Mangano's fellow Republicans call for his resignation
Hours after embattled Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delivered his State of the County Address, his fellow Republicans in the county Legislature sent him a letter calling for his resignation.
Monday's speech marked Mangano's first major address following his arrest on federal corruption charges last October.
Presiding Officer and fellow Republican Legislator Norma Gonsalves says the letter delivered to Mangano was written with "great sorrow." Republicans say that while the executive is innocent until proven guilty, his corruption case has created a cloud over the county.
Gonsalves had introduced Mangano at the podium for his address hours before she called for him to step down. At a news conference, she said the timing of the resignation call was due to Friday's arrest of Hempstead Councilman Edward Ambrosino.
The Republicans join a growing list of lawmakers who have called on Mangano to step down, but he has resisted those calls. He has not yet said if he will run for re-election to a third term as executive.
Following Mangano's speech Monday, which was delivered at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum, some of the candidates who are vying for his job released statements panning his remarks as ignoring the alleged corruption within the county.
Democratic candidate Laura Curran released a statement that read in part, "Ed Mangano can try all he wants, but no amount of sugar-coating can hide the rampant corruption, parade of indictments, empty promises, and colossal mismanagement. We need a fresh start to fix the mess in Mineola because after eight years of Ed Mangano's failed agenda, taxpayers are left holding the bag."
Chuck Lavine, another Democratic candidate, said, "I am disappointed but not surprised that County Executive Mangano completely dismissed the rampant corruption that has destroyed confidence in our county government and cost taxpayers millions of dollars."
Mangano released a statement sharply criticizing the Republicans in the county Legislature, calling their move "election season nonsense," "a cheap political stunt," and a "flip-flop that is simply political posturing."
"Unlike Norma Gonsalves, I have never been convicted of any wrongdoing," Mangano said in a statement. "For the past seven years, I have effectively governed Nassau County and will continue to do so, as outlined in my State of the County Address."
Some Democrats in the Legislature called the Republicans' actions purely political.
"I guess it takes four arrests for them actually to wake up and realize we have a public corruption problem and procurement problem in this county," says Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.
Mangano was arrested on federal corruption and bribery charges in connection to his alleged dealings with a Nassau restaurant owner. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.