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Adam Haber, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, pledged on Thursday to publish his daily schedule online if elected and he is calling on the other candidates in the race to follow suit.
Habers pledge comes one day after a front-page Newsday story which cataloged Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellones absence from his office for days at a time during his first year in office.
Taxpayers deserve to know what their elected officials are doing to earn their paycheck, Haber said. As part of my plan to give Nassau the most transparent administration in our countys history, I will publish my schedule of daily meetings so the taxpayers know what I am doing and who I am meeting with. This is a simple step, and I call on all candidates for Nassau County executive as well as the incumbent county executive to join me in making this pledge.
Former Democratic County Executive Tom Suozzi, who announced his candidacy last week, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Habers pledge.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, a Democrat who has formed an exploratory committee to run for county executive, declined to comment, noting that he has not yet entered the race.
GOP County Executive Edward Mangano's campaign declined to comment on the pledge. But, Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said the county executive is a very hands on manager who is in his office and county departments daily. No one works harder. His schedule is regularly shared with the media.