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Youth Services Lose Funding, Precinct Mergers Halfway to Completion

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

More than 50 youth agencies, including 37 county youth programs and 13 substance abuse treatment programs, lost their county funding Thursday after Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was unable to secure legislative approval to borrow $41 million to pay property tax refund obligations.

According to Newsday [paid link], approximately $7.3 million was cut from the youth agencies Thursday.

The 53 agencies previously were funded through fines from the county's red-light camera program. But after Democrats repeatedly voted against Mangano's plan to borrow $41 million to pay tax refunds to commercial property owners, Republicans voted to give him unilateral authority to find savings, including defunding the youth groups.

The funding cuts will result in a near $300,000 loss to the Bellmore-based Long Island Crisis Center, Executive Director Linda Leonard wrote in an appeal to email subscribers.

YES Community Counseling Center in Massapequa will also be affected.

"Our agency may be on the verge of shutting down programs that provide service to thousands of children and families," YES Director Jamie Bogenshutz told Patch.

Third Precinct Absorbs Sixth

The second merger in Mangano's police precinct realignment plan took place Monday.

The Third Precinct in Williston Park absorbed the Sixth Precinct in Manhasset, leaving just two more mergers to go until the realignment is complete.

Click here to read more about the merger.

Mangano Presses Forward with Sewage Privatization Plan

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is pressing forward with sewage privatization plans despite the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) rejecting his proposed contract with Morgan Stanley to broker a deal for the public-private partnership.

Brian Nevin, communications director for Mangano, said the county executive is in the process of revisiting his debt reduction and sewer stabilization plan with NIFA. The government wathdog panel voted 5-0 to oppose Mangano's plan in mid May and expressed concerns over potential user fee increases that could result over the long term from the public-private partnership.

Click here to read more about the privatization plan.

Accident Reports Now Available Online

County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau Police Commissioner Tom Dale  announced Monday an initiative that makes life a little easier for people who are involved in traffic accidents. Rather than having to travel to police headquarters or to a local precinct to pick up a traffic accident report, accident victims can access a copy of their report on the Internet at www.pdcn.org.

Research indicates that the most common instance for residents visiting a police precinct is to obtain an accident report. Accident reports can still be obtained in person at police headquarters in Mineola, as well as police precincts and policing centers.

Environmental Group Expands Efforts On Long Island

The New York League of Conservation Voters last week convened a high-level discussion with the Nassau and Suffolk County Executives – as well as members of the local environmental and business communities – to explore the challenges and potential solutions that Long Island faces in managing its wastewater.

The discussion, held in Farmingdale, marked the launch of NYLCV's newly expanded Long Island Chapter under the leadership of its new chair, Michael Posillico. Posillico is a Principal at Posillico Inc., one of the top infrastructure and brownfield development firms in New York State.

During last week's discussion, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone spoke about the specific challenges their counties face. Nassau County's most pressing concerns are the maintenance and improvements needed to existing sewers and sewage-treatment plants. In Suffolk County, high-density areas are in need of additional sewering while leaking septic tanks are cause for concern in less densely populated areas.

Financing the required upgrades is a major hurdle that both county executives face. But the counties can no longer risk inaction without risking large fines from regulators and potentially compromising the quality of Long Island's water.

To help achieve the breakthroughs that are needed, NYLCV will soon issue a set of recommendations to help guide the Nassau and Suffolk county executives as they seek to address and effect this critical environmental issue.

Nassau Hosts First Annual Relay for Life

Nassau County residents, including cancer survivors and their caregivers, came together this past Friday, June 29, to celebrate, remember and fight back at the 1st Annual Relay For Life of Nassau County. The event raised more than $45,000 for the fight against cancer with money still coming in. These funds will support cancer research and patient service programs provided by the American Cancer Society in Nassau County.

More than 185 participants camped out at Mitchel Field Athletic Complex for this first-year event.

Eisenhower Park Summer Movie Night Schedule
July 12: Kung Fu Panda 2 – PG (90 min.) – sunset 8:27 p.m.
July 19: Puss in Boots – PG (90 min.) – sunset 8:23 p.m.
July 26: Shrek Forever After – PG (93 min.) – sunset 8:18 p.m.
Aug. 2: Wizard of Oz – G (102 min.) – sunset 8:11 p.m.
Aug. 9: Happy Feet Two – PG (100 min.) – sunset 8:02 p.m.
Aug. 16: Smurfs – PG (103 min.) – sunset 7:53 p.m.
Aug. 23: Dolphins Tale – PG (113 min.) – sunset 7:43 p.m.
Aug. 30: Adventures of Tintin – PG (107 min.) – sunset 7:32 p.m.

Nassau Taxpayer July 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
What I'd prefer is a definitive deal, real transparency and NO PUBLIC MONEY -- but you know that won't happen, just like last time. So, yeah, let the weeds grow.
Chris Wendt July 09, 2012 at 06:49 PM
@ Simba re: "The old argument that we on LI are paying high taxes and getting great schools is the biggest load of crap. They have made you believe it and know you don't even question it." Ooooh! I am one of "them" ("they") and a chief proponent of that argument about paying high taxes and getting great schools in return; I almost an evangelist, so to speak. Our schools do NOT educate your children to satisfy magazine editors or to make unofficial lists that have no bearing on anything to do with your children's actual education. There are certainly larger loads of crap than the great schools argument (mantra). Like, "public water will magically be cheaper than private water", or, that the County should continue to run our sewage treatment plants, or that a Las Vegas-style establishment will not be a strip club, it will be a juggling & knife-throwing emporium!
fred July 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
You can sign all the petitions you want. The problem is our elected officials ( both dems and repubs)respond to the only thing they know "MONEY". Until the money is out of politics, do you really think your elected official represents you? Ask yourself why NYS sweetened pensions for public employees last year!
Simba July 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Ok Chris you don't want to accept their numbers, I'll give you that. But if you look at any number of them the data is very similar. What do you use to judge your schools. Do you believe that all of your school tax dollars are going directly into the welfare and education of our kids. Why is it that you believe by paying more you are getting more.
Kristen Ferrari July 09, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Fred, I'd love for you to sign the petition. Maybe you think it won't do anything, but I'm trying. I'm really trying. http://www.change.org/petitions/nassau-county-legislature-restore-funding-to-the-youth-programs-in-nassau-county We can all complain about our politicians and the state of things or we can try to do something.
Nassau Taxpayer July 10, 2012 at 01:00 AM
See above: 1./ Cut ALL patronage positions. 2./ Pay overdue tax refunds. 3./ Restore youth programs.
Hollingsworth July 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM
In 2009, when Suozzi introduced red light cameras as additional revenue to the County, the Democratic legislators insisted that the revenue be used to save our social services and youth programs. That was its intention. However, the Republican Legislators already voted to take that money away from the programs it was meant to save. What does the $40 million for tax rebates have to do with youth programs? Give the red light camera revenue back to the programs it was meant to save and stop making it sound like it's either/or. After the Republican legislators already slashed the revenue meant to fund our youth services, Mangano wants to borrow another $40 million or he'll cut more vital programs. Why is it the most vulnerable that are hurt at a time when the most volunerable have the greatest needs. I don't know how the legislators who cut funding from the red light cameras could sleep at night. The Democrats are wrong for bringing redistricting into it, but the Republicans are worse because they already cut the revenue and are now holding the most vulnerable hostage so that they can borrow, borrow and borrow. Who do you think will be paying that back? This is nothing more than a tax hike of the worst kind and will lead us to bankruptcy in record speed.
Kristen Ferrari July 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Hollingsworth, what stands out the most in what you wrote is the knowledge that it is always the most vulnerable that get hurt at times like this. The Legislators can fun our youth programs, programs that strengthen our communities. Instead they play games and hold our youth hostage to political games. Some of the stories shared by the youth that will be affected by these cuts were heartbreaking. I don't know how that group could sit there and listen to these kids share such stories and do nothing. Please consider signing the letter I have circulating. I'm not taking sides politically. I'm blaming both sides for what they are doing and asking them both to stop the games and do what is right for the citizens they are supposed to serve.
Mac July 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
When is anyone going to realize that these politicians from EITHER party DO NOT CARE A SINGLE BIT ABOUT US!!! They dont care. The only thing they care about is their party winning. If their party benefits us then so be it. They would rather argue and hold all of us hostage then get things done for us. The democrats and republicans are equally wrong.
Kristen Ferrari July 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Mac, I agree with you, but I don't think we should just leave a comment and throw our hands out in exasperation. They get away with it because we allow it. We continue to vote them in. We allow them to keep their jobs and do nothing for us. We are all at fault if we don't join together and tell them enough is enough. They may not care about this comment section but they will care if the legislative sessions are packed every week with angry citizens letting them know that they will be voted out. They will care if enough people are sure that their voices are heard through letters, petitions, visits, etc.
fred July 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Kristen I looked at your petition and find it to narrow. Since this is a zero sum game if funding is restored for youth programs it has to come from somewhere else. Maybe the police would give up some of their money since youth programs probably reduce crime.
bob gee July 10, 2012 at 02:35 PM
substance abuse people will now have to go to AA where they belong.
bob gee July 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
let the youths go to the PAL police athletic league. there are more than enough activitys there.
Chris Wendt July 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM
@ Hollingsworth: "In 2009, when Suozzi introduced red light cameras as additional revenue to the County, the Democratic legislators insisted that the revenue be used to save our social services and youth programs." That is unfortunately very naive. There are no "lock boxes" where money from 'this source' goes to specifically fund 'that activity'. All revenue from all sources goes into the treasury where it is commingled and spent as the County Executive sees fit, within the limits of the approved County budget AT THE TIME. When there is a deficit or the Treasury is depleted or inadequate to fund current liabilities, then the role of the County Executive becomes much more important in managing spending,
Kristen Ferrari July 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM
If only it were just substance abuse, bob gee. Suicide hotlines, Long Island Crisis Center, YES Community Counseling Center, Family and Children, are all some of the agencies that address many of the needs of our communities.
ADNK July 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I've signed the change.org petition. (down thread).
Kristen Ferrari July 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Thank you ADNK!
Nassau Taxpayer July 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Which in the case of Republican CEs means "one-shot" deals that stink to high heaven.
Mac July 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Kristen it doesnt matter who we elect. I am not sure you are aware of this but whoever we vote in are members of one of the parties. Do you think that people in Nassau have not voted for change? We voted Mangano did we not? We voted Suozzi before that did we not? The last three execs were rep-dem-rep so we are voting in change but what really changes? It is good to see you still are a dreamer if you really believe these actions will spur change. Until the parties realize they need to work in a bipartisan way nothing will get done. Take for example the new NC proposal by the democrats which is nothing more than nonsense so they can say - hey look we are trying- come on it is all showboating. Bob Gee thanks for the comments when are your meetings?
Kristen Ferrari July 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Mac, I did realize that whoever we vote in would still be a member of one of the parties. That didn't slip past me. The two party system works against us and I have acknowledge that. But the dreamer in me (yes she's still there) maybe doesn't believe as much, but thinks that the alternative, which is doing nothing, won't work either. We can sit silently by complaining about our corrupt system or we can be in our elected officials' faces. I choose the second option. Maybe we won't get change, but I'm not going to let them sit there comfortably ignoring me. Btw, many of the legislators sit there during the public comments section ignoring the speakers. They read other things, look on their computers, anywhere but at the people speaking. These are our elected officials. People need to be pissed at that and speak up. Or you can just comment here about the unfairness of it all.
mel July 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Kristen, go to www.saveyouthprograms.org it will explain alot and they are organizing a call rally
mel July 12, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Mac, what you said makes a lot of sense and Chris you make some good points also, but you are wrong if you think that it is ALL the dems. The county exec has a very difficult job and I do believe that he wants to try and do the best thing for Nassau County residents, however, what he did with the red light camara funding is just plan wrong! Go to www.saveyouthprograms.org
Kristen Ferrari July 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Thanks, Mel. I will register with them. Also for anyone who has signed the letter I circulated, I thank you. There is another petition circulating on change.org that I would like to merge with for maximum impact. So please if you signed one, sign the the other one. Here is the link, especially for some of you who complained that they didn't like my letter. Jamie Bogenshutz may have put it in a way that is more direct and more to your liking! http://www.change.org/petitions/nassau-county-executive-and-the-19-members-of-the-county-legislature-restore-funding-for-human-services?share_id=xTgmPTPVGR&utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created_email
Mac July 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Mel I said it doesnt matter who is in there republican or democrat. Our county has been neglected and mismanaged for decades under both parties. With a lack of bipartisanship and the continued trend of patronage at every level then the appointed high paid jobs the night you leave office continues to plaque and bankrupt our county. Kristin dont stop dreaming and dont be so naive to think that just because someone posts here doesnt mean they are not active in the community. I do not and will not vote along party lines but for who I think will be the best candidate. However, we continue to be given poor choices. Mangano was voted in largely because the attitude Suozzzi had believing he could never lose. We need change but we also do not want change for changes sake.
Hollingsworth July 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Chris Wendt, I believe you are being politically naive. The money from the red light cameras was voted on by the Legislative majority to go fund youth programs. The County Executive could NOT use the money as he sees fit. However, about two months ago the now present Legislative Majority rescinded that earlier decision and voted to give the money to the County Executive to use as he sees fit. That's the way it happened. So basically, the Republican majority broke open the "lock box" that the Democratic Majority had established to save our youth programs. Know your history before you make accusations that are not based on fact.
Kristen Ferrari July 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Mac, I didn't draw any conclusions about your community involvement or your voting patterns. I merely responded that I would rather do something than nothing. Sorry if you took that as being accusatory although I do notice that you continuously call me naive and a dreamer. I don't take it to heart. There is a naivete in believing that something can be done I suppose. But as I said, the alternative is to do nothing and I'd rather be a dreamer who hopes to make a difference.
Mac July 12, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Kristen don't stop dreaming thats not a bad thing. It only means you've given up. I happen to think we are all a bit naive as it helps with the dreams. Better to be active than inactive you are 100 percent correct.
Chris Wendt July 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
There are no lock boxes. We will have to agree to disagree on that point. I respect your point of view, however.
Kristen Ferrari July 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Mac, Sometimes I feel extremely naive, but I'll go with that. Maybe its a defense mechanism. Who really wants to believe that our system cannot be fixed? I don't.
kevin July 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM
that's whacked !

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