COBA President Calls Out Schmitt, Legislature

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Nassau County Sheriff's Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) President John Jaronczyk challenged the Nassau County Legislature, specifically Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, R-Massapequa, on Monday after alleging that multiple promotions were made at the Nassau County County Correctional Center to friends of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

"Last week they promoted a deputy undersheriff, who just happens to be good personal friends with Ed Mangano, and they promoted another acting deputy undersheriff, who just happens to be a neighbor of Ed Mangano," Jaronczyk said. "And at the same time they're demoting supervisors at the jail, they're promoting civilian correctional center cooks at the jail."

The video of the exchange between Jaronczyk and the legislature was posted on YouTube earlier this week.

After a back-and-forth between Jaronczyk and Schmitt, the presiding officer tells Jaronczyk "finish up your three minutes and get out." Leg. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, steps in and questions Schmitt's choice of words shortly thereafter.

Nassau County Senior Policy Advisor Brian Nevin spoke out against the COBA and their actions earlier this week.

"It's shameful that COBA has once again resorted to personal attacks on the county administration, and their own members, as a distraction from the real issues," Nevin told Patch. "Their wasteful actions on every front, including baseless civil lawsuits, only serve to harm the taxpayers of Nassau County and their own members. COBA's continued refusal to meet with county officials and negotiate on behalf of their members, as all of the other county unions have done, represents an absolute failure by their union leaders.

He added: "In order to maintain over $3 million in taxpayer savings, the sheriff slashed overtime by $3 million by having strong management in place. The union wants less management so they can manipulate overtime. The sheriff's actions thwart those efforts."

Click on the video above to see Jarronczyk speaking with the legislature.

Human Service Providers Propose Bipartisan Compromise to Save Community Services

Five coalitions of Nassau County human service providers have come together and developed a plan to end the stalemate that exists in the Nassau County Legislature that threatens to terminate the funding of many community programs and services.

Approximately 50 county-funded community service groups recently received notice that county-funding to their programs would end effective July 6 if the county was unable to secure legislative approval to borrow $41 million to pay property tax refund obligations. The Nassau Legislature has been deadlocked on this proposal with borrowing, use of contingency funds and utilizing monies in the county's fund balance as the alternatives. 

The plan proposed by the coalition calls for a compromise wherein the tax obligations would be paid half ($20.5 million) from borrowing and half ($20.5 million) from contingency funds in the budget or from the fund balance, while at the same time guaranteeing complete restoration of the funding to county human service programs.

"This is a true and exact compromise, whereby both sides meet exactly in the middle, to prevent the July 6 closing of human service programs and to enable the county to pay its tax refund obligations," said Peter Levy, President of the Coalition of Nassau County Youth Service Agencies.

Hardest hit by the funding reductions are 37 county youth programs and 13 substance abuse treatment programs.

Fireworks Set for June 30

Nassau County will play host to a "world class" fireworks display and concert in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, June 30.

According to the county "the fireworks, presented by the world-famous Grucci family, are part of an unforgettable night in Eisenhower Park which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with Dr. K’s Motown Revue and a Tribute to John Cougar Mellencamp and Journey by the Idol Kings."

The theatre area gates will open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at nightfall (approx. 9:30 p.m.). Tickets are required for admission to the Theatre area and are available, free of charge, at any TD Bank on Long Island, while supplies last. There is no formal seating; visitors should bring blankets or chairs. Space is limited and overflow will be directed to other viewing and parking areas.

Long Island Wins Empire Challenge Football All-Star Game

The Long Island team defeated New York City Tuesday night by a final score of 31-7 in the 17th annual United Healthcare Empire Challenge.

The annual All-Star football game is organized by former NFL star and East Islip native Boomer Esiason. It benefits the Boomer Esiason Foundation in its fight against cystic fibrosis, contributes to the Gunnar H. Esiason Endowed Scholarship Fund at Hofstra, and supports youth and high school football in the New York metropolitan area.

The game is scheduled to replay on MSG Varsity on July 20 and Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Demarco June 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Peter Schmitt is an obnoxious little creep who thinks that rules do not apply to him. It certainly does seem fishy that Mangano acquaintences get promoted in the Sheriff's department while others are getting demoted for budgetary reasons. It is something that should be questioned, but Schmitt would deny the union their right to ask. I am no fan of unions, but COBA has a valid point here. As for Schmitt, how this guy keeps getting reelected is beyond me.
mel June 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I use to like Schmitt, but he has become out of control, as has the whole county legislature. Isn't it ashame that the service providers had to come up with a solution to the stalemate instead of our representatives! Bunch of kindergarteners, who can not play nice. It really is time to kick them out of the playground and let some new kids in.
Adrian Campodonico June 23, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I have know that Peter Schmitt is a rude and crude person, impatient and HE always seem to feel that he is above all that speak to him. I have read about it, been told about it and have seen it first hand on several visits to the Legislative building. But with HIS last action again John Jaronczyk, I found Peter Schmitt's remarks concerning and VERY disrespectful. HE blatantly shows that HE feels as if HE is above ALL OTHERS that stand before him at the Leg. His own Legislative members attempt to correct HIM and he is quick and rude with them as well. I have heard several times, with my own ears, Peter Schmitt rushing constituents out of HIS Legislative building, cutting them off, being rude and down right disrespectful. BUT WHAT CAN ONE EXPECT WITH A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR OVER 16 YEARS?? Maybe it is time HIS constituents DEMAND RESPECT?? Maybe it is time that HIS constituents wake up and see the real side of Peter Schmitt. He represents the 12th legislative district in Nassau, which includes Massapequa, Massapequa Park, most of North Massapequa, and part of Seaford. In the words of the Great Thomas Jefferson........."Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The government is our servant, not our master!"
Robert Demarco June 23, 2012 at 04:20 PM
People need to start voting for the candidate and not for the Party. Seeing his name plastered everywhere is no reason to vote for any candidate. Schmitt has obviously become too big (in his own mind) to listen to the people who elected him. He needs to go, but only you Massapwqua voters can make that happen. Look at what the Republicans have wrought upon this County. They try to blame everything on Suozzi, but they have selective memories and will not admit that these problems started with Gulotta and beyond. Blaming the other guy will not solve these problems, and neither will Schmitt, Mangano, or any of their cronies. They all need to be swept out of office.
Kristen Ferrari June 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
There will be a Legislative session Monday June 25 at 1 pm. All who are fed up should show up. This kind of thing only happens because we read about it and then turn to the next story.
mel June 23, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The Dems need to support a viable candidate for this area, that actually has a chance to beat the republican machine. Now is the time!
LOU June 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The Presiding Officer feigns ignorance, fails to answer the question and then arrogantly dismisses the speaker, if political patronage promotions are being made while others are being laid off and/or demoted then that should certainly be made public. The rhetoric of this administration in blaming others for the current state of affairs is ringing very hollow and the residents of this county need to hold them accountable come the next election.
Kevin June 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM
In my opinion , Schmitt and the county have been out of control and treat the people of Nassau County like they are a nuisance to them and their friends. We need to take Nassau County back for the people, wheather that be Dem , Rep or Independent. It has gone on too long that this county runs for the few at the expense of us all. If you know someone you get a BZA ruling, building permit, job or Strip Clubs are allowed to operate across the street from a school, Library and within feet of children. Lets start having everyone in our county be treated equally and make our communities great places to live.
Robert Demarco June 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM
For the record, the strip club permit is a TOH issue. That being said, everything you mention in your post applies to the TOH also. Both County and TOH officials are a bunch of political hacks who take their marching orders from Joe Mondello and continue to to take care of their friends and benefactors with our tax money. When enough good people show up at the polls ready to vote these arrogant, selfserving politicians out of office, maybe Nassau County will gain some measure of financial stability.
Kristen Ferrari June 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Show up at the polls, at the Legislative Sessions, write, call. Stop being quiet and stop allowing yourselves to get caught up in the Democrat/Republican tug of war. Stop making it party issues and make these issues that impact all residents of Nassau County!
Joanne Fanizza June 25, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Once again, Peter Schmitt shows he is intemperate and no longer fit for the position. I live in his district, and have never voted for him. Yet the others around me go to the polls and make the same mistakes, over and over. Then they complain. I wrote him a letter complaining of inaccurate information he put in one of his mailers, and he wrote me back such a nonsensical diatribe, it sounded like the rantings and ravings of a lunatic. Daytime meetings don't allow working people to go to register their disgust. Sad stafe of political affairs.
John Rennhack June 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
You cannot overcome knee-jerk voting in an overwhelmingly republican district. Over the years I have met people from both parties who cannot stand Schmitt. But they have to show up on election day. Schmitt does enough glad-handing and photo-ops to fool residents into thinking he is looking out for them. And what happend after the 2009 elections? The first thing he did was give himself a 47% raise. The outrage of many did not carry over to the 2011 elections.
John Rennhack June 25, 2012 at 07:36 PM
These are old links but here is a taste of who Peter Schmitt is www.schmittwatch.blogspot.com www.nassaugopwatch.blogspot.com
Kristen Ferrari June 25, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Joanne, I agree with you about the daytime meetings. It makes it very difficult to address elected officials. It would be nice if they had sessions on occasion that could accommodate people who work during the day.
An tUasal Airgead October 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Peter Schmitt died today of a heart attack in Mangano's office. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/nassau-legis-peter-j-schmitt-dies-of-heart-attack-1.4069465
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