Mangano's 160 firings common practice in transition process

Ed Mangano is sworn in as the new

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Ed Mangano is sworn in as the new Nassau County Executive at Bethpage High School. (Jan. 1, 2010) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

When Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano fired 160 political appointees from the previous Democratic administration, he didn't surprise many in the political world.

Ever since Sen. William L. Marcy famously noted in 1828 that "to the victor belongs the spoils" - the spoils being the ability to make political appointments - widespread staffing changes during the transition between...

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