Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Mike Barry’s column in this newspaper, titled “Quietly Vindicated,” correctly pointed out that Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is indeed a financial watchdog who diligently protects the tax dollars of all Nassau County residents. That Mr. Maragos is doing his job is, of course, a source of concern for Howard Weitzman, the Democrat candidate seeking Mr. Maragos’ position. In fact he submitted a letter to the editor of this newspaper.
Fact is that upon completion of a field audit recently requested by two Democrat Legislators, the Office of Legislative Budget Review (OLBR) determined that Comptroller Maragos and his staff diligently and effectively managed all invoices submitted for payment for necessary work incurred by Super Storm Sandy. Hence, the scurrilous allegations by two Democrat Legislators alleging that the Comptroller and his staff didn’t perform their due diligence just didn’t amount to anything. And so, their political colleague, Mr. Weitzman, had no grounds to launch an attack on Comptroller Maragos. In fact, in his letter to the editor Mr. Weitzman criticized the OLBR, an office and staff whose work Mr. Weitzman praised highly and publicly in the past.
Comptroller Maragos is fulfilling his crucial task with professionalism and transparency, which apparently, doesn’t sit well with many Democrats.