Heralded as the salt of the earth, honored as David victorious over Goliath, and lauded as an honest working man, proud to have been a janitor who put himself through law school, Edward P. Mangano was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on New Year’s Day to a crowd of supporters and a stage full of dignitaries who called for this very different county leader to embody the start of a new era for Nassau.
The ticket that County Executive Edward P. Mangano rode to victory was the same one that Republican candidates used in Nassau County to regain a majority in the legislature this November – lower spending, fees and taxes.
MSC Industrial Supply Company of Melville has been supporting The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island since 1995 and on Dec. 10, MSC came to the House to drop off their latest gift totaling over $15,000.
“Our friends at MSC have a very special place in our hearts,” said Executive Director Joanne Reda. “Their loyal and very generous support has helped many families over the years, and we are eternally grateful to them for their commitment to our mission”.
Despite narrowly passing a 2.5 percent home energy tax that took effect earlier this year, the Nassau County Legislature last week voted 13-5 in favor of repealing it. During a meeting on Dec. 21, the 19-member legislature voted 13-5 in favor of eliminating the tax; Republican Nassau County Executive-elect Edward Mangano, who currently represents the 17th District, was not present for the meeting and did not vote.
The home energy tax, approved by the legislature in February and implemented in June, was imposed on all residential home energy sources – including LIPA electric usage, oil, natural gas, steam services and even coal, propane and firewood.
When first presented, Republican legislators opposed the tax but the 10-member Democratic majority approved it. As a result, Republicans, including Nassau County Executive-elect Ed Mangano, promised to eliminate the tax once in office and as of Jan. 1, the GOP will have an 11-8 majority.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. joined with state and local officials, law enforcement, and victims’ advocates last week to remind people that Leandra’s Law, an anti-DWI law, is in effect. Lenny Rosado, the father of the 11-year-old girl for whom the law is named, joined with Fuschillo in urging New Yorkers not to endanger the lives of children by putting them in a car and driving drunk.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi held a farewell party at the Garden City Hotel. He reflected on his years as county executive in front of staff members and supporters.
“Never forget you were part of something positive that made people’s lives better,” he told his staff members and supporters.
Yellow Cab Company has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Farmingdale.
In a paid advertisement in this week’s Observer, Yellow Cab states, “In a lawsuit filed last week in the Nassau Supreme Court, Yellow Cab charges that after it won the right to be the exclusive taxi service for the Village by offering the lowest fares in the competitive bid, the Village ‘arbitrarily and capriciously’ awarded the losing bidder-the Checker Cab Co.-the right to compete against Yellow.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Council members granted themselves pay raises after holding a hearing at town hall.
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and Executive-elect Edward P. Mangano met this week in front of the press and county department heads to announce that they are jointly planning a process for a smooth transition, with Suozzi explaining that he has met with his successor on budget and personnel details and is working to supply Mangano with the information he needs to execute his new plan for Nassau County.
The State Senate and Assembly recently passed a Deficit Reduction Plan that does not include cutting school budgets mid-year to close the gap in the state budget.
But some legislators are unhappy with the temporary nature of the measure and are calling for more permanent actions.
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