After a slow start, the Democratic minority leader of the Nassau County Legislature seems to be finding her footing.
Legis. Diane Yatauro of Glen Cove had been criticized — privately of course — by fellow Democrats for a lackadaisical response to the agenda of new Republican County Executive Edward Mangano.
She let the appointment of Republican elections lawyer John Ciampoli as county attorney slip thorough committees earlier this year without much opposition, and many of her comments on the budget were a defense of former Democratic CE Thomas Suozzi, a mentor and fellow Glen Covian.
On Thursday, when a letter surfaced in which State Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) was critical of state legislation proposed by Mangano, Yatauro released a statement that went after Mangano’s policies and was not a defense of the past or the status quo.
Here’s the statement:
“Senator Johnson's letter correctly points out the glaring shortcomings in the administration's assessment reform plan. We have no confidence that this proposal will produce any meaningful results. The County Executive's hand-picked ART (Assessment Review Team) panel publicly voiced strong opposition to it and asked the County Legislature to vote against it.
In his refusal to support the Mangano legislation, Sen. Johnson reminds the County Executive that NIFA (Nassau County Interim Finance Authority) has no faith in Mangano's claim that the plan will save significant county funds.
Mr. Mangano needs to return to the drawing board and devise a responsible plan which incorporates his ART members' suggestions.”