News Clips

  • Hiring, firing of Nassau IG will require Democratic votes

    December 13, 2017 - 12:00am

    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.

  • Helena Williams, ex-LIRR president, tapped for Nassau deputy job

    December 11, 2017 - 12:00am

    Nassau County Executive-elect Laura Curran has selected Helena Williams, former Long Island Rail Road president, as her chief deputy county executive — a position in which she can manage all aspects of county government, from parks and assessments to the revitalization of Nassau Coliseum property.

    Curran, a Democratic county legislator from Baldwin who takes office Jan. 1, envisions Williams, 62, of Garden City, as an “orchestra conductor,” overseeing a breadth of operations while serving as her eyes and ears on the ground.

  • Laura Curran: Rescind deal protecting appointees

    December 8, 2017 - 12:00am

    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.

  • Nassau County Executive-Elect Laura Curran seeks copies of union pacts

    December 5, 2017 - 12:00am

    Nassau County Executive-Elect Laura Curran has asked the county’s five municipal unions to give transition team copies of their labor agreements with the county, which expire at year’s end.

    Curran requested the documents in letters on Dec. 1 to the Civil Service Employees Association, Police Benevolent Association, Superior Officers Association, Detectives Association and Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

  • Brown: Laura Curran backs away from school speed cameras

    December 4, 2017 - 12:00am

    Five days after bringing up the possibility of Nassau’s short-lived speed cameras coming back during a meeting with Republican lawmakers, County Executive-elect Laura Curran, in an interview, essentialy said never mind.

    “I have no plan to bring them back,” Curran said last Friday.

    As for that discussion with Republican lawmakers last week, she said, “It was part of a wide ranging conversation with everything on the table, let’s look at everything.”


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  • Laura Curran sketches out an agenda

    December 2, 2017 - 12:00am

    Incoming Nassau County Executive Laura Curran gave what amounted to her first post-election policy speech at a crowded smart-growth summit luncheon Friday.

    She said she intended to create the post of deputy county executive with responsibility for economic development.

    “If you want to clap, you can,” she told more than 1,000 people at the Vision Long Island Smart Growth Summit at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

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  • Holding county government accountable for its actions

    November 24, 2017 - 12:00am

    I am honored by the great responsibility I have been given to serve as Nassau’s next county executive and to pursue the goals I set out during the campaign — ending the culture of corruption and giving Nassau County a fresh start. I believe we can accomplish them by working together.

    With the election behind us, it’s now time to govern, and to bring real results for the people of Nassau. We need to restore trust in government, end the practices that waste taxpayer money and focus on true economic development.

  • Getting to know Laura Gillen

    November 22, 2017 - 12:00am

    “Once we got to the Inn at New Hyde Park and the polls were closed and the numbers were coming in, my calmness fell away a little bit because this is the moment of truth,” recalled Laura Gillen, the Town of Hempstead’s first Democratic supervisor-elect in more than a century.

    Down in the polls early on Nov. 7, Gillen remembered, she and incumbent Republican Anthony Santino were neck and neck for much of the night, separated by a few hundred votes at one point as districts continued to report results.

  • Laura Curran moves to keep her name off signs in Nassau

    November 21, 2017 - 12:00am

    Nassau County Executive-elect Laura Curran has asked the administration of outgoing County Executive Edward Mangano to keep her name off all official signs, fulfilling one of her campaign promises.

    Thomas Garry, chairman of the Curran transition team, met with Rob Walker, Mangano’s chief deputy county executive, earlier this month to convey the request.

    The Department of Public Works would need to order the new signs weeks in advance so they are ready for the start of Curran’s term on Jan. 1. Mangano’s name appears on about 700 signs across the county, Walker said Tuesday.

  • Hempstead Supervisor-elect Laura Gillen sets transition team

    November 20, 2017 - 12:00am

    Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Laura Gillen has tapped a managing partner of her Uniondale law firm to head her transition team.

    Gillen, a Democrat, announced members of her bipartisan transition team Monday, releasing a list that also includes Hempstead Town Board members Erin King Sweeney, a Republican, and Dorothy Goosby, the current board’s sole Democrat.

    “I want to bring in a new era to the Town of Hempstead,” Gillen said in a phone interview Monday.