Laura Curran: Rescind deal protecting appointees

Newsday

Democratic Nassau County Executive-elect Laura Curran Friday asked outgoing Republican County Executive Edward Mangano to reverse the transfer this summer of nearly 40 appointees into union jobs and rescind the county’s agreement with Civil Service Employees Association President Jerry Laricchuita.

Curran said in a letter hand delivered to Mangano that providing union protection to some 26 community service representatives and other appointees who otherwise could be fired at will “were attempts to alter the terms of the collective bargaining agreement before upcoming negotiations.”

The CSEA agreement, along with all other county union contracts, expires at the end of this month.

Curran also said the transfer of 12 deputy county attorneys into the union title of assistant county attorney “served no purpose other than to guarantee them future employment.” Unlike deputy county attorneys, assistant county attorneys cannot be hired and fired at will.

Curran suggested she may eliminate the jobs. “You should be aware that, at this point, I see no reason to retain the assistant county attorney position,” she wrote.

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