MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Taxpayers on Lengthy Island are questioning why giant blocks of political appointees have been just lately given to union jobs.
Is the Nassau County government defending them earlier than the subsequent election?
When CBS2 final spoke with embattled Ed Mangano and requested if he deliberate to run once more, he stated to “keep tuned.”
However his current selections sign that he expects to go away workplace, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported.
Whereas preventing federal corruption fees, he moved greater than forty politically appointed staff into aggressive union positions that may shield them from being fired.
“Political cronyism. That’s unfair. Not proper in any respect,” one man stated.
“We taxpayers are paying for these salaries. It ought to be on the idea of job efficiency,” one other stated.
“We should always have extra of a say, and we have to make a change,” a person added.
Others lambasting Mangano’s actions are these battling for his job, together with Democratic Comptroller George Maragos and legislator Laura Curran.
“The method is simply improper that you’re unexpectedly on the eleventh hour defending individuals who might very nicely be political cronies,” Curran stated.
“It sends the fallacious message, and admittedly I’m appalled that they went by means of that course of presently after eight years,” Republican candidate Jack Martins stated.
Twelve deputy county attorneys and 26 group service representatives have been reclassified, and 6 vacant civil service positions have been crammed.
The CSEA Union president stated the transfer is definitely good for taxpayers.
“We did nothing incorrect. We didn’t collude with something,” CSEA President Jerry Laricchuita stated. “Once I was provided one thing I used to be making an attempt to get for 12 years, we took it.”
As well as, Mangano’s prime aide has moved on after being employed by Oyster Bay’s new administration as a public info officer.
Brian Nevin will now earn a wage of $163,000 in a city dealing with extreme price range issues and cleansing home following the indictment of its former Republican supervisor for kickbacks and bribery, McLogan reported.
“As soon as I knew that Brian was obtainable, we introduced him on board, and he’s doing the job of three those that I don’t have to rent,” Oyster Bay City Supervisors Joseph Saladino stated, including that Mangano by no means requested him to rent Nevin.
Mangano’s trial is scheduled for mid-January. He has pleaded not responsible to corruption costs and stated he won’t resign earlier than his time period expires on…