Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced an aggressive, joint initiative between the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police after three new swastikas were discovered at the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Cedarhurst and Woodmere stations this year. County Executive Mangano also announced a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in these cases.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today issued the following statement:
“While I recognize it is not practical for NICE Bus to prevent customers from paying additional fares for MetroCards due to the system’s relationship with the MTA, I urge members of the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee to drop plans for a fare hike on cash customers. Since its inception a year ago, NICE Bus has proven to be successful public-private partnership that saved Nassau County taxpayers over $33 million.”
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the November 2nd, deadline for employers in Nassau County to file a Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax (MCTMT) protective refund claim, has been extended until November 14th, as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Supreme Court Rules MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional
With the Nassau County Supreme Court ruling the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with state, county and village officials as he declared victory for taxpayers and job creators throughout New York State. Upon taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano initiated a lawsuit challenging the MTA’s payroll tax arguing its “taxation without representation” by instituting the $1.4 billion tax in 2009. Nassau County alone paid nearly $10 million in MTA Payroll Taxes since the law went into effect.
The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved County Executive Mangano’s public-private partnership for Veolia Transportation to operate Long Island Bus and Able Ride at a savings to the County of more than $32.4 million a year. Veolia Transportation will manage and operate Long Island Bus under a new name – Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) – beginning January 1, 2012. The approved contract maintains current fares and the Able-Ride service area.
A public-private partnership to operate Nassau’s bus system would provide a greater level of fare stability for riders; restore the MTA’s planned route cuts; preserve the Able-Ride service; and reduce the cost to taxpayers, both County Executive Edward P. Mangano and a statewide transportation expert told the County Legislature and residents who attended a hearing today on the new private bus operator.
Last spring, when the MTA threatened to eliminate more than half of the Long Island Bus routes, lay off hundreds of employees and hit our taxpayers with another $26 million in subsidy payments — I joined thousands of outraged taxpayers in saying, “Enough is enough!”