Hiring, firing of Nassau IG will require Democratic votes

Newsday

Republican leaders of the Nassau County Legislature have agreed to Democrats’ request that the hiring or termination of a new inspector general requires a vote of a supermajority of county lawmakers.

The original bill, approved last week by the GOP-controlled Rules Committee, would have allowed Republicans to select or terminate the inspector general with a simple majority vote.

In a rare instance of bipartisan cooperation, GOP lawmakers this week submitted an amended bill requiring 13 votes to appoint, reappoint or fire the inspector general. Republicans will hold an 11-8 majority in January.

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said a supermajority will “ensure that there is a bipartisan appointment with the agreement of both Democrats and Republicans.”

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