MINEOLA - County officials are trying to figure out their next move after the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), a state watchdog group, declared Nassau is in a state of fiscal emergency and imposed a wage freeze for county workers yesterday.

Today, County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) said his budget is more than sound. Mangano already revised the budget, calling for some 200 layoffs and massive cuts while avoiding a property tax increase. However, NIFA says there's still too much risk.

For example, Mangano wants to add about 50 red light cameras. He projects that will bring in millions of dollars in revenue to the county, and he's already factored that into the budget. However, the cameras are yet to be approved by the state.

"They set a very high bar," Mangano says, referring to NIFA. "They're not counting anything until it happens."

In the meantime, NIFA suspended county workers' pay increases, per Mangano's request. The county executive says that will save Nassau $10 million this year.

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