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Letter: Defending District Clerk Choice

Sour grapes, I say, in reply to the letter from Irene Hylton (“Questioning Choice of District Clerk, Westbury Times, Nov. 26, 2009). There are many people that are unhappy with Rocco Lanzilotta’s presence both on the school board and now for his position as [Westbury] district clerk.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that Mr. Lanzilotta had to fight for one of the positions in which he fairly won but was cheated of the victory. No one likes to be told what they did was immoral or illegal. The other position, that of district clerk, was a position earned as he was clearly the most-qualified candidate. The public should know that in “these fiscally challenging times” as Mrs. Hylton quoted, there was only one application received after the first run of the job listing. That was Mr. Lanzilotta’s. 

During the tenure of the former clerk, there were irregularities during a crucial election. Had the position been filled with a full timer, possibly the confirmed irregularities would not have happened. No one will ever know.  While this may be the first time that a board member has a paying position as well within the district, it is neither illegal nor unheard of. 

This year alone has been a monumental year of firsts for our nation.  It is a year of change. What better person to serve the district than a person who literally had to learn law on his own to obtain what rightfully should have been his from the onset, yet it wasn’t?  To insinuate that Mr. Lanzilotta was given this job as a “political payback” is just another folly in the everyday business of this community divided.

You can’t please everyone all of the time, but then again, you can try your best to do what’s right for the right reasons. For the past six months, the mud slinging has been rapid. Why don’t we all let the board do its business to the best of its ability and please stop the name-calling, finger-pointing and nonsense. We all hear “it’s about the children,” but yet, so much time is taken up at the meeting defending actions, that the kids have no room in the public discussions.

While you may be unhappy about the people sitting at the front of the room, they are there to do a job whether you voted for them or not.  Let them do it. 

Linda DaRocha