Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore insists she didn’t improperly help her nanny get on Medicaid, welfare payments and food stamps after it was learned an investigation is under way. The Department of Social Services is checking on the story after Dhyalma Vazquez, a county anti-fraud investigator and chairperson of the Yonkers Independence Party, sent an email claiming illegal activity, The New York Post reported. How LoHud.com readers reacted:
“The story should be about who leaked the private application of the housekeeper. Everyone in the Department of Social Services who had access to those papers should be put under oath and asked that question.”
— Mike Edelman
“It doesn’t matter who leaked the information.”
— Samuel L. Rivers
“Interesting story but aren’t those DSS employees supposed to maintain confidentiality? I was under the impression that they signed something to that effect.”
— Regina Connors
“It’s an election year, right? How dare they sling political mud at a person who has been doing a yeoman’s job for the county of Westchester for nearly 20 years.”
— Frank Marallo
More DiFiore comments are on the early version of the story, published Tuesday.
Rockland lawmakers approved a 4 percent energy use tax Tuesday night in an attempt to close the county’s budget deficit. How LoHud.com readers responded:
“Michael Grant is furious when he votes yes. No, Mr. Grant, I’m furious. We can’t afford any new taxes. This group has gotten us in this mess and their only plan is more taxes. No brave plan, no leadership. A ship of fools and it’s going down, and so is the value of my home.”
— Joyce Dlugatch
“Rockland County enjoys some of the highest tax rates in the nation … and now we have yet another tax to celebrate. When will it ever end?”
— Michael A. Koplen
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