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As was clear at public meetings this week, the firm selected by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to run the county sewer system has hired some major local political muscle.
Before submitting its bid proposal last summer, New Jersey-based United Water hired Bruce Blakeman, Nassaus former GOP presiding officer, and former Assemb. Tom Alfano, a Republican from North Valley Stream, to serve as advisors on county issues.
Our role is to consult on local issues, said Blakeman, who led the legislature from 1996-1999.
The two ex-politicos, who appeared at Thursday's public meeting on the sewer plan at the county executive building in Mineola, are advising United Water on Nassaus political makeup, environmental concerns and economic issues, Blakeman said.
Its not just political, Alfano said. Its community-based We know the people in the community and the decision makers.