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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Mangano has the edge for county executive
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Ed Mangano
There’s much more to consider, however. Unfortunately, Mangano has been most creative when it comes to county finances. He has kept his pledge not to raise property taxes, and that will be all some voters need to know. However, there is less to this accomplishment than meets the eye. Due to Mangano’s failure to bring fairness and order to the tax assessment system, the school tax portion of your tax bill (approximately 60 percent of the total) has increased significantly over the past two years, even as school boards have generally done a good job of keeping spending below the state’s property tax cap.

Suozzi raised taxes in his first year in office, but he produced balanced budgets and saw the county’s credit rating soar. Mangano’s budgets have bordered on fiction. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the independent oversight board created by the state after it bailed out the county to the tune of $100 million, has consistently criticized his spending plans as unrealistic, and Moody’s has lowered the county’s credit rating three times since Mangano took office.

Borrowing to meet current expenses is poor financial management, and Mangano seems addicted to it. It may keep current taxes down, but it all but guarantees higher taxes down the road, when the loans come due.

To his credit, Mangano showed real leadership after Hurricane Sandy, being front and center from the day the storm hit. He successfully privatized the ailing county bus system, saving taxpayers money and improving service for riders. He consolidated the county’s police precincts, which has also saved money, apparently without having a negative impact on police services.

On the other hand, Mangano did little to address the deplorable condition of the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant before the storm wrecked the aging facility and sent billions of gallons of raw sewage into the fragile Western Bays. His ill-fated plan to sell the county sewage plants to a private company in 2011 was widely criticized as a cynical attempt at a gigantic revenue one-shot to meet current expenses at the expense of future generations.

All in all, a very mixed bag.

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beeyouwhip

By not identifying the person who sends a lot of his mailers out, they have actually violated the campaign finance and election laws of New York State. Someone needs to expose this.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | Report this
Nassauresident

Mangano in consolidating police precincts saved $20 million, however the overtime rose to over $50 million more than previous years so actually the savings was consumed by the overtime and then some.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | Report this
Nassauresident

The problem with this endorsement is it is not made from facts but more fiction. The county under Mangano is close to bankruptcy so how this paper can endorse him is beyond the pale. And I love the line that say and there in a nutshell is the tale of the two county executives because we do now more than ever need a visionary someone who believes he can get us out of this mess.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | Report this
DrDoug

I agree. Mangano is the way to go. He has made mistakes but let's face it Suozzi is all ego and could care less about Nassau residents. He's looking for the next gig and county executive is it. Then he'll move on to bigger and better. Do you recall his run for govenor in 2007? How many people know that he stuffed NYC political hacks into Nassau patronage jobs to curry favor with NYC democrats because upstate democrats wanted nothing to do with him. All at the expense of Nassau taxpayers. The county will be much better off without Suozzi 2.0. He may be a big picture thinker but the big picture is him, not Nassau.

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