Mangano Announces New Round of Layoffs

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced another round of county job cuts Tuesday amidst an ongoing feud between Republicans and Democrats in the Nassau Legislature.

According to Newsday [paid link], although no timetable has been set on when the layoffs would take place, Nassau budget director Eric Naughton told department officials to prepare lists of positions that can be cut.

In a memo, Naughton called for departments to cut 3.5 percent from their 2012 labor expenses, though he didn't detail the total savings.

The county executive spoke with Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) Chairman Ron Stack Monday with respect to the Legislature's failure to grant Mangano the authority to borrow $41 million to pay for tax refunds from 2011.

"NIFA and I developed a fiscal stabilization plan for Nassau that held the line on property taxes while ending the county's reliance on borrowing," Mangano said Monday before announcing the layoffs. "It's unfortunate that Democrat leaders derailed this plan and put politics ahead of our resident's best interests. Working together, NIFA and I will do all in our power to address today’s actions in a responsible manner while protecting taxpayers."

In regards to the legislature's rejection of the $41 million borrowing plan, Newsday reported:

The vote was 10-9 along party lines. Because borrowing requires 13 votes, three Democrats would have had to join the 10-member GOP majority. Democrats say they won't approve any new borrowing without a legislative redistricting plan that is "fairer" than one that Republicans have proposed.

The most recent round of layoffs comes after Mangano laid off 130 workers in June 2011 and another 260 workers in December 2011.

Meadowbrook Women's Initiative Awards $35,000 in Grants

Meadowbrook Women's Initiative (MWI) awarded grants totaling $35,000 to the Hofstra University Medical School, the Long Island Crisis Center, located in Bellmore, and the LI Head Injury Association, located in Hauppauge, in a ceremony held June 27 at Temple Chaverim in Plainview.

The grants represent an increase of 75 percent over the contributions MWI made in 2010 and 2011. The presentations were followed by the installation of a new president, Barbara Goldstein, of Plainview, with Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (16th LD), of Woodbury, officiating.

All of MWI's donations are locally based. Hofstra's medical school, affiliated with the North Shore/LIJ hospital system, opened in August 2011 and receives an annual grant from MWI; this year's donation of $14,000 will provide a summer scholarship for a student to work in a medical clinic or inner-city hospital that can't afford to pay a salary.

The other two charities change every year, based on nominations by members and vetting by MWI's philanthropy committee. LICC and LIHIA will each receive $10,500.

Further information about MWI's mission and activities can be found on its website.

Marc Rosen July 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Linda, if you're going to twist someone's words, try it on someone who doesn't recognize that your argument contains a logical fallacy, that being http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_conclusion_from_a_negative_premise The first negative premise was: "Because I'm in my 20s, have a last name that ends with a consonant, am not rich, and don't have corporate backing, Nassau County voters are likely to not elect me to public office." You translated that to "He hates Italians," with no basis for doing so. The second negative premise was "Because I don't have friends in high places, I won't get that cushy patronage job." I don't even know how you managed to get a bias claim in there, when Nassau's corruption is such an open secret that you'd have to get paid to ignore it! Now, the real reasons I wouldn't get elected are my youth, my disability status (since I would never run for office without full disclosure, the nature of my disability is likely to be a subject of attack ads), my height (or lack thereof, since people tend to view short men negatively), and most of all, my refusal to lie, distort the truth, or deceive others for personal gain (doesn't go over well with rich campaign donors).
Robert Demarco July 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Marc, you are so right. Mondello really runs the County, and TOH. Gulotta inflicted much of the damage to the County. Suozzi spent too much time running for Governor, and he took his eye off the ball.
Robert Demarco July 01, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Marc is right in that liars, distorters, and deceivers do very well in Nassau Republican government.
Marc Rosen July 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
So, "Linda Smith" (which is so generic that I doubt it's your real name), have any other accusations you'd like to shoot from the hip with, or will you back down before I start citing RationalWiki?
Marc Rosen July 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
They're also devout believers in the use of the following logical fallacies, as are several of the ruder members here on Patch: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argumentum_ex_culo http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_hominem http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_cellarium http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Presupposition
tony July 01, 2012 at 08:14 PM
it seems my comments continue to be misunderstood. It will try to explain again. I find no fault with any public or private sector employees who do their jobs. What I tried to put forth was how we skew our comments to fit our viewpoint. As i said before over 65% of our income pays for private sector goods and services. Do we complain about the employees in these companies ( think oil corporation or cost of a professional sport game) that their salaries are too high? What we do is blame government or the CEO millionaires. Although we pay an average of 10% or less in school and property taxes, we blame the employees. Should we have lower taxes, of course? Should I be able to pay for fuel for my car or spend less then $100 to take my family to a ballgame, of course. If we continue to argue with each other (we are all strugging middle income families) these at variance issues will not be solved
Marc Rosen July 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Actually the bigger problem is that the MAJORITY of posters are obsessed with "They have it slightly better than I do, HOW DARE THEY!" when they SHOULD be thinking "Wow, they managed to secure a better value for their work, let's ask them how they did it so we can move forward too!" The phrase "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" was introduced as a way of accusing someone of trying to do something completely impossible. It was a NEGATIVE statement, because back then, people understood that NOBODY gets along in life without getting a hand up from others here and there! Before the 1950s, several generations would live together under the same roof, even after getting married and having kids, and THAT was the norm! This whole nuclear family thing, along with the idea throwing the kids out to survive on their own, didn't really start until the 70s and 80s (even in the 60s, it was usually understood that the kids could return home at some point). Before the nuclear family, "nursing homes" actually provided a MUCH better quality of life than they do now, even without today's advances in medical technology, because THEY CARED MORE! As far as I can tell, most of the damage was done because multigenerational homes were considered "Communist"!
An tUasal Airgead July 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM
If you are making $25K, it is usually a lower level position early in your career. It would be incumbent upon that person to advance themselves, or move on. Using the lowest salary as your arguing point does not add to the conversation. On the other end, patronage should be cut, but it never will. Robert hit the nail on the head with the pensions as one of the major costs killing all municipalities, but having public employees kick in for medical coverage would also help. The days of public sector free (or almost free) benefits and fully paid pensions to a longer living populace have to change. It simply is not sustainable. - Employees: Currently, County Ordinance employees hired after January 1, 2002 contribute 5% of the cost of individual coverage and 10% of family coverage. Nassau Community College ordinance employees hired on or after June 1, 2002 contribute 10% of the cost of coverage (both individual and family coverage), No other employees are mandated to contribute toward the cost of health benefits, but employees who choose coverage thru a plan other than the New York State Health Insurance Program (“NYSHIP”) have to contribute the difference in cost between their plan and the NYSHIP plan. Retirees: Under current rules, retirees contribute to the cost of health benefits at the same rate they contributed as employees. http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/Employees/Health/documents/HealthBenefitsGeneralFAQ.pdf
FJDietz July 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Actually the garbage is picked up around 6:30AM in my neighborhood (massapequa - south of Merrick Road). Our sanitation workers are really excellent. I see them take things that should be bundled. I've seen them help people cart things down to the curb. They are always friendly and do their work neatly. I am not a sanitation worker or a member of any union but I must congratulate the guys who take care of my neighborhood. They are there for us rain or shine, hot or cold, day in, day out.
Franken Harpo July 02, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Ed Mangano duly elected by the voters of Nassau County. Read it and weep!
Franken Harpo July 02, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I have a great idea for you...move to a state where the average salary for teachers is $23,000, and the average salary for police is $22,000. Why stay here and complain so much? Don't curse the darkness, light a candle and move to North or South Carolina with all the other malcontents!
Robert Demarco July 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM
By 400 votes. Not exactly a mandate. He was not supposed to win; he was a sacrificial lamb thrown in against the incumbent, who abandoned the people who elected him by trying to run for Governor.
Robert Demarco July 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Life is not so bad down there. My niece and nephew received educations at least as good, if not better than my kids got on LI. Both are graduates of UNC Chapel Hill. People are nicer and the pace is slower. There are no unions. Salaries are lower, but so is the cost of living. Things like electricity, fuel, auto insurance, are way lower than on LI. And, of course, property taxes.
linda smith July 02, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Liberalism promotes bullies.
linda smith July 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Oh, I see, you are one of those former (retired )union workers who collects your union pension and lives down south. There are lots of those in Cary, North Carolina. ED MANGANO HAS MY VOTE!
linda smith July 02, 2012 at 09:19 PM
So, you are opposed to capitalism, free markets and small business owners? They should fail and only unions should survive?
linda smith July 02, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Marc Rosen needs to get out of his pajamas and out of the basement.
Nassau Taxpayer July 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I'll see your claim and raise you one: wingnuts promote dissemblers Invoking (R) Joe Wilson: "YOU LIE!"
Robert Demarco July 03, 2012 at 12:17 PM
No. Linda. I live on LI, never have and never will belong to a union. I am just telling you my observations: life is good in the Carolinas. I would never move there, but I will eventually move off LI. I do not intend to pay for teachers' and cops' pensions in my retirement. Ed Mangano and his predecessors and contemporaries are ruining LI.
Lifeisgood July 03, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Linda I am a union worker and pre 2008 no one gave a rats ass about us. Banks and Big Companies were going bankrupt and us the tax payer, the middle class had to bail them out. The whole time, while asking for money they were still flying around in their corporate jets and handing out millions in bonuses and yet no one was fired. There was no oversight and they used the money anyway they wanted. When the media and politicians speak bad about unions and unsustainable pentions, it seems they only bring up the high paid police. That is only 2500 of the counties union employees and doent speak for the rest of us. The fact is everyone in this county raises their own taxes every year. I rarely see a school budget being voted down. This was the lowest increase in years(thanks to cuomo). Its usually at least 4% or more already on top of an $8000 school bill. Not even close to the general tax. I can retire very soon and its not my general tax thats gonna make me leave LI, but its the crazy school taxes that has no end in sight.
Robert Demarco July 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I agree 100% with you. The pensions of the average CSEA employee are not the issue. They are in line. The bloated patronage payroll is a culprit for the County financial mess, but at the end of the day, it is the school tax that will drive me out of Long Island, despite the fact that I like it here. The $8K in school tax is just too much for me to pay in retirement. The system is corrupted in that the taxes go up regardless of the budget vote. This is what needs to be fixed, and this is what will prevent our property values from rising. This system robs taxpayers of having a say in how their tax dollars are spent.
Lifeisgood July 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Well said Robert. Couldn't agree more.
linda smith July 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
While I agree that the school salaries are out of control; the CSEA is also within the school systems. The secretaries and clerical workers belong to the CSEA. Have you done your research on their salaries? In North Bellmore the Superintendent's secretary earns over $75,000 plus overtime. How can you justify this? Look at the other salaries -- for instance the person supervising the busing -- over $90,000 and she cannot formulate a coherent sentence. I have done the research and the CSEA, along with the teachers are destroying the taxpayers. Plus, a union member cannot be terminated unless for egregious circumstances. I work in the private sector and am under intense scrutiny; could be terminated for wearing the color orange. New York State is an at will work state. However, within the unions, the inept workers hide behind the unions to keep their jobs. I am not buying into the kool aid.
linda smith July 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Robert Demarco July 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
GO ED MANGANO GO AWAY. And take the rest of your Republican thugs with you.
Robert Demarco July 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Believe me, I have first hand knowledge of the group about whom you speak. There may be someone here or there making an outlandish salary, but most school clerical workers earn on a par with the private sector, and their pensions are nowhere near those of the teachers. These are not the employees causing the bloated school budgets. It is the administrators and the teachers.
Happy Daze July 04, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Hey Linda, how much do you make?
linda smith July 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Nassau Taxpayer July 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Nassau LOSES!
An tUasal Airgead July 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
It could be worse ... - Scranton, Pa., slashes workers' pay to minimum wage - Unions representing civil servants in Scranton, Pa., filed suit Tuesday after the mayor cut pay for police, firefighters, garbage collectors and other public workers to minimum wage, saying that was all the city could afford. http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/10/12659748-scranton-pa-slashes-workers-pay-to-minimum-wage - Bankruptcy Rarely Offers Easy Answer for Counties - Municipal bankruptcies remain extremely rare, and each of these cases can be viewed as unique, a one-off: Jefferson County was undone by a major sewer project marred by corruption, Harrisburg by borrowing more than it could repay for a disastrous incinerator project, Central Falls by pension problems, and Hamtramck by the woes of the auto industry. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/11/us/bankruptcy-rarely-offers-easy-answer-for-counties.html?pagewanted=all


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