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Green energy has Nassau legislator seeing red

Tempers were a tad frayed during Monday’s meeting of the Nassau County Legislature as Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) accused the new Republican administration of stealing his green energy proposal.

Denenberg insisted that he had gotten a resolution passed last year that would lead to the creation of a program to provide low-cost loans to home and business owners who make capital improvement that cut energy use.

County Executive Edward Mangano, then a Republican legislator from Bethpage, made a green energy program part of his campaign last year, and it was not clear whether Denenberg or Mangano had the idea first, but Denenberg had his name on the bill.
Committees of the legislature approved the green energy program submitted by Mangano, over Denenberg’s objections.

“Enough David! Enough!” Legis. Norma Gonsalves, chair of the committee on Planning and Development, said at one point.

Gonsalves said Denenberg’s points would be “taken under review.”

He persisted, prompting Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) to cut him off. “David ... Enough is enough Mr. Denenberg,” she said. “Legislator Ford is waiting to be heard. Boy!”

The next day, Denenberg was still hot. “They stole my bill,” he said. “I think the new majority is just upset there is a new law with the Denenberg name on it.”


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