OUR HOT TOPIC OF THE WEEK LETTER

From: Bryan K.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:10 PM
Dear Members,
 
As many of you already know, we have established a new “Media and Communications” committee. One of the goals of this committee is to choose one timely and important topic every week, and then launch a mass letter-writing response from our members to the appropriate newspapers and political figures to make them aware of our position.
 
The process is very simple. Every week or so you will receive an e-mail containing a letter written by Co-Directors Louise Strauss and Ginny Daly with that particular week’s ‘Hot Topic’.
There will be a Word Document attached to every e-mail containing a prewritten and approved letter. If you would like to participate in that weeks campaign you simply print out that letter and mail it to one of the newspaper or political recipients listed below. Feel free to mail the letter as is, or edit it as you see fit.
The only additions you will need to make to our preprinted letter is a salutation, and then adding your name and address at the end.
We will always provide complete addresses of major newspapers and politicians on the bottom of every weekly Hot Topic letter so that you can mail, or e-mail your letter to one or more of them.
 
I invite you to read our first Hot Topic letter which is attached to this e-mail, and then mail it out to the recipients you wish. Let’s flood the mailboxes of our politicians and newspaper editors. We can no longer afford to stay silent. Let’s make our voices heard!
 
Sincerely,
 
Bryan & Mickey

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HOT TOPIC OF THE WEEK
 
This week’s hot topic:  Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano wants to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars over the objections of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA). NIFA was charged with (among other things) the task of restraining Nassau County from spending more revenue than they took in.
Ed Mangano is trying to do an end-run around NIFA by asking the Senate to approve a new bond issue which will only add more debt, interest, and higher taxes to Nassau County residents for years to come. He still doesn’t get it. Borrowing more money without cutting spending will ultimately bankrupt our county.

The reason for our letters:   Mr. Mangano appealed to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to intervene in his fight with NIFA, and the state senate republicans introduced legislation that would allow Nassau County to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars.  Mr. Mangano states that he needs that money to help pay for more than $43 million dollars in property tax refunds owed from 2011.  Also, if this is only about repaying property taxes, why is he asking for more??

What is the message we want to send: Stop the spending, Stop the borrowing, balance the budget, eliminate waste, eliminate the do-nothing overpaid patronage jobs, and especially, get the unions to sit down at the bargaining table and negotiate. We are fed up, and can’t afford to wait for results any longer.
I am including 3 different letters, as well as phone numbers.  You can send letters or call the representatives directly.  The letters are already addressed to different legislators.  You can choose to send one or all.  It is very important to get the message out that we DO NOT want to borrow any more money that will place additional burdens on our children and grandchildren.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
 
Edward P. Mangano
Nassau County Executive
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, New York 11501 (phone number not available)

Dean Skelos                                                             Harvey Weisenberg
Legislative Office Building 909                             Legislative Office Building 731
Albany, New York 12248                                        Albany, New York 12248
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PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE LETTER.
 
                                                                       

June 13, 2012
 
Edward P. Mangano
Nassau County Executive
Office of the County Executive
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, New York 11501
 
Dear Mr. Mangano:
 
I am writing this letter because of my concerns of the financial status of Nassau County.  Why is it that Nassau County, the state’s second wealthiest county is broke again?  I have been closely following this issue and am appalled that the spending for Nassau County continues and is once again out of control.
 A few years ago when you were a Legislator, you were in favor of creating an oversight panel (NIFA) to guide the county’s budget policies.   This was done in an effort to control the spending.   It appears that Nassau County has once again reverted to decades old habits of mismanagement, cronyism and sleaze that have brought the county to the edge of bankruptcy. The spending has continued to skyrocket and the County has continued to approve generous union contracts.
When you were elected in 2009, you promised to control the spending and work with the unions for some concessions.  You have not been successful in these two endeavors and once again NIFA declared a control period because the County was on track to end the fiscal year with a deficit of $155.5 million. 
Your visit to the Albany Legislature to ask for the state’s OK to issue $40 million-plus in new long-term debt to fund last year’s property tax settlements is just pushing this debt down the road to our children and grandchildren.  YOU MUST STOP THE SPENDING.    
I am asking you to make those hard decisions – stop the spending, negotiate with the unions for a fair contract and not take on any other debt.   
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
 
                                                                        Sincerely,
 
                                               
                                                                       


June 12, 2012
           
Senator Dean Skelos
Legislative Office Building,
Room 909
Albany, New York 12247
 
Dear Senator Skelos: 
 
I am writing this letter because of my concerns of the financial status of Nassau County.  Why is it that Nassau County, the state’s second wealthiest county is broke again?  I have been closely following this issue and am appalled that the spending for Nassau County continues and is once again out of control.
 A few years ago the Nassau County Legislature asked the state to approve an oversight panel (NIFA) with the power to guide the county’s policies.  Mr. Mangano, who at that time was a Legislator, voted for that measure.  This was done in an effort to control the spending.
 It appears that Nassau County has once again reverted to decades old habits of mismanagement, cronyism and sleaze that have brought the county to the edge of bankruptcy. The spending has continued to skyrocket and the County has continued to approve generous union contracts.
Mr. Mangano’s request to the state to issue $40 million-plus in new long-term debt to fund last year’s property tax settlements is just pushing this debt down the road to our children and grandchildren.  HE MUST STOP THE SPENDING.
I am asking that you not approve the County Executive’s request for more spending and send him back to Nassau County to figure out how to cut the spending and balance the budget.  This was his promise to the people of Nassau County. 
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
 
 
                                                                                    Sincerely,
 
 
 
 
 
 


June 12, 2012
           
Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg
Legislative Office Building
Room 731
Albany, New York 12247
 
Dear Assemblyman Weisenberg:   
 
I am writing this letter because of my concerns of the financial status of Nassau County.  Why is it that Nassau County, the state’s second wealthiest county is broke again?  I have been closely following this issue and am appalled that the spending for Nassau County continues and is once again out of control.
 A few years ago the Nassau County Legislature asked the state to approve an oversight panel (NIFA) with the power to guide the county’s policies.  Mr. Mangano, who at that time was a Legislator, voted for that measure.  This was done in an effort to control the spending.
 It appears that Nassau County has once again reverted to decades old habits of mismanagement, cronyism and sleaze that have brought the county to the edge of bankruptcy. The spending has continued to skyrocket and the County has continued to approve generous union contracts.
Mr. Mangano’s request to the state to issue $40 million-plus in new long-term debt to fund last year’s property tax settlements is just pushing this debt down the road to our children and grandchildren.  HE MUST STOP THE SPENDING.
I am asking that you not approve the County Executive’s request for more spending and send him back to Nassau County to figure out how to cut the spending and balance the budget.  This was his promise to the people of Nassau County. 
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
 
 
                                                                                    Sincerely,
 
 




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