Legislator Denenberg: Mangano Flip-Flop on Contract Policy
Disregards Charter, Ignores Voter Mandate
During a press conference held in the lobby of Legislative Chambers July 19, Minority Leader Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove), Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and the Democratic Caucus blasted County Executive Ed Mangano for having two sets of rules; one he abided by while he was a Nassau County Legislator and another now that he is the County Executive.
"The County Executive's decision to discard the long-standing practice of submitting contracts for outside legal counsel costing more than $25,000 to the County Legislature Rules Committee for approval is a slap across the face of every County resident," said Nassau County Legislature's Minority Leader Diane Yatauro. "As a legislator, he whole-heartedly supported a public referendum on the November, 2000 ballot that made this practice mandatory. Mr. Mangano's tactic is designed to chip away at the powers of the Legislature."
During his testimony before the Rules Committee last week, the County Executive's hand-picked County Attorney, John Ciampoli, said that instead of seeking legislative authorization for these outside legal contracts he would post them on his website.
"This is a return to the worst excesses of the Republican machine’s fiscal chicanery of the 1990s, charged Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick). “Borrow and spend at the taxpayers’ expense to bond millions of dollars in no-bid personal service contracts for cronies without Legislative oversight.” Noting that as a legislator Mr. Mangano supported and voted for greater legislative oversight, Denenberg asserted, “this is the height of hypocrisy!”
"The workings of County government should be open and transparent for all to see," Yatauro added. "The legislature's right to vote on these contracts must be respected. We were elected to be the eyes and ears of our County's taxpayers."
Democratic lawmakers demanded the County Executive abide by the stipulations of the County Charter and continue the policy of requiring Legislative approval for outside legal contracts more than $25,000. In the event he continues to usurp the County Charter, the Democrats will take legal action.
Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) is pictured during the press conference regarding the
County Executive's flip-flop on legal contract policy.