By Eden Laikin
County Executive Edward P. Mangano detailed the successes of his economic development and job creation plan for Nassau – including the recently approved HUB development lease – to the Building And Construction Trades Council Of Nassau And Suffolk Counties last week.
The event, held at Leonard’s of Great Neck on September 28,, also honored Jim Castellane, former head of the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council and a member of the LI Federation of Labor, on his retirement.
Mangano thanked all of the business agents and leaders in labor, for all that they have done.
“I have always prided myself on supporting labor and I will continue to do so,” Mangano told the crowd. “I have heard from so many people that we are in desperate need of jump-starting the economy and bringing Nassau County back to its glory days. That is exactly why I ran for County Executive in 2009. I was honored that the Nassau County residents put their trust in me and I promised that I would root out wasteful spending, eliminate the home energy tax, put more money into the pockets of our residents and, most importantly, not raise your taxes. I have not raised taxes one penny since taking office and that is why we are starting to see an uptick in the economy and we are have also witnessed businesses move back to Nassau County.”
Mangano said he understood the great need to jump start our economy and put people back to work so in his first year of office, Nassau spent an additional $124 million on capital projects – from improvements to roads and bridges, sewers and parks, buildings and green spaces.
The previous year, Tom Suozzi spent $69 million on projects and in 2008 the County spent $75 million in capital projects.
Projects under Mangano include the Life Science Building in Nassau Community College; the 1 West Street Building; the Aquatic Center; road resurfacing projects; new artificial turf fields at Cedar Creek, Grant Park and major sewer storm water repairs.
Mangano also thanked the trades people for helping more than 800 homeowners return to their homes after superstorm Sandy through the Nassau County STEP program. Local employees performed $3 million worth of work for 830 Nassau families.
About the HUB, Mangano told those gathered that he had formed an historic public-private partnership that would construct 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. Initial estimates include 2,700 Private-Sector Jobs & nearly $10 Billion in Economic Benefit to the Area
Mangano touted the decision by Hain Celestial to come to Nassau County after what he called a heated battle with New Jersey to lure them. The firm’s investment of over $15 million dollars in construction at their Lake Success headquarters was all union labor, he said.
“This coupled with the $15 million dollar construction of the Twin Ice Rinks has brought $30 million dollars in construction to our county without costing Nassau residents one single dollar,” Mangano said. “I have the experience. I have worked with you as a legislator and now as the County Executive. I have passed legislation then and I have helped to get it passed now. I have fought to get people back to work then and I fight for it now. My door is always open and more importantly we can help to make your dreams a reality.”