Nassau Notebook: Mangano, NIFA Call Truce; Appeals Court Upholds Redistricted 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:

Mangano, NIFA Agree to Work Together

After a lawsuit and months of arguing over how Nassau County's finances should be managed, County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau Interim Finance Authority Chairman Ronald Stack have apparently called a truce.

"We collectively realize that the county's financial problems are serous and that a cooperative effort between Nassau County and NIFA will be required to address them," the two said in a joint statement. "We are prepared and committed to work together to address the county's financial challenges and to meet these challenges in a responsible fashion."

Nassau's finances are being closely monitored by NIFA, which, in late January, stepped in to help manage the county's fiscal difficulties.

Appeals Court Upholds Redistricted Legislative Lines

Reversing a decision by a New York State Supreme Court judge, a state appeals court on Thursday ruled that the redistricted legislative lines put forward by Republicans are allowed to be used in this coming election.

An appellate panel in the 2nd Judicial Department ruled that the steps set fourth in the county charter, including a bipartisan commission and public hearings, can not hold up the lines from being put into place. That was the reason the Supreme Court judge, Steven Jaeger, had ruled against the lines in his July ruling.

Democrats will most likely take the case to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Aug. 24.

dooleyman August 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Mangano should resign and take his handpicked stooges with him
dooleyman August 13, 2011 at 02:10 PM
special election cost ??? no other plan and the next morning plan b the circus is here in nassau county mangano is a clown
Don Carss August 13, 2011 at 03:47 PM
what will the redistricting do to Garden City ? will we still be in 2 districts?
Chris Wendt August 14, 2011 at 12:45 AM
This is a political cover story, whereby the County Executive is attempting to save "face" by seemingly calling some sort of "truce", and agreeing to work together with NIFA. Critical thinking can easily be applied here: what choice does Ed Mangano have BUT to cooperate with NIFA? Answer: none. "TRUCE!"
Peter J. Tomao August 14, 2011 at 08:13 PM
What a gerrymandered mess! Other than a few scared GOP areas like Garden City almost every incorporated village of any size is divided between two or more districts. What an embarassment!
cc August 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM
What do you expect from a politician?
Daniel Garcia August 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM
I read a most revealing comment this weekend regarding Mondello. When initially presented he claimed the redistricting was fair and equitable. When redistricting was approved he claimed "it gives us [republican party] a leg up." The question posed, in the OpEd page was..."Which is it? Because it can't be both."
dooleyman August 15, 2011 at 04:54 PM
was mondello the person who picked mangano?
Chris Wendt August 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM
That is the time-honored, historical political spoils system. Whenever redistricting is required at any level of government, the majority party always has a "leg up" in the result. That is certainly fair and equitable, and the way of American politics forvever: majority rules. You certainly should not expect or even want it any other way. Politics is not a dirty word, especially not in the administration of a political system.
Peter J. Tomao August 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM
It' time to stop business as usual in government. Redistricting in the Twenty-First Century should be handled by a non-partisan commission with instructions to try to keep communities together. These districts are a disgrace. Will be get the same redistricting next year by Assembly Democratics and Senate Republicans? I am looking to Governor Cuomo to be a leader in this reform as well.
Chris Wendt August 18, 2011 at 12:20 AM
You are naively asking for politicians to scrap the political system, and suggesting a non-partisan commission to perform the work or partisan politicians. Who would select these non-partisan commissioners, from what pool would they be selected, and how could tie-breaking be accomplished? The simple, stark answer is that political redisitricting is best done by the majority political party in power in each level of government at the time of each re-districtiting. Why? Because the political spoils system always has worked and it works now, that's why.


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