Written by Joe Dujmic Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
Please excuse me if I’m not inspired or filled with confidence after reading Sen. Carl Marcellino’s recent letter (“Senator Marcellino on Last Week’s BOE story” Feb. 12) wherein he promised to do his “part to ensure that our districts get their fair share...”
The fact is that on his watch over the past 15 years, Long Island has never received its fair share of funds. Let’s ask Senator Marcellino why $3 billion leaves Long Island and is being sent to Albany and New York City every year? It’s because Senator Marcellino has refused to stand up to his party (which was in power the first 13 years of his term), for the taxpayers of Long Island and force them to give us our fair share.
In the same letter he tried to blame the MTA commuter tax for the continuing hike in property taxes. But the tax, controversial as it is to us Long Island taxpayers, was only passed in 2009. What about the senator’s previous 14 years in office when our property taxes rose while he was “representing” us? Unfortunately, Senator Marcellino still doesn’t understand why our property taxes keep going up. What has he been doing for the last 15 years? He must have heard about all the unfunded Legislative mandates from Albany. But he says he can count them only on one hand.
Apparently, our long serving senator wasn’t paying attention to what he and his colleagues were doing. Otherwise, he’d know where the blame lies. I urge you to reach out to Senator Marcellino and ask him: “Where’s my money Carl?”