News Clips

  • Laura Curran proposes $55 million in savings, new revenues

    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.

  • An independent approach to the county’s audit

    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.

  • Laura Curran nominates Vera Fludd as Nassau County sheriff

    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.

  • Nassau comptroller seeks new members for fiscal oversight board

    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.

  • Hempstead to allow online records requests

    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.

  • Hempstead OKs hiring private investigators for personnel cases

    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.

  • Digging in to make Nassau assessment fair

    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.

  • Comptroller to audit Nassau IDA, fulfilling campaign promise

    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.

  • Jay Jacobs: Every Dog Has His Day

    February 6, 2018 - 11:42am

    The life of a political party leader isn’t all screening candidates, holding fundraisers and orchestrating campaigns. Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs also runs a half-dozen camps. We caught up with Jacobs, who shared why he quotes The Honeymooners, collects owls, and credits Donald Trump with recent local Democratic gains.

    Long Island Press: For the first time, Democrats and women hold the Nassau County executive seat and two of three town supervisor seats in the county. To what do you credit this historic change?

  • Making Nassau government accountable again

    February 4, 2018 - 11:44am

    It’s been a busy start to 2018 for Nassau County, and I’m excited to have hit the ground running as your comptroller.

     This past month saw the swearing-in of the first female county executive in Nassau’s history, an ambitious state agenda laid out by Gov. Cuomo with significant impacts for our county, and a near-record winter storm that closed many schools and businesses for two full days.