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A Letter From Concerned Citizens to the Nassau County Legislature

Our elected officials are behaving more like members of rival gangs than people who are there to serve us. I'm tired of the political turf war and want it to end.

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.

Dear Legislators:

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.

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Kristen Ferrari July 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Ralph, I do mean well and I'm glad you realize that. While I never made claims to having all the answers I do think that enough is enough with the political games. These politicians are all playing political hot potato with our lives. As far as running for office.....can I count on your vote?
Ralph Nesberino July 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Kristen, yes I would vote for you. You are feisty and focused and fed up. Maybe I don't go along with all your viewpoints, but you would definitely shake up the establishment. Your like a mad dog grabbing at a leg. Never letting go until the death. We need an active participant, no more sideliners- please!!
John Rennhack July 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Ralph, Kristen HAS gone to the legislature to advocate for youth services funding. And while she is on Patch, she is rallying people to the cause she might not meet otherwise.
Kristen Ferrari July 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Thanks John for pointing that out! I have gone and I will continue to go. A few weeks ago I said that the Republicans and Democrats are acting more like the Bloods and the Crips. It was something I heard from a speaker at the rally yesterday. Obviously many of us feel as if we are caught up in some kind of gang warfare only the gangs are our politicians and we all have to work together to end that. Not just Republicans and not just Democrats. All of us together as citizens of Nassau County, New York State, and the United States of America. The political parties are doing more harm than good. Ralph, running for office definitely is intriguing. I'll have to give it some thought. Feisty, focused and fed up. Not a bad campaign slogan!
Kristen Ferrari July 07, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I posted this letter on change.org for anyone interested in signing. Anyone who has questions or would like to sign the paper version is welcome to email me at writealiving@yahoo.com. Just please put Letter in subject so I know it isn't spam. Feel free to share this, tweet it, copy it, or print it. Obviously I feel strongly about this and would appreciate any way you have to share or circulate it.

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