Nassau Dems propose law requiring 'balanced' budget deadline

Democratic members of the Nassau County Legislature met Monday after the county's budget was passed last week despite containing a $77 million hole.

Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams is now proposing a law that, starting next year, would require the Legislature to pass a "balanced" budget by Oct. 30.

County Executive Ed Mangano had proposed a controversial $105 fee on all parking and traffic tickets that he said would fill the majority of the budget hole. That controversial fee was left out of the budget when it passed last Monday. Democrats say they do not support the fee and hope it is not revived after the election.

Republican Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves did not want to talk with News 12 on camera Monday, but instead sent a statement about the budget.

"It is our intention to vet every possible alternative before adopting any revenue initiative, and despite Nassau Democrats' total lack of participation in this process, all revenues contemplated by the 2017 budget will be in place well before the commencement of the next fiscal year," the statement reads.

In the meantime, the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority, which oversees the county's finances, has called the actions taken by the Legislature "deeply troubling" and "irresponsible."

NIFA is giving Mangano until Nov. 16 to reduce next year's budget by $100 million. If the county fails to provide a balanced budget, NIFA could impose severe cuts that will impact services on which Nassau County residents rely.

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