More Details Arise in Vote for Mangano Legislation 315-12

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The plot thickened this week in the union fight against Nassau County Local Law 315-12, a measure that gives County Executive Ed Mangano authority to make more than $40 million in budget cuts without legislative approval.

According to Courthouse News, a complaint from the Nassau County Sheriff's Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) alleges that Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, R-Massapequa, adjourned the May 21 legislative meeting, and, after speaking with Mangano via telephone, Schmitt reconvened the legislators to vote on the measure.

Republicans brought in Legislator Dennis Dunne, R-Levittown, who was recovering from leg surgery, via speaker phone, according to the complaint, to secure a 10-0 majority vote.

Democratic Legislators left the chamber and did not vote.

"Local Law 315-2010 remains pending for Mangano's signature," according to Courthouse News Service. "Under County Charter Section 153, should he not approve or disapprove the measure within 30 days, it will become a county law."

The union wants the law declared void for illegal procedures, including lack of a quorum, illegal session, and open meeting violations.

NIFA Director Blasts County's Attempt to Borrow Money

Nassau County is seeking to bypass the state oversight board managing its finances and borrow funds from New York State, a New York Post columnist wrote.

George J. Marlin, director of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, wrote:

If the state Legislature goes along, the move will quickly backfire on Nassau — and rapidly prove disastrous for other local New York governments.

NIFA imposed a control period on the county in January 2011 after the state watchdog determined that Nassau’s budget would reportedly run a deficit of approximately $176 million in the 2011 fiscal year. While the county sued to try and block the NIFA takeover, a Nassau judge upheld the decision.

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Rebecca June 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Mac: Very true. PrimeTime: Please don't cite a low-life drug addict with 63 deaths on his head, as someone we should ever, EVER listen to.
Lifeisgood June 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Linda, fyi, except for the police union who has binding arbitration, the csea and corrections union had both of their contracts voted on and approved by a unanimous decision. And yes Mangano was one of them who said yes. Our portion of the tax bill is so minimal compared with the school portion and yet almost every district every year votes yes to raising there own taxes. Go figure
Eileen Coles June 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
You who have to resort to the ad hominem attacks are the idiots. If that's all you can bring to the argument then go tell someone who cares. History isn't going to change for the likes of you, and the simple fact is that Hitler privatized EVERYTHING as he initiated his fascist form of government. That's just the way it is. Look it up.
Micah Danney June 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Nazi comparisons are interesting. I've always found it perplexing that those speaking from the perspective of the political left and the right use the same historical model for what their opponents' policies are in danger of leading to. If the fiercest political opponents can abhor the same end result of a political system - one which lived and died within an extremely short period of time and leaves no room for speculation as to its consequences and its effect on the lives of its citizenship - can't more common ground be found between such parties? Not speaking to the comparison's use here, although Eileen's invocation does include more historical context than most I have heard.
Nassau Taxpayer July 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
The coliseum deal.... It's BAAACK! "Executive Mangano Makes New Push for Nassau Coliseum Development" http://fios1news.com/longisland/node/14966


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