Merry Christmas - you're fired.
Incoming Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said Tuesday he had submitted a list of 160 county appointees whose services will not be required after Jan. 1. All of the workers, who can be hired and fired at will, were to be notified by the end of business Tuesday.
Top on the list was Consumer Affairs Commissioner Roger Bogsted, Nassau's Conservative party chairman, who angered Republican Mangano by running a candidate in the recent county executive race.
Mangano contended during the campaign that Bogsted wanted to siphon votes away from him and help his boss, Democratic County Executive Thomas Suozzi.
All of Bogsted's deputies as well as the candidate, Deputy County Attorney Steve Hansen, are being fired.
Also on the termination list are nearly all of Suozzi's office staff, including chief Deputy Marilyn Gottlieb, Deputy Thomas Stokes and Suozzi's press personnel. Getting the ax are top planning commission officials, about 25 deputy county attorneys and workers in Minority Affairs and C.A.S.A., the Coordinated Agency for Spanish Americans.
A potentially controversial move is Mangano's decision to keep Assessor Ted Jankowski, appointed by Suozzi earlier this year. Mangano campaigned against the county's much-criticized property tax assessment system and voted as a county legislator against Jankowski's appointment.
But Mangano said Tuesday Jankowski will stay past Jan. 1 to help reform the system. Mangano added that he has not yet decided to give Jankowski a permanent appointment.
Jankowski said, "I'm pleased to have the opportunity to work to fix the system."
Mangano said the dismissals are "part of our efficiency in government plan. We pledged to reduce the size of the managerial staff and that's what we're doing."
"It's no surprise that an incoming county executive will want to surround himself with his own people," said Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick). "However, I'm quite certain that in addition to a lot of Suozzi people, there is a lot of talent that will be lost."
Mangano said politics played no part in his decision to remove Bogsted and his deputies.
"It's either political retribution or fiscal malfeasance because we are the only department whose revenues exceed expenses by $2 million," Bog-sted retorted. "Every year I've been there we've turned a profit, so you tell me how he can fire me and not say it's political."
Hansen said, "I don't know what to say other than I wish him well and all the best. He and the people of Nassau County are in my prayers every day."