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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

News

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


Calendar

Sonny And Perley

Saturday, July 26

Women Artists You Should Know

Thursday, July 31

Adult Summer Reading Club

Through Aug. 7



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com