Nassau Health and Human Services providers demand pay

MINEOLA - Nearly 200 people from nonprofit agencies, local unions and businesses took to the steps of the Nassau County Legislature today, demanding payment for the work they have done for the county.

Gwen O'Shea, of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, says nonprofit groups such as MercyFirst, which provides help to people with disabilities, have not been paid in months.

"Nassau County is not paying up on its obligations to ensure that our most vulnerable children, veterans and seniors are ensured the care and services they need," she says.

The county executive's office says it just learned of the problems a few weeks ago and sent a letter to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos about the contract issue. However, Maragos says the problem isn't within his office.

Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker says the delay in payments might have been caused by changes in state regulations and new requirements.

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