County executive-elect Edward Mangano made his first key appointment Wednesday, naming Republican Assemb. Rob Walker as his new chief deputy.
Walker, who represents Nassau's 15th Assembly District, was Mangano's campaign manager in the Nassau county executive race. Walker once worked for Mangano as a summer intern.
"When I was a janitor, somebody gave me a chance, and I ended up running the company," Mangano said of his own rise at a local printing company. "I am 100 percent confident in Rob Walker's skills."
Mangano, a Republican county legislator from Bethpage, also was scheduled Wednesday to meet with outgoing County Executive Thomas Suozzi. Mangano and Suozzi will address reporters late Wednesday afternoon in a joint appearance in Mineola.
Mangano has indicated he wants a status report on his top priority, the county budget, and on the projects and activities of each county agency.
He also said he would get to work immediately on implementing his campaign promise to eliminate the 2.5 percent sales tax on home energy use implemented earlier this year. Next year's budget is balanced in part by $39 million in revenue generated by the energy tax.
"We're going to put forth a responsible plan," he told reporters Tuesday. "We'll be able to provide you a date shortly. But we have to do it in a responsible way, and I need access to certain information . . . so that I can put forth a credible plan to eliminate the home energy tax and offset it with the proper amount of cuts."
Earlier Wednesday, Mangano told Fox's "Good Day New York": "I'm going to dramatically cut the administration and my staffing."
Aides to both men were still unsure who would handle the transition chores for both sides.
Also Wednesday, lawyers involved in the election results signed and submitted a stipulation ending a court action under which Justice Edward McCarty of state Supreme Court in Mineola would have overseen any disputes about paper ballots or other election matters. A court session scheduled for 2 p.m. was canceled.