Legislators Call Albany Outreach for Budget Gap Aid a Huge Success
On March 4, 2009, Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) led a delegation of County Legislators to Albany for a series of meetings with state lawmakers in an effort to win support for three pending initiatives. If enacted the three items would help Nassau County resolve a serious financial threat it faces because of the current national economic recession. Joining Presiding Officer Yatauro in the outreach effort were County Legislators Roger Corbin (D-Westbury), Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn), David Denenberg (D-Merrick), and Denise Ford (R-D Long Beach).
The feedback from lawmakers was highly encouraging. The Nassau County lawmakers left the state capitol very hopeful that all three bills will pass.
The three initiatives are: a cigarette tax, surcharges for traffic/parking violations and the installation of red light cameras. Collectively these items would allow Nassau County to realize about $30 million in added revenue.
State Senator Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) and Assemblywoman/Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), were very receptive to the message carried by Presiding Officer Yatauro and her colleagues. Senator Johnson and Assemblywoman Hooper not only in guided the delegation through a full day of meetings, they also arranged for vital discussions with Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The group of Nassau legislators also met with Assembly members Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck). Rounding out the day’s activities was a private meeting with State Senator/Minority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).
Presiding Officer Yatauro proclaimed the trip a huge success and said, "We met with the officials we needed to see and our message was well received. I feel certain Nassau County will be bolstered with state legislation to help us through this difficult time"
From let to right: State Senator Craig Johnson, County Legislator Denise Ford, Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, County Legislator Wayne Wink, County Legislator Dave Denenberg, and Legislator Roger Corbin, who met
in Albany regarding the need for passage of three pending initiatives.