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Dear Editor:
We were informed by Medford Chamber board member, Noreen Iadanza who represents Hunter Business school that staff members and students organized a drive to raise items to send to our troops.
They chose the 577th Expeditionary Red Horse squadron that is deployed overseas. Students put collection boxes by all classrooms for the donations. They collected items of clothing, food items, personal hygiene items and letters to help boost the spirits of the soldiers while they are away from home.
School children also made cards and wrote letters thanking them for serving our country.
The package sent weighed almost 80 pounds and was greatly appreciated by the troops.
The Medford Chamber is more than just a group of business people looking after our selves. We are greatly involved in our community.

Paiger Tarver, President
Larry Jaeger, Vice President
Medford Chamber of Commerce

An Open Letter To New York State Comptroller

Dear Hon. Thomas P. DiNapoli:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is New York’s largest and most frequented transportations system serving millions of residents in the New York City, Long Island and Hudson Valley regions each year. A large amount of taxpayer-funded resources are used to fund, operate, and manage this system each year. Yet, the system appears to be rife with mismanagement, inefficiency, and the inability to reach reasonable performance standards, leading to intense public outcry in recent months.
Your previous audits of the MTA, including a forensic audit of the payroll and overtime practices, exposed significant amounts of fraud, waste and abuse, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. We feel that these deeply troubling findings reinforce the need for further investigation.
In light of these findings, we are calling for a full, top to bottom, forensic audit of the MTA and a subsequent investigation into the apparently base fraud and malfeasances that has caused rapid decline in services available to residents and seemingly unenforced performance standards by the organization.
How is it possible that a taxpayer-funded organization, which had a surplus of nearly $1 billion roughly a decade ago, is now projected to face a budget deficit in 2020? Additionally, why has the state made a $7.3 billion commitment of the MTA’s 2015-19C capital plan when it is clear that an increase in funding has not lead to an increase in efficiency and performance? We believe that these questions, and more, can only be properly answered as a result of your office conducting a full, forensic audit of the MTA.
As elected officials, we have a responsibility to ensure that taxpayer money is being used fairly, effectively, and efficiently, and it has become abundantly clear that the leadership at the MTA has accomplished one of these goals.
We look forward to your cooperation and to working with you to address these issues and better serve the public. Please feel free to contact our offices with any questions.

Assemblyman Dean Murray
Pre-trip Vehicle Check

Dear Editor:
Summer road trip season is here and AAA expects to receive calls from over seven million stranded motorists experiencing car trouble this summer. The majority of issues the travel group anticipates will cause car problems, such as dead batteries and flat tires, can be prevented with a pre-trip vehicle inspection.
Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted professional technician, a pre-trip vehicle check will give you peace of mind and provide the opportunity to make any necessary repairs before you hit the road.
Before leaving home, check the battery, tires, wipers and lighting, HVAC system and fluids including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids as well as washer solvent and coolant. The Car Care Council also recommends inspecting the brake system and performing a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.
To be prepared for an unplanned roadside emergency, remember to fully charge cell phones before you go and bring along a vehicle emergency kit, including jumper cables, emergency flairs, first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food items and blankets. Keep a copy of the Car Care Council’s Car Care Guide in your glove box. Order a free copy online at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

Rich White
Executive Director
Car Care Council

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