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Letter: Kelty Upset With Hannon’s Handling of ITHS Lead Issue

(Editor’s Note: This letter was originally sent to Senator Kemp Hannon and is being printed here at the author’s request.)

With all due respect to your title as NYS Senator, do not ever refer to me as “friend.”

You could never be my friend, and I could never be your friend.

I am a lifelong Republican. As I stated to you directly via the telephone and in person in your Garden City office, we cannot possibly both be Republicans. [In 2006] When you directed $150,000 of hard-earned New York State taxpayer dollars to the Island Trees School District, for a lead cleanup in the form of bullet aid, without, according to you, ever doing a walk-through at Island Trees High School, that’s all I needed to know about you. How did you know we really needed the money? In case you have not heard, the building is still lead-contaminated. Are you once again the NYS Senate’s Health Committee Chairman, as if that matters? I look forward to the day when you will be forced to answer for your actions in this sad case. I am not your friend. In my humble opinion, you are a disgrace. How do you sleep at night knowing what you know? Please do not refer to me as “friend”. Unfortunately, for me, you are presently my NYS Senate rep in Albany. God help us! The Democratic Party cannot possibly do a worse job!

Brian M. Kelty