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NIFA Freezes County Employee Wages

Police, county worker unions plan lawsuit.

The state board in control of Nassau County’s finances on Thursday froze the salaries of most county employees, leading to a backlash from union leaders who vowed to fight the move.

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority backed County Executive Ed Mangano’s request to stop all scheduled pay increases as part of a plan to cut Nassau's budget deficit.

The wage freeze, which would save the county about $10 million, comes one day after Mangano submitted $181 million worth of cuts and revisions to the 2011 budget. The cuts included 213 layoffs, as well as leaving an additional 300 positions vacant.

Mangano was not at the meeting, but Nassau County Police Benevolent Association Chairman James Carver and CSEA President Jerry Laricchiuta were, and the latter raised his hand when Ronald Stack, NIFA’s chairman, asked if there were any objections to the wage freeze.

“That’s going above and beyond I believe what he was entitled to do,” Laricchiuta said, referring to the county executive. “We are a little distressed that the county executive actually asked NIFA to freeze our wages.” 

Stack, meanwhile, said more had to be done. He said “the budget is still not balanced,” adding that employee furloughs and personnel cuts still need the county Legislature’s approval, and the state needs to give the green light to the county’s plan to expand the red light camera program.

“The deficit is real, the deficit is substantial and the deficit is in accordance with (general accounting principals),” Stack said.

NIFA has projected that Nassau will run a $176 million operating deficit in 2011.

Danielle March 25, 2011 at 05:36 AM
correction I meant over 2 percent village tax increase (malverne) not county. compared to other villages its a lower increase than others. If you would like to look up what your schools or countys teachers, principals, administrators, supervisors etc make go to seethruny.com.
DanTe March 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Have you folks heard the latest Union radio ad? "Support our Right to retire at 45. Because if we have to retire at 65, YOU will need to retire at 85." This typical Union goldbricking bull was played on 1010WINS.
Scott Clarke March 25, 2011 at 02:12 PM
This is NOT 1925, people. Unions "protecting" peoples jobs? Those days ended long ago. The free market and peoples' performances shoudl dictate peoples jobs. When everyone gets paid teh same rate regardless of performance, you destroy motivation and end up with mediocrity. The unions extort the politicians to receive more of teh taxpayers money. It's a rigged system. Now you have insolvency. What happened to manufacturing companies? They were chased out of the country by excessive union demands. Will the taxpayer be chased out of Long Island by the union demands? It has already begun. Notice a "few" for sale signs lately?
Frank March 25, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I am not a Police Officer but I was saved by one and as a taxpayer I think they should be paid a great salary...fine if for future hires maybe stop the crazy payouts, and pay into thir own health plans...but they earn every dollar in my book..Im just an average person who never thought I would need the Police but myself and my family are very glad they were there for me...read this poem I found."I am the Officer" I have been where you fear to be, I have seen what you fear to see, I have done what you fear to do - All these things I have done for you. I am the person you lean upon, The one you cast your scorn upon, The one you bring your troubles to - All these people I've been for you. The one you ask to stand apart, The one you feel should have no heart, The one you call "The Officer in Blue," But I'm just a person, just like you. And through the years I've come to see, That I am not always what you ask of me; So, take this badge ... take this gun ... Will you take it ... will anyone? And when you watch a person die And hear a battered baby cry, Then do you think that you can be All these things you ask of me
a vocal seaford resident April 23, 2011 at 04:11 PM
bla, bla, bla, bla, bla........its always the same thing. everyone complains about the taxes, politics, police, gov't. well heres an idea "WAKE UP PEOPLE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT". seaford school board wants to raise tax by almost 9%. whats going to happen? everyone will sit here and complain but somehow the budget will still pass. try getting out and voting, enough is enough. as far as nassau police? enough already!!!!! these guys make over $100k to sit in firehouses, dial 911 and you'll get a busy tone, but again, how come nothing was dont to stop the raises? you people need to start voicing your opinions in person to the thiefs who run this county. the HIGHEST TAXED COUNTY and what do we get in return? MORE TAXES. freeze wages and stop the tax hikes and people wouln't need the raises. i love america but you people are killing it !!!!!

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