Nassau OKs 2010 budget on party-line vote
The Nassau County Legislature passed its 2010 budget Monday, despite the partisan divisions that made the vote so close.
The $2.6 billion budget passed strictly along party lines 10-9. County Executive Tom Suozzi and his fellow Democrats say the budget is fair and holds the line on property taxes.
Republicans, meanwhile, say the budget could hurt residents down the road. While it freezes taxes for 2010, critics say that freeze depends on the county securing funds it may not be able to.
Dowling College economist Marty Cantor says the success of Suozzi?s budget depends on the larger economy. He says Suozzi is trying to buy himself another year for the economy to improve.