Letters to the Editor
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As chairman of the Long Beach Democratic Committee, Zapson recently criticized Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as irresponsible for borrowing money to repair critical infrastructure such as the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. Published reports indicate that the City Council of Long Beach, which is comprised of five elected Democrats recruited and chosen by Chairman Zapson, have all voted to approve borrowing $38 million to fund Sandy recovery projects in expectation of payments from the federal government. So to understand Zapson correctly, it is OK for Long Beach to borrow money to fund infrastructure improvements in the aftermath of Sandy, but not Nassau County? Based on Zapson’s position regarding borrowing, Nassau County should ignore the Bay Park plant, which has been compromised by Sandy, resulting in effluent being released into Reynolds Channel.
Only with responsible reinvestment in modernizing critical water treatment facilities can the county ensure the delivery of adequately treated water that protects our environment. Economists I know and respect suggest that with interest rates at historical lows, now is one of the best times to borrow money and reinvest, whether you are a homeowner looking to refinance or a municipality looking to modernize an aging infrastructure.
With the federal and state governments backstopping many of these investments with up to 90 percent reimbursement rates, they are even more compelling investments on behalf of weary taxpayers. Mangano was able to facilitate the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum without one dollar of taxpayer money required. Mangano reduced non-civil servant positions in his administration by more than 1,700 while privatizing bus service. Based on actual performance and results, not political spin, I implore my fellow taxpayers to vote for responsible government this November and return Ed Mangano as Nassau County executive.
Michael P. Mulhall
Blame assessment system, not our schools
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