Mangano proud of his record
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He noted that many new jobs will be created through the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum site in Uniondale. After the Coliseum is renovated and a sports and entertainment complex is built, remaining land would be used to create an industrial complex for high-tech and biotech companies.
Mangano said moving the operation of Nassau County bus service from the MTA to privately-owned Veolia Transportation has saved taxpayers $30 million per year. He also said his administration has invested in improving the county’s parks, and that has paid off with more visitors to the facilities.
Working on commercial assessments
There is still more work to do to fix the county’s assessment system, Mangano said. The residential portion is in good shape, he said, as corrections are made to the tax rolls before the county has to pay out refunds. Commercial refunds continue to pile up, but Mangano says he believes the county could soon be turning a corner to address that debt.
When he first took office in 2010, Mangano said he concentrated on improving the county’s emergency preparedness. That included doubling the capacity of the 911 systems. The efforts paid off during Hurricane Sandy, he said, and the county was recognized with an Achievement in Crisis Communications Award from the Long Island Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
Since the storm, Mangano said the county has purchased portable traffic lights, and has worked with cell phone companies to improve their infrastructure.
Technology has also been a focus for Mangano. He discussed the Nassau Now application for smart phones, which allows residents to get the latest updates from the county, and report issues such as potholes. There is a new internal website allowing employees to share resources, and snowplows are now tracked by a GPS system.
Mangano said he stands behind the controversial decision to merge police precincts last year. He said it has achieved millions of dollars in savings by eliminating administrative positions. “Our administration focuses on delivering services efficiently and not in a duplicative manner,” Mangano said.