Nassau holds final public hearing on proposed budget

MINEOLA - Nassau held its final public hearing today on the county's proposed budget, which is expected to be approved this weekend.

County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) has outlined a plan that includes closing two police precincts and eliminating hundreds of jobs. The deadline for approving the budget is midnight Sunday.

Meanwhile, the state oversight agency NIFA has given Mangano the green light to borrow $450 million over the next four years to help balance the budget.

During today's heated meeting, CSEA President Jerry Laricchiuta said NIFA's decision is a step in the right direction, but the unions are not likely to see any results from it since the layoffs are still on the table.

"This budget will be a burden for our children's children because they're going to have to pay this debt of $450 million," says Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead).

However, Republican Majority Leader Peter Schmitt says the layoffs can be avoided if the unions agree to givebacks.

Mangano insists the budget plan will achieve fiscal stability and allow the county to pay off decades of old debt. Questions arise over vote for new Coliseum

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