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.
March 15, 2018 - 8:40pm
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Thursday submitted a revised budget with $54.7 million in spending reductions and revenue hikes after the county’s financial control board imposed nearly $18 million in budget cuts.
The plan also would allow the county to boost spending for county Youth Board, NICE bus and the Department of Assessment, Curran said.
In December, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority approved the county’s budget but ordered cuts for the first time in its 17-year history.
March 12, 2018 - 10:27am
As comptroller, it is my responsibility to guide my office to be the watchdog of the county’s finances.
That is why I announced this week that I will be revitalizing the county’s Independent Audit Advisory Committee, an established citizen oversight function that has been underutilized for too long.
The Independent Audit Advisory Committee, first created in 2003, is tasked with monitoring the county’s financial statements and providing input on the county budget and external audit plan.
March 11, 2018 - 7:00am
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has chosen Vera Fludd as the new county sheriff, citing Fludd’s more than three decades in corrections and her success in boosting morale at the county jail after complaints about inmate health care.
Fludd, 56, of Freeport, the acting sheriff, became a correction officer in 1984 after graduating from Nassau Community College. She rose in the ranks at the jail and, if confirmed by the county legislature, would become Nassau’s first female county sheriff.
March 8, 2018 - 9:30pm
The Nassau comptroller’s office is seeking members of the public to volunteer to serve on an unpaid advisory board that provides fiscal oversight of the county’s finances.
The Independent Audit Advisory Committee, first created in 2003 by former county Comptroller Howard Weitzman, will review Nassau’s financial reporting systems. For example, the committee will review the results of an external audit of the county’s finances, conducted in 2017 by RSM, an accounting firm based in London, to determine if actions recommended in the report have been implemented.
March 8, 2018 - 6:00am
The Town of Hempstead will permit the online filing of public records requests beginning this week, according to a news release.
An online form on the town’s website is to be activated by the end of the week, the release stated. Previously, records requests had to be made via mail or email.
The release said that Hempstead is the first town in Nassau County to allow for online Freedom of Information Law requests.
March 6, 2018 - 5:12pm
Hempstead Town Board members unanimously approved hiring outside private investigators to review personnel matters in the town attorney’s office and other departments.
Board members approved a resolution to retain the Babylon-based Lawn, Mullen & Good International Ltd. to review conflicts of interest and matters that will not be investigated by the town attorney’s office.
LMGI was hired to work as needed for $125 per hour, after a separate proposal for Kroll Inc. for up to $275 per hour was postponed for a vote by the board last month.
February 14, 2018 - 8:25pm
For six weeks, a policy taskforce in County Executive Laura Curran’s administration has been trying to loosen some knots of Nassau’s tangled property assessment system.
And they think they may be onto a few comparatively quick ways of moving to make things right.
But first a word about quick. For more than two decades, assessment — and more specifically the hundreds of millions of dollars Nassau has been forced to pay back in successful appeals — has jammed up county finances.
February 13, 2018 - 11:00am
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman is auditing the county’s Industrial Development Agency, which gives tax breaks to expanding businesses.
Schnirman, in an interview on Monday, said the IDA audit is his first of a county agency since taking office on Jan. 1.
He said he is fulfilling a campaign promise to examine the IDA, which has drawn fire in recent years for aiding automobile dealerships and self-storage facilities.