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January 16, 2001
SCHMITT AND COUNTY GOP LAWMAKERS CALL ON
GULOTTA NOT TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION AND PUT
THE NEEDS OF TAXPAYERS FIRST
(Mineola, NY) In a dramatic statement, County Legislator and Minority Leader Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa) and the eight other Republican members of the County Legislature have called on County Executive Gulotta to forego re-election and put the needs of the taxpayers first.
The following is the text of the statement given by Legislator Schmitt:
"I join with my fellow Republican colleagues of the Nassau County Legislature to declare collectively that we will not support Thomas Gulotta for a fifth term as Nassau County Executive this November. Fourteen years is enough time for any County Executive to set goals and achieve them.
We have all heard from our constituents, whether it is in the grocery store, the schoolyard or in our neighborhoods - Tom Gulotta no longer enjoys their confidence. Now, with his recent spate of political advertisements, their voices, rightfully so, have grown even louder.
One does not have to look very far to understand why the public has lost faith in him:
The economic vitality of our County and region depends on firm, steady leadership. As residents, we are collectively embarrassed and distressed by a Chief Executive who has selfishly put his political needs above the needs of the very people he was elected to serve.
We do not join today with any sense of animosity toward the County Executive. We respect his more than two decades of public service. We join to say that as nine members sworn to represent the residents of our Districts, the people of Nassau County would be better served by a new County Executive.
Simply put - he had his chance to lead, he has failed - it is time for him to go.
We urge the County Executive to forego any effort towards reelection, but rather to work full time on behalf of the residents of this County to bring meaningful and structural reform to the budget.