Nassau mulls ways to cover raise costs after lifting wage freeze

The county executive's office has 60 days to come up with a plan to come up with $130 million over four years. (5/5/14)

WOODBURY - Now that Nassau County has lifted its three-year wage freeze and cleared the way for raises for unionized workers, it must get to work on a plan to pay for those raises.

The county executive's office has 60 days to come up with a plan to come up with $130 million over four years.

As News 12 has reported, the wage freeze was lifted for workers in the CSEA and PBA unions on Friday during a late-night session with NIFA, the oversight committee that regulates the county's finances.

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Today, County Executive Ed Mangano told News 12 that he's confident he'll come up with the money. "We've talked about speed cameras and dedicating that revenue toward the potential costs, we've settled $930 million of litigation, potential litigation, for the taxpayers, and that's the good news," he said.

But Kevan Abrahams, the Democratic minority leader of the Nassau Legislature, is skeptical. "I look forward to the county executive's proposal," he said. "Obviously we do not believe it can come entirely from speed cameras."

NIFA's chairman says the county could raise certain fees, such as park or mortgage recording fees, to cover the costs. The county's sewer system could also be made into a public-private venture, which the chairman says could save $15 million per year.

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