Nassau Legislature unanimously votes to appoint inspector general

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Nassau legislators voted unanimously to appoint an independent inspector general and crackdown on governmental corruption Monday.

Many residents, like Ellen Iamascia of Garden City, say they're fed up with the county government -- especially after federal prosecutors filed corruption charges against outgoing Executive Ed Mangano.

The inspector general would have the power to investigate waste and fraud in the county government.

"I am hopeful that this step will begin to restore trust in government and hold me, as county executive, responsible," says Laura Curran, who was elected in November to succeed Mangano.

One major sticking point in the bill was to require a 13-member supermajority to choose the inspector general. That means the 11 Republicans on the County Legislature would need support from at least two Democrats to approve any candidate.

Still, Iamascia says she has mixed feelings about adding a new layer to what she sees as a bloated county government.

"It's another thing we're paying for," she says.. "Are we going to get our money's worth out of it? I don't know. We'll see."

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