The 19-members of the Nassau County Legislature were sworn into office yesterday, at the 11th Legislative Induction Ceremony, amid a procession of Nassau County Firefighters Pipe & Drum Corp, and the presentation of the Color Guard, by members of the Nassau County Law Enforcement Explorer Program.
U.S. Congressman Peter T. King officiated the induction of the Republican Legislators and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves; while U.S. Senator Charles Schumer officiated the induction for the Democratic Legislators & Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, the keynote speaker, told those gathered in the Legislative Chamber of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola, that these “distinguished community leaders have all earned the public’s faith and trust,” and he hopes to continue working with them – in a bi-partisan fashion, to benefit residents. He said over the past 6 years, this cooperation has helped to create jobs, implement public-private partnerships, consolidate departments, eliminate duplicative operations, and “protect taxpayers’ wallets.”
“It is these initiatives,” he said, “that we must continue to pursue each and every day so that seniors can afford to stay in their homes and young families can achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”
He cited, as economic successes, the groundbreaking of the privately-funded Coliseum transformation; plans for a Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at the Hub; new housing opportunities at transit hubs; new and expanded businesses, and the creation of more than 25,000 private sector jobs. And, Mangano said that these collaborative efforts have also earned significant awards and recognition, including:
o a Regional Leadership Award from Vision Long Island for safer roadways, greenways, new transit-oriented housing and environmental protection.
o an Environmental Equinox Award for Outstanding Commitment for the Protection and Restoration of the Western Bays from Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
o National Recognition for Excellence in Public Health by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
o a New York State Local Government Performance and Efficiency Award for consolidation of back office operations.
o an Award from the National Conference for Public-Private Partnerships for the historic agreement between United Water and Nassau County for wastewater operation that save taxpayers 230 million dollars. AND
o a Community Policing Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Cisco Systems for efforts in fighting the heroin epidemic. Only 5 departments worldwide received this award in 2014.
In closing, County Executive Mangano said: “As we start a New Year and induct a new Legislature, let us continue to work together to build a better and brighter Nassau County.