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Letters: Questionable spending by Nassau County

Nwakanma Ochei died after being hit by a

Nwakanma Ochei died after being hit by a subway train on Feb. 21. Ochei was released from prison last fall after prosecutors found that the shuttered Nassau County crime lab, above, had made a mistake when weighing the drugs in his case. Credit: Nassau County Police Department

When I saw the letter about Nassau County's new police crime lab, I cringed ["$20 million for new crime lab's no steal," July 20]. The writer was correct: They didn't need a new place when they already had a lab.

It's confusing that County Executive Edward Mangano enjoys privatizing as many services as possible to save money for residents and has been sending most of the crime lab work out to private labs. Why not continue this and save the $20 million?

Corrado Vasquez, Old Bethpage

Editor's note: The writer is a retired sewage plant laboratory director for Nassau County.


The fact that Nassau County paid millions to part-time employees illustrates the problem of patronage, and tax money spent for friends and family members ["County paid $26 million to part-timers," News, July 22]. If these public jobs are so important, wouldn't it make sense to search for better, more qualified people? It seems County Executive Edward Mangano streamlined the county government, but he made sure he took care of his friends.

Newsday shouldn't just look into the county government. This problem also exists in the Town of Hempstead and other taxing districts. Hempstead seems like a family-owned and operated business, with several members of families collecting huge benefits.

Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont

Editor's note: The writer is president of the Elmont East End Civic Association, and was a Democratic candidate for State Assembly in 2010.