Curran: Steps taken to 'stop corruption before it starts' in Nassau
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran responded to Wednesday's bombshell details surrounding the alleged bribery of officials in Nassau County by saying she's already taken two major steps to stop corruption before it starts.
Curran's campaign was based on an anti-corruption platform. She says she has appointed a deputy county executive for compliance to oversee all county contracts, and she has signed an executive order barring any of her appointees from donating to her campaign.
The Nassau County Legislature has also created the position of inspector general to investigate possible waste and fraud in county programs.
"There absolutely is something that we can do, and my government is taking a very strong stance to stop corruption before it starts," she said.
Unsealed court documents Wednesday detailed how former prominent restaurateur Harendra Singh admitted to bribing Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.
Despite the steps that have already been taken, some longtime political observers say much more needs to be done to deter corruption in Nassau County.
Former Assemblyman Jerry Kremer says the system could be significantly strengthened by paying much closer attention to campaign contributions and by making it a felony to file false statements on political financial disclosure forms.
"It could be a roadmap to telling us where money is going and why it's going there," says Kremer.
Mangano's trial is set to begin in March.