Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s initiative to sell off excess inventory rather than repair it has proved to be a successful recovery method for taxpayers. The recent auction of 15 County-owned Orion Buses, formerly part of the Long Island Bus fleet, pushed the total proceeds from the sale of surplus county vehicles to $400,475. The buses, which were owned by the County but used by the MTA when it ran Long Island Bus, have reached the end of their useful life. They were purchased by a handful of bidders, most of whom will use them for scrap.
County Executive Mangano stated, “When I was elected County Executive I realized that car auctions had not taken place in several years and there was a surplus inventory of un-repairable vehicles wasting space throughout the County. Rather than allow these vehicles to rot, my administration has sold them for parts and raised in excess of $400,000 for taxpayers.”
Any individual, from the casual buyer to the seasoned mechanic, is eligible to bid on and purchase the vehicles which are advertised on www.auctionsinternational.com and various social media platforms run by the County Executive, including Facebook and Twitter. Prospective buyers bid on the cars for several weeks leading up to the close of the auction. During the bidding period, individuals are free to make appointments with the County Executive’s Office to inspect the vehicles prior to entering a bid.