WOODBURY - Mobile ads have become the latest weapon in the fight between Nassau's police union and county Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) over budget cuts this week.
Police Benevolent Association President James Carver says so far, Nassau's police force has lost about 200 officers. He says people have every right to know that Mangano's cuts are putting their safety at risk.
Mangano, however, says tough economic times have forced him to redeploy officers, and it's time for Carver's union, which makes up the county's highest paid employees, to make some concessions.
"He should come to the table with a counteroffer, as opposed to buying trucks and spreading distortions and half-truths," he says.
Yesterday, Mangano's office told News 12 Long Island that there were complaints from residents about a PBA mobile ad mounted on a truck that was displayed near a Bethpage cemetery.
The PBA says the truck was parked at that location only briefly before moving to a different area.
Political analyst Larry Levy says the battle will likely be resolved in court. Mangano wants to open up signed contracts, but the unions will do whatever it takes to stop that from happening.