Fall 2021

Dear Neighbor:

As your proud representative for District 11 in the Nassau County Legislature and an equally proud mother and wife, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some heartfelt thoughts about the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Like so many, it is hard to believe that it has been two decades because it is so deeply embedded in our memories that it feels like yesterday. So much changed in an instant that it is difficult to remember life before that horrific day for New York City, Washington, D.C., Shanksville, Pennsylvania and our entire nation. Throughout the passage of time, I find myself reflecting upon the thousands of people we lost; the brave heroes that risked and sacrificed so much; and all who continue to struggle with the physical and emotional wounds that were inflicted by the attacks. My thoughts also gravitate to the spirit of unity and common purpose we shared on Sept. 12 and afterwards - a time when neighbors embraced neighbors and when we were there for each other like never before. Fast forward 20 years and we find ourselves hopefully emerging from a pandemic in which our survival depended upon distancing ourselves from each other to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the sense of shared purpose was painfully fleeting during this crisis. From discussing social issues, politics, or even common-sense ways to prevent the spread of the virus, it seems we have lost our ability to communicate with one another. That is a problem we cannot legislate our way out of. My hope for the future - and the future of our children - is that we become more aware of each other’s concerns and feelings; empathize with each other’s situations; and express ourselves in a manner that is respectful to everyone in our society, including our first responders. The time is now to come together again - not to see each other as the enemy - so that we can achieve our promise as “One nation, under God, indivisible - with liberty and justice for all.” Please contact my office at 516-571-6211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Delia DeRiggi-Whitton,
Nassau County Legislator,