Posted on: September 7, 2017

CONSUMER AFFAIRS NOT ADEQUATELY PROTECTING RESIDENTS AND LOST POTENTIAL REVENUE OF $2.9 MILLION

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs (“Consumer Affairs”) which revealed that Consumer Affairs is failing to implement laws, adequately inspe...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Comptroller Maragos: Living Wage Audits Recover $1.1M for Underpaid Employees since 2007

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos issued the 2016 Living Wage Law Annual Report

highlighting the recovery of over $11K for underpaid employees and the frequent use of waivers that seek to

sidestep compliance with the Living Wage Law. Cum...

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Maragos Responds to Newsday’s Bigoted Editorial

The August 25, 2017 Newsday editorial "George Maragos is abusing office to run for county executive"

spins a false narrative based on a very narrow and superficial interpretation of the Comptroller's

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Maragos: Questions Linger Over Superstorm Sandy Vendor Contract Award & Compliance

Mineola, NY – Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the $12.6 million VIP Splash Waterways Recovery Group, Inc. (“VIP Splash”), the controversial contractor for waterway debris removal following Superstorm Sandy. Th...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Maragos: County Trending 2017 with $57M GAAP Deficit

Maragos: County Trending 2017 with $57M GAAP Deficit

Administration expected to find revenue and expense opportunities to reduce projected deficit

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2017 mid-year financial projections,which i...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Maragos: Audited 2016 County Financials Reflect $27.1M GAAP Surplus

Maragos: Audited 2016 County Financials Reflect $27.1M GAAP Surplus

 Mineola, NY: Nassau County Comptroller, George Maragos released the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 reflecting th...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Maragos: The Nassau County Living Wage Rate Will Increase August 1 to $16.07 Per Hour

Mineola, NY- Effective August 1, 2017, the current Living Wage rate for employees of vendors

with Nassau County service contracts will increase to $16.07 per hour for employees without

health benefits from $15.78, and to $13.98 per hour with health benefits...

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Maragos: Superstorm Sandy Firm Underpaid Employees $17K and Failed to Meet Professional Requirement

Mineola, NY - Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of Superstorm Sandy debris removal monitoring work performed by Gibbons, Esposito and Boyce, P.C. (“GEB”) under a $385,478 County contract, which found that the vendor may have...

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

County Must Clarify Immigration Detention Policy to Reduce Community Fears & Enhance Public Safety

Reduce Community Fears and Enhance Public Safety

June 1, 2017 - Mineola, NY - Facing the Trump administration's recent dramatic rhetoric and aggressive immigration enforcement policies which have been affecting many Nassau County residents and have left vulnerable immigrant communities in fear of detain...

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Posted on: May 8, 2017

Maragos: Personal Care Service Agency Underpaid Live-in-Aides over $31,000

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released a Living Wage Law compliance audit of Able Health Care Services, Inc. (“Able”), which found that Able underpaid four live-in aides for 2,094 hours totaling $31,604, and fai...
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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Why the Hempstead Animal Shelter Needs an Operational Audit

Recently, I was very disappointed by the court’s decision to limit our audit of the Hempstead Animal Shelter (“Shelter”) to only a fiscal examination and not to the more comprehensive operational review.

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

MARAGOS: COUNTY IS LIKELY TO END 2016 WITH $38 MILLION UNAUDITED GAAP SURPLUS

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2016 unaudited fiscal results today and reported that the County is expected to end the year with a $38 million surplus in the primary operating funds based on Generally Accepted Accountin...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2017

Maragos: County Juvenile Detention Center Vendor Staff Lacked Required

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the Nassau County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) which provides mandated housing and educational services, to youths, from 10 to 17 years of age. The audit covering ...

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Posted on: March 23, 2017

Maragos: Legal Aid Society Found to Have Serious Financial Control Deficiencies

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of  the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County’s (“Legal Aid”) compliance with a County contract of approximately $6 million annually to provide rep...

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Posted on: March 20, 2017

COMPTROLLER MARAGOS ANNOUNCES 5TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS CHALLENGE

Mineola, NY: Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is proud to announce that the Office of the Nassau County Comptroller will be hosting its 5th Annual “Nassau County High School Comptroller’s Business Challenge” on April 4th. The Com...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Comptroller Advisory Committee Focuses on Public Works Business Opportunities

February 22, 2017 – Mineola, NY – Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and the MWBE Advisory Committee held their monthly meeting yesterday, February 21, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin A...

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

Maragos: Final 2016 Sales Tax Revenue Ended Up 2.3% Over 2015 and Up $11.9M (1%) Over Budget

February 10, 2017-Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s 2016 sales tax revenues approximated $1.13 Billion, up 2.3% from the prior year and $11.9 million or 1% higher than budgeted.  

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

Comptroller George Maragos Orders Audit of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

February 6, 2017 – Mineola, New York – Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has ordered an audit of the finances and operation of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. The audit was precipitated after receiving alarming complaints ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Maragos to hold press conference on Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos will hold a Press Conference on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 11:00 am, at the NC Office of the Comptroller, 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY, to discuss initiatives to investigate serious allegations of animal neg...Read on...

Posted on: January 26, 2017

Maragos: All Nassau County Homeowners Should File Property Tax Appeal

January 26, 2017 – Mineola, NY –Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has posted a Property Tax Appeals tutorial video to help residents file property tax appeals. The tutorial is a friendly, step-by-step, e-filing instructional video for residents wis...Read on...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Maragos: County Probation Deprived Crime Victims of $266K in Court Ordered Restitution

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the County Probation Department’s (“Probation”) Restitution Bank Account which collects on average $2.6 million annually in restitution money, surcharges and probation fees and dis...Read on...

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Posted on: January 2, 2017

Comptroller Maragos’ Office Receives Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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Mineola, New York - Nassau County and Comptroller George Maragos’ Office were presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This p...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2016

Maragos: Lax Contract Enforcement & Unauthorized Service Procurement By Parks Cost County $430,989

December 12, 2016 - Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of two license agreements between the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museum (“Parks Department”) and Dover Gourmet Corporation d/b/a Quick Snack...

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Posted on: December 6, 2016

Nassau Police Overtime Out of Control

December 6, 2016 - Mineola, NY- The Police Department’s overtime for 2016 is projected to exceed $69.9 million, by approximately $13 million, or about 23% more than budgeted. By 2016 year-end, over 30 police members are expected to earn more than $100,000...Read on...

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Maragos: County’s 2017 Budget Adopted By Legislature Still Has $121M Deficit on GAAP Basis

Mineola, NY– After review of the County’s 2017 $3.0 Billion Budget adopted by the Legislature with its various amendments, the Comptroller’s Office projects a deficit of $121.1 million on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis down from a...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2016

Maragos: County 2017 Health Insurance Premiums Increasing 7.3%

17 November 2016 – Mineola, NY - Health insurance rates paid by Nassau County for its employees and retirees enrolled in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) will increase by a weighted average of 7.3% in 2017. The average increa...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2016

Maragos: Over 400 People Attend Comptroller’s MWVBE Business Roundtable

18 November 2016 – Mineola, NY - On Tuesday, November 15, .Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos held the Comptroller’s Business Roundtable for Minority, Women, and Veteran Business Owners, an event to boost the participation of min...
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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Maragos Calls for 3.8% Expense Cuts in 2017 Budget to Save $82M

October 28, 2016 - Mineola, NY - Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has advised the Administration and the Legislature today to cut 3.8% or $82.6 million from the proposed $3 billion 2017 budget in order to avoid raising fees. This can be achieved b...Read on...

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Posted on: October 25, 2016

Maragos Orders Audit of Town of Hempstead (IDA) PILOT

Calls for Town of Hempstead and Its IDA to Reimburse Valley Stream Residents

Mineola - October 24, 2016 -The Comptroller’s Office sent notice to the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency (IDA), on October 20, 2016, that it has commenced a for...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Maragos: Correctional Medical Services Plagued with Management & Professional Failures

Maragos: Correctional Medical Services Plagued with Management & Professional Failures
17 October 2016 - Mineola, NY- An audit of Armor Correctional Medical Services of New York, Inc. (Armor), the provider of medical services at the Nassau County Jai...Read on...

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Hosts Press Conference for Reclaim New York

(MINEOLA, NY) – October 6, 2016 – This morning, Thursday, October 6, 2016, Reclaim New York was joined by transparency leaders, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, to launch new tools to empower New Yorkers to hold go...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Maragos: County $3.0B Proposed 2017 Budget has $134M GAAP Deficit Risk after 3.2% Increased Spending

Mineola, NY– Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his review of the County’s 2017 proposed $3.0 billion budget and projects a deficit risk of $134.1 million on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis. The proposed budget has i...Read on...

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Maragos: County Expected To End 2016 in Budgetary Balance

$46.5 M in Budget Adjustments Needed to Meet NIFA Mandate

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2016 mid-year financial projections, which indicate that the County is trending with a budgetary deficit of $14.2 million. The...Read on...

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Posted on: July 28, 2016

Maragos: The County Living Wage Rate Will Increase August 1 To $15.78 Per Hour

Mineola, NY - Effective August 1, 2016, the current Living Wage rate for employees of vendors with Nassau County service contracts will increase to $15.78 per hour for employees without health benefits from $15.54, and to $13.73 per hour with health benef...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

Maragos: Armor Employees Working at County Jail Were Underpaid By At Least $10K

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released a Limited Review of Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc.’s compliance with the County Living Wage Law and found that during 2014 and 2015, at least 20 employees were underpaid by over $10...Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2016

Maragos: Carla Hall D’Ambra Appointed Communications & Public Relations Director

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced the appointment of Carla Hall D’Ambra as Communications & Public Relations Director. Carla has previously held various positions in advertising, public relations and radio. As Managing...Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2016

Maragos: Michael A. Scotto Appointed Deputy County Comptroller

Mineola, NY - Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is pleased to announce that Michael A. Scotto will join his staff on July 20 as Deputy Comptroller for Audits and Investigations. Mr. Scotto brings a distinguished career in public service of over twe...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2016

Maragos: Audited 2015 County Financials Confirm $28M GAAP Surplus

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the audited fiscal year 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), confirming that the County ended the year with a $28.0 million surplus for the primary operating funds on a Generally...Read on...

Posted on: July 12, 2016

Maragos: Nassau County Sales Tax Up Modest 1.7%

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Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s 2016 mid-year sales tax receipts increased 1.7% year-to-date or $8.1 million compared to the same period in 2015. At this rate, the projected annual sales tax revenues will b...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Comptroller Maragos: Living Wage Audits Recover over $565K for Underpaid Employees

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos issued the 2015 Living Wage Law Annual Report highlighting the recovery of over $565K for underpaid employees and the frequent use of waivers that seek to sidestep compliance with the Living Wage Law. ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Maragos: Police Overtime Audit Reveals Systemic Management Issues

Mineola, NY: An audit of Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) overtime expenditures revealed systemic issues of under-budgeting, reliance on overly optimistic savings from management initiatives, complex precinct overtime rules and inadequate recordke...
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Posted on: April 19, 2016

MARAGOS: COUNTY ENDS 2015 WITH $29 MILLION UNAUDITED GAAP SURPLUS

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2015 unaudited fiscal results today and reported that the County is expected to end the year with a $29 million surplus in the primary operating funds based on Generally Accepted Accountin...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

Maragos: County Sales Tax Receipts Advance Strong 5.1% in Q1

Mineola, NY: Very strong automobile and home sales have boosted County sales tax revenues by a robust 5.1% during the first quarter of 2016.  This is significantly higher than the conservative 1.26% increase over the 2015 sales tax receipts in th...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

MARAGOS: 160 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS COMPETE IN 4th ANNUAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE

$2500, $1250 AND $1000 AWARDS GIVEN TO TOP THREE TEAMS

Mineola, NY- On April 6th, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hosted the 4th annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge. This year’s theme, “StartUp Nassau,” asked teams to c...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Maragos: DSS Lapses May Have Delayed $1.2M Payments to Custodial Parents and Others

Mineola NY- An audit of the Department of Social Services Support Collection Unit (“DSS/SCU”) bank account found numerous internal control weaknesses resulting in delays in the disbursement of at least $1.2 million to custodial parents and others. Control...Read on...

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Posted on: February 11, 2016

Maragos: Final 2015 Sales Tax Receipts $39.5M Lower Than Budget

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s 2015 sales tax receipts ended at $39.5 million under the adopted 2015 budget. Nassau County collected a total of $1.103 billion during 2015 an increase of just $13 million or...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2016

Maragos appoints Arthur Lukin, CPA as New Chairman of Comptroller’s Audit Advisory Committee

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced the appointment of Arthur Lukin as the new Chairman of the Audit Advisory Committee. Mr. Lukin is a Certified Public Accountant, and a partner at Chwast CPA Group, P.C. in Melville. Mr. Lukin...

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Posted on: January 11, 2016

Comptroller Maragos’ Office Receives 6th Straight Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

Mineola, NY- Nassau County and Comptroller George Maragos were presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The GFOA award is for...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Maragos: County Homeless Shelters Need Oversight

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the approximately $8 million annual County Homeless Shelter Program run by the Department of Social Services (DSS) together with the Office of Housing and Community Development (OH...Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2015

Comptroller Maragos: Verizon Improperly Withheld $467K from County’s Emergency 911

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released a review of the County’s Emergency Telephone (“E911”) System surcharge revenues at the request of the Nassau County Police Department. The audit found Verizon underpaid the County $466,919 fro...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Comptroller Maragos: $100M Preschool Special Ed. Program Needs Improvement

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released a report titled “Opportunities for Improving Preschool Special Education Outcomes for Nassau County Children.” The report finds that Nassau school districts lag New York State (NYS) in placing...Read on...

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Posted on: November 12, 2015

Maragos: County Living Wage Law is $15.54 an Hour

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2014 Living Wage Annual Report today which showed improved compliance with the County Living Wage Law. The Law currently requires vendors with County Contracts to pay employees a minimum ...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Maragos: Oversight of County Take-Home Vehicles Weak

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’ audit of the County’s 282 take-home vehicles found that oversight is weak, exposing the County to unnecessary expense and liability. The audit uncovered numerous deficiencies including: no annual revi...Read on...

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Posted on: October 27, 2015

Comptroller Maragos to Welcome Breast Cancer Physical Therapy Practice,“Full Circle,” to Garden City

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos will welcome Full Circle Physical Therapy, PC to Garden City during their grand opening event on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 1:00PM at their new offices located, at 310 Old Country Road. Full Circle ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 26, 2015

Comptroller Maragos: NYS Shortchanging Nassau Pre-K Students by $77M

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos advocated on behalf of Nassau Children for equal funding for universal Pre-Kindergarten education in a letter to New York State (NYS) Governor Andrew Cuomo, Long Island elected officials, school superi...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2015

Comptroller Maragos: County Needs to Increase Minority & Women Business Opportunities

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos introduced the first Minority or Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Advisory Committee at a press conference today. The 19 member committee consists of business owners, chamber of commerce members,...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2015

Maragos: Proposed 2016 County Budget Has $49M Deficit Risk County Finances Will Remain Weak

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Mineola, NY– Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his review of the County’s 2016 proposed budget and projects a deficit risk of $49.1 million. The County financial fundamentals will remain weak with a wide Structural Gap projected at negativ...Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2015

Weakness Found in Treasurer’s Office Collection of Entertainment Tax

Mineola, NY- An audit by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos of the Treasurer’s Office found procedural weaknesses with the collection of the approximately $2 million annual County Entertainment Ticket Surcharge Tax. The Treasurer’s Office did not re...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

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Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2014

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

Maragos Warns of $61.9M Budgetary Deficit in 2015

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2015 mid-year financial projections, which indicate that the County will end with a $61.9 million budgetary deficit for the primary operating funds, assuming no further initiatives by the ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

Maragos: The Nassau County Living Wage Increases to $15.54 per hour

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced the Nassau County Living Wage rate will increase from $15.50 to $15.54 per hour on August 1, 2015. The Living Wage Law applies to all County employees and businesses contracting with the Coun...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2015

Maragos Files Official Brief Calling PSEG Rate Hike Unjustified

Mineola, NY- On behalf of Nassau County, Comptroller George Maragos filed a formal legal brief with the New York State Department of Public Service Commission (“DPS”) arguing that PSEG’s proposed rate increase is unwarranted. The brief challenges the vera...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Maragos: Nassau County Sales Tax Up 1.4% Over Last Year

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Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s mid-year 2015 sales tax receipts increased 1.4% year-to-date or $6.6 million compared to the same period in 2014. At this rate, the projected annual sales tax revenues will b...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

Homeless Shelter Violates Labor & Living Wage Law; Some Employees Waited Months to Receive Pay

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of Eager to Serve, Inc., a homeless shelter provider for Nassau County. The findings included under paying employees $4,899, not paying employees bi-weekly as required by New York St...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

Maragos: Audit Finds Jones Beach Theater Owed $2,488 in Ticket Tax

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Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of the Entertainment Surcharge Tax from the Nikon-Jones Beach Theater, and found that the County was owed a total of $2,488 for the period January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014. This amou...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2015

Maragos: Police Forfeiture Funds Properly Spent

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Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of the $37 million Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Asset Forfeiture Fund which found that monies were expended in accordance with government guidelines. Two minor recording di...Read on...

Posted on: June 23, 2015

Maragos: Westbury Music Fair Owes County over $500K in Ticket Tax

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of NYCB Theatre in Westbury, managed by Westbury Music Fair/Live Nation, and found that it owes the County $548,198 in ticket taxes and penalties for the period of January 1, 2012 to...Read on...

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Posted on: June 18, 2015

Maragos: Weakness Found in Food Health Inspections; Letter Grading System Should Be Considered

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the Department of Health (DOH) which found numerous weaknesses with the County’s inspections of restaurants, catering, and other food establishments. Most significant was that at ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2015

Maragos: Nassau IDA Needs To Do Better

Mineola, NY – In a letter dated June 9th to the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (“NCIDA”), Comptroller George Maragos highlighted the NCIDA’s apparent underperformance in an audit recently released by the State Comptroller and urged an immedia...Read on...

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Posted on: June 9, 2015

COMPTROLLER MARAGOS PROMOTES JAMES A. GARNER TO CHIEF DEPUTY

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Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced the promotion of James A. Garner to the position of Chief Deputy Comptroller effective immediately. The former Hempstead Village Mayor had served as Deputy Comptroller of Claims, Payroll and ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 4, 2015

Maragos Says PSEG Rate Hike Unnecessary in Testimony Filed with Public Service Commission

Mineola, NY- On behalf of Nassau County, Comptroller George Maragos filed rebuttal testimony with the Long Island Branch of the Department of Public Service, outlining that the 4% PSEG rate increase request is unwarranted. The Comptroller’s testimony list...Read on...

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Posted on: May 19, 2015

05/19/2015 - Maragos: Legal Action Required to Collect $6.1M from Coliseum Operator

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of SMG, formerly Spectacor Management Group, which operates the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and found that it owes the County $176,523 in ticket taxes in addition to $5,992,98...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2015

05/13/2015 - Maragos: Low Wage Employees Shortchanged $461,466

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of microMEDIA Imaging Systems, Inc., a vendor working on the “Health & Human Service Imaging Project” for Nassau County and found that 38 employees were underpaid by $461,466 dur...Read on...

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Posted on: April 21, 2015

04/21/2015 - Maragos: NICE BUS Service Has Declined; Able-Ride Service Improved

Mineola, NY - Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the Nassau Inter-County Express Bus (“NICE”) services, operated by Transdev (formerly known as Veolia Transportation), covering the period of 2012/2013 and found a significant de...

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

04/14/15 - Maragos: Over 250 Students From High Schools Across Nassau County Compete In Third Annual Business Development Challenge

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hosted the third annual “Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge” where over 250 business students from High Schools across the County competed for a $10,000 scholarship from NYIT and $5,00...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2015

04/09/15 - Maragos: Sales Tax Receipt Up 3% in Q1

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Mineola, NY - Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s first quarter sales tax receipts came in $6.0 million or 3% higher than last year’s results. The improving economy, reduced unemployment and wage gains are beginning to incr...Read on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

04/06/15 - MARAGOS: COUNTY TO END 2014 WITH SMALL UNAUDITED $10.7M BUDGETARY SURPLUS

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2014 unaudited fiscal results today and reported that the County is expected to end the year with a small budgetary surplus of $10.7 million in the primary operating funds. The surplus was...

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Posted on: March 5, 2015

03/05/15 - Comptroller George Maragos Calls PSEG Rate Increase Unjustified

Comptroller George Maragos Calls PSEG Rate Increase Unjustified

 

Mineola, NY- On March 4th, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos testified at the NY State Department of Public Service Hearing in Mineola. Comptroller Maragos outlined a lack of init...

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Posted on: March 4, 2015

03/4/16 - MARAGOS KICKS-OFF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH 2nd ANNUAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Over 50 Female Artists Competed for Prizes from Sponsors at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos was proud to host, for the second consecutive year, the Nassau County Art and Photography Exhibition to prom...Read on...

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Posted on: February 13, 2015

Maragos: Final 2014 Sales Tax Receipts $70.7M Lower Than Budget

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s 2014 sales tax receipts ended at $70.7 million or 6.1% under the adopted 2014 budget. Strong national retail sales in the fourth quarter helped prevent a worse outcome than feared at mi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2015

01/12/15 - Maragos: Sales Tax Projected $72M Lower For 2014

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the last sales tax reconciliation check received from New York State was $34.7 million, or 7.4% higher than in 2013. However, year over year the County will end 2014 with a projected $71.7 million or ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2015

01/08/15 - Maragos: Homeless Shelter Short Changed Employees $28,000

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his follow-up audit of Peace Valley Haven, a not-for-profit that provides emergency shelter to homeless men and women. The audit found a continued lack of compliance with the Nassau County Living Wage Law....Read on...

Limited Audit Of Peace Valley Haven.....
Posted on: January 5, 2015

01/05/15 - Comptroller Maragos Office Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

Nassau County and Comptroller George Maragos were presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The GFOA award is for excellence i...Read on...

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Posted on: December 30, 2014

12/30/14 - Maragos:Year End Raises for Non-Union Employees at Lower End of Labor Contracts

year end raises

Year-end merit raises were awarded last week to non-union employees after wages were frozen for over three years. The increases are at the lower end of raises negotiated with the CSEA and police union employees who received approximately 7.7% and 14.3% in...Read on...

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Posted on: December 24, 2014

12/24/14 - Comptroller Maragos:Don't Forget to File for STAR Property Tax Break

January 2nd is the deadline for Nassau County residents to apply for the STAR property tax break programs Comptroller George Maragos announced today as a reminder. Those residents who applied in 2013 do not need to reapply unless you purchased a new home,...Read on...

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Posted on: December 23, 2014

12/23/14 - Maragos: $21.4M in Tax Refund Checks Going To Sandy Damaged Homes

sandy refund

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that 6,700 refund checks will be mailed, beginning today through early January 2015, to compensate homeowners whose tax assessments were not adjusted lower for tax years 2012/13 and 2013/14 to reflect the...Read on...

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Posted on: November 18, 2014

11/18/14 Maragos: Study Shows County Population to Decline Over Next 10 Years

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released a report confirming troubling demographic trends. The study finds that the County population has remained stagnant since 2000 and will decline by 3% over the next 10 years while the 60 and over population ...Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2014

11/14/14 - Violations of $13.58 Minimum Living Wage Law Found with Housing Shelter Provide

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his 2013 Living Wage Law Annual Report which summarizes the audits conducted during the prior year and the overall compliance with the law since its inception. Four living wage audit reports were issued in...Read on...

2013 Living Wage Annual Report
Posted on: October 30, 2014

Maragos: Legislature Amendments Increase 2015 Budget Risk to Over $100 Million

On October 29, the Nassau County Legislature voted unanimously for the amended 2015 budget. The amended budget eliminated $31million in new funding from a proposed property tax increase and substituted potential revenues from recovery of receivables and u...Read on...

Posted on: October 30, 2014

Maragos: Weak Management of County’s Real Estate Resulted in Over $6M Uncollected

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of the Nassau County Office of Real Estate Services which found deficiencies in a department that oversees over $1.3 billion in County owned property. The audit uncovered inaccurate inventory reco...Read on...

Office of Real Estate Services Report
Posted on: October 20, 2014

Maragos: County Selects New Outside Auditor

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced the selection of McGladrey LLP, as the County’s new independent auditors. The County’s contract with their previous independent auditors, Deloitte and Touche, LLP expired earlier this year, which required...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2014

Maragos: Sales Tax Receipts Still Tracking Towards a $90M Decline

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s 2014 sales tax receipts declined by 5.8% year-to-date or $47.5 million compared to the same period in 2013. At this rate, the projected annual sales tax revenues will be approximately $9...Read on...

Nassau County Sales Tax Analysis
Posted on: October 9, 2014

Review of County’s Part-Time Employees Results in Suspension & Stricter Enforcement of Work Rules

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his review of Nassau County’s part-time workforce and found one employee appeared to have had clock-in irregularities, and potential work schedule conflicts with other employment. This employee has now bee...Read on...

Limited Review of Time Records
Posted on: October 9, 2014

Maragos: Proposed 2015 Budget Has $75M at Risk and Tough Choices

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his review of the County’s 2015 proposed $2.98 billion budget and projects a budgetary risk of $75.4 million, if all opportunities materialize. The risk may be as high as $221.1 million should the projecte...Read on...

Nassau County 2015 Budget and Multi-Year Plan
Posted on: September 29, 2014

Adverse Court Ruling on Levies paid to Special Districts Prior to 2010 Could Cost County up to $300M

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos estimated the potential liability from an adverse court decision regarding certain special tax levies received by Special Districts, dating as far back as the 1990’s through 2010, could reach $300 million including...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2014

Maragos: Nassau County Releases Audited 2013 Financial Results

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the audited fiscal year 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and confirmed the unaudited results his office released in April of this year. The County finished 2013 with a budgeta...Read on...

2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Posted on: August 1, 2014

Maragos: The Nassau County Living Wage increases to $15.50 per hour

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced the Nassau County Living Wage rate increased from $15.21 to $15.50 per hour today, August 1, 2014. The Living Wage Law applies to all County employees and businesses contracting with the Coun...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2014

Potential Vendor Fraud of up to $322K Uncovered for Maintenance on County Trucks and NICE Buses

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that a vendor who paints and repairs vehicles for the Department of Public Works (“DPW”), the Nassau County Police Department and NICE buses has been found to have submitted potentially fraud...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2014

Maragos Warns of $76.9M Budgetary Deficit in 2014 Unless Swift Action is Taken

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2014 mid-year financial projections which indicate that the County will end with a $76.9 million budgetary deficit for the primary operating funds. The shortfall is due primarily to a shar...Read on...

2014 Mid-Year Report
Posted on: July 18, 2014

Sewer System Privatization Will Save Over $11 M Annually and Benefit the Environment

Mineola, NY-The proposed Agreement with United Water to privatize the County Sewer and Storm Water System’s operation and maintenance is projected to save over $11 million per year or approximately $240 million over 20 years on a Net Present Value (NPV). ...Read on...

Sewer System Privatization Will Save Over $11
Posted on: July 11, 2014

Nassau County Sales Tax Receipts Down 9%

2014 Revenues May Decline Over $90M

Mineola, NY - Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported that the County’s mid-year 2014 sales tax receipts declined by 9% year-to-date or $47.6 million compared to the same period in 2013. At this rate, the ...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2014

Nassau Community College Is Failing Our Students; Calls for Appointment of Permanent President

Maragos Nassau Community College Is Failing Our Students

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released a report today that found the graduation and transfer rate at Nassau Community College (NCC) dropped by more than a third from 2009 to 2012 to 28%, causing NCC to be ranked 31st out of 35 NYS ...Read on...

NCC College Graduation and Transfer Review
Posted on: June 5, 2014

Comptroller George Maragos to Receive Hempstead NAACP Civil Rights Award

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos will receive the Civil Rights Award from the Hempstead Branch N.A.A.C.P. on June 7th at the 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon. Other honorees include Melvin Jackson (Life Achievement Award), Pearl Jaco...Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2014

Nassau County Issues Restated 2012 Financial Results

Mineola, NY- As previously announced, the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office issued today the restated 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The restatement was required to correct two errors related to the reporting of pension expense, and l...Read on...

The restated CAFR is available here
Posted on: May 29, 2014

Maragos: Audit Finds Town of North Hempstead Did Not Pay Park District Lease for 10 Years

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of the Clinton G. Martin Park District (“CGM”), and found that the Town of North Hempstead (“TONH”) failed to make lease payments totaling $180,000 to CGM from 1991 to 2002. As a re...Read on...

Limited Review of Clinton G. Martin Park District
Posted on: April 30, 2014

Maragos: Nassau County to Restate 2012 Financial Results Due to Errors Dating Back to 2005

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos sent a memo to the Nassau County Interim Financial Authority (NIFA), the Administration and Legislative leaders to inform them that the County would be restating the 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial...Read on...

Restatement of the County's 2012 Comprehensive
Posted on: April 16, 2014

Comptroller's Review of the Mid-Island Therapy Associates, LLC, d/b/a All About Kids

This letter is intended to advise that the Nassau County Comptroller's Office is terminating its review of Mid-Island Therapy Associates, LLC, d/b/a All About Kids ("AAK"), an Entity that provides Early Intervention Services and Special Educatio...Read on...

All About Kids Audit Letter
Posted on: April 11, 2014

Nassau County Sales Tax Revenues Down 14.8% in Q1

Mineola, NY-Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reported the first quarter sales tax revenue declined 14.8% or $35.3 million in 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. This sharp decline continues the weakness in economic activity observed in the p...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2014

$33K in Scholarships and Cash Prizes Awarded at the Comptroller's Business Challenge

$33,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND CASH PRIZES AWARDED at the 2nd ANNUAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE HOSTED BY NASSAU COUNTY COMPTROLLER GEORGE MARAGOS

NEW HYDE PARK HIGH SCHOOL WINS TOP PRIZE OF $10K to HOFSTRA AND ADELPHI PLUS $5K CASH FROM HEALTHPLEX
...Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2014

COMPTROLLER MARAGOS COUNTY TO END 2013 WITH UNAUDITED $54.7M BUDGETARY SURPLUS

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2013 unaudited fiscal results today and reported that the County is expected to end the year with a budgetary surplus of $54.7 million in the five operating funds. However, the County coul...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2014

Fiscal Impact Analysis of the Proposed Nassau County Labor Amendments

Attached, please find the Comptroller’s Office fiscal impact analysis of the proposed labor
amendments. The incremental net cost to the County after implied savings is estimated at
$120.3 million over the four-year period of 2014 through 2017.

Fiscal Impact Analysis
Posted on: March 26, 2014

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Announces Over $33,000 In Scholarships and Cash Prizes for

NASSAU COUNTY COMPTROLLER GEORGE MARAGOS ANNOUNCES
OVER $33,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND CASH PRIZESFOR 2nd ANNUAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE

2014 WILL SHOWCASE BUSINESS PLANS FOR
NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM PLAZA REDEVELOPMENTBY 200 HIGH SC...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2014

Nassau Hospital Lost Millions due to Poor Administration New Management Must Address These Issues

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos issued a follow-up audit of the Nassau Health Care Corporation (NHCC) today that found many of the same problems identified in an audit released in March 2011 continue costing the hospital millions of ...Read on...

Posted on: March 12, 2014

$570,000 Recovered From Unclaimed Inmate Funds; Money Recommended for Youth Board Programs

Mineola, NY - As a follow-up to an audit of the Nassau County Correctional Center’s Commissary Operations Comptroller George Maragos, in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office, transferred over $570,000 of unclaimed inmate commissary funds to the County G...Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2014

Maragos: End Lengthy Grievances of Terminated Employees Still Receiving Health Benefits

Mineola, NY- The Comptroller’s Office sent a letter to the Office of Labor Relations requesting that grievances by terminated employees seeking to be reinstated be expedited in order to reduce the current average annual cost of over $230,000 for health be...Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2014

MARAGOS KICKS-OFF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Over 300 art lovers attend to view over 50 works of art

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hosted the first Nassau County “Women of the World” Art and Photography Exhibition to promote local female artists and to support the growing ...Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Maragos: Audit of County Employees Health Plan Recovers $101,000 in Overpayments

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released an internal audit of the County’s Health Insurance unit and found the County may have overpaid almost $400,000 for the health insurance costs of its current and retired employees. The over pay...Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Maragos: Nassau County Sales Tax Revenue Up 6.3% in 2013; 2014 Growth Uncertain

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced the final sales tax figures for 2013 today and reported sales tax revenues increased by 6.3% to $1.138 billion (1.9% higher than budgeted). This was on top of another healthy increase of 4.2%...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Maragos Kicks-Off Women's History Month With Art And Photography Exhibition

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is proud to announce the first Nassau County “Women of the World” - Art and Photography Exhibition to promote local female artists and contribute to the growing arts industry in the County. The display...Read on...

Posted on: January 24, 2014

Comptroller Maragos: Over 50,000 County Payments To Vendors Are Now Online For Public Review

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced a major update to the availability of public information today as his office added over 50,000 payments to vendors to be reviewed by the public. In the interest of full transparency, payments...Read on...

Direct Link
Posted on: January 14, 2014

Comptroller Maragos: County Contracts Now Available on Comptroller’s Facebook

Mineola, NY- In the interest of full transparency of County expenditures, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced today the availability of all 2013 Nassau County Contracts with vendors on the Comptroller’s public Facebook page. Historically, a...Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2014

Maragos: $14M Went Uncollected at Nassau Community College Yet Tuition was Increased

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of the financial condition of Nassau County’s Community College and found numerous financial and operational inefficiencies. The major findings included inadequate billing and collec...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2013

Emergency Shelter Agencies Underpay Employees by Over $10K

August 21, 2013Audit by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Compels Repayment

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his Living Wage audits of Bethany House and Glory House Recovery which provide emergency housing for wom...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Maragos: Nassau County Economy Scores with Return of Professional Soccer & Pele

Nassau County Economy Scores with Return of Professional Soccer and Pele

July 23, 2013

Nassau County businesses will see up to $19 million in economic activity

Mineola, NY - On Saturday August 3, the New York Cosmos, a revival of the professional soccer organization that played during the 1970’s and 80’s, will bring pro...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

NEW - Living Wage Law Poster

The Nassau County Living Wage is $15.21 per hour

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 20, 2013

Maragos Releases Audited 2012 Financial Results and Confirms $41.5m Surplus

July 15, 2013

Fund Reserves Increased To $82M
Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released today the audited fiscal year 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and confirmed the County finished with a $41.5 million budgeta...Read on...

2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
Posted on: August 20, 2013

Maragos: County Sales Tax Revenues Up 11.2% at Mid-Year 2013

County Sales Tax Revenues Up at Mid-Year 2013

July 12, 2013

Strong Economic Recovery After Superstorm Sandy Continues

Mineola, NY- Sales Tax revenues for the first six months of 2013 for the County are up 11.2% and confirm the continuing strong economic recovery after Superstorm Sandy. The Jul...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

New York State Awards Nassau County $5M for Cost Savings That Led to 2012 Budget Surplus

June 21, 2013

Mineola, NY- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recognized Nassau County with a $5 million award which rewards local governments that have reduced expenses to protect taxpayers.

The NY state competitive grant program is intended to r...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Largest Union in Nassau County Calls Living Wage Law “Hypocritical” and Threatens Legal Action

June 24, 2013

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos received a notice from the President of the County’s largest union (CSEA local 830) indicating that the Living Wage policy, established under the Suozzi and Weitzman administration in ...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2013

Audit Finds All Trees on Searington Rd and Shelter Rock Rd Had to Come Down After Sandy

August 1, 2013
Mineola, NY - Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his review of the trees that were cut down following Superstorm Sandy on Searington Road, Shelter Rock Road, and the Welwyn Preserve. The review of hundreds of documents from ...Read on...

Report on Super Storm Sandy Tree Removal
Posted on: August 19, 2013

Maragos: County Projected to End 2013 with $5.6M Budgetary Surplus Due to Improving Economy

Nassau County Comptroller

August 7, 2013

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2013 mid-year financial projections which indicate that the County will end with a $5.6 million budgetary surplus for the primary operating fund. The surplus is due to in...Read on...

2013 Mid-Year Rpt on County Financial Condition