Nassau County government made history last week with the adoption of the Capital Budget and Capital Plan. Throughout its 13-year history, the County Legislature never approved them this early in the year. In fact, at times the Capital Budget and Plan were adopted at a time no earlier than March.

In a spirit of true bi-partisanship, both Democrats and Republicans came together and agreed to approve a multi-million dollar plan to rebuild our infrastructure simultaneously providing hundreds of jobs to a declining workforce.

The County's Capital Budget and Plan is a four-year proposal that includes necessary projects that will fortify and rebuild county facilities, technology and roads. Funded through the issuance of bonds and grants, the plan will replenish our infrastructure while producing much needed employment for our residents.

The many worthwhile projects that will soon begin reach virtually every corner of Nassau County. I am grateful for the spirit of cooperation that led to this legislative success. Not only was the county executive's office most helpful in this accomplishment, the legislators and their staffs on both sides of the political aisle worked tirelessly to make it happen.

An annual Capital Budget and Plan is required by our charter. It outlines the construction priorities for our parks, sewer/drainage improvements, roadways and county facilities. All of these proposals advance the health, well being and quality of life of every citizen in each community within the county.

The unanimous passage of the Capital Budget and Plan demonstrate how the executive and legislative branch can put politics aside to work together to produce solid results for our constituents.

Diane V. Yatauro

Presiding Officer, Nassau County Legislature

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