March 24, 2010
Legislator Rose Marie Walker 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.
“The home energy tax was an unfair burden on our residents,” said Legislator Walker. “With the cuts we’re making, it’s clear that not only was the tax unfair, it was unnecessary as well.”
Joined by County Executive Mangano, Legislator Walker stressed the importance of fiscal responsibility that will be the hallmark of the new administration. “We are going to try and fill the budget gap by cutting patronage and fat,” said Walker. “Being fiscally responsible is going to be a primary concern with this administration, not the afterthought it was with the previous one.”
Pictured: Legislator Walker and County Executive Mangano.