To the Editor:
The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant was allowed to fall into a shameful state of collapse by Tom Suozzi, Jeff Tobak and the Legislature’s Democrats for over a decade. Sewage spewed into our waterways, and the DEC handed out environmental violations left and right.
Legislator Howard Kopel and County Executive Ed Mangano worked hand inhand with Councilman Anthony Santino to refurbish and rehabilitate the Bay Park plant they found teetering on the verge of collapse. They invested over $130 million in operations and odor controls. The plant operated for the longest time without any incidents reported to the DEC — before Sandy crippled the facility.
Now, the Legislature’s Democratic minority continues to obstruct the much-needed upgrades and repairs to the Sandy-damaged plant. That’s enough for me to vote Republican.
While Kopel’s opponent, Lisa Daniels, asks our neighbors to follow the money, and ridiculously claims repairs began close to a decade ago, all you need to do is follow your nose instead. Something just doesn’t smell right about her untrue, partisan talking points.
We need to support Kopel, Mangano and Santino for re-election. They support us and keep working to improve our quality of life. My family and I are.
Local leaders deserve our gratitude
To the Editor:
The amount of anger being directed at our political leaders since Hurricane Sandy is well deserved. The hell we went through because of FEMA’s incompetence is a punishment I don’t wish on my worst enemy. There isn’t a single person I know who wasn’t put through the ringer by insurance companies, adjusters, crooked contractors — I could go on.
But I will say that people who blame our local leaders are flat-out wrong and have no right to fault them. I saw almost every single leader in this area at least once during the days and weeks after Sandy. I must have seen Councilman Anthony Santino a dozen times, and the same can be said for Supervisor Kate Murray, Legislator Howard Kopel and both East Rockaway Mayor Fran Lenahan and the village board.