Eating Reform For Lunch

This collection of party loyalists is the panel?

"I certainly didn't ask for party affiliation," says O'Shea.

Charlie, don't you already know that reassessment, which most taxpayers throughout the country simply take for granted, is tragically overdue in Nassau? Isn't it the logical thing to do?

"I don't know that to be true or false," O'Shea says, picking his words carefully. "No one has told me not to reassess."

As the panelists stir in their seats, eyeing the sandwiches awaiting them, O'Shea makes one last point: "Any elected official could have formed this committee. But I did it."

Taking his seat at the conference table, O'Shea says to his panel, "We're here to pick a new chairman."

"I nominate John— uh, John, uh...," says retired Supreme Court Judge Alfred Robbins. "I can't remember your name."

"John Kiernan," a panel member chirped.

Kiernan is elected without discussion or dissent. It's noted that Phoebe Goodman of the Nassau Citizens Budget Committee is one of the scheduled speakers at the Sept. 1 regular meeting. "Doesn't she have a report or something? Can we get a copy of it?" someone pipes up. O'Shea and deputy assessor Joan Morley vigorously agree to pursue that request.

A motion to adjourn is made. The aging Judge Robbins, in a jovial mood, has one last thing to say: "If I vote yes, does that mean I still get a sandwich?"

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