The following is a letter that is circulating around Nassau County. I wrote this letter hoping to put political affiliations aside and work together as citizens of Nassau County. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or Libertarian, this is something that will affect your quality of life. I will be delivering this letter along with all of the signatures collected to the Nassau County Legislative Building on July 6 while attending a rally supporting the youth programs that are in danger of being cut.
If anyone is interested in signing this letter or printing up your own copy to send, please feel free to contact me.
We are addressing not just the legislators from our own districts but every single legislator because, as citizens of Nassau County, you all represent all of us. We are concerned citizens, taxpayers, and registered voters. We will not sit quietly as the very people who are supposed to serve us instead engage in political squabbling that has the potential to devastate our communities. Every one of us will be impacted negatively because you all choose to put politics before our youth and family.
What you are doing is a choice. You choose to fight over bonding issues, red light funds, and redistricting. Both sides claim the other is the bad guy. Both sides are the bad guys here and we are the ones who will be hurt.
Not a day goes by that the drug problem is not in the news. The prescription drug crisis as well as the increase in heroin use should be enough to make every single legislator realize that there is no party line that could ever compare to the lives of our children. They are our future.
Crime has increased. Substance abuse has increased. Our quality of life has decreased. By refusing to find a middle ground, the Nassau County Legislature is declaring war on the citizens of Nassau County. You are lighting the match that will set this county aflame and you all know it. Every single legislator is aware of the danger we face as a county should this funding be cut. It will be on every single head that refuses to budge because party affiliation trumps the quality of life of our citizens.
You are our elected officials, our public servants. You have a job to serve us not yourselves and not the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. It is the citizens of Nassau County you will have to answer to.
You all took an oath of office. Did that oath mean anything to you? Do the citizens of Nassau County mean anything to you?
We live in a technological age. The beauty of that is the amount of people we have the potential to reach. On Facebook alone we can reach thousands. Add Twitter, PTA meetings, school pick-up and drop-offs, and employment and we are limitless. We will not sit by quietly while you destroy our communities.
Stop fighting over red light camera funding which was originally intended to fund these youth programs. Stop fighting over a bond issue. We know the funds are there just as we know you are holding them hostage to your political games.
We are not pawns. We are not hostages.
We are taxpayers. We are citizens. We are registered voters. We will make our votes count.
Fund the programs that are essential to Nassau County or start thinking about a new career choice.