Seabrook: Another Elected Official Putting Overzealous Preservation Before Fiscal Prudence and Jobs.
Recently, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore claimed [in an LIPolitics.com Op Ed] that the sale of this surplus land was “unacceptable.”
Muratore further stated, “It may be determined that a housing development may maximize the monetary return the county can make, but between the traffic concerns and the added burden the school district will face, a housing proposal is not acceptable.”
Legislator Tom Muratore proved that the only thing unacceptable is his lack of economic sense.
Suffolk County is in a current state of fiscal crisis with budget deficits, unsustainable debt, and looming mass layoffs for county employees Facing this crisis, the idea of the county holding on to any surplus land is what’s unacceptable.
Legislator Muratore’s opposition to a possible housing development further highlights his complete disconnect with the current economic crisis facing his constituents.
The fact is that thousands of Muratore’s constituents are out of work carpenters, plumbers, roofers, masons, electricians, landscapers, etc. etc. Many can barely make their mortgage payments. Many are worried about how they are going to heat their homes this winter.
The best thing that could happen for these local contractors would be finding a job and getting back to work.
The best thing that could happen for the county is the creation of additional property tax revenue.
The worst thing that could happen is yet another elected official standing in the way of that happening.
I urge all of Suffolk County’s elected officials to finally start putting people and jobs, before parks, salamanders and unemployment.”
Frank Seabrook is the Chairman of the New York Liberty PAC, a political action committee registered with the NYS Board of Elections
Muratore: It is a terrible policy to sell land you already own just to go out and buy more property the next day