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Mangano Thanks ‘Team Nassau’

 

 

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, 

abridged due to space limitations. 

 

Good Morning!

 

Allow me to start off by saying thank you, Governor Cuomo, for taking time to join me on this special day. I am deeply honored by your presence. Colleagues in government, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, family and friends: Thank you for celebrating with me today. 

 

Wow, what an amazing feeling to be joining with all of you here. Back at my alma mater—in fact my entire family’s alma mater, Bethpage High School. I am humbled and honored to be sworn in as your County Executive for the second time. Four years ago, we

gathered in this very room and set forth a plan to address the many challenges we as a county faced and I am happy with the progress my team has made in creating jobs and making Nassau County more affordable. For the first time in a long time, we, in Nassau

County, can be proud of the fact that we are no longer the highest property taxed county in the nation. In fact, local governments around the state contact us to better understand how we cut taxes while closing a $400 million deficit. 

 

We basically put Nassau County on a diet. We have slashed the payroll, cut our energy costs with cooperative purchasing and green energy initiatives, reduced the vehicle fleet, eliminated 2,500 copy machines and 1,700 phone lines. We have become more efficient, which is why I would like to take a moment to thank my team for their hard work and success:

 

First, my Commissioner of Public Works, Shila Shah-Gavnoudias. She successfully converted all traffic lights to LED and instituted a state-of-the-art snow plow monitoring system. We have met every snow storm with the best possible service. 

 

I thank Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Craft for his superior emergency management—best demonstrated by Nassau County’s response to Hurricane Sandy. I am proud Nassau County received the prestigious National Weather Service Award for being storm ready. 

 

I also thank Social Services Commissioner John Imhoff for his outstanding delivery of social services while establishing our team of fraud investigators who recovered and prevented $15.3 million in Medicaid fraud. 

 

Thank you to Sheriff Michael Sposato for leading the County in efficiencies and cost-cutting initiatives. From a public-private partnership that created inmate health care in the jail to a comprehensive energy-savings initiative, Sheriff Sposato has a proven record. I also commend Fire Marshall Scott Tusa for his work in establishing a state-of-the-art training and education center at Nassau County’s firefighter training facilities.

 

Thank you, Health Commissioner Dr. Larry Eisenstein for bringing national acclaim to our County by winning three National Model Practice Awards, the highest number won by a local health department in the United States in 2013. His team of nurses and health care professionals are second to none.

 

I also commend [technology] Commissioner Ed Eisenstein for his successful launch of efficient technology, including our smart application, Nassau Now. 

 

Thank you, Executive Directors Eldia Gonzalez and Herb Flores for your exemplary work leading the Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans. 

 

Retired Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and Acting Commissioner Vic Politi, thank you for overseeing landmark efficiencies and consolidations in the police department, while reducing gun violence and overall crime by 10 percent. Working with District Attorney Kathleen Rice, our Nassau Gun buyback program took 3,000 illegal guns off the streets. Thanks and gratitude is given to our dedicated Nassau County Police force who keep our residents and neighborhoods safe.

 

I also commend Assessor Jim Davis and ARC Director Darlene Harris for launching a settlement program to eliminate $30 million of debt a year. We work with homeowners to settle challenges before demanding payment of their taxes. This plan has saved all taxpayers money—to the tune of $58 million over the past two years. I would also like to thank them for their efforts to insure no Sandy-affected individuals suffer property tax harm and no unaffected property owner is made to pay more for losses in Sandy-damaged neighborhoods.

 

Former Parks Commissioner, now County Attorney, Carnell Foskey, thank you for expanding athletic and family entertainment options, such as our fabulous free summer concerts, Oktoberfest, Barkfest, the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and our Annual Cruise to the Show Car Show, just to name a few. We must continue to raise the funds necessary to save the Games for the Physically Challenged. In fact, I must acknowledge Bethpage School Superintendent Terry Clark, High School Principal Michael

Spence, CORE Club Advisor Scott Lynch, and Senior Class President Conor Nimmo whose fundraising efforts have resulted in raising over $10,000 for the Games this year. 

 

I also commend my Economic Development Team, led by Joseph Kearney, which has created thousands of jobs and launched my successful transit-oriented-workforce rental housing program. To date, over 1,000 apartments have been launched. We have hosted several extremely successful job fairs...and launched a smart phone app called Nassau Works that lists tens of thousands of jobs available for our residents. Our efforts have resulted in Nassau County having the lowest unemployment rate and the largest growth in sales tax revenue in the region. 

 

A priority of mine was to launch the film and TV industry in Nassau County. Nassau County is quickly becoming the Hollywood East of the movie and television industry. Most recently, Carrie Underwood performed a live television broadcast of the Sound of Music on NBC from Grumman Studios. And the most expensive motion picture in history—The Amazing Spiderman 2—was recently filmed in Bethpage as well. 

 

I commend Commissioner Lisa Murphy, for successfully overseeing the merger of six departments resulting in a new Department of Human Services. I also wish to recognize Deputy County Executive for Finance Tim Sullivan for his steady and conservative approach to finances and to NIFA Chairman Jon Kaiman for instilling a collegiate, cooperative approach.

 

Posthumously, I recognize Veteran Service Agency Executive Director Joseph Pascarella, the best director this agency has ever been led by. Joe leaves a legacy of unprecedented housing opportunities for returning veterans, single-parent veterans and active duty military. The County is on pace to secure a record-breaking $10 million-plus in benefits for local veterans this year. 

 

Last, but not least, I thank my Chief Deputy Rob Walker. 

 

What a team! Collectively their efforts have resulted in Nassau County receiving Governor Cuomo’s NYS Government Efficiency Award. Thank you, Governor Cuomo for being here today. Our successful working relationship is fostered by the leadership of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos! Thank you, Dean!  

 

I want also to thank my colleagues in the Nassau County Legislature. Our next four years are already full of challenges and opportunities: 

 

• from breaking ground on a world-class Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and entertainment district to planning a job-generating phase three at the Hub;

 

• from new opportunities at Belmont Park to the expansion of the film and TV industry;

 

• from renovating the shuttered social services building to building a new crime lab; 

 

• from making certain every Sandy survivor is back in their home to rebuilding our wastewater treatment plant; 

 

• from planning emergency worker dorms to building a state-of-the-art public safety training center;

 

• from increasing housing options for our youth to strengthening our transit system. 

 

There is much work to accomplish. But as you can see, I have the team of colleagues in place, a dedicated workforce and intergovernmental cooperation in order to accomplish these goals. I love my job as County Executive, and am so grateful that you have provided me the opportunity of a second term. We want to make this place your home and your children’s home for years to come. God bless you, and these United States of America. And thank you all for being a part of Team Nassau. 


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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