When war — or something that looked like it — broke out between Nassau County Executive Edward and his property tax study team, he blamed the lawyers on the team.
“I will not stand by allowing reforms to be comprised by lawyers who get rich off a broken system,” Mangano declared after members of the Assessment Review Team turned on him publicly last month.
That sounded very much like Mangano was blaming the lawyers on the ART team for starting the dispute.
Mangano’s people were asked whether he was criticizing his own appointees.
“The statement speak for itself,” a spokesman replied.
The ART study group is less than a month away from issuing its final report, and there is a battle, much of it out of public view, about who is going to take the blame for what could turn out to be a mess.
Mark Hamer, chairman of ART, said he has been meeting with the owners of commercial properties to keep them informed on the group’s progress.
And sources in the real estate community say Mangano is planning his own series of sit-downs with many of those same commercial owners to make his pitch.
Mangano supporters have tried to portray the ART members as money-grubbing tax specialists who don’t really want to fix the system because they profit from its inequities.
But they shrug, look at the ground and/or sigh deeply when asked why Mangano appointed those very same people in the first place.
On the other hand, Mangano’s critics are being proven wrong. They had argued back when ART members were appointed in January that they were just going to be a rubber stamp for whatever he wanted to do.