Two of the region’s most influential news organizations have called for Nassau County Democrats to separate politics from government and vote to support bonding desperately needed to perform critical repairs to the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Today Newsday, the only daily newspaper covering Long Island, ran a story about the failure of most members of the Democrat Minority of the Nassau County Legislature to approve more than $700 million to repair and rebuild the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, approving only $262 million. The vote was July 15th.
Statement from Brian Nevin, Communications Director to County Executive Edward P. Mangano
Mineola, NY – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), Newsday published an op-ed written by E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute’s Empire Center for New York State Policy entitled “Nassau’s wildly lavish police pay.”
The column is below for your reading pleasure.
Once again, Newsday ran a distorted story about my record of reining in government spending. Having already published story after story criticizing Nassau County for laying off employees, Newsday now fails to accurately highlight the fact that I achieved $88 million in labor savings for taxpayers – that’s $13 million more than the $75 million savings the 2012 budget called for. You would think I’d be commended!
Newsday today: Supervisor Kaiman is hiking property taxes AGAIN, and increasing spending. County Executive Mangano is holding the line on property taxes for a second straight year and decreasing annual spending. There’s a clear difference between leadership in this County.
By ROBERT BRODSKY
Sep 20, 2011 08:34 PM
Declaring a countywide fiscal crisis, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has proposed legislation to permit him to open existing labor contracts to cut wages and benefits of government workers.
The Fiscal Crisis Reform Act would test a controversial legal strategy: that Nassau can unilaterally set aside county labor contracts.
One way or another, the unionized employees of Nassau County are going to have to start contributing to their medical care, and the considerable overtime, excessive days off and spiraling salaries embedded in the arbitrated contracts of police officers are going to have to be contained. That’s the fiscal reality a horrendous economy and exploding pension and health insurance costs have created in a place burdened by taxes among the highest in the nation.