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The Suffolk County news. (Sayville, N.Y.) 1888-current, October 12, 1995, Image 9

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- 9 Round 'I\vo: Rizzo and Gaines do battle again After winning election two years ago, incumbent faces challenge for County's 9th Legislative seat by ChII .... R. Leib Both men runnj.ng for Suffolk County's Nmth Legislative District seat say they get most of their ideas from the community, and believe keeping taxes down is the most important issue facing their district, and the county. Seventeen-year incumbent Joseph Rizzo (H, C I RTL-Islip Terrace) and his opponent for the second straight elec- tion, Reverend Ryland Gaines (D- Central Islip), say their constituents bring their problems of high taxes right to their front door. \'The only complaint I get is taxes,\ Rizzo said. \We have rolled back the county sales tax by one-quarter of one percent this past year and we plan to do the same in the not-too-distant future.\ He added that in his 17 years experi- ence, he has only voted in favor of the county's proposed budgets where there were no tax increases and voted in favor of tile county's recent sales tax rollback. Rizzo said he believes his sponsorship of Proposition 13, which places Jimits on county property taxes, has been highly effective in saving his constituents from higher taxes. \I will continue to work to keep the property taxes status quo. It Reverend Gaines, Pastor of the Jesus is Lord Fellowship Church in Brentwood for the past 17 years, said he feels the county sales tax roHback will go up, Dot down, with the current legislature. \It is all smoke and mir- I'OJS,\ he said \It's nothing but a poliao cal ploy.\ Joseph Rizzo \To help keep property taxes and sales taxes down,\ Gaines said, oKthe county has to find new ways of bring- ing in revenue.\ He suggested opening up capped off county landfUIs to be used for target ranges and biker trans. \They have been found environmental- ly safe, so why not use them for addi- tional revenue? We have to explore all avenues to help find additional rev- enues.\ . Rizzo, a retired New York City Transit Authority employee and cur- rent Deputy Presiding Officer of the Legislature, believes the takeover of LILCO is a must. \I've always been in favor of economic competition,\ he explained. \If and when LILCO is taken 'jibe Ehrenberg FalnU\ Would Like To Thank You For Your Years Of Loyal Patronage. These Are The Of Our Storewide Retirement Sale EVERY ITEM AT LEAST = £1Jrrnbtf!f B ... \Gifts galore throughout the Store- ... 91 MAIN STREET, SAYVILLE, NY 11782-2580 5'16-589-1456 - 1467 Reverend Ryland Gaines over, I am hoping the current LIPA Board will be effective in bringing lower electric rates to the county.\ Gaines agrees. \I want to see private . competition brought to }.ong Island as a result of any L1LCO takeover,\ he said \Creating competition is the only way to bring down cummt rates. \ Rizzo wants to abolish the county's affirmative action policy. He said he believes the idea of quotas is discrimi- natory, a policy he believes goes direct- ly against equal opportunity. arrhe police cadet program is a per- fect example, tI Rizzo said. \The idea that minorities get first preference over whites is wrong and those same cadets get sent to conege on the taxpayers' bill is also wrong. It Rizzo attempted to have this program abolished, but it' never made it out of committee for a vote. Gaines said the whole of society is based on preferential treatment. He added that more bias would be created within the community if the policy is defeated. \If Mr. Rizzo thinl<s there is a :z problem with this, change it so it is ~ C/I right, but don't abolish it,\ he :wd. An issue that Rizzo had J)1l5hed but 0 failed was to make English the ofticial S language in the county. The legislator g said he believed the county l!ollldsave ;: a lot of funds by not printi:n~ county N government materials in bo1tl English .~ (0 and Spanish, \It failed in the legislature (0 (]I but when my constituents were polled on this issue, they were 8S ]>ercent in favor of abolishing the two·la..1lguage system.\ Gaines is adamantly opp()sed to tlte idea, and said it would be r()Dbmg peo- ple of their heritage. \We h~ve a very diverse nation right now, S() Cllttmg off a part of our communication ~ould only hurt us,\ he said. Additional items on Gaines' agenda included beefing up the co1lDtl\s Jloij.ce force by seeking additioluJ federal grants, and bringing more bllSiness to the county by way of adve'ltising the benefits of Suffolk thr()u~llout the nation. Born in Brooklyn in 1~2i7 Eiz20 moved his family to Islip'1errace in 1954. He is married, has fiw da:uglaters and is a World War II veteran. He . founded the North Great River-Islip Terrace Republicab Club aIl~ is also a member of the American Le~()1l. Reverend Gaines has lived. iIl Sllffolk County since 1967 and has sewed in the US Air Force. He is maraied with four cbildren and three grm<lcbildren. He was fonnerly employed by\ the New York Telephone Compan~ lUlcl holds memberships in a number C)f eivic, 000- cational and community olltarJizations. The county's NinthL~gislatjve District includes all of Cel1tral Islip, Islip Terrace, Oakdale, West Sa]'Ville, Great River, most of East Islip and a small portion of Bohemia. • !JefOJe you R:ad the menu or the wine Iist. .• be sure to read the Iabc:k on any medicines you may be taking. because medicines can some.imes cause problems when taken with c:ertain foods or ~ or if)'O\l ltave ccrain existing medical conditions. If you stin have any questions lIbo~t your medicines, chcck with your doctor and/or phannacist. ~t {f PRWNT~ LID. MS ~~:~- relocated to 55 Main Street Downtown Sayville 589-3445 ~ ~ ~ Additional Parking in the Rear of the Store

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