The people of Nassau County gave Edward Mangano a huge win Tuesday night. We hope the county executive can, over the next four years, give the people of Nassau County a huge win in return.
It can be done. Challenges aside, Nassau is still a prosperous and promising place. While the problems the county faces are numerous and serious, they are not unsolvable. There needs to be a long-term plan.
Transit-oriented downtown development is crucial. Mangano began touting this, not traditionally a calling card of Nassau Republicans, partly in response to opponent Thomas Suozzi's devotion to the issue. Mangano's plan to convert four industrial buildings near train stations into housing should be just the beginning of that initiative.
Mangano is proud of Nassau's growing movie industry and he needs to continue to capitalize on that. The bigger engine, however, is likely to be the redevelopment of the Coliseum. He must ensure the touted entertainment and commercial aspects materialize and it doesn't end up just a facelifted arena and an asphalt parking lot.
The wage freeze imposed by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority helps Mangano by saving payroll and by giving him a chip to bargain with for union concessions. Mangano must use that chip to get much more efficient work rules, particularly from the police. Balance the budget and give NIFA a plan that gets Nassau out from under the control period and the freeze.
The assessment system must be fixed. Mangano talks about fighting for a state law that says assessments within a certain margin of error don't trigger refunds. Now he needs get it done in Albany by taking on the tax lawyers who profit from the dysfunctional system.
Clearly, this agenda is a tall order, but voters awarded Mangano the office, and the responsibility. If he can deliver, it will be a victory far more impressive than the one he achieved Tuesday night.