April 19, 2018 - 9:57am
A group of eight women from the Five Towns, Valley Stream and Massapequa Park fiercely believe that more honesty and principled thought need to be injected into the political process that produces government officials at every level.
Motivated by the 2016 election of President Trump, the women, supplemented at times by roughly 40 more, formed Indivisible South Shore in the winter of 2017. The group conducted voter registration drives, and supported and campaigned for several candidates who won election or re-election last year.
April 18, 2018 - 8:45pm
A special election in the predominantly Republican 17th Assembly District features two millennial candidates who are spotlighting issues affecting an emerging bloc of young voters: Nassau County’s opioid epidemic and its lack of affordable housing.
They grew up near each other, worked for their local political organizations and are establishing roots in homes a few doors or blocks from where they were raised.
The April 24 special election is to replace Republican Thomas McKevitt of East Meadow, who became a Nassau County legislator Jan. 1.
April 10, 2018 - 11:15am
Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman on Monday began notifying county agencies that he has launched an audit of nepotism in county hiring.
Schnirman said he would look at the hiring practices for all classes of employees, including Civil Service. Investigators will review county data to determine how positions were advertised and how many applicants responded to job postings.
The audit will look specifically for instances of employees supervising family members and “determine how such a situation was allowed to happen in the first place,” an official said.
April 10, 2018 - 6:00am
Hempstead Town Board members will vote on a proposal Tuesday to require competitive bidding on all contracts awarded for more than $20,000.
Supervisor Laura Gillen has proposed a bill that would mandate a request for proposals for all professional services and insurance coverage awarded by the town exceeding the $20,000 limit.
The town resolution says the measure is proposed to foster increased competition and ensure contracts are awarded in the best interest of the taxpayers.
April 8, 2018 - 6:45pm
In her first 100 days in office, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran had to find $45 million to pay a lawsuit judgment and marshal county resources to respond to four nor’easters. She also banned her appointees from accepting gifts as minor as a cup of coffee from county vendors.
That might have been the easy part.
Curran, Long Island’s first woman county executive, won in November on a platform of ethics reform.
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April 4, 2018 - 11:43am
Jack Schnirman has only been in office for three months, but the county comptroller hasn’t wasted any time getting comfortable.
In his brief time in office, he has begun a flurry of audits to fulfill his campaign promise of rooting out corruption and waste in Nassau County’s government.
“Do I like being comptroller? This stuff is fun,” Schnirman said about his first 80-odd days in office.
March 29, 2018 - 11:42am
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman says he will audit the county’s bridge authority, which operates the Atlantic Beach Bridge, explaining that a comprehensive financial review of the agency, which for years had a reputation for patronage and cronyism, was long overdue.
Schnirman, the former Long Beach city manager who was elected comptroller in November, said that the move comes as part of his team’s ongoing risk-assessment reviews and after he received numerous requests on his office’s Report It, Reform It tip line, established when he took office in January.
March 27, 2018 - 11:04am
Despite being a last-minute no-show at a high-profile Nassau County fundraiser, Gov. Andrew Cuomo managed to outline ambitious accomplishments from securing funds to improve the Long Island Rail Road to championing wind energy, all while reiterating his disdain for the Trump Administration and the GOP.
Nassau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs apologized for Cuomo’s absence to nearly a thousand guests at the committee’s annual spring dinner explaining that he was engaged in “tense,” last-minute budget negotiations in Albany. The state’s budget is due April 1.
March 26, 2018 - 11:09am
After unseating Republican Anthony Santino in a GOP stronghold, newly elected Democratic Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen was swept into office with a mandate to clean up town hall. The leader of America’s most populous town shared why she removed her name from signs, her plans to make government more responsive to the people, and how she is working with the Republican majority town board. Here are excerpts from our conversation.
Long Island Press: How does it feel to be the first Democrat to win the Hempstead supervisor’s seat in more than a century?
March 19, 2018 - 11:00am
Moody’s Investors Service affirmed the Town of North Hempstead’s Aaa municipal bond rating with a stable outlook for the third consecutive time on Wednesday, marking a full year at that rank.
The Aaa rating, which is the highest a town can achieve, was first obtained by the Town of North Hempstead on March 16, 2017 following a years-long uptick in its bond rating from A1 in 2002.