Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt announced on September 20, 2011 that the Nassau County Legislature will hold an unprecedented total of three full-day hearings of the Full Legislature to review the 2012 Budget. Customarily, separate committees are convened for hearings on various budget topics. However, this year, Presiding Officer Schmitt has determined that the public and the entire 19-member legislature should be able to attend and ask questions at every hearing on every topic.
“The residents of our county should have every opportunity to comment on the 2012 Nassau County Budget at their convenience, in a morning, afternoon or evening session,” stated Schmitt. Every person who wishes to testify will be heard and entered into the official transcript which will be reviewed by the legislators prior to a vote on the Budget.
The public is invited to attend and testify at either a morning, afternoon or evening session on all three hearing dates. “This budget will have a significant impact on the residents of Nassau County,” said Schmitt. “There will be a total of nine occasions on which the public can question, comment or make recommendations on the 2012 Budget.” All hearings will be held in the Legislative Chamber at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola.
The three hearings of the Full Legislature are scheduled as follows:
·Health and Human Services Hearing: Thursday, October 6, 2011.
Mangano’s “Fix Nassau Now” BudgetOrders Layoffs, Contributions & Reforms 1st Negative Growth Budget in Over a Generation
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano submitted on September 14, 2011 a budget for 2012 that eliminates a $310 million deficit by reducing year-over-year spending for the first time in over a generation. The budget eliminates 1,010 jobs more than last year’s Adopted Budget, cuts millions in spending and orders the structural reforms necessary to fix Nassau County. Nassau County faces a very tough year in 2012 as increased expenses that if left unchecked, would have required an additional $310 million from taxpayers - the equivalent of a 39% property tax increase. County Executive Mangano instead meets these increased costs with deep spending cuts and fundamental contract reductions.
“Nassau's finances spun out of control over the past decade because of a broken assessment system and overly generous contractual obligations that are unaffordable in a sluggish economy,” said County Executive Mangano. “My reforms will fix Nassau now.”
The 2012 budget addresses these problems head on by implementing the following reforms that produce reoccurring savings for taxpayers:
Layoffs, Mandated Health Insurance Contributions & Other Contract Reform: Through layoffs and attrition, County Executive Mangano’s budget reduces the workforce by an additional 1,010 positions, from 8,410 employees to 7,400 employees, and requires all employees to contribute 25% toward their health insurance policies for the first-time in Nassau County’s history. The budget also orders common-sense reforms. It stops paying employees for education expenses they never incurred.
More Cops in the Streets, Less in the Seats Program: This program utilizes precinct consolidation, desk job elimination and technology to maintain public safety while reducing costs. For example, County Executive Mangano’s budget eliminates precinct minimum-manning - as the Nassau County Police Department is the only major police force in the nation to have such a deal. The archaic clause forces Nassau to call in cops on overtime even when straight-time police officers are available. Mangano ends this absurd practice. Furthermore, the plan realigns police precincts from 8 to 6 and achieves other police overtime reforms.
“The time to come together to structurally repair Nassau is now. Union presidents are encouraged to come to the table now and negotiate rather than pontificate or litigate. Working together, we can and will fix Nassau’s fiscal problems without undue service disruptions,” added Mangano.
For Nassau County’s finances to look like other counties it must contract and legislate like other counties. Accordingly, County Executive Mangano calls on the New York State Legislature to pass legislation to incorporate a margin of error when assessing properties - so that New York’s laws replicate those of Connecticut and New Jersey. While the County Executive has passed local legislation to reduce this burden, it is time for the State Legislature to reform this system once and for all.
Keeping his pledge to taxpayers, County Executive Mangano’s 2012 budget cuts annual spending to produce the first negative growth budget in over a generation. Fulfilling his pledge to protect taxpayers and employers, the County Executive's budget holds the line on property taxes for a second consecutive year.
Nassau County Legislators Pass 2011 Capital Plan
The Nassau County Legislature put politics aside and unanimously approved the 2011 Nassau County Capital Plans.Capital projects include maintenance and rehabilitation of county roads, preservation and redevelopment of county parks, enhancement of technology to improve government efficiency, and much more throughout the county and in our neighborhood.
This year’s program is two-pronged and includes the Sewer and Storm Water Plan which will provide for vital upgrades and improvements to the county’s ailing sewer infrastructure, as well as the General Capital Plan which advance projects that will include enhancements to County facilities, rehabilitation of roadways and parks, drainage improvements and numerous other necessary maintenance projects.
“Countless men and women in the local construction trades can now get back to work,” said Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt.“This year’s program is lean and includes only the projects that are necessary to improve the health, safety and quality of life of Nassau residents.I am calling on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority to review and approve all contracts expeditiously in order to get people back to work.”
Approval of the Capital Plan ensures that the capital improvement projects will commence, contracts will be awarded, and many people in Nassau County can count on employment in the coming year.“I’m glad that we were able to agree on a smart plan for 2011 and I look forward to getting the projects started and people working,” said Presiding Officer Schmitt.
County Executive Ed Mangano, Acting Police Chief Thomas Krumpter and Social Services Commissioner John Imhof
Mangano Reduces Workforce by 184 Employees; Redeploys Police From Desks to Patrol First-Round of Actions Saves Taxpayers $32 Million
In an effort to further reduce the costs of running Nassau County government and protect homeowners from a property tax increase, County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on June 13, 2011 plans that achieve $32 million in annual reoccurring employee-related budget savings. The plan includes $10.6 million in savings from 130 employee layoffs; $9 million from redeploying police from desks to patrol; $7 million from the elimination of additional positions; and $5.3 million in savings from 54 employees participating in the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program. After personnel reductions in July 2011, the County will have 1,200 fewer positions than 2009 budgeted-levels – the last year of the previous administration. Nassau County is now operating with the lowest level workforce since the 1950s. Today’s announcement is just the first-round of employee cost-cutting actions the County Executive will take in 2011.
“My administration has worked tirelessly to rein in government spending and protect residents from a property tax increase.” said County Executive Mangano. “I advised County unions that labor savings were necessary for 2011 and that if they were not achieved voluntarily, I would have no choice but to achieve these savings with layoffs and other actions. Because additional concessions have not been volunteered in 2011, it is necessary to issue formal layoffs and redeployment of police. Simply put, if everyone gave a little, no one would give a lot.”
LAYOFFS & ATTRITION For the past 10 months, County Executive Mangano warned Nassau’s unions that there would be voluntary concessions, ordered concessions or employees would be laid off. Upon passage of the Legislature, the 130 layoffs announced today will take effect July 1st. This first-round of layoffs saves taxpayers $10.6 million, including: • $3.6 million in the Department of Assessment by laying off 43 employees; • $1.5 million in the Assessment Review Commission by laying off 16 employees; • $1.2 million in the County Attorney’s Office by laying off 13 employees; • $1.5 million in the Informational Technology Department by laying off 12 employees; • $1.7 million in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums by laying off 25 employees; and • $1 million in the Department of Social Services by laying-off 21 employees in the juvenile detention center.
In an effort to reduce the workforce prior to issuing employee layoff notices, County Executive Mangano implemented a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program for employees. Since its inception in April, 54 employees have participated in the separation program. The County will save $5.3 million by not filling the vacancies created by these retirements and will extend the program for a two-week period.
POLICE REDEPLOYMENT PLAN County Executive Mangano today implemented a Police Redeployment Plan to save taxpayers over $9 million. This Police Redeployment Plan restructures the Nassau County Police Department by redeploying 166 employees, including 109 officers, 19 supervisors and 38 civilian employees. Components of the Police Redeployment Plan include:
Redesign of Police Precinct Public Outreach
• The Departmental will maintain one Problem Orientated Policing (POP) officer per precinct. Commanding Officers will be directed to attend community meetings and will assign Supervisors as liaisons to villages and community groups. Additionally, the Department will use Directed Patrols to address problems that have been previously addressed by POP officers.
Redeployment of Trained Civilian Personnel • The police communications operators currently handling clerical duties will be assigned to the Operation floor to reduce overtime while 15 newly hired clerks will perform clerical work. • The equivalent of eight full-time Police Service Aids in the Communication Bureau Case Intake Unit will be reassigned to Patrol.
Increase AMT’s to Enhance Public Safety, Reduce Overtime and Increase Revenue • Hire 14 Ambulance Medical Technician’s (AMT's) to work in the Emergency Ambulance Bureau.
Creating Administrative Flexibility through the Redeployment of Police Officers • Through the redeployment of police officers in highway patrol, motor carrier, SET and K9, the plan places cops on the street when officers fail to show up to work. Should all officers be present, administrators will have the flexibility to redeploy personnel to these units.
Returning Police Officers from Back Office Operations to the Streets • Redeployment of police officers from the Records Bureau, Applicant Investigations Unit, Police Academy, Community Affairs and Public Information Office to patrol in various precincts.
Supervisory Savings Achieved through the Creation of Tactical Field Services Unit • Reduction of supervisors in the Applicant Investigations Unit, Special Units, Police Academy, and Medical Administrative Office.
Since taking office, County Executive Mangano has taken a thoughtful approach at restructuring the police department, wherein he eliminated 125 desk jobs, put more police officers on the streets, reduced crime by more than 10 percent and saved taxpayers $20 million annually. Today’s redeployment will bring further savings while maintaining public safety.
Legislators Approve Consolidation of Departments
Act will save money and keep services intact
Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt and the members of the County Legislature’s Majority voted June 7th to approve two historic measures to consolidate duplicative county departments and save millions of dollars. The consolidation of departments will reduce managerial costs by eliminating high level personnel costs while maintaining the county’s current high level of services.
“This is one of the measures we are implementing to right-size this county’s finances,” said Presiding Officer Schmitt. “The consolidation will benefit residents because the services they receive will not be impacted, and it will benefit taxpayers because it will cut costs. Additionally, the savings generated by this consolidation will lessen the cuts we are being forced to make to balance the 2012 budget,” said Presiding Officer Schmitt.
The first measure merges the county’s Planning Department into the Public Works Department to eliminate the substantial overlap of work between the two departments. By combining the duplicative planning functions in these departments, the need for outside consultants is minimized, and the estimated savings to the county is $725,000. The consolidation will also allow the county to sell the building currently housing the Planning Department, which is valued at approximately $2 million.
The second consolidation establishes a Department of Human Services by combining the following four departments under one roof to make services more accessible to the public: the Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services, the Youth Board, Senior Citizens Affairs and the Office for the Physically Challenged. Consolidating these services will create efficiencies in administrative and support services that should lead to estimated savings exceeding $1 million.
“We will continue to work hard to cut spending in the face of the unprecedented deficit we have inherited from the previous administration,” said Presiding Officer Schmitt. “As we promised, we are going to get Nassau back on track without raising taxes.”
Mangano's Economic Development & Job Creation Plan TakeS CENTER STAGE
Hundreds Attend Rally To Show Support Prior to Legislative Hearing
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined on May 24, 2011 by hundreds of trades union workers on the steps of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building to rally in support of an Economic Development and Job Creation Plan for Nassau's Hub. The rally, coordinated by local trades unions and Islander fans, was held to show public support for Mangano’s plan prior to May 24th County Legislative hearing where County Executive Mangano gave testimony outlining his economic development and job creation plan. Later this month, the County Legislature is expected to vote on legislation that would allow residents to approve County Executive Mangano’s Economic Development and Job Creation Plan during a public referendum to be held on August 1, 2011.
“The growing support for my economic development and job creation plan is overwhelming,” said County Executive Mangano. “Each day, more and more residents seem to support my plan and agree that it is critical to creating jobs in our County and stimulating the local economy. I thank our residents for their support and urge the County Legislature to pass the legislation needed to ensure a public referendum take place on August 1st.”
Earlier in May, County Executive Mangano joined with New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, and other business, community and labor leaders in announcing a major Economic Development and Job Creation Plan. This included building a world-class sports-entertainment destination center in the heart of Nassau County including a new sports arena and a minor league ballpark.
Given the local economy and prior failed attempts at redevelopment, County Executive Mangano is putting the question of a new sports arena and minor league ballpark to the people. Citizens will have the opportunity to have their voices heard by deciding the fate of this Economic Development and Job Creation Plan during a County-wide public referendum on August 1, 2011. At the same time, voters will decide the fate of the New York Islanders, Long Island’s only professional sports team, who face the potential of having to leave Nassau County in 2015 when their lease expires should a new sports arena not be built. Should residents approve the measure, construction is estimated to begin in 2012, so that the new sports arena can open no later than 2015. The Islanders have stated that they will remain in Nassau County through 2045 should a new sports arena be built.
The referendum asks residents if they would like to partner with the County, Islanders and minor league ballpark by providing the financing for capital improvements to the Hub. In return, the Islanders and ballpark operator will compensate residents by paying the County a share of each dollar generated at the new sports facilities. All contracts to operate County-owned facilities in the Hub will require operators to compensate the County. This revenue sharing payment requirement, coupled with increased sales tax and ticket tax generated from the new facilities, will produce revenue that exceeds the financing required to construct the job generating improvements and establishment of a world-class sports-entertainment destination center. In short, this plan requires private sector operators to compensate the County the costs of financing the plan and ensures that both sports facilities are owned by residents.
Coliseum Redevelopment Timeline:
2015 A new state-of-the-art sports arena will open.
2012 Construction of a new sports arena can begin.
2011 Mangano announces plans to create a world-class sports-entertainment destination center, including a new sports arena and minor league ballpark. The County Legislature will consider legislation to hold a County-wide public referendum on August 1, 2011.
2010County Executive Mangano proposes bringing the Shinnecock Indian Nation's casino to the site as a means of financing construction of a new sports arena.
2009 The Town of Hempstead announces the development of a scaled back zone for the Coliseum site.
2007 Nassau County and the Lighthouse Development Group execute a Designated Developer Agreement granting development rights.
2005 Nassau County completes a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to develop the Coliseum site.
2004 NY Islanders owner Charles Wang and Nassau County reveal their plans for transforming the Coliseum and revitalizing the surrounding area.
2003 NY Islanders owner Charles Wang and Nassau County announce plans to finance the renovation of the existing Coliseum by developing the 77-acre site.
Mangano Saves Taxpayers Over $70 Million in Employee Costs
Nassau County will operate with funding for 800 fewer employees than last year because of C.E. Mangano’s efforts to rein in employee costs.From attrition to layoffs, County Executive Mangano has reduced the workforce to the lowest level in the 1950's and will save taxpayers $70 million in 2011.Over $11 million of this savings was achieved simply by the reduction of political patronage positions added to our government by the County Democrats and the former County Executive.
Since enacting a nonessential hiring freeze in December, County Executive Mangano has saved taxpayers an additional $4.78 million by eliminating costs related to full and part time employees.This $4.78 million in savings is reflected in the annual savings of $70 million.The remarks made by Legislator’s Denenberg and Wink are simply political comments used to deflect the public criticism earned by County Democrats for raising property taxes by double digits.Over the past decade, these County Democrat Legislators spent tax dollars lavishly and expanded the County payroll by hiring political appointees of the former administration.For Democrat Legislators Denenberg and Wink to ignore the recent need for critical public safety positions is ignorant and could jeopardize the lives of our residents.It would be a mistake for any resident to believe an obstructionist and partisan like Denenberg.When the book is written, residents will know that County Executive Mangano kept his pledges to repeal the home energy tax, hold the line on property taxes, fix the broken assessment system and create jobs and opportunities.County Executive Mangano invites Democrat Legislators to join his tax saving team.Until then, the real facts are:
The Mangano Record
*County Executive Mangano operates his office with $1 million less than former County Executive.
*County Executive Mangano will operate in 2011 with funding for 800 fewer employees than in 2010.
*County Executive Mangano has reduced the workforce to the lowest level in the 1950's and will save taxpayers $70 million in 2011.
From December 16, 2010 to March 24, 2011
*Fact:$4,780,803 in salary and benefit savings was achieved, including:
*$3,840,227 in salary and benefit savings was achieved solely from full time positions:
oSalary and benefit costs of those full time employees resigned/terminated:$11,307,638
oSalary and benefit costs of those full time employees hired:$7,467,411
*$940,576 in salary savings was achieved solely from part time positions:
oSalary costs of those part time employees terminated/resigned:$1,355,536
oSalary costs of those part time employees hired:$414,960
*Fact: 116 employees were hired during this time, of which ONE was located in the County Executive’s Office.Over 33% of new hires were grant-funded or non-general fund positions.Over 28% of new hires were related to public safety.
*39 Grant-Funded/Non-General Fund Positions:
*20 – Department of Social Services (grant-funded)
*8 – Housing & Homeless Services (grant-funded)
*11 – Sewer Authority (Bay Park & Cedar Creek)
*33 Public Safety Positions:
*10 - Ambulance/Medical Techs hired to reduce overtime
*7 - Fire Marshal Trainees (4) & Fire Com Techs (3)
*5 - Probation Assistants hired due to the state-mandated Leandra’s Law.
*5 – New Crime Laboratory Civilians for establishing protocols
*1 - Public Administrator appointed by the Surrogate Court
*1 - Public Health Nurse
*4 – Police Crime Analysts hired due to civilianization cost reduction measures
*28 Other Hires Outside the Control of the County Executive:
*17 – various Board of Election positions (BOE has sole autonomy over hiring)
*9 – Office of the District Attorney
*1 – Office of the Comptroller
* 1 – Office of the Clerk
*16 Within the Purview of the County Executive:
*1 – County Executive’s Office (fills a vacancy)
*9 - County Attorney’s Office (replaced 22 terminations)
*1 - Constituent Affairs Office (fills a vacancy)
*1 – Assessment Department (replaced 3 terminations)
Pursuant to the directive of our County Executive, Edward P. Mangano, I have informed the Supreme Court that the County of Nassau will not pursue further proceedings in Nassau County v. NIFA, Index Number 1455-11.
The County Executive and I have had conversations with Chairman Stack which we hope portend a productive and mutually cooperative effort on behalf of Nassau County. Earlier today I had a very promising discussion with NIFA’s counsel regarding review and administration of contracts. We have already begun to mobilize staff to get the job done.
We felt strongly that this administration should have the same rules applied to it as were applied to its predecessor. We advanced a case, based upon the law, that would have allowed Nassau County’s Elected Government to do the job they were elected to do, and we asked the Court to recognize the fact that under ordinary accounting rules and past practices, the budget was balanced and Nassau’s recovery from failed past policies was under way. Unfortunately, Justice Diamond did not agree.
The County Executive is aggressively and tirelessly working to address the problems of Nassau County under the circumstances that exist as a result of the Court’s decision, and the problems that he inherited.
It is my sincere hope that our former adversaries are as committed to the people of Nassau County as this administration is, and that we will be able to work together to correct the errors of the past and to meet the challenges ahead.
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Mangano Submits Revised Financial Plan With No Property Tax Increase Cuts Include 500+ Positions, 13 Day Furlough & Wage Freeze
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano submitted on March 22, 2011 a revised financial plan for Fiscal Year 2011 that protect homeowners and employers from a 21.5% property tax increase. The plan includes reductions through layoffs, the elimination of vacant positions, furloughs and by freezing wages and longevity pay.
“Since the last thing Nassau families need in these tough economic times is a double-digit property tax increase, I have cut government spending,” said County Executive Mangano. “This first round of cuts will affect every area of the County and the services we provide.”
County Executive Mangano’s revised financial plan contains $181.9 million in solutions, including:
$60.5 million in employee-related spending reductions, including: $50 million in savings from 213 layoffs, elimination of 307 vacant positions, implementation of a 13 day furlough for County personnel and the reduction of seasonal and part-time employees; and $10.5 million in savings by calling on NIFA to freeze employee wages and longevity pay.
$44.7 million in across the board budget cuts, including: $17.7 million from the reduction of contractual expenses; $15 million from the restructuring of the police department, including the redeployment of 142 sworn officers and as many as 41 civilian posts to optimize the force and alleviate overtime requirements; $4.5 million from ending the County’s relationship with the MTA to run Long Island Bus service; $4.5 million from the privatization of inmate healthcare; and $3 million from the reduction of overtime at the Nassau County Correctional Center.
$30 million in lower tax refund liability expenses than projected by NIFA, due in large part by County Executive Mangano’s assessment settlement process.
$24 million in revenue generated from measures contained in the 2011 Budget.
$8.8 million in revenue from the land sales and securitization of property.
$8 million in savings from debt service restructuring.
$5.9 million in higher sales tax revenue due to an upswing in collections.
“Our union leaders still have time to offer voluntary concessions that save their colleagues jobs,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “The severity of these actions could be lessened if concessions are offered and an agreement is reached with our unions.”
County Executive Mangano noted that $133 million in additional budget contingencies exist for 2011, including:
·$5 million in revenue from a Long Island Expressway/Sunrise Highway ticket surcharge;
·$10.5 million from reserve funds;
·$35.3 million from cash on hand for the payment of tax certiorari settlements;
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 the appointments of Joseph Kearney to serve as Acting Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and Dr. Phillip Elliott to serve as Deputy County Executive for Minority Affairs. The County Executive also announced the appointment of Jim Davis to serve as Acting County Assessor.
“These appointments bring decades of public and private sector experience to their respective positions that will be beneficial to the residents of this great county,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am delighted to have these three professionals working on behalf of the residents of Nassau County. Their appointments will help us continue and improve the services we currently provide our residents while helping achieve our goal of providing excellent services at a more affordable rate.”
Joseph Kearney, as Acting Deputy County Executive, will oversee all Nassau County economic development projects. Prior to his appointment as Acting Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, Mr. Kearney served as Executive Director of the Nassau County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and prior as Counsel to the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Keyspan Energy.
Mangano stated: “I welcome Joe to his new position as Acting Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. Joe’s longstanding and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors will enable him to build a strong relationship with Nassau’s business community as well as business from beyond our borders. I am confident Joe will provide a fresh look at the way in which our County operates while also working to foster a better economic climate for job growth and opportunity.”
Dr. Phillip Elliot, as Deputy County Executive, will oversee the Office of Minority Affairs and Coordinated Agency for Spanish Americans (C.A.S.A.). Prior to his appointment as Deputy County Executive for Minority Affairs, Dr. Elliott served as Executive Director of Minority Affairs and prior as CEO for the Antioch Housing Fund Corporation and the Antioch Community Development Corporation.
“I am delighted to announce the promotion of Dr. Phillip Elliott to the position of Deputy County Executive for Minority Affairs. Since joining my administration as Executive Director of the Office of Minority Affairs, Dr. Elliott has been a tireless advocate for the minority community and will serve our residents well.”
Jim Davis, as Acting County Assessor, will oversee the County Assessment Department and implementation of County Executive Mangano’s reforms to the property tax assessment system. Prior to his appointment as Acting County Assessor, Mr. Davis worked in the Nassau County Assessment Department since 1992 and was Deputy Assessor for Administration. Until the search for a full-time assessor is complete, Jim will fill the role based on the recommendation of Transition Team Chairman Gregory Hild.
“Our Assessment Department will benefit from the knowledge and experience Jim gained throughout his years with the County. I am delighted that Jim has accepted my offer to serve as Acting County Assessor until our search for a fulltime assessor is complete.”
Mangano Announces New Additions to Bi-County purchasing consortium
Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that two special districts in the County have joined the Long Island Intergovernmental Purchasing Council (LIPC) to help cut taxpayer costs and execute bulk purchases for common goods and services.
The Jericho Water District and the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District have joined other NassauCounty municipalities in the consortium, which pools the purchasing power of several local governments in order to receive significant discounts on common products.
The LIPC was created in August by joint resolution signed by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy.
“I am pleased to welcome the Jericho Water District and the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District as they join our efforts to protect taxpayers from wasteful spending,” said Mangano. “The invitation stands for all municipalities to join us in this cost-cutting initiative.”
Officials from the Jericho Water District said, “The District joined the LIPC in the interest of reducing the cost of water supply chemicals and other consumable goods and is hopeful that the regional buying power of the LIPC will foster more competitive pricing on the local level and streamline the purchasing process for the members of the LIPC.”
In addition to Nassau and SuffolkCounty governments, the two districts have joined more than a dozen towns, villages and cities, including the Towns of Oyster Bay and Brookhaven, City of Glen Cove and the Villages of Kings Point, Laurel Hollow, Mineola, Northport and Patchogue in the Long Island Purchasing Consortium.
Mangano has sent an invitation to all of Nassau’s local governments and school districts to be a part of the LIPC. The mission of the LIPC is to reduce costs by achieving economies of scale created through volume purchasing and reduced or eliminated duplicative administrative costs. The LIPC operates at no cost to participating members and the daily operations of the LIPC are performed by Council members, with Nassau and Suffolk counties rotating responsibility for individual bids.
Unfortunately, no school districts in either county have joined the LIPC, and many districts have chosen not to join the consortium as it plans to explore consolidating services as well as goods. School districts are urged to reconsider this decision.
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