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Letter: Don’t Threaten Our Representatives

Is threatening a lawsuit the new way of responding to a legitimate issue? We have two examples of such threats in response to questions to which on their face seem to have merit.

The Nassau County Comptroller, Mr. Maragos, apparently successfully placed $88 million of 2012 debt into the 2013 ledger so he could show a surplus for 2012. Mr. Howard Weitzman has pointed out that this is a questionable accounting practice and Mr. Maragos’s answer was to threaten to sue Mr. Weitzman.

This is the same blustering retort, if you recall, that Looks Great Services used against our County Legislator, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, when she questioned a portion of Looks Great’s $70 million dollar allocation for its clean up work after “Sandy” struck last October. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton had been told by several eye witnesses that Looks Great, which was allegedly paid  $1,000 per tree, had cut down apparently healthy, undamaged trees. Looks Great’s response... they threatened to sue DeRiggi-Whitton, a member of the finance committee representing us, the taxpayers, on the Legislature.  

The District Attorney, Attorney General and FEMA are all looking into Looks Great’s actions. In both of these cases there are reasonable questions which have been raised from the responsible quarters; Mr.  Weitzman is a CPA and former comptroller and DeRiggi-Whitton is a respected legislator; their inquiries, made on our behalf, should not be met with threats of law suits but should be countered by reasonable explanations. Do such explanations exist?

Paul Shilling