nonsense from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and representatives of the Barclays Center about preserving the Long Island roots of the franchise. The inattentiveness of Mangano, intransigence of Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the stubbornness of owner Charles Wang all led the Islanders to Barclays.

I still love the Islanders, but they have gone to Brooklyn and are not coming back.

Jerry Giammatteo, Sayville

Tougher air standards a waste for carmakers

Volkswagen's conduct in cheating at emissions tests should be viewed as the same motivation as car owners seeking fake inspection stickers ["VW's 'defeat device,' so deeply offensive," Opinion, Sept. 27].

Both take risks struggling to meet onerous, overreaching and ever-increasing clean air standards that amount to a negligible impact on air quality.

Unleaded gas, catalytic converters and electronic fuel injection have made the real reductions in air pollution. Lower limits and more stringent standards are unnecessary. They just waste manufacturer resources and consumers' money.

John Bourquin III, Manorville