GOP Spokesman Challenges Jacobs, Democrats

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The following is from Nassau County Spokesman Brian Nevin in regard to alleged political threats made by Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs:

“The Nassau County Interim Finance Authority, Legislature and County Executive set forth a fiscal stabilization plan for Nassau County that holds the line on property taxes while cleaning up over a billion dollars in debt created while the Democrats controlled Nassau’s government. It's shameful and disturbing that Nassau County Democrat Party Boss Jay Jacobs is threatening political retribution to any elected official that works in a bipartisan fashion to implement this plan and prevent a property tax hike.

Boss Jacobs and his predecessor's handpicked Democrat legislators hiked property taxes by 42 percent, implemented a home energy tax, spent lavishly for a decade and left County Executive Mangano with a deficit the size of Texas. County Executive did not create Nassau's fiscal crisis, yet he is determined to fix it without hiking property taxes.

County Executive Mangano has spent the last two years cleaning up Democrat deficits, repealing taxes and cutting millions in wasteful spending added to government by Democrat legislators. County Executive Mangano has reduced the workforce by 20 percent and demanded concessions to protect taxpayers. No politician has done more to protect our residents' wallets. Boss Jacobs knows that Ed Mangano cannot be defeated in next year’s election cycle and is now trying to perpetuate Nassau’s fiscal crisis rather than allow his handpicked legislators to work in the best interests of the people they represent.

County Executive Mangano will not give in and allow the Democrat legislators to once again raise property taxes by 42 percent. County Executive Mangano will not allow Democrat legislators to once again approve a Fast Food Tax and Home Energy Tax. Boss Jacobs just doesn't get it. Our residents are taxed enough and will soon be taxed out of Nassau County if he has his way.

It is a dereliction of duty for Democrat legislators to stand lockstep with their political boss rather than best serve the residents they were sworn to protect."

Nassau County Urges Residents To Be Hurricane-Ready

Recognizing National Hurricane Preparedness Week, Nassau County Eis reminding residents about the importance of assembling a "Go Kit," in the event of a hurricane watch or warning. This year, National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 27 through June 2. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will begin on June 1.

Kits should be kept by front doors in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for five days, including:

  • First aid kit. Pack a "how to" guide as well.
  • Essential prescription and nonprescription items and medical information.
  • Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio), extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick.
  • A change of clothes, plus rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.
  • Personal items, eyeglasses and personal care items.
  • Important documents in a waterproof container: drivers' licenses, wills, birth/marriage certificates, insurance policies, deed or lease papers, recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security cards, Passport and Home inventory list.
  • Make sure you have special items for infants, elderly persons, pets or loved ones with special needs.
Hollingsworth June 03, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I ususally look forward to seeing the "press releases" that usually appear on Saturday's from Nassau County government. Although usually controversial, they are informative. Brian Nevin is not the Nassau County Spokesman. He is the County Executive's spinmeister, paid a high-salary to put a political spin on anything Mangano does in which Mangano doesn't have the courage to say for himself. Suozzi had no high-paid spokesperson, slinging mud at his opposition. He at least had the courage to talk for himself. This article should be removed as it is clearly a campaign piece that was not paid for by a candidate. but put out in the same article with Hurricane readiness. We already received campaign propaganda in a nice glossy mailer about this, paid for with tax dollars and now you're giving the candidate a platform for free. Jay Jacobs does not need to rebuke this. Mangano needs to speak for himself. Or is he afraid to say what you know is a pack of lies. Suozzi did NOT raise taxes by 42%. You can say it as often as you like. It doesn't make it true. Suozzi balanced the budget every year he was in office, including the one he left Mangano. It was the Democratic legislators who repealed the energy tax. Suozzi was known nationwide as the County Exeuctive that turned this county around. Mangano is known nationwide for his ineptness and has made Nassau the poster child for one-shots.
Susan June 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Since you don't know me or a thing about me, I suggest that you stop deciding what I would or would not do or say. You did not add one constructive comment to the discussion. All you did was criticize me. I didn't write the article. Now move on.
Port North Resident June 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
You have to be kidding right you can't be serious lets put some truths to your statements: Suozzi used many people on the public payroll (most he hired worked for his failed 2006 gubernatorial run, and they were mostly from NYC) to do his political dirty work, second Suozzi raised taxes over 40% examine the 2002-2009 county budgets, third Suozzi balanced the budget by raising taxes and borrowing, which NIFA went along with every year. A policy Mangano has vowed to end once he clears the back log of tax certs from the Suozzi years, currently the county is bonding for things that happened in 2005-2007, when Souzzi was County Exec. The only truth in your comment was a half truth, while the Dems did vote to repeal the energy tax it was done in a lame duck session after they had been voted out of office, and remember it was Suozzi and the dems that passed the energy tax alingoarty lines in the first place! Mangano pushed for the repeal during the campaign and famously signed during his inaugural. It is amazing how you democrats never let the facts get in the way of your argument!
Hollingsworth June 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
What the Spinmeister fails to say is that what Mangano did is outright unAmerican. When I woke up, I believed I lived in a democracy. The federal, state, county and towns have three SEPARATE but EQUAL branches of government - executive, legislative and judicial. For Mangano to try to take away the powers of the legislature would be no different if the President said, "We don't need Congress. Just give me their powers so I could do whatever I want." The day that is allowed to happen, is the day I move out of this county for I will no longer live in a democracy. I thank Jay Jacobs for protecting our most fundamental rights. You can try to spin it anyway you want, but the truth is that this is nothing more than another power grab by Mangano so he could pathetically attempt to govern. The truth is that he was never ready for this job and has no idea how to handle a budget, let alone county services. And to put the future of social services on the chopping block at a time when there has never been more people in need is not only unethical, but inhumane. If you want to cut all unnecessary positions, start with the position of "spokesperson."
Port North Resident June 03, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Spelling Correction "passed the energy tax along paty llnes"
Port North Resident June 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I love how you call me. Spinster but yet fail to give the facts again! The legislation that you are referring to allowing the County Executive to make 41 million dollars in spending cuts was passed by the legislature 10-0, only after the democrats tried to hold the county hostage for political gain by refusing to govern unless they dictated what the political redistricting process was going to be. Unlike the democrats in the legislature I believe in laws, and the process of redistricting is spelt out in sections 113, 114 and 115 in the county charter. I applaud Mangano for not being bullied into violating the charter and standing up for the laws of the county by governing, a concept the minority legislators seem to not quite understand! Let's not forget that the whole reason for the need for this borrowing was the failure of e county to pay tax refunds from 2005-2007 when Suozzi was county exec, I guess you just forgot that part in your argument. Nobody wants to see services cut but I again applaud the majority in the legislature and the county exec for realizing that Nassau taxpayers pay the highest property taxes in the nation and just can't bear any more.
Hollingsworth June 03, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Port North: I didn't call you Spinmeister. I called Brian Nevin "Spinmeister or are you actually Brian Nevin? Did you change your alias?" Tell me in what years did Suozzi raise taxes by more than 40%?? You think that if you keep telling us lies, that people will believe it as truth. You cannot possibly think people are dumb enough to think that just because a budget goes up, it would mean that our taxes go up. The County has plenty of other sources of revenue and Suozzi was very successful at finding savings and increasing revenue so that he wouldn't burden homeowners with property tax increases. In fact, the tax cap was his idea. If you could tell me in which years Suozzi raised our taxes, by how much and how that equals 42%, I'll admit that Mangano is being honest. But if you can't or if you don't respond, I want you to admit that this is a campaign piece that misleads the public into thinking that Suozzi overtaxed us. And while you're at it, also include how much Kate Murray raised our taxes during that same time period. If you do that, you will never see a comment from me again. I'll leave this with a quote out of Wikipedia: "Just days before Suozzi’s inauguration as Nassau County Executive in 2002, the Maxwell School of Public Affairs rated Nassau the "worst run county in the nation." Within his first year in office, Suozzi turned a $428 million deficit into a balanced budget, leading one of the most dramatic financial turnarounds in the country."
Hollingsworth June 03, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Beej: I agree with you about the mailings. It costs more to put out one mailing than what the average county worker makes in an entire year. I can't help but think that every time I get a mailing from Mangano, one more county worker has to lose his job..
ADNK June 03, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Thank you Joe. I EXPECT the ~ "government IS the problem - I've got mine, screw you" ~ crowd in the comments section. I do NOT expect puffery in the articles.
Marty Heyman June 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Given the usual level of partisan rock-throwing, I hesitate to waste a comment. The piece is a bit of partisan puffing and should be recognized as such by members of any party. The fact that the County was dropped into the revenue-hole by the tanking of the economy may or may not have been aggravated by one or the other party but we are in the same hole as virtually every other jurisdiction in the country. Nobody has as much money as they think they need to sustain life in the jurisdiction and everyone is facing tough choices. The gridlock imposed by the idealogues punishing each other is non-productive and, ultimately, taking it out on all of us. However, public discourse should be on deciding which proposals for frugality make sense to the community and which do not, not on the empty talking points of various political pontifs.
An tUasal Airgead June 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
BOTH PARTIES are to blame and so are we by not DEMANDING better from our elected officials! While everyone continues with their right vs left, borrow vs tax, dumb vs dumber diatribes, the county is spiraling down.
An tUasal Airgead June 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Fitch Lowers Outlook On Nassau County, NY, Amid Continued Troubles May 31, 2012 - Fitch Ratings lowered its outlook on Nassau County, N.Y., to negative from stable, saying the Long Island county has limited financial flexibility and faces challenges to cost cutting. Fitch affirmed its A-plus rating on Nassau, which is six steps above junk territory. In December, Fitch lowered its rating on Nassau's by one notch, also citing the county's financial flexibility. The rating firm said the county has shown continued difficulty in implementing programs to improve financial stability despite the presence of a state control board. The county, Fitch added, lacks financial flexibility. Fitch pointed to Nassau's high dependence on sales tax revenue and continued use of one-time funds to close budget gaps. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120531-717869.html
An tUasal Airgead June 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Financial margins and reserves are slim, Fitch said, and the county legislature rejected the county executive's request to issue bonds to cover tax certiorari refund payments for 2011 and 2012, which may result in operating deficits in both years. A plan to privatize the maintenance and operations of the county's sewer system was rejected by the state-run Nassau County Interim Finance Authority. The county had expected to use a portion of the proceeds to fund its annual budget, and though Fitch looked negatively on the plan, the absence of the funding source creates a new budget gap. Aiding the county's rating, Fitch said Nassau benefits from a broad and wealthy tax base and its capital needs are moderate. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120531-717869.html
Lawrence Anderson June 03, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I guess the Patch is GOP run, I think politics should not be in the Patch. I thought The patch would be a nice way of getting local news and articles of local interest. I am displeased in now knowing it is a tool for the GOP to try to control our thinking and just a campaign tool. Oh, by the way, one way to create more revenue would be for Nassau County to begin collecting income tax on it's overpaid employees. NYC does and they are not paid anywhere near what Nassau County employees make
Craig Baines June 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
This online paper is a cheerleader for Rebublicans. Just take the coverage of Giovanna Guinta running for mayor. Giovanna is an active Rebublican committee member and so is her father. They campaign for the local Republican candidates and against the democratic ones, they contribute to there campaigns too, I wonder how a liberal do-gooder like like Barbara M can support candidates sponsored by the GOP machine in Westbury? I am not passing judgment on the PW patch because I understand that I can choose not to read it, you have Leftest papers and Rightist ones that is just the way it is and I am ok with that. This paper clearly has a rightest slant.
FJDietz June 03, 2012 at 09:17 PM
FYI: the Patch is part of the Huffington Post organization. Nobody ever accused HuffPo of being right of center. To the Patch's credit I find their reporting more balanced and objective than the HuffPo.
An tUasal Airgead June 03, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Patch is owned by AOL, as is the Huffington Post. Patch (founded by Tim Armstrong in 2007) was bought by AOL in 2009, right after Tim Armstrong became AOL CEO. AOL purchased the Huffington Post in 2011. Patch has so many financial issues that they have cut staffing to seriously low levels, which could be a reason for the problem shown here: Patch editorial staff reprinting Nassau County press releases as a story. The majority of these "Weekly Look-ins" at the Town or County, are mirrors of what you will find on the Town or County websites.
Glenn June 03, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I read some comments and the bottom line is this: We should not be happy that the Patch inreleasing political articles which are not "fair and balanced." Shame on you Patch. As to Suozzi, he was a CPA and Attorney and he couldn't fix the mess that was handed to him. Now Managano is running the show and continues to resolve budget deficits by selling or attempting to sell county assets, Taxes in the county are not because of town taxes. The school taxes are out of control and they need to follow Cuomos law of a cap. These special water districts were set up under Gulottas reign. Someone has to start to restructure this process and stop figuring a way to circumvent NIFA. One way to deal with these issues is to start using the internet to provided financial information. Every salary of every employee working in the county should be published online where the county becomes transparent and all the special water districts become transparent. Lets start with the Town of Oysterbay. Have them start to publish online their budget. We are all in this mess together. Lets start working together to fix the problems.
Susan June 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
The Patch is owned by AOL.
An tUasal Airgead June 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Glenn, they already are online http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/
ed June 04, 2012 at 12:36 AM
The Republicans are just puppets of corporate wealth...anti middle class to the bone! DUMP THE NASSAU GOP in 2013!
Mary Smithstein June 04, 2012 at 10:58 AM
You actually think that Suozzi cleaned up Gulottas mess you are very misinformed. I do not deny Gulotta is the one that screwed the County up but Suozzi made it worse.
Mary Smithstein June 04, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Mangano is not Gulottas puppet he is Mondello's puppet
Mary Smithstein June 04, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I can not believe that so many people think Suozzi fixed everything. Lol Suozzi turned nothing around he lied and said he did.
Glenn June 05, 2012 at 11:32 PM
tUasal, Thank for the link. I was referring to a financials whereby the Budget is layed out next to the actual figures. I want it broken down by property which the towns own.
An tUasal Airgead June 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
That's online too, http://oysterbaytown.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={9846AF95-2FE7-45AD-9A03-06A854D4D6CF}
An tUasal Airgead June 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
An tUasal Airgead June 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
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An tUasal Airgead June 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
That's about the best you will get online


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