Nassau scrambles on new budget after NIFA rejection

Nassau lawmakers are working on a new budget after the Nassau Interim Finance Authority rejected the county's spending plan.



Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams met in a closed-door meeting this morning. 



The NIFA board says the budget submitted by the county featured an estimated deficit of anywhere between $80 million and $161 million. Now county lawmakers must raise revenue, cut costs or both.



Mangano, Gonsalves and Abrahams are scheduled to meet again on Monday.



NIFA has given lawmakers until Nov. 30 to submit a modified budget.



NIFA chair Jon Kaiman says if the county executive and the Legislature fail to significantly cut the deficit, the control board could impose cuts to non-essential programs and discretionary spending.


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