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Letter: ‘Nassau’s Tax, Budgetary Problems’

Call it my pet peeve but given Nassau’s tax and budgetary problems, I find it especially irritating as I pass through Mineola on weekends and holidays that lights are left on all weekend long in county offices and courts. So here is the creation of a new job or maybe one that should be accomplished by current employees. Turn off all the damn lights when not in use! And what about the heat and air conditioning in those buildings? Why not turn them off or down on the weekends and holidays.

There are at least nine buildings that would be affected by such an initiative. It would be interesting to see how much of a cost differential there is in energy savings. Those buildings include two Nassau County Executive and Legislative office buildings; NC Police Headquarters; the three Court buildings and District Attorney’s Offices on Old Country Road; the Matrimonial Center and finally, the Supreme Court building.

Perhaps with some of these savings we could then pay for the clean up and repair of these buildings. To me it is the height of incompetence that we in the highest taxed county in the country are subjected to broken sidewalks, curbs and pavement; garbage and geese droppings strewn everywhere and inadequate parking. That is just outside these buildings. Going inside of them presents even more dangerous surroundings.

How is it that nearly every county except Nassau has a new and improved court complex or buildings? The overcrowded Family Court may be the best example of the deplorable state of our buildings. The unused former Social Services building and the District Court of Hempstead, obsolete from the time it was built, are other examples of the downtrodden state of our buildings.

It is past time for our elected officials to deal with these issues. We are not a second class county. We are, though, a diamond in the rough.

Thomas F. Liotti
Lawyer, Garden City
Village Justice, Westbury