March 22, 2010
Legislator Denise Ford recently joined Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to announce that they have begun to reform county government by slashing patronage and cutting spending to fill the 2010 budget hole left behind by the previous administration and the repeal of the home energy tax.
The County Executive’s $49 million savings plan includes $22 million in cuts from payroll and managerial patronage positions from the previous administration. Additional savings have been gained from careful reviews of the structure of each of the county’s 47 departments.
“In these tough economic times, we need to focus on what’s best for our residents,” said Legislator Ford. “We need to start operating with a ‘Do more with less’ motto.”
Joined by County Executive Mangano, Legislator Ford stressed the importance of fiscal responsibility that will be the hallmark of the new administration. “We can’t keep turning to the tax payers to bail us out, which was a past practice,” said Ford. “If we can trim fat or cut patronage, that’s what we need to do.”
Pictured: Legislator Ford and County Executive Mangano.