The issue is an unaffordable Nassau County government, and the streamlining of one of the contributing factors – the Nassau County Police Department. Our new county legislator expends more words in her newspaper column arguing the pros and cons of the legislative process than she does the pros and cons of the issue. If you are going to write a weekly column, please tell us something we don’t know.
Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton claims there is a ‘rubber stamp’ majority that is going along with the county executive. No news there. Perhaps because she is a new legislator, she hasn’t observed the ‘rubber stamp’ minority also at work in our county legislature, and is unaware that they are themselves a former ‘rubber stamp’ majority. The difference between the two rubber stamps: one says “Accepted” and the other, “Rejected.” The two political parties simply exchange stamps every few years.
Three bright red SUVs, driven by the village building inspector and two code enforcement officers, patrol our streets. The building superintendent wears a gold badge, no kidding. Property owners seeking permission for home improvements are often treated with annoyance.
Independent candidate Anthony Losquadro, running on Row A under the Property Owners Party banner, wants to change this undesirable atmosphere. Residents wishing to improve their homes and thus raise their value are faced with rising costs and some outlandish codes to obtain village permits to proceed.
I would like the county to be able to lower costs in every area of the budget… without hurting the taxpayers I was elected to represent.
The problem in the case of Mangano’s police precinct plan, however, is that the county executive has spent more energy convincing the public that this plan will work than he has spent on putting together a complete and clear plan for legislators to vote on.
New York State recognizes Women’s History Month. In the month of March, the contributions of women around the world, both past and present, who have influenced culture, government, education, medicine, the arts, sciences and more are recognized. Many of the women and events that have shaped women’s history come from, or occurred in, New York State.
In July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a native New Yorker, organized and executed the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. During the conference, Stanton drafted the Declaration of Sentiments, shaping women’s rights for future generations. The declaration demanded equal rights for men and women in regards to the right to vote, the law, education and employment. Her efforts helped grant women the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
I was very happy to host a breakfast recently with most of the mayors in Nassau County’s 18th Legislative District.
In attendance at our offices in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building in Mineola were: Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, Bayville Mayor Doug Watson, Lattingtown Mayor Clarence Michalis, Upper Brookville Mayor Terry Thielen and Mill Neck Mayor Peter Quick. It was also helpful to be joined by former mayor Warren Tackenberg, who is executive director of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA).
Thanks to the escalating price of fuel, more people than ever before are using mass transit and Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R, I, C – Glen Head) is co-sponsoring legislation to provide a pretax deduction benefit on commuters’ New York State taxes. The U.S. Congress failed to act at the end of 2011 and as a result transit commuters were hit with a tax hike. Assemblyman Montesano’s legislation would offset the costs of parking and mass transit, while promoting cost-effective options such as carpooling.
The county-owned Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale is a 67-acre site used extensively by high school and college athletes. Yet few others, outside of their fans, have reason to visit this venue, which is located west of the Nassau Coliseum.
The Mangano administration wants the complex to become a ‘destination location’ and, with that goal in mind, is seeking a private-sector developer to build, and operate, an indoor facility at the complex, which could host “youth recreation, amateur sports, exhibitions and public events.”
Earlier this month, along with Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, I submitted to the County Legislature a Community Policing (COP) Plan that reassigns 48 police officers from desk jobs to community policing positions. This plan includes the transformation of four current precincts into new Community Policing Centers to be located throughout the county, with a police presence maintained at all current locations. These Centers will have police officers posted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will have community rooms for residents to visit and for the police to host neighborhood meetings.
Keeping the families and senior citizens of Nassau County safe is my number one priority and this plan improves public safety, while increasing accountability and protecting our residents’ wallets.
Let’s flash forward to November 2012: The leaves are in full bloom, you’re getting ready for the holidays, and the Yankees have just won the World Series again (sorry Mets fans).
It’s also time to vote. You’re registered and ready to have a say in who represents your community. Democracy is about you, right?
But it’s too late. State politicians in Albany have already decided who will represent you when they drew district lines back in the beginning of the year. You’re stuck with Assemblyman X and Senator Y, whether you like it or not.
This isn’t a dystopian fantasy: In 2006, no incumbent lost a race for the New York State Senate or Assembly. That either means that New Yorkers think all state politicians are doing a fantastic job, or the system is rigged.
At the past two sessions of legislative committees, two major steps were taken by County Executive Mangano and Majority Leader Schmitt to show they have no respect for you, the people they are sworn to serve, or the governmental process by which they are supposed to serve you.
They have come into power through the idea of “tax revolt.” Unfortunately, while the easiest way to gain power was preying on the financial stress we all feel, the fact is they have no solid plan on how to run this county… except into the ground. And the only “revolting” I am seeing involves the way I would describe their behavior.
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