Nassau executive under fire for new hires amid wage freeze

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is taking harsh criticism for adding two new employees to the payroll in the midst of a deficit-driven wage freeze.

MINEOLA - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is taking harsh criticism for adding two new employees to the payroll in the midst of a deficit-driven wage freeze. Former Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan will make $90,000 per year in his new position as deputy county executive, a Nassau spokesman says. The county has also hired a new part-time press aide, who will make approximately $30,000 per year.As News 12 Long Island has reported, Mangano has been trying to close a massive budget gap by cutting about 900 county positions through layoffs and retirement incentives. Just last month, the state-appointed board in charge of Nassau's finances ordered another yearlong wage freeze for county workers. Critics say the new hires send the wrong message to county residents.In a statement, Mangano defended the move, saying the hires won't add to the cost of government and will replace two workers who left the payroll.NIFA declares another fiscal emergency for Nassau CountyMangano: Tax hike likely if borrowing plan rejected

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