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Letters to the Editor: Lynbrook, East Rockaway
Aug.1-8., 2013

Plant funding a piecemeal approach

To the Editor:

 Your coverage last week of the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, “Funding OK’d for sewage plant repairs,” failed to mention that our community is not receiving anywhere near the funding necessary for the complete rehabilitation of the plant that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The Nassau County Legislature’s Democratic minority purposefully and inexplicably blocked the complete $722 million funding request from County Executive Ed Mangano to fix the Bay Park and Cedar Creek sewage treatment plants. At the Bay Park plant alone, electrical components were estimated at $365 million — much more than the approved amount. Instead, the Democratic minority is insisting on a piecemeal approach to repairing the plant.

The Democrats are clearly playing politics with our community’s health, safety and well being by purposefully voting against funding the amount — and without giving a reason. While just one Democratic legislator, Dave Denenberg, joined the Republican majority to support the entire $722 million request, the other eight purposefully withheld the needed number of votes for the measure to pass.  

It’s shameful that, once again, critically needed repairs at the Bay Park plant have been put on hold to satisfy a partisan political agenda. Instead of supporting Mangano’s firm commitment to a complete and total overhaul of the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, all but one of the Democratic legislators made it clear that politics is more important than our community’s well being.

I am reminded of a famous headline in the New York Daily News that neatly encapsulated President Gerald Ford’s refusal to support a federal bailout of New York City during the 1970s fiscal crisis: “Ford to City — Drop Dead!”

The Herald would have done a better job conveying the Democratic legislators’ actions with a similar headline.

Anthony J. Santino 

Councilman, Town of Hempstead



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Wow, Color Me Shocked. Mr Santino is writing a letter against the Democrats.

I guess its possible that they are concerned about so much money getting into the hands of the County when the State Attorney General is investigating the GOP for the Hurricane Sandy contracts going to their donors at the rate of what is it 90%?

I think, even tho I would love to see Bay Park fixed 100% (and why not before? This problem goes back at least 20 years and two different parties governing, so its silly to blame it on one side), but I'm not ok with giving so much money to this group and where is the money coming from anyway? Are they borrowing it? At what rate? For how long? Who is going to be hired to do the repairs? How much is going back to the coffers?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 | Report this

Letter to Editor go bigger on your rage <3

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | Report this

editor dont resolve your problems :( & I agree with you 1, 100 percent but he reads decides what he wants to posts you should be heard thats why I said go bigger :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | Report this

Like you said, the plant has been a problem for years and no one has done anything to fix the problem. Not Gulotta, not Suozzi and not Mangano. Mangano claims that they were "just about to upgrade the plant" when then storm hit. Really? Were you?

Prior to the storm the two main problems at the plant were: 1) The people running it and 2) The lack of an outfall pipe.

Unfortunately, simply repairing what was damaged during the storm won't fix either of these problems.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | Report this

Santino is, of course, lying about his record on the outfall pipe and the plant in general. If you only decided you were against it once most of Bay Park was covered in raw sewage after Hurricane Sandy, be honest about it. From the March 2008 Herald, Mr. Santino said: "Rather than shutting down the plants in Lawrence and Cedarhurst, and spending, by some estimates, $15 million to build a pipe ... that money can be used to rebuild a plant in Lawrence and Cedarhurst."

The fact of the matter is that Santino obstructed the outfall pipe's construction for as long as he could, because he felt the $15 million was better spent on patronage jobs in Lawrence and Cedarhurst than on protecting the residents of Bay Park from unspeakable filth. Now that the direct consequence of his actions has been felt, he would like to rewrite history and pretend he was an advocate of the outfall pipe all along. This dishonesty cannot go unrecognized.

Source: March 6 2008 Herald:


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Report this

Santino and patronage jobs? No way.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Report this
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