In the meantime, New York’s new property tax cap will force change . . . I hope. People concerned about a lack of new revenues and rising costs will fight waste, fraud and abuse. They may advocate for less government or more sharing agreements. They will demand more state aid. They’ll insist on reforming unfunded state mandates, and they’ll push for smart growth. I’m a strong believer in the idea that every problem is solvable. It may take time, but once you realize what caused the problem in the first place, you at least have a fighting chance.
Tom Suozzi, an attorney with the law firm Harris Beach, was Nassau County executive from 2002 to 2009 and mayor of Glen Cove from 1994 to 2001. Comments about this column? TSuozzi@liherald.com.