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Republicans Rip Democratic Minority, Mangano Pushes Sewer Privatization

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

Republicans Rip Democrats Over Voting

The following is a joint statement from County Executive Ed Mangano, Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt and the Republican Legislative Caucus:

"During the decade in which the Democrats controlled the County Legislature, Republicans put politics aside and provided the responsible votes necessary to run county government. Unfortunately for Nassau's taxpayers, the Democrat minority on the legislature is now refusing to implement a plan that forever ends borrowing for tax refunds while cleaning up debt created over the past decade. 

If the Democrats do not provide the votes needed to pay residents their rightfully owed property tax refunds, judgments will be executed against the County’s bank accounts — preventing the county from meeting payroll or funding government services. 

On Monday, May 21, Democrat legislators will make the final choice to either implement bonding reform or slash millions in vital county services. There is no other choice as we will not raise property taxes! Countless Nassau residents will be impacted if the Democrats continue to play politics and refuse to authorize the bonding.

We — the county executive and Republican legislative majority — have begun total reform of the broken and bleeding property tax assessment system, which includes a financial stability plan, developed in consultation with NIFA, to finally end all bonding for tax refunds by 2015. This reform plan ends the practice of borrowing against our children's future and will put the County on a pay-as-you-go plan by 2015.

Democrats' refusal to permit the last of the bonding will result in massive cuts as funds will be needed to cover remaining judgments. Massive cuts may include:

  • Furlough of all nonessential employees;
  • Closure of all nonessential county offices on Mondays;
  • Elimination of the youth board;
  • Elimination of the Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services; and
  • Elimination of the Red Light Camera Dedicated Fund.

The Democrats are willing to shut the county down solely for their own political benefit – and we will not and must not allow that to occur.”

Mangano Pitches Sewage Privatization Plan in Wantagh

Mangano made the case for his proposed sewage system public-private partnership Wednesday night during an informational meeting at the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Wantagh.

Last week, the county executive nnounced a Debt Reduction and Sewer Stabilization Plan to eliminate $750 million — 25 percent — of the county's $3 billion debt. The plan also aims to stabilize Nassau County's Sewer Authority, which is set to face bankruptcy in 2014, as warned by the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) in its October 2009 report.

Mangano told residents Wednesday night that without the public-private partnership, the county would need to invest $300 to $400 million into the plants for the next three years. If approved as operator, United Water would invest at least $400 million in capital improvements during the next decade.

LI Marathon Winners Congratulated

Mangano was on hand at Eisenhower Park to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Long Island Half Marathon, Women's Half Marathon and 10K race winners (all pictured) held on May 6.

Largest Single-Day Food Drive

Long Island's largest one-day food drive will take place this Saturday, May 12, as Island Harvest, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service team up to help Stamp Out Hunger. 

Participation is easy and Long Islanders can do their part by leaving a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Long Island's letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to Island Harvest to distribute among nearly 570 food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency feeding programs throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  

johnguthrieyates May 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Gentlemen, you've made statements, but I don't see what it has to do with the topic under discussion, the deplorable conditions finally exposed at the County sewage plants and the current and only proposal on the table to address it. The problems and choosing the "right" course of action truly transends the Democrat v Republican mentality. Fact - Conditions at these facilities were already brought to the attention of the County in 2005. Nobody did a thing.The "village idiot" even went further by stating it wasn't true and not to worry, there were redundant systems. The initial arrangements made that finally exposed the problems were made in November of 2009. Tom Suozzi was County Exec. Ed Mangano had no idea about this until the Dept. of Labor hit the ground. Fact - With the failures with the County's sewage systems, Tom Suozzi thought it was in the best interests of the residents of Nassau to buy the City of Glen Cove's sewage plant? A plant that was privatized. And what was Tom Suozzi before County Exec ? Mayor of Glen Cove. Where did he get that money ? Nobody read the 2008 Malcom Pernie report ? NIFA claims they warned "the County" in 2009 about possible insolvency? Privatization is not the way to go. The residents will have absolutely no control. Ed Mangano has to stop hiring people with virtually no exposure let alone experience and simply start putting people in place that simply know their job. And this whole issue must be put to a referendum.
Bootsie Sweettarts May 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Well LBTaxpay... I am a Christian and consider myself a moderate. If you want to judge me with your faux x-tian doctrine and biblical law I suggest you read the entire law as written in the old testament and measure yourself against the entire law. http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/Law%20of%20God/THE%20613%20LAWS%20of%20the%20OLD%20TESTAMENT.pdf Picking and choosing what laws you will enforce / believe makes one a hypocrite. And, your own words brand you as a homophobe. As far as the catholic faith goes... it's doing a good job destroying itself without my help.
Nassau Taxpayer May 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Worked for Jefferson County. Why not here? <http://business.time.com/2011/11/10/a-crappy-wall-street-deal-produces-nations-largest-ever-municipal-bankruptcy-finally/>
LB TAXPAYA May 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Bootsie, Although we welcome everybody, we don't need your kind in the Catholic Church! Don't do us any favors. As far as your'e reaching out & interpreting a scripture to claim homosexuality is OK, save it! You know the correct teachings & you choose to make your'e own rules! Perhaps you should join Madonna & Demi & join Kaballah! It seems to fit you better!
Lifeisgood May 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Gotta love the republicans, if u dont do as I say we will cut services and take it out on our residents. Reminds me of the school board, if u dont vote for this budget your kids are going to suffer. Im sick of nassau county and the corrupt politicians and school boards. As soon as my kids graduate im packing up and moving south for better and cheaper life. I've had several friends already made the move and all brag how much cheaper the cost of living and lack of political b.s. they have to deal with. The county is selling off everything they can, soon enough there will be nothing left. Its very sad what the republicans have done to this once great county.
JOE May 14, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Lifeisgood, you are 100% right. I have a child that will be out of the school system in a few years and I have already decided that I will put the for sale sign up when my child is in his senior year. It is very sad how the politicians have destroyed Nassau county. Sadly one day there will be no more assets to sell off and the school systems will suffer if they continue to be fiscally irresponsible. our school taxes are so far out of control that you will see alot of people moving out of Plainview as the home values continue to stagnate
Bootsie Sweettarts May 14, 2012 at 02:32 PM
OMG! LBTaxpayer... 'welcome everybody' you must be kidding. Some of my best friends are former catholics. By the way the vatican and the ayotolah Dolan is selling off property and closing schools I know my grandchildren will be safe from the hateful rhetoric of the pious. As far as saying that your good book says homosexuality is ok, if you took the time to read my posts and links you'll see that what I said/meant is that if you are going to justify your hate for lgbt people based on scripture you should educate yourself to all behaviors considered abhorrent and sin. You can't pick and choose which scripture you use to justify your homophobia.... unless you appy ALL of the scripture to your life. As far as your words go ("You know the correct teachings & you choose to make your'e own rules!") seems to me that the vatican makes it's own rules and the silent lambs follow thoughtlessly. Get to know the total history of the catholic church - crusades, inquisitions, tacit acceptance of holocaust, pedophile cover-ups and on and on.
Simba May 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
"You say you want a Revolution...." Might be just what we need. Leaders of this county need to be explicitly reminded that the common man has had enough. Enough of tax dollars slipping through greasy fingers. Enough of school tax dollars being padding pockets. If they don't want a Europe type response, then they need to provide Leadership or get out. It is a real shame what is happening in Nassau and Suffolk. It's easy to see many communities are sliding downward. And where it stops no one can predict. From top to bottom we are getting played. Our money does not carry any risk factor for them. "You say you got a real solution Well, you know We'd all love to see the plan"
johnguthrieyates May 14, 2012 at 02:58 PM
No he isn't ... he's still fishing for solutions because he really hasn't got a clue and to compound this he has surrounded himself with people who are equally or even more clueless. He's been all over the map with solutions. He has in 2012 given an unusual spin on the "employee sale" as well. Mismanaged from the top for years and that includes the Legislature ... and it's the rank and file workers as well as the county residents who wind up picking up the tab through lost jobs and services. We need to immediately go back to the Board of Supervisors, one acre zoning and then truly consider if a county form of government is really worth it or just drop the whole idea altogether ... let the Towns manage it.
johnguthrieyates May 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Bootsie ... but what does this have to do with the sewage plants? It sounds more like you need a hug ... and a Happy Meal ...
johnguthrieyates May 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
As a previously retired AT&T project / service manager it was my pleasure to have met and worked with the rank and file down at Cedar Creek. For the most part, a great bunch of guys. Suited up every day ready to do a good job. But when you're sent out with duck tape and crazy glue ... Do you really believe Rich Catuogno should have put what we needed on his own VISA card? Just for argument sake ... let's say Gullota screwed up everything. Tom Suozzi had 8 years to fix it and was actually asking for yet another shot. He did't do anything. He simply used smoke and mirrors and the best tap dancing since Shirley Temple and Bo Jangles. I'm not here to raise or lower anybody's flag Democrat or Republican ... I' looking for effective government ... don't see it ... haven't seen it in quite some time.
Bootsie Sweettarts May 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
@JOHNGUTHRIEYATES... hehehe... hugs are nice and so are happy meals. Well, it really has nothing to do with the sewer issue and I've posted my last comment but I was originally responding to the ranting post by LBTaxpaya who somehow brought the gay issue into the discussion. As a senior gay man I can no longer let these idiotic comments by homophobes go unchallenged. Here's the post that fired me up.... oh, and thanks for the reality check and hugs. 8~) "LB TAXPAYA 9:09 am on Saturday, May 12, 2012 Haven't the Democrats screwed up this great country enough already? We used to be the strongest, most feared. Now, the economy is in the toilet & little johnny will be persuaded to be a homosexual! Come on people, don't you get it?"
John Q Public May 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
If the Mangano admin is so gung ho on saving money, why did they create a $200kplus job for the legislator who lost to Solages? His own campaign person caused his defeat, when he lost the NCGOP made a job for him paying more than the previous admin. What did he know about hospital admiin? really? GOP takes care of its own and screw you the public.
John Q Public May 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
nothing like the school board. school board has laws to follow what can be cut what cant. gop makes its own rules. big dif
John Q Public May 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM
agree
Joanna G May 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Excuse me! It was the Republican rule in Nassau County that caused our bonds to be listed a little above junk bonds. Going back to the years of Tom Gulotta and company when we went for 25 years without reassessment of properties. The Republican idea of government to to feed the masses bread and circuses until the government runs out of money and then let the Democrats clean up the mess. At this point NO ONE wants to clean up the mess!
Lifeisgood May 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
John, i realize its not the same. Just making a reference how we the public gets screwed if we dont go along with the program, whether its the school or the county
Tom Baxter May 14, 2012 at 07:14 PM
This is the threat list? This is it? Is this the best you idiots can do to threaten us? There's not one thing on this list I care about, go ahead do it! No skin off my nose! •Furlough of all nonessential employees; •Closure of all nonessential county offices on Mondays; •Elimination of the youth board; •Elimination of the Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services; and •Elimination of the Red Light Camera Dedicated Fund.
JOE May 14, 2012 at 08:34 PM
How about they furlough all the top administrators , take the cars away, close down the county Manganos office tell him to work from home .
johnguthrieyates May 15, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I'll tell you why not ... because it is at the County level that we are first experiencing our voice. The Towns are much closer to the residents, more excessable and more willing to listen. At the County is where we find we haven't got a clue as to what they are really up to or the quick means to not only voice objections but to overide the damage they are collectively growwing more and more responsible for. Fairfield County, Ct. ... has absolutely no "County" government, they're getting along just fine. They have a problem or issue in town ... they go to their Town selectmen or mayors ... problem solved. The exercise in economy of scale and the County can do it for less ... just read your papers ... it isn't working !
johnguthrieyates May 15, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I couldn't agree more ... got my vote !
johnguthrieyates May 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Let's not forget ... they're laying people off while ... astro turfing parks ?
cabbage patch kid May 15, 2012 at 01:51 AM
republican, Vatican, mafia, Nassau county, long beach,mangano
cabbage patch kid May 15, 2012 at 01:52 AM
hey are beach passes for sale yet?
Nassau Taxpayer May 15, 2012 at 02:54 AM
All but the last part. "...close down the county. Tell Mangano to go home and stay there."
An tUasal Airgead May 15, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Quintessential, dysfunctional Nassau County politics! - Nassau County Republicans have nominated Mark Schimel, the estranged husband of Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), to run against his wife for the 16th District seat. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/schimel-vs-schimel-in-nassau-assembly-race-1.3717250
JOE May 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM
A typing error. I meant close down manganos office and make him work from home
JoeM May 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Are you typing this from your patronage job in the county attorney's office?
An tUasal Airgead May 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Nassau County politics, aka, the new Ringling Brothers Circus. Mark Schimel decides to drop out and not run against his ex-wife Michelle Schimel. I guess a good indication that you are in a losing campaign, is when your mother won't vote for you!!! - "The nomination even took Mark Schimel’s mother, Irma, by surprise — she sided with Michelle" http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mark-schimel-ready-call-run-estranged-wife-michelle-schimel-long-island-assembly-seat-source-tells-daily-news-article-1.1078305?localLinksEnabled=false
Nassau Taxpayer May 16, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Priceless.

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