ALBERTSON - Drivers in Nassau County say some local roads are in desperate need of repairs, but critics of County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) say he is delaying road-safety projects.

Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) says there is nearly $5 million in federal stimulus money available to make road repairs, but only a quarter of the money has been spent so far because the Department of Public Works (DPW) lacks "proper staffing."

The county executive's office denies the allegation, while DPW officials say there wasn't "ample time to complete the projects before the season ended."

However, Marc Herbst, of the Long Island Contractors Association, says it is just an excuse.

"The contracts just to put lane stripings down was approved and bids went out in January of 2010," he says. "We're nearly 16 months later and the safety of the public now is at hand."

Herbst adds that if the federal money isn't used by the summer, the federal government will take it back and give it to another county.