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Statement From Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman

 “I would like to congratulate George Maragos on his election as Nassau County comptroller.

“Although the results of the election are not what I hoped for, it has been an honor to serve the people of Nassau County for eight years and I am proud of what I have accomplished as comptroller: creating the Nassau Rx prescription discount card, exposing the waste and fraud that drive up property taxes, conducting the first county audits of special taxing districts, forcing the state health insurance program to stop overcharging Long Island, and providing independent oversight of county government on behalf of taxpayers. These are but a few of our accomplishments as we raised the profile and reach of the comptroller’s office.

 “I would like to thank the talented staff of hard-working professionals who work in the Comptroller’s office and who made these accomplishments possible, in particular my Chief Deputy Comptroller Elizabeth Botwin.  

“I have called Mr. Maragos to congratulate him and to begin the work to ensure an orderly transition. The county faces extraordinary financial challenges in the next few years. I am extremely concerned about the impact on county residents and I will do all I can to assist the comptroller-elect as he begins to deal with the situation.”