Ed Mangano has been good for Nassau.
I wish to respond to the issues raised by Karl Schweitzer, president of the Long Island Special Districts Association and chairman of the Hicksville Water District, [in the Oct. 23, 2009 edition of the Hicksville Illustrated News.]
I recently attended the debate between 17th Legislative District candidates Rose Marie Walker and Arshad Majid at the Sterling Catering Hall in Bethpage and felt compelled to set the record straight.
During the debate, special districts and taxes were questioned and while Mr. Majid was well spoken, he was seriously misinformed and provided incorrect data to the many residents in attendance, so I want to set the record straight:
Keeping an open mind, I attended a debate where Arshad Majid and Rose Walker were vying for the Nassau County Legislature seat for the 17th Legislative District.
Rose Walker was almost an hour late – every question asked of her by the moderator of the debate that she barely managed to answer, was tempered by her allegiance to Mr. Mangano – never by her ability to fill the job. When asked what would happen if Mr. Mangano lost the election, we received no answer. When asked what she would do as a legislator, she hemmed and hawed – and was heavily leaning on her past six years on the Town of Oyster Bay Council record.
Stanley Greenberg may be your favorite columnist, but he’s our father and in honor of his 75th birthday we are giving him the week off. Don’t worry, he’ll be back next week with another installment of “Over 60 and Getting Younger.” In the meantime, allow us to introduce you to the Stanley Greenberg you may not know…the Joe Montana of Marshall Lane.
• To make it more of an even playing field for candidates, we will be restricting the frequency of columns from incumbents up for re-election and will not run columns from incumbents in the three issues prior to an election.
This summer, 39 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in Nassau County. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures in your community.
Two weeks ago, I submitted my proposed 2010 Budget – and I kept the promise I made to “freeze county taxes.” The $2.6 billion budget will increase spending by a record low 0.5 percent - only one-half of 1 percent - with no increase in county taxes. The proposed budget also reflects 700 fewer employees working for the county than a year ago, bringing the total count down to 8,792, which is 1,000 employees fewer than when I first took office.
For many Albany politicians and bureaucrats, one of the worst times occurs when their hidden taxes and fees are finally revealed to the public. For the past three weeks, Nassau County residents have expressed their outrage over increased fees recently enacted by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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