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Nassau Notebook: LI Bus, New Legislative District Lines

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

The following is a look back at some of the top stories in Nassau County over the past week:

MTA to End Funding of LI Bus

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to end its operation of the Nassau County-owned Long Island Bus system.

This year, the MTA had been seeking an additional $26 million from the county to maintain the current service for LI Bus. The county currently pays $9.1 million of the $134 million it costs to run the bus system. The rest is made up of state funding and fares.

MTA officials claim they have been covering the county's funding shortfall for about a decade, while the county — in the midst of a financial crisis — has maintained that it cannot afford an extra $26 million per year. Instead, County Executive Ed Mangano has proposed privatizing L.I. Bus.

"Because the MTA has failed taxpayers time and time again, Nassau County will move forward with a public-private partnership that maintains bus service without demanding an additional $26 million from taxpayers," Mangano said.

Katie Grilli-Robles, a spokeswoman for Mangano, said the county has put together an independent committee to look into privatization. The committee is currently reviewing three bids from private companies, which she did not name. The committee is expected to make a recommendation to Mangano by mid-May, she said.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the MTA, did not specify the county's non-payment as a reason for the board's decision.

"The vote this week was, in essence, a vote to help the county transition to privatization at the start of next year," he said. "The county made a decision to move forward with privatization."

The state is providing an additional $8.6 million to the MTA to maintain the current bus service through the end of 2011.

Nassau GOP Proposes New Legislative District Lines

‪Nassau's Republican majority recently proposed new legislative district lines that Democrats allege will allow the GOP to hold onto power for the next 10 years. ‬

‪The Democrats also accuse the Republicans of skirting the county charter by pushing the lines before a two-year deadline, but members of the majority say they must act soon to stay legally within the U.S. Constitution. ‬

‪Your local Patches will have the full story early next week.‬

County Supporting Adelphi Breast Cancer Program

The county has joined the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support program, an annual Mother's Day campaign that encourages women to get mammograms.

This program is led by the Adelphi University School of Social Work. To find a mammogram facility near you, call the hotline at 1-800-877-8077. Services are free.

Thomas Brady April 30, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Rob I see you are going to return each time with a Politicians answer. If this is what you are about, fine. Quoting problems The FAA is having has nothing to do with this. The MTA goes to great lengths to insure the quality of safe service. Modern fuel efficient equipment in Far Rockaway has never been better. Unlike most Politicians their are workers, supervisors and upper management that are held to a high standard to deliver the best possible service. This will never happen under some shabby low bid private Company. History has proven that. Take a Poll and ask the Queens residents if they had better service with the private companies. NO WAY!!!!! Good luck trying to sell this. BAD UNINFORMED IDEA!!!! Do your homework ROB!!!!
Thomas Brady April 30, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Scott sounds like scott does have that problem on his job.
Rob Germino April 30, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Thomas, did you read my articles yet?
icarumba April 30, 2011 at 02:51 PM
on the redistricting issue: one of two things will happen-either this district will be redistricted into an existing district in queens;or wind up being part of peter kings turf.
Eddie April 30, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Certainly if you throw enough of the taxpayers' money at any problem, service will improve. If you charge me for your stuff, why would you complain? The goal here is to provide acceptable service paid entirely by the user of that service. The MTA has failed miserably at that task.
Scott Clarke April 30, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Thmoas, I have no idea whta you were trying to say to me. I sound like i have "what" problem on my job (even though im retired, lol). You , however, sound like an employee of MTA who is threatened over losing your "waste of tax dollars" job. The MTA is so corrupt and bankrupt. Every business in NYS has to pay a surcharge based upon their payroll to help bail out the MTA. Anything to remove this inept and corrupt institution from the taxpayers responsibility would be a good thing, except if you make your living from this corrupt agency, which apparently you do. Thanks for that line about "high standards." That was extremely funny.
Sean Hassett April 30, 2011 at 06:10 PM
I'd like to know where all the money is going. Not just for transit subsidies, but in Nassau County in general. Why are so many private garbage collectors used? Why does my garbage get collected three times a week? I think once a week would be fine, or at most twice a week. We seem to have many levels, layers and offices of local government. Seems a bit bloated.
Kathy Volz May 01, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Why not use the smaller busses - the size of ABLE RIDE busses or the same size yellow school busses? The currrent MTA busses are never crowded Take the larger busses off the road or sell them. People who can't afford cars need public transportation.
Claudia Borecky May 01, 2011 at 11:51 AM
The redistricting that is being brought before the legislature arguably prematurely is one done for the Nassau County legislature only and does not go into Queens, nor have anything to do with Peter King. It is going before the Rules Committee tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., a public hearing on May 9 and a vote on May 16. What this will mean to some of the people of Merrick, North Merrick, Bellmore, North Bellmore and Wantagh is that they will lose Dave Denenberg as their legislator. If the district lines change for this election, there is a possibility that Dave Denenberg may not be our legislator at all come fall - as the lines were drawn so that another incumbent would reside in the same district - meaning only one of them could be the legislator.
Peter J. Tomao May 01, 2011 at 12:53 PM
The whole MTA-LI Bus debate misses the point. Should there be a public bus system in Nassau County ? If Mr. Mangano and his apologist, Mr. Germino, had any interest in seeing the system continue, they would have initiate a review of existing safety regulations to make private ownership feasible while providing safe, clean buses. On the other hand, public transportation could be outmoded. Nassau County will not in the forseeable future have a system similar to much of New York City, which reliably can be used by working people to get to and from work from stops near where they live and work. Most LI Buses which I have seen are virtually empty. Very few people can use public transportation to travel from their homes to their jobs and schools within Nassau County. This is made clear by the fact that Hofstra and Adelphi Universities operate extensive private bus systems for their students. We will not debate the real issue. The Republican politicians will have set up LI Bus reform to fail. They allowed MTA to abandon LI Bus without a viable alternative and with no benefit to Nassau County taxpayers -the MTA will redistribute its LI Bus subsidy to other MTA operations. When no private company will step forward to run LI Bus without promises of government subsidies, the Republicans will blame regulation and claim victory. At the same time, Nassau County will reduce its deficit by the $9.1 million it pays for LI Bus. I don't know who wins, but the public will lose.
Eddie May 01, 2011 at 01:29 PM
The public only loses if you are only considering the riders who are looking for others to pay for their ride. The taxpayer wins. He no longer has the burden of supporting an inefficient system overloaded with management from which he derives on benefit. The day of the Democrats milking the taxpayer for every scheme which will benefit someone somewhere is over. I'll keep my money, and with it I'll benefit MY family and pay MY bills. Thank you, Republicans, for finally letting me keep a few dollars for my own family.
Frank Scarangella May 01, 2011 at 04:46 PM
i couldn't have said it better....
Frank Scarangella May 01, 2011 at 04:51 PM
as an employer i have to pay to support the the turn style jumpers in the city and for the empty busses that run areound nassau county.. this money could go the putting people to work not lineing this huge mess
Gerald Cymbalsky May 02, 2011 at 12:06 PM
The Nassau County buses are not empty. I need them for doctor's appointments and to get out of Long Beach for other shopping reasons. I do not own a car, I rent one when I need one. Now as for the waste at New York City Transit, I am like an expert there! I have been demanding they sell there exspensive mid-town buildings, and the MTA is. Silly exspensive gadgets like computerized info kiosk throughout the system replacing paper wallmaps and signs. Our nine county payroll tax providing 1.8 billion in revenue and the MTA wants to take away Nassau bus, and Suffolf has no service to speak of, yet NYCTransit brags how effeicent there dollar/ride service compared to other cities. MTA needs to reduce its management staffing, add service not curtail it. As gas goes up more people will need affordable transportation, the elderly, disabled and working poor will be joined soon by short distance commuters....
Frank Scarangella May 02, 2011 at 01:32 PM
don't worry have you looked At your tax bill lately we all working poor...........yes it took 1.8 billoin from people that don't ride mas transit weather you know it or not this makes employers think twice about hireing new people the taxes are crushing the employers............
Frank May 09, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Jeff is the only guy on this panel who makes any sense. The public transit system in Nassau is a joke and will remain so until serious reform is made in our infrastructure. My fixes: 1. Create a food terminal for Nassau County. That will limit truck traffic from NJ and the crappy boros. 2. Improve Nassau's ports. That will also limit truck traffic from NJ and the crappy boros. 3. Use rail to deliver bulk durable and non-durable goods. That will also limit truck traffic from NJ and the boros. See a pattern? Fewer trucks, more space on the road, fewer delays, better service. 4. Change the stupid zoning laws on the books. Stop suburban sprawl. Concentrate key government services. 5. Build the seaford oyster bay tunnel. Don't care if the NIMBYs hate it, it will improve traffic flow and provides an alternate means of getting off the Island in an emergency 6. Expand the existing highway and parkway structures. Use eminent domain if you have to. 7. Create more park and ride sites for commuters that make sense. 8. Lower LIRR fares not increase them. The goal is to increase ridership not reduce it! 9. Have private cab service use NYC pricing scheme rather than the antiquated zone fares. 10. Push for more, better protected bike lanes on our streets. 11. Give a tax break to the public ridership. 11. My favorite. Stop all the traffic to the Hamptons and use ships to drop'em off. Long Island roads are not summer parking lots. 'Nough said
Frank Scarangella May 09, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I WILL NOT GO OVER YOU IDEAS ONE BY ONE HOWERVER IF YOU THINK THAT NASSAU COUNTY WILL EVER DO ANYTHING TO THE INFERSTRUCTURE OR CREATE A WHOLESALE FOOD DEPOT LIKE HUNTS POINT , YOUR KIDDING YOURSELF, IT TAKES 6 MONTHS TO OPEN ANY RETAIL BUSINESS NASSAU COUNTY, THIS COUNTY HATES ANY JOB CREATING BUSINESS. HATES STORE OWNERS LOOK AT THE AGRESSIVE THINGS SUFFOLK IS DOING THE GET COMPANIES TO MOVE IN TO THE COUNTY... NOT HERE! WE LIVE OFF OF NYC...AND NYC IS IN TROUBLE THANKS TO OVER REGULATION SO WE ARE SCREWED
Frank May 09, 2011 at 09:37 PM
That's true. Nassau would prefer to Section 8 the whole county and live off of Albany payouts.
Frank Scarangella May 09, 2011 at 10:43 PM
they should put a sign on the county line ...no business wanted.........or " i dare you to start a business in nassau county"
Frank May 10, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Or... Give up any notion of hard work, respect for oneself and family, and we'll hand out a welfare check and place you in one of the 20,000 foreclosed properties for free. What a County!
Frank May 10, 2011 at 02:05 PM
they'll even have Kate Murray personally hand them out with a smile :-)
Frank Scarangella May 10, 2011 at 02:28 PM
i hope these weasles read this stuff..................
Frank May 10, 2011 at 02:46 PM
They don't read anything but poll results!
Frank May 10, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Check out the Town of Hempstead Hydrogen Fuel thread. Millions on a technology that's still derived from fossil fuels. Instead of using available dollars to solicit real jobs to Nassau, they piss it away on pork barrel projects! INSANE!
Frank May 10, 2011 at 02:51 PM
What's next? Plant corn in Westbury to make ethanol?
Frank May 10, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I can see the photo op now! Kate Murray with a pitchfork shaking hands with a DOE rep! hahahahaha
Frank Scarangella May 10, 2011 at 03:04 PM
i'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND USEING FOOD FOR FUEL HAVE YOU BEEN TO A SUPERMARKET LATLEY?
Frank Scarangella May 10, 2011 at 03:06 PM
WRITE YOUR CONGRESS WEASLE AND TELL IT TO DEFUND THE EPA.
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