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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano had a scheduled golf outing in Florida this week, but he also was negotiating with the county’s financial control board over wording of proposed proposed union agreements that would lift a three-year wage freeze. All sides have targeted Monday for approving the new deals.
So Mangano didn’t head south as planned with top members of his staff, including Chief Deputy Rob Walker and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter.
“The County Executive did not attend due to pressing business in the County,” said spokesman Brian Nevin.
Former County Executive Thomas Suozzi was criticized in Feb. 2009 for going to Disney World on a family vacation after announcing the county was in a financial crisis and warned of layoffs and service cuts.
The late Legis.Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), then minority leader of the county legislature, said he was shocked, contending Suozzi should have been “at the negotiating table 24/7 on behalf of county residents."
Suozzi responded then that he was in constant contact with his labor negotiating team, which was meeting with the unions.