By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano spoke to Woodmere residents over the Labor Day weekend, about what he believes Long Island needs to economically recover.
“We must fix the issues of high property taxes, the failure to retain jobs, the lack of job training and the migration of young people from the Island,” Mangano told those gathered at the Young Israel temple. “Nassau County is on the front line of addressing these issues and working on solutions.
County Executive Mangano went on:
“With respect to your wallet….my administration is the first in recent history to put money back in our resident’s pockets by repealing the Energy Tax on your electric, oil and natural gas bills,” he said. “We also eliminated a planned 16 and a half percent property tax hike which would have affected every business owner in Nassau and stopped a County Food Tax proposed by my predecessor.”
“I’m extremely proud to say that my administration has held the line on property taxes for three consecutive years despite being faced with 100 million dollar increases in Medicaid and pension costs.”
“Our success is reflective of team work and sending a clear message that we will not raise property taxes. Instead, we cut waste and implemented efficiencies.”
Mangano said one of his main priorities has been to create more private sector jobs and get people back to work.
To accomplish this goal, his administration has hosted free private-sector job fairs, business clinics, underwriter workshops and job training and re-training.
They’ve partnered with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce to support their Buy Local-Shop Local Campaign to remind shoppers of the importance of supporting local downtowns.
Earlier this year, Mangano unveiled a state of the art interactive online job program, NassauWorks, powered by “TweetMyJobs” that allows employers to post jobs for free and allow potential employees to search online for free. Currently, there are nearly 20,000 jobs available on Nassau Works.
County economic development officials say that the Mangano administration has created and retained over 19,000 jobs. Most notably Nassau won a heated competition with New Jersey for the World Headquarters of Hain Celestial and now leads the state in terms of job growth and the lowest employment rate.
Earlier this month, Mangano’s team formed a historic public-private partnership and announced the construction of a 100% privately financed Coliseum that will share revenue with the County at zero expense to the taxpayer.
“This partnership with Nassau Events Center, LLC will transform the 43-year old Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Plaza into an attractive, first class destination for family fun, sports and entertainment,” Mangano said.