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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Letters to the Editor: East Rockaway, Lynbrook
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What drives up school taxes? School spending.

To the Editor:
School tax bills recently arrived and, once again, we all learned that school districts are spending too much and taxing too high.
As county executive, I have worked tirelessly to cut government waste and freeze county property taxes every year. I have also been commended by New York state for cost-cutting measures that resulted in no tax hike for residents. To blame school tax hikes on the county is wrong.
My opponent, Tom Suozzi, has misled residents about their school taxes and assessments. The truth is that I encourage all residents to fight their taxes and grieve their home assessments if they believe they are unfair. Tom Suozzi believes that homeowners shouldn’t have this right. I understand his position, considering he hiked your
county property taxes by 23 percent and watched school taxes skyrocket by 84 percent — an average of $3,036 per household — during his tenure.
In lockstep with my opponent, Newsday calls filing assessment challenges a “grievance game.” In fact, the right to challenge an assessment or to take advantage of a property tax exemption is guaranteed under state law; it isn’t a game.
I find it a bit disconcerting that some politicians attempt to blame me for the school property tax increases that result because a homeowner exercises his or her right to challenge an assessment or to file for a property tax exemption. It seems that if it were up to them, even the victims of Hurricane Sandy shouldn’t benefit from having a lower assessment or paying lower property taxes.
I understand that there are a number of mitigating financial factors that can negatively impact a school district’s budget. What cannot be ignored are the facts that school district spending goes up every year (which accounts for over 67 percent of a homeowner’s average tax bill), and it is that spending that has drained the wallets of our overtaxed and frustrated homeowners.

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PaulScott

You really need to check the facts.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant has been in disarray for years (long before and long after Suozzi was in office).

How could Suozzi, who was in office for all of eight years, have allowed the plant to fall into a shameful state of collapse for DECADES? Last I checked a decade was 10 years and DECADES would imply 20 years. The math just doesn't work.

The plant has been in a state of disrepair under a healthy mix of Democrats and Republicans: Purcell, Gulotta,Suozzi and Mangano. One even wanted to sell the system to a private company. The worst part of all this, is that neither side is talking about what is really needed at the plant: an outfall pipe.

No one person is to blame for the sorry state of the sewage system, it's the system itself that's to blame. Unqualified, politically appointed cronies get cushy jobs and ignore the problem until they can cash in their taxpayer funded pension. No accountability. The Republicans do it and the Democrats do it, too.

Maybe the real sources of the stink in Bay Park are the politicians in Hempstead and Mineola.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Report this
jayman115

They know the facts, and this is clearly campaign material more than letters from concerned citizens. Gary Aue happens to be the Supervisor of Street Lighting working for Santino. Need I say more? Well I will.

Anyone can easily do a Google search to find that the Bay Park Plant leaked in 2010, and that the DEC sued the County and got a $1 million settlement for the leak that took place on the Republican watch (Mangano, Kopel, even Santino who claims to fight so hard for East Rockaway). They were so busy trying to sell the plant in some scheme to borrow money without NIFA's approval, that they did nothing to complete the repairs Suozzi started in 2008. After NIFA nixed privatization and Mangano wasted two years of precious repair time, Mangano's office admitted that they had money left over from Suozzi's repair plan. They didn't spend it on the plant, that's for sure. Yes, something stinks here, but it isn't Daniels' claims. And there are engineer reports that say the plant would have sustained more of Hurricane Sandy if it wasn't so badly neglected when the storm hit.

Jeff Toback, who hasn't been in office in four years but who seems to have been resurrected in this election, was the first person who talked about an outfall pipe, and he was crucified for it. Now people are coming around that it was the right plan. And by the way, the sewage from the Five Towns does in fact come to Bay Park. Didn't I see some mail piece from Santino saying that he stopped it, that he said No? Well it's here.

Kopel is never really present, he hasn't done anything for us, and he seems to want to relax in Florida more than he wants to be our legislator. There is no question that he was absent during and after Sandy. There is an article in Newsday by Celeste Hadrick dated November 18, 2012 where he admits that he was at his Florida vacation home in Boynton Beach, Florida with his wife before Sandy, and that he didn't come back. Why didn't he drive or take a train? If Kopel wanted to be here with us in the aftermath of the storm, he could have gotten back. He obviously didn't care enough to make the effort. Daniels has made some valid accusations, none of which denote that she was raised improperly. Santino, now there's another story entirely. Why doesn't he stop sending out campaign mail and propaganda on the taxpayers dime?

I agree with PaulScott, let's clean house on Election Day! They all stink!

Sunday, October 27, 2013 | Report this
truth2tellER

After receiving the most disgusting, vile advertisement using the death of a small child, I would never ever ever vote for Kopel. I had to look at it twice to see if I was actually reading what I was holding in my hand. Shame on you for hiding behind the death of a two year old to get reelected.If thats all you got, you don't deserve the job

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Report this
beeyouwhip

I love the mailers that show Suozzi standing in actual raw sewage and the spin on it that he may actually enjoy the sewage that spilled out in East Rockaway. It's so disgusting how dumb and short-sided they think we all are. It will be a long long time before I ever vote Republican again. Get them out!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Report this
beeyouwhip

Truthteller!! I saw that Kopel ad today and was FLOORED. How can they get away with using a dead child, killed by a monster, and say Lisa Daniels is responsible??? I thought about it all day, and am looking into reporting this somehow to an ethics committee. Is there even one? I know that political mail needs to have a disclaimer to show who paid for it, and both Kopel and Mangano ads are missing them. This is shady and appalling. How do they sleep at night??

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Report this
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