Nassau votes to increase budget for mailings

The Nassau Legislature voted Monday to bump up its spending on mailings to constituents. Legislators had a budget of $1.1 million for the mailings. The

Legislators had a budget of $1.1 million for the mailings. The vote will transfer $167,000 in unused funds into the postage budget.

Legislators had a budget of $1.1 million for the mailings. The vote will transfer $167,000 in unused funds into the postage budget. (12/9/15)

MINEOLA - The Nassau Legislature voted Monday to bump up its spending on mailings to constituents.

Legislators had a budget of $1.1 million for the mailings. The vote will transfer $167,000 in unused funds into the postage budget.

Floral Park resident David Fowler says that he liked the county's mailings, but that lawmakers need to prioritize.

"I think it would be foolish to spend money on mailings when you can come up with things to save valuable programs for kids throughout the county," says Fowler.

Patricia Friedman, of Nassau County Tax Revolt Coalition, calls the mailers "a waste of taxpayer dollars."

"I'm surprised that NIFA, since they're the watchdog group looking in, are allowing it," says Friedman.

News 12 reached out to Jon Kaiman, director of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, about the increased postage budget.

"It is not for NIFA to determine how much the Legislature spends on each particular budget item," says Kaiman. "If they fail to meet their targets, we are poised to jump in and this would be something high on the list of expenses we would likely cut."

News 12 reached out to Nassau legislators for a comment. No one was available to speak or give a statement regarding the postage budget.

A spokesperson did confirm the $167,000 will allow lawmakers to send a countywide mailing this month for events like tax grievance workshops in January.

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Donald Trump will be sworn in as 45th 1 Donald Trump to be sworn in as President today
The ceremony will take place at 11:30 2 News 12 joins Babylon H.S. students heading to inauguration
News 12's Rich Barrabi interviewed some Long Islanders 3 What does Trump's presidency mean for Long Island?
In Chopper 12 video, smoke can be seen 4 Crews battle fire at building in Massapequa
Malique Shelton, of Roosevelt, will be arraigned today 5 Police: Teen charged in 2 separate killings in Roosevelt

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE