The incoming Nassau County executive, Edward Mangano, worked through the day and well into the evening Thursday as he tried to get ready to govern on the first of the year.
"I'm doing a lot of work now, setting up my transition team, but the real nuts and bolts won't start until next week," the Bethpage Republican said in an interview.
He also tried to work in some public events. Thursday night he dropped in at the holiday parties of both the Long Island Press Club and the Association for a Better Long Island, both at the Huntington Hilton in Melville.
"I've told them I have to leave before the events are over because I have another transition meeting that starts at 7 p.m.," Mangano said.
He said he had hoped to announce members of the transition team by Friday, but will hold off until Monday. "I'm going to take the weekend to work on it," he said.
For now, Assemb. Rob Walker (R-Hicksville) heads the team. Mangano met privately Wednesday with incumbent Democrat Thomas Suozzi, who said Chief Deputy County Executive Marilyn Gottlieb is leading his side of the transition.
Both Mangano and Suozzi said the transition would be hampered by the tight time frame. Although the election was Nov. 3, Suozzi did not concede until Tuesday a race he lost by fewer than 400 ballots out of 250,000 cast.
County law says: "He shall give his whole time to the duties of the office and shall receive therefor a compensation to be fixed by ordinance."