Spin Cycle

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Lawmaker questions 8.6 percent budget increase for Mangano's office

Although Nassau Democratic legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton of Glen Cove spoke in a soft voice Wednesday, she asked hard-hitting questions about County Executive Edward Mangano’s proposed $2.98 billion budget, which would raise property taxes by more than 3 percent.

In fact, she took a direct swing at Republican Mangano’s own office spending during a legislative hearing on the 2015 spending...

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Taxi signs still promote tax freeze despite proposed increase

On Sept. 22, 2014, taxis at the Hicksville

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s proposed 2015 budget, which calls for a 3.4 percent increase in general and sewer property taxes, was listed for a vote on the agendas for the Republican-controlled Rules and Finance Committees of the county legislature Monday.

Nevertheless, taxicabs at the Hicksville train station Monday morning, still carried signs on their roofs promoting Republican...

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Mounting school speed camera costs

A sign warns motorists of a speed traffic

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The costs of Nassau's new school speed camera program continue to mount. And that's just counting dollars, not political consequences of the initiative that has infuriated hundreds of county motorists.

Nassau already lost more than $2 million in anticipated revenue when County Executive Edward Mangano dismissed nearly 40,000 tickets issued last month because of malfunctions in the program...

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Nassau speed camera tickets versus home heating tax

Nassau residents could be as angry over the county’s new camera-monitored school-zone ticketing program as they were over Nassau’s 2.5 percent tax on home heating fuel enacted in 2009 by the previous Democratic county administration.

County Executive Edward Mangano repealed the tax when he took office in 2010 after he and fellow Republicans used it successfully as a campaign issue to defeat...

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Nassau Republicans reported to be riled by school zone speeding tickets

Nearly 40,000 tickets issued for school zone speed violations since late July — when Nassau began the rollout of a new program to catch motorists caught on camera speeding past schools — were a hot topic at county Republican chairman Joseph Mondello’s annual golf outing last Monday, according to several people who attended the event.

One reason is that at least three Republican officials had...

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