To the Editor:

When is the last (or first) time a resident can say a town official showed up at their home to address an issue?

In my case, it occurred with Mike Zaleski, the highway department’s deputy superintendent. A cracked and crumbling curb that inadvertently broke loose from a winter of plowing left an unsightly mess near the corner of my house.

I emailed Mr. Zaleski and within days there was a knock on my door and he introduced himself. The problem was solved within days. In 40 years of home ownership I never experienced anything like that.

But I probably shouldn’t have been surprised.

I have called on Mr. Zaleski many times during his tenure, whether it be for road repair, high grass on town-owned properties, broken brush and most recently, a collapsing drain on an adjacent street. We had never met until that day, but I felt like I already knew him.

The highway department is among the most vital entities in any town, one that directly affects the residents year-round during storms, road hazards, signage repair and replacement, etc. I think it’s terrific to have a receptive ear in the office.

I read with great interest in RiverheadLOCAL that Mr. Zaleski is running to replace retiring Superintendent George Woodson. I would urge my fellow residents to strongly support Mr. Zaleski’s candidacy.

I can’t guarantee that he will show up at your house if you have a problem, but you never know.

Steven Marcus
Wading River


RiverheadLOCAL welcomes letters to the editor. We don’t publish anonymous letters, so please include your full name, email address and a daytime phone number where we can reach you for confirmation or clarification. 

Click here to submit your letter.

Support local journalism.
Now more than ever, the survival of quality local journalism depends on your support. Our community faces unprecedented economic disruption, and the future of many small businesses are under threat, including our own. It takes time and resources to provide this service. We are a small family-owned operation, and we will do everything in our power to keep it going. But today more than ever before, we will depend on your support to continue. Support RiverheadLOCAL today. You rely on us to stay informed and we depend on you to make our work possible.

SHARE