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4 . BEACON NEW SPAPER, April 2 2 ,2 0 1 0 *,s I ^J3|i§TORI AL: M y stal scam sham ed the office Former Suffolk County Legislator Elie Mystal pleaded guilty last week to scamming the public out of more than $80,000 in salary and benefits by pur­ porting to live in the 15th district he represented at least from June 2007 through May 2008. Throughout that time, he actually maintained homes in Florida and Huntington, he acknowledged last week. His lies and denials, as well as those o f others who also lied to protect him, have finally been confirmed. The former lawmaker will serve five years probation and be re­ quired to return his salary to the county. Elected in 2 0 0 4 in a special election, Mystal was the first African-American to sit in the Suffolk County Legislature. Whatever money Mystal now pays back to the county should go to the people of the 15th dis­ trict, who did not get what they paid for. Mystal rose to his position on the wings of the late lawmaker Maxine Postal who served that district with honesty, integrity and hard work. As he walked in Postal’s footsteps, Mystal strayed on another path entirely, concerned more with his personal and po­ litical life than with the people he swore to serve. Perhaps the best use of those funds now would be to complete the Maxine Postal memorial park in Am- ityville. That park represents all that Mystal had the opportunity to witness up front and personal from Postal. It’s unfortunate that when it came time for him to put all o f that into practice, he shamed her legacy. R eaders ’ V oices : Letters and Commentary DRAWING CONCLUSIONS —by Kevin Eastwood HEYf... X KNOW X ^ DON'T MATTER ANY MORE BUT THE LEAST YOU COULD DO XS STOP BY ONE MORE TIM E AND PICK UP YOUR JUNKt.. k- ...THIS STUFF ITCHES! A New EPA regulations will have a negative impact on Long Island’s real estate values Dear Editor: The EPA is about to promulgate a set of rules that- in my opinion will do more to destroy the value of homes on Long Island then the subprime mortgage disaster. The basic rule states that all homes built be­ fore 1978 will be deemed a toxic site until tested and, abated. * This mandate goes into'effect April-22. The law contains no way to compensate owners for the destroyed value of their home. There is nothing in the law mandating towns to lower your assessment and property taxes in proportion to your lost home value. On Long Island where so much-of our wealth is in­ vested in our homes the hew Lead Paint Abatement Rules will destroy the wealth Cobbled together over many years through hard work and investment. The new mandate will make homes built before-1978 po­ tential “Brownfield sites” as far as the real-estate mar­ ket is concerned. If you want to take advantage, o f the government Energy Star Program you will need to have your home tested for lead. Iflead is found the abatement process will cost just about the equivalent of an asbestos re­ moval project which could run into the thousands o f dollars. If you were counting on a reverse mortgage to al­ low you to live out your golden years on Long Island, this will surely deter investors\ from investing in pre- 1978 homes? Were you planning to sell your home to move to a nice senior residence? If so who will buy an EPA classified toxic site? Are you going to be able to convince a bank to give you a home equity loan to help put your children through college? The ËPÀ has gone too far when they look to destroy everything we nave worked so long for and counted on as our major source of wealth. ... . . _ . As a home owner who owns a pre-19-78 home and a contractor for more than 40 years I have never seen anything that will destroy what we have all worked for like these new unfunded mandates: We need to tell our representatives to ;stand up to thé EPA and stay out o f our homés. »: Daniel Coyne West Babylohj BEACON N E W SPAPERS Postage Paid - Babylon Post O ffice, Babylon, NY 11702 (USPS0396-8000) Copyright 1999 CJ PUBLISHERS, INC. “THE PAPER THAT WORKS” A combination of newspapers and editions covering Babylon, Lindenhurst, Copiague, Massapequa, Amltyville, North Babylon, West Babylon, Wyandanch, Deer Park, Dix Hills, Wheatley Heights, West Isllp, Brentwood, Brightwaters, Bay Shore, ' Islip, East islip, Oakdale, Sayvilie, Patchogue, Bohemia, Holbrook, North Lindenhurst Main Office: 65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, NY Official Newspaper lo r the Towns o f Babylon & Islip Official Newspaper fo r the Village o f Babylon and Babylon School D istrict • Lindenhurst School D istrict West Babylon School D istrict - Deer Park School D istrict • North Babylon School D istrict - West Islip School D istrict - Copiague School District - Wyandanch School D istrict The Beacon— the paper that works DEADLINES FOR THE NEXT EDITION­ ADVERTISING: 3 P.M. FRIDAY EDITORIAL: 3 P.M. THURSDAY PHONE: (631) 587-5612 FAX: (631) 587-0198 F0UNPERS EDWARD D. WOLFE, JANE D. WOLFE PUBLISHERS. CAROLYN I ALFRED JAMES STAFF DONNACONSOLA LYNN GICUATI E-MAILADDRESS: aqnews@icn.com Postmaster Please return lU change of addresses to: <5 Deer Park Ave, Babylon NY 11702. A ll items sent to The Beacon for publication consideration become the property o f The Beacon. Composition R esponsibility: The newspaper wi8 not be liable for errors appearing in any advertisement beyond the cost o f space occupied by the erretr. Subscription Rates: By Mail in NY State: $25 per year $40 for 2 years Out of State: $35 per year / $60 for 2 years - Senior Citizens over 65 Take 10% Discount Paid Subscriptions are non-refundabie. Copies. SOf within 6 wait of public/uim. ISt foralhnhen, ns available. The Beacon Newspaper invites readers to present their yieyvs,. ideas and issues. Please Submit letters to the editor to us at 65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon NY 11702. Letters should be signed and include a daytime telephone number for verification purposes only. We do not accept p ersonal thank you notes, political endorsements or anonymous letters, but will, under some circumstances withhold the name o f a writer upon request. L e t’s h e a r from you! Subscribers can post comments on this letter and other letters, stories and articles and photographs in this newspaper at www.babyloribedcbn.com Lawmakers must stop out-of-control spending D ear Editor: The politicians in Washington, Albany and Long Island need to stop the out o f control spending o f our tax dollars. To do this our president, governor, county executive or town supervisor nee to have a line item veto to remove the earmarks and waste from their re­ spective budgets. This will make one person respon­ sible for the spending o f taxpayer money. At the pres­ ent time no one is responsible for the way taxpayers money is spent. Legislators can slip in earmarks and wasteful items into the budget. When this is done the taxpayers and their grandchildren are the big losers. i We are blessied to live in America and Long island. Let’s keep bur politicians responsible for the way they spend our money. Ernest A. Howell Massapequa

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