Mangano again pushes for full Bay Park funding

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks before the Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks before the Long Island Business Council about the Nassau Coliseum deal, the Bay Park Sewage Park and the county's economic climate for small businesses at Molloy College in Farmingdale. (Oct. 1, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano briefed a group of Long Island business leaders Tuesday on plans for the Nassau Coliseum and securing funding to repair the damaged Bay Park Sewage Plant.

Speaking to more than 100 members of the Long Island Business Council in Farmingdale, Mangano said he would continue to press the county legislature to approve a total of $977 million in borrowing to upgrade the sewage plant, which was heavily damaged in superstorm Sandy.

The legislature has approved only about one-third of that amount as Democratic members press for more checks and balances to monitor the progress of work. Mangano said 90 percent of the costs will be reimbursed by the federal government.

"Environmentally, it's the right way to go," said Mangano, a Republican who is running for re-election against Democrat Thomas Suozzi. "It makes sense to do it now."

Michael Florio, spokesman for Nassau legislative Democrats, said, "We've already approved $262 million to rebuild our sewers and will commit the additional funds once we have a plan from Mangano and the oversight necessary."

Mangano said he expected the $229 million Nassau Coliseum revitalization plan recently approved by the county legislature last month to pass "rapidly" through the Hempstead Town approval process.

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"It will soon become a reality," Mangano said of the county's deal with Brooklyn-based Forest City Ratner Companies and Syosset-based Blumenfeld Development Group to renovate the arena and create an entertainment district in the surrounding area.

Mangano also received the endorsement of the New York Veteran Police Association Tuesday.

Lou Telano, president of the Baldwin-based fraternal organization for retired officers, said the group selected Mangano partly because of his work securing the Coliseum deal.

"He was finally able to get something going with the Coliseum, which is a major initiative for Nassau," Telano said.

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