MINEOLA - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) unveiled a plan yesterday aimed at avoiding a property tax hike and getting the county's budget under control, but which also will reduce the county workforce by nearly 200 people.

"I made it clear if voluntary concessions could not be reached by July 1 we would have to put forth a plan," Mangano says.

Mangano's plan would cut the county workforce by 184 employees, laying off 130 employees. The county executive says the plan will protect taxpayers from a property tax increase and save the county $32 million.

Mangano says he hopes negotiations will continue with the CSEA - Nassau's largest labor union - to prevent any further layoffs, but union president Jerry Larrichutia says it will be almost impossible since the Nassau Interim Finance Authority - which is overseeing the county's finances - froze the union's contracts.

The county executive says he'll also save $9 million by redeploying a number of police officers from desk jobs to the streets, a move he says will not compromise public safety in any way.