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More Details Arise in Vote for Mangano Legislation 315-12

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

The plot thickened this week in the union fight against Nassau County Local Law 315-12, a measure that gives County Executive Ed Mangano authority to make more than $40 million in budget cuts without legislative approval.

According to Courthouse News, a complaint from the Nassau County Sheriff's Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) alleges that Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, R-Massapequa, adjourned the May 21 legislative meeting, and, after speaking with Mangano via telephone, Schmitt reconvened the legislators to vote on the measure.

Republicans brought in Legislator Dennis Dunne, R-Levittown, who was recovering from leg surgery, via speaker phone, according to the complaint, to secure a 10-0 majority vote.

Democratic Legislators left the chamber and did not vote.

"Local Law 315-2010 remains pending for Mangano's signature," according to Courthouse News Service. "Under County Charter Section 153, should he not approve or disapprove the measure within 30 days, it will become a county law."

The union wants the law declared void for illegal procedures, including lack of a quorum, illegal session, and open meeting violations.

NIFA Director Blasts County's Attempt to Borrow Money

Nassau County is seeking to bypass the state oversight board managing its finances and borrow funds from New York State, a New York Post columnist wrote.

George J. Marlin, director of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, wrote:

If the state Legislature goes along, the move will quickly backfire on Nassau — and rapidly prove disastrous for other local New York governments.

NIFA imposed a control period on the county in January 2011 after the state watchdog determined that Nassau’s budget would reportedly run a deficit of approximately $176 million in the 2011 fiscal year. While the county sued to try and block the NIFA takeover, a Nassau judge upheld the decision.

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Dorothy A Whalen June 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
There is nothing this man ( County Executive Mangano ) can do that will meet the approval of NIFA and or the Democrats, who have been against anything he proposes from day #1. This is a total boycott of any ideas that he suggests to get us out of the mess that was swept under the County rug by the former Democratic Executive and his cronies. Who gave these people the power to bypass our elected County Executive? Every page, every Dep't that has been examined by Mr. Mangano is filled with debt, mismanagement, corruption ~ all of it stemming from the past years of governing - and all we hear from this (self appointed ) bunch is that you can't do this and you can't do that. I say get them ( NIFA ) the hell out of Nassau County and give the man we voted in, the power to clean up this mess once and for all. We are watching you too, Mr. Governor, stop playing footsie with your cronies, and start giving us some of our tax dollars back, so we can clean up this County!
Eileen Coles June 16, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Tom Suozzi did it right. Nobody was suffering under his leadership. Nassau's bus system was fine. Our sewer system was fine. You didn't know a good thing when you had it, Nassau. Then Mangano "won" the election based on a handful of votes, and the ONE (ONE!!!) cop who was guarding the voting machines over that Thanksgiving weekend before they got counted somehow managed to get a little oh-so-conveniently DEAD a few years later in a hit and run on the highway. Do THAT math, Nassau! If there's cronyism involved, and with the GOP that's ALWAYS the case, I think from the look of things I'm liking that bunch a whole lot less. Get rid of Mangano! We are one of the richest suburbs in the world and the guy can't balance the budget without privatizing everything? Take a nice long look at the history of the Third Reich if you want to see where all this privatization is going to get us. Go ahead, don't just take my word for it. Look up the history yourselves. It's right there in black and white in the history books, and if we ignore that lesson we WILL repeat it.
Nassau Taxpayer June 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Pothole and friends take care of themselves, first and foremost. And THAT's interesting... "Then Mangano "won" the election based on a handful of votes, and the ONE (ONE!!!) cop who was guarding the voting machines over that Thanksgiving weekend before they got counted somehow managed to get a little oh-so-conveniently DEAD a few years later in a hit and run on the highway."
Hollingsworth June 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Dorothy: Don't blame NIFA and the Democrats for turning down every idea that Mangano has. It was the people who voted against taxing us to pay for the Coliseum so that Mangano can fill a one-time budget gap. It's the people who didn't want a casino at the Hub. It's the people who don't want Mangano to raise our sewer taxes so that he can fill a one-time budget gap. Every department that you speak about is headed by Republican commissioners appointed by the very County Executive that you say is doing a good job. Suozzi left EVERY department solidly funded. It was the Democratic legislators who made sure that red light camera money would keep those agencies away from political games and greedy hands. So what do the Republican legislators do, grab those funds and give it to Mangano to save his job at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens - our troubled youth. And if that's not enough, he's threatening that if the Democrats don't let him put us into even deeper debt, he'll cut funding to those programs completely. I don't know how Mangano and his Republican puppets in the Legislature can sleep at night. Maybe he'll wake up when a 13 year old girl commits suicide because there's no one to call for help. BTW, we gave Mangano 2-1/2 years to find ways to clean up the mess he got himself into. Thank God NIFA was there to stop him from implementing all his one shots that not only wouldn't balance the budget, but it woud have meant tax hikes of historic proportions.
Lorraine DeVita June 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Mangani is like a spoiled child, who NEEDS oversight - He ASSUMEd upon election he had the tpower to do as the party wished, however under much scrutiny is was discovered WHAT the party WANTED to do wasnt in the BEST interest of taxpayers so Mangano was assigned a WATCH dog to INSURe his idiocy did not SELL the county down the river for the sake of the PARTY. Like that spoiled child he is now having temper tantrums and threatening HIS constituants becaseu he cant get his way. Pouting petulant child having a temper tantrum. figures he responsible enough to make his own decisions .. Would YOU let a 3 yr decide ? THATs why we have NIFA he acts like a 3 yrs old NIFA is the big bad hands on tough love parent who says NO you twit you CANT do that. go take a time out.
Mary Smithstein June 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Do you actually think that the Republicans had that cop killed? Lol I know politics are tough but come on. Also I am not saying the GOP didnt screw the County up but so did Suozzi.
Eileen Coles June 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Mary maybe you should Google the phrase "Bush Body Count" if you think this country isn't being run, at least on one side of the aisle, a heck of a lot like an organized crime cartel is in charge. And it's been that way for over a century. Familiarize yourself with USMC General Smedley Butler's speech: "War is a racket."
Love This City June 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Eileen Coles - I try to speak in long and though out sentences but sometimes you have to just call it the way it is - When a discussion is based on stupidity it doesn't even pay to try to argue... Third Reich - what are you talking about? Everyone who tries to cut the huge deficit is a Nazi? You truly are an IDIOT!
Jacksonian Democrat June 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Dorothy, you are misguided. The Republican party controlled Nassau County ( except for Long Beach) entirely for over 40 years. Everything good and bad about Nassau was due their one-party rule. Ultimately, their corruption ran the County into the ground and only Suozzi's stable hand brought it back. Suozzi and the Democrats are not without flaws,by any means, particularly the disaster known as Diane Yaturo's stewardship of the legislative caucus. At the end of the the day though, there were results and accountability by and large. The greatest piece of Republican bluster involves the coliseum. Remember the Lighthouse project? 100% privately funded other than road reconstruction (the M5 is so good right now right?) mixed use property, real office buildings with retail, parks and hotel/conference centers. Thus real full-time jobs with sustainability for a growing tax base. The Mangano plan which, I voted for, since I don't want to lose the Islanders, was a taxpayer funded-coliseum only junk effort, that realistically deserved to be voted down. Why did Lighthouse go down? Kate Murray and the Nassau Republican's couldn't handle Suozzi and the Dems getting the credit for the deal, so the block the construction permits in the town of Hempstead. Pure blatant politics over the public good. Nothing more, nothing less. They would rather be in charge of a declining county with a bad economy than risk the chance of being out of power in a great place to live.
Jacksonian Democrat June 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
"they blocked" it should read. Sorry, bad proofreading on my part.
ed June 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Mangano is corrupt! Stop Nassau Republican Corruption! DUMP MANGANO in 2013!!!!!
linda smith June 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Yes, I agree, the County must be cleaned up from the Suozzi mess. Bravo! You figured it out.
linda smith June 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Yes, Suozzi did it right -- he gave his unions everything they needed and more. So now we have to pay for it and so Mangano is purging the system and cleaning it up and you are angry. Sorry union worker, you are not going to get your way -- in fact, your glory days of high wages and fat pensions will soon end. Way to go Mangano!
linda smith June 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM
What an angry bunch of liberals on this board! Way to go Mangano!
Mac June 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The problem isn't mangano or prior Suozzi but the parties themselves. It is hard imagine not a single democrat or republican has a unique individual thought tht agrees with the other party. When was the last time they voted against prty lines for the good of the people? Every idea the opposing party has can't be wrong but sadly enough it is. Until we have bipartisan politics here we re lost.
Lala June 17, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Dorothy: By your reference to the "prior County Executive" of course you are referring to Gulotta, who for 12 years refused to raise taxes and simply borrowed the County to the brink of bankruptcy when the REST of the COUNTRY was in an economic boom. I am sure you have forgotten that Suozzi brought the County up numerous credit ratings. We need to boot MANGANO out of office, not NIFA. He is a Mondello puppet who took office on a whim with not a CLUE in terms of how to proceed, and summarily shot down a $40 million dollar revenue source - without an iota of a plan to offset it - his first day in office. ALL Mangano wants to be able to say is that he didn't raise taxes. Meanwhile, he neglects to mention that a mere $100 per HOUSEHOLD per year increase in taxes would have prevented this debacle. The COUNTY PORTION of your tax bill is only about $3-500, people. Sure, there is fat to cut (except for D'AMATO'S DAUGHTER, who was hired WITH NO EXPERIENCE for a $100K job while people were being laid off), but he deceives us by deliberately NOT mentioning how low your COUNTY PORTION of your tax bill actually is. The MESS we are in is from GULOTTA, Dorothy. Please face reality. Mangano is INCOMPETENT.
Lala June 17, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Linda Smith: Or should we call you Peter Schmitt? Suozzi did NOT give the unions everything. Those people had their wages frozen and had a couple of weeks pay lagged, plus the new tier was added to alleviate the burden, and retirement incentives were offered and taken, as well. Please educate yourself. I am no liberal. I am a moderate conservative. And you, my dear, have no idea what you are talking about.
Lala June 17, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Hollingsworth: Well said. Spot on.
Voting democrat next time June 17, 2012 at 01:49 PM
We are in a crisis and the man wants to spend 25 mil to fix a pool. C'mon people. We have county attorneys that get paid handsomely but consistantly hire outside firms for legal issues.. I can sit here and keep going. It is so criminal what this guy does. Thank the lord someone is somewhat watching over him. He is horrendous..
PrimeTime June 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Bravo Mac. The first intelligent statement on this topic. As Rodney King put it, "Can't we all just get along?"
Candygram for Mongo June 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
There is only one solution, and it is one that can only be solved by somebody with rather large Ham Hands
linda smith June 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Lala, your head is buried in the sand -- when you wake up and smell the coffee, then think about opining on this board. You need to read what is written and then understand it. You have the right name, Lala! It describes you completely.
linda smith June 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Wow -- An angry bunch of liberals on this blog.
Lala June 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Linda Smith: Thank you for sharing your opinion. Suffice it to say you are clearly in the minority, and have used not an iota of fact to support your assertions. All you have said is "way to go Mangano" and whine about people supposedly being "liberals" on this. board. Your assertions are empty and, quite frankly, transparent in their desperation, as is your need to insult people. Mangano is one-and-done. He is, without question, the most incompetent, empty County Executive we have ever had. The man is a poor speaker, not particularly. bright, unethical, and is in way over his head. The majority of his appointments have been equally subpar, with little concern for qualifications or ability level. I have seen firsthand the woeful inadequacy of thses people. Suozzi pulled some boners, too, but he had vision. He brought the County up from the brink of bankruptcy and ran it like a business, making enemies along the way. Mangano is done. He'll get the judgeship he was promised, don't worry. But anything financial? Forget it.
Rebecca June 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Whoever you are "acksonian," BRAVO! We could have had a 100% privately-funded Lighthouse development, and Kate Murry and her Republican BUFFOONS would never let it happen. Of course, we could have had a money-making deal with the August 2011 referendum, and Jay Jacobs and his Democratic BUFFOONS would never let that happen. What a lose-lose, and then we get to go to hockey games and concerts in Brooklyn...
Rebecca June 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Mac: Very true. PrimeTime: Please don't cite a low-life drug addict with 63 deaths on his head, as someone we should ever, EVER listen to.
Lifeisgood June 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Linda, fyi, except for the police union who has binding arbitration, the csea and corrections union had both of their contracts voted on and approved by a unanimous decision. And yes Mangano was one of them who said yes. Our portion of the tax bill is so minimal compared with the school portion and yet almost every district every year votes yes to raising there own taxes. Go figure
Eileen Coles June 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
You who have to resort to the ad hominem attacks are the idiots. If that's all you can bring to the argument then go tell someone who cares. History isn't going to change for the likes of you, and the simple fact is that Hitler privatized EVERYTHING as he initiated his fascist form of government. That's just the way it is. Look it up.
Micah Danney (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Nazi comparisons are interesting. I've always found it perplexing that those speaking from the perspective of the political left and the right use the same historical model for what their opponents' policies are in danger of leading to. If the fiercest political opponents can abhor the same end result of a political system - one which lived and died within an extremely short period of time and leaves no room for speculation as to its consequences and its effect on the lives of its citizenship - can't more common ground be found between such parties? Not speaking to the comparison's use here, although Eileen's invocation does include more historical context than most I have heard.
Nassau Taxpayer July 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
The coliseum deal.... It's BAAACK! "Executive Mangano Makes New Push for Nassau Coliseum Development" http://fios1news.com/longisland/node/14966

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