Nassau County Legislature's Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro of Glen Cove has led a delegation of County Legislators to Albany for a series of meetings with state lawmakers in an effort to win support for three pending initiatives. If enacted the three items would help Nassau County resolve a serious financial threat it faces because of the current national economic recession. Joining Presiding Officer Yatauro in the outreach effort were Nassau County Legislators Roger Corbin, Wayne Wink, David Denenberg and Denise Ford.
Nassau County Legislature's Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro of Glen Cove led a delegation of County Legislators to Albany to get support for initiatives that would help Nassau County resolve its serious financial woes. Pictured in the State Senate Majority Leader's Conference Room are: State Senator Craig Johnson; County Legislator Denise Ford; Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro; State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith; Legislator Wayne Wink; Legislator Dave Denenberg and Legislator Roger Corbin.
The legislators said that feedback from lawmakers was highly encouraging. The Nassau County lawmakers left the state capitol very hopeful that all three bills will pass.
The three initiatives are: a cigarette tax, surcharges for traffic/parking violations and the installation of red light cameras. Collectively these items would allow Nassau County to realize about $30 million in added revenue.
State Senator Craig Johnson and Assemblywoman/Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper said they were very receptive to the message carried by Presiding Officer Yatauro and her colleagues. Senator Johnson and Assemblywoman Hooper not only guided the delegation through a full day of meetings, they also arranged for vital discussions with Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The group of Nassau legislators also met with Assembly members Harvey Weisenberg, Charles Lavine and Michelle Schimel. Rounding out the day's activities was a private meeting with State Senator/Minority Leader Dean Skelos.
Presiding Officer Yatauro proclaimed the trip a huge success and said, "We met with the officials we needed to see and our message was well received. I feel certain Nassau County will be bolstered with state legislation to help us through this difficult time."
Assemblyman Lavine stated in regard to the visit, "In these last few years we have begun to see a greater spirit of understanding and cooperation between Albany and Nassau County. Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro's successful effort to organize a bipartisan group of Nassau County legislators and lead them to the state capital is yet another step in the right direction. Thanks to her leadership, our county legislators met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, along with other members of both Houses. The goodwill flowing from these meetings will go a long way toward enhancing the continuing cooperation between our state and county governments."