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Up on the Board: Nassau comptroller’s soccer jones, LIPA plant, NICE bus

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos' spokesman Jostyn Hernandez

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos' spokesman Jostyn Hernandez said Maragos' midyear report on the status of the county’s finances was delayed because the county’s control board on Tuesday approved $136 million in Nassau borrowing, which “changes a lot of risk for the first six months.” (June 12, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The editorial board is critical of a report from Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos that hails the return of the New York Cosmos soccer team to Long Island. The professional team will play 14 home games beginning next month at Hofstra University. Maragos has studied the potential economic impact – but we think it’s exaggerated at $19 million. Also, there are plenty of other wobbly county financial issues Maragos could be watching more closely.

As the Long Island Power Authority prepares to restructure under a new board, we are looking at what has to be done to implement the new LIPA law and what that means for the utility’s Caithness plant.

And we note that Nassau bus, the Nassau Inter-County Express, is expanding its service. Critics predicted disaster when Veolia Transportation took over the bus service from the county in January 2012. At least for now, it looks like the critics were wrong.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday and amNew York.