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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Herald endorsement
Mangano has the edge for county executive
Ed Mangano

We’d love to live in the future Nassau County envisioned by Tom Suozzi, full of cool downtowns, a redeveloped Hub (the area surrounding the Nassau Coliseum) and lots of affordable housing for young singles as well as for our seniors. The incumbent, Ed Mangano, offers no such grand vision. His detractors say he offers no vision at all.

If we felt Suozzi was capable of delivering on his grand vision in any meaningful way, our choice would be a no-brainer. However, Suozzi’s record of accomplishment when it comes to completing or even beginning these grand projects is poor. He had two terms as county executive, and the only bricks-and-mortar accomplishment he can point to is the redevelopment of the Theodore Roosevelt Court House in Mineola.

During those eight years, Suozzi invested lots of time, effort and political capital in an attempt to bring Charles Wang’s Lighthouse proposal for the Hub to fruition. But without benefit of a consensus of Republicans in the Legislature and on the Hempstead town board, the project went nowhere, which is where we fear many of Suozzi’s current plans would end up as well.

In contrast, Mangano’s deal to redevelop the Hub is smaller in scale — focusing on the Coliseum itself, and not the surrounding area — and fails to keep the New York Islanders in Nassau County. But the plan has been approved by the Legislature and meets the revised town zoning requirements for the site. It seems likely to actually get built.

And there, in a nutshell, is the tale of our two county executives, past and present: Suozzi, the grand visionary, long on ideas but short on execution; and Mangano, the machine politician who seems better able to build consensus and get things done in a Republican-dominated county.

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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.

Friday, November 1, 2013 | Report this
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