Speed camera revenue loss could mean cuts
Nassau's unpopular school zone speed cameras may be going away, but replacing the $30 million they were supposed to bring in could mean painful cuts.
To make up for the loss, County Executive Ed Mangano suggests $13 million could be cut from Nassau University Medical Center, $7 million slashed from youth programs, $4 million in NICE bus subsidies and $1 million from community policing.
Mangano says other options include privatizing the county sewer system and raising surcharges for 911 service on cellphones. The state could also pick up the tab for county police patrols on the Long Island Expressway, and commercial billboards could be installed on county property.
Democratic leaders say some of these ideas are far-fetched and that drastic cuts aren't needed. They suggest restructuring county finances to make up some of the lost revenue.
"The bottom line is we are not going to hurt people who need our help the most, at the same time hurt taxpayers," said Minority Leader Legislator Kevan Abrahams.
Republican legislators say they want to meet with the county executive Friday to discuss options. On Tuesday, they said raising taxes was off the table.
The Nassau Legislature is expected to vote Monday on repealing the speed cameras.