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Mangano Gives State of Nassau County Address

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano gave his fourth State of the County address at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano proposed a new, smaller arena to replace the aging coliseum, urged Democratic critics to help him close perpetual budget gaps and ticked off a list of past initiatives in his fourth State of the County address Wednesday.After recovering from a teleprompter glitch during his opening remarks, the first-term Republican seeking re-election this fall launched into what at times felt like a stump speech—although he also struck some downer notes while mentioning Superstorm Sandy, the loss of the New York Islanders and the recent deaths of two Nassau cops and a top Nassau GOP lawmaker.“Nassau County had the distinction of being the highest property taxed County in the nation; that is no longer true,” Mangano told the crowd assembled at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in his hometown of Bethpage. “While we still have much work to do, we’re headed in the right direction.”His address comes as federal Sandy recovery aid has begun trickling into the region, while The Amazing Spiderman 2—the largest film shot in New York State—is now in production at a nearby sound stage and after a federal judge recently ruled against a 2011 county employee wage freeze.He also reminded the audience that he has frozen property taxes, cut the county workforce and privatized county services such as the bus system and inmate health care at Nassau County jail in his quest to close budget deficits. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state-appointed fiscal watchdog, took control of county finances a year after Mangano took office.Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead), the leader of the county’s Democratic legislative minority, criticized Mangano for his ongoing plan to close half of the eight police precincts—one cost-saving measure the county exec didn’t mention—and for a recent credit downgrade.“It seems as though Nassau County has hit rock bottom,” Abrahams said, although he did endorse the new arena idea. “How much are we really saving and is it really worth it?”Tom Suozzi, the ex-Nassau County executive seeking the Democratic line for a rematch against Mangano—who unseated Suozzi in 2009—released a statement critical of Mangano before the address.“Under Ed Mangano, Nassau County has been mired in reckless mismanagement and constant fiscal crisis,” Suozzi said. “Furthermore, Mangano has presented no vision for our future and continues to rely on borrowing to the detriment of future generations.”Suozzi’s Democratic primary opponent, millionaire Adam Haber of Roslyn, also took a swipe at the county executive, accusing him of “speaking out of both sides of his mouth. Mangano said that taxes have not gone up, but Nassau’s middle class families know that they are being squeezed by paying more fees, while government services are getting cut.”In his defense, Mangano repeatedly referenced a $3 billion deficit he inherited from Suozzi, half of it from funds borrowed to pay property tax challenges in a grievance system Mangano has tried to overhaul. He also called on Democrats to provide the three votes needed to approve borrowing to pay more property tax settlements—something Democrats vowed not to do in the run-up to the recent legislative redistricting.“We have truly reinvented and are rebuilding a stronger, better and brighter Nassau County,” Mangano said. “That is why we must never return to our past practices.”last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball game day: Everything to know about the St. John’s matchup

first_imgSyracuse (7-4) faces St. John’s (5-7) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange had lost four of its previous six before getting back on track with a 48-point win on Monday night. SU looks to pick up its second consecutive win for the first time since Nov. 22.Here are answers to your game day questions.How can you watch the game? The game will be broadcast on regional sports networks. In the Syracuse area, it will be broadcast on YES. Here are local listings for YES based on provider.• Time Warner: 321 (digital subscribers) and 53 (non-digital subscribers)• Verizon Fios: 576 (high-definition) and 76 (standard definition)• DirecTV: 631For those not in the Syracuse area, here’s a list of the networks that will be showing the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text• FOX Sports South/FOX Sports Carolinas• FOX Sports Sun• FOX Sports Midwest Plus/FOX Sports Indiana Plus• Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus• YES• NESN Plus• SportsTime Ohio• FOX Sports San Diego• FOX Sports Prime Ticket• ROOT Sports Rocky MountainThe game will be blacked out on ESPN3 throughout New York state and a large portion of the East Coast.Will Tyler Lydon be healthy to play? After straining his right Achilles late in the first half against Eastern Michigan on Monday night, Lydon will be a game-time decision on Wednesday against St. John’s. He was limited during practice on Tuesday.Will Tyler Roberson regain the minutes he once had? After playing 28.7 and 30.5 minutes per game over the past two years, respectively, Roberson has played just 18.3 minutes per game this year. Following Lydon’s injury, Roberson played 25 minutes against EMU, but with a healthy Lydon and a limited offensive game, Roberson’s minutes going forward are unknown.How do our beat writers predict the game will unfold? Check out their predictions, here.Anything else to know about St. John’s? Here’s a preview of the Red Storm. Comments Published on December 21, 2016 at 10:49 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more