Nassau’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association has released a stinging new television ad attacking the candidacy of GOP County Executive Edward Mangano, arguing that his fiscal policies have forced an exodus of children out of the county.
The 30-second ad, which began airing on Oct. 29 on cable channels across the county, features somber images of young children packing their suitcases and carrying large cardboard boxes from their homes.
The ad was paid for by COBA’s public education fund. COBA has endorsed Mangano’s Democratic opponent, Thomas Suozzi, a former two-term county executive.
“We thought it was important to educate the public about the failed policies of the Mangano administration over the past four years,” said COBA president John Jaronczyk.
The ad, Jaronczyk said, cost nearly six figures and will run through Nov. 4 — one day before Election Day.
Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said Jaronczyk is angry because the administration reduced overtime for his members. “Ed Mangano cut $7 million in wasteful overtime and this is retaliation,” Nevin said.
The ad is the first of the campaign to be aired by a third-party not affiliated with either campaign. Independent expenditures, by law, cannot be coordinated with a campaign.
“We have no comment on any independent expenditures by outside groups,” said Suozzi campaign spokesman Jeff Guillot.
Jaronczyk said the Suozzi campaign was not involved in the advertisement.
The ad, which cites recent U.S. Census figures, argues that nearly 5,000 Nassau residents have moved out of the county since Mangano took office in 2009.
“They don’t want to leave but the dream of a future in Nassau County is slipping away,” the ad states as images of a child sitting at a railroad station and passing a closed business appears on screen. “Thousands of families leaving since Ed Mangano became county executive; unable to find a home or a good job.”
Mangano has said his policies increased economic growth in the region and led to the lowest unemployment rate in the region.
The ad also continues Suozzi’s line of attack, arguing that Mangano drove up Nassau’s debt, raised fees and caused school taxes to increase by mismanaging the assessment system.
Mangano has said his office has no role in school taxes and that his administration has lowered the county’s debt. He has attacked Suozzi for twice increasing school taxes and for increasing the debt while he was in office from 2002-2009.
The ad can be seen here: