The newest member of Nassau’s financial control board attended his first public meeting Monday but held off from making any comments as other members lambasted a county’s plan for a private investor to buy $20 million in county debt from homeowners owed property tax refunds.
“I would just like to say I am happy to be here and join this august group,” said John Buran, president and chief executive of Flushing Financial Corporation, the holding company for Flushing Savings Bank and Flushing Commercial Bank. “I look forward to fully participating.”
George Marlin, a fellow member of Nassau Interim Finance Authority board, said, “Welcome to the lion’s den.”
Buran, of Massapequa, was appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in August to replace former NIFA member Thomas Stokes, who resigned in March to take a job as a consultant to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
There is still one vacancy on the seven member volunteer NIFA board.
Nassau Legis. Denise Ford (R-Long Beach), who attended Monday’s public NIFA meeting, said she has written Cuomo to ask that he appoint a woman to the all-male board.