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Several groups concerned about high property taxes had a freewheeling, 90-minute meeting this past week with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

They came away impressed with Mangano, who has been in office less than four months, but unsure that anything will change.

“It was him talking — no handlers, no filter between him and us,” said Paul Kosowski, a board member of the Nassau County Civic Association and a Tea Party activist. “He introduced himself as Ed, not the county executive. That made people comfortable.”

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“We covered every topic imaginable,” Pat Nicolosi, president of Elmont East End Civic Association, said.

“A step in the right direction,” said Laura Mallay of South Hempstead, executive director of Residents for Efficient Special Districts.

The activists said they talked property taxes, the county budget, illegal immigration and several other topics.

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said, “They and the County Executive had a very productive meeting. Together, we all agree that every attempt must be made to rein in spending and stop the waste of taxpayer dollars.”

For the record, neither side tried to capitalize on the session. A Newsday reporter saw some of the activists Thursday afternoon as they left the Theodore Roosevelt office building in Mineola after the meeting in Mangano’s office.