Nassau County Executive
On January 1, 2010, Edward P. Mangano was sworn into office as Nassau County Executive. That same day, the County Executive kept his pledge to taxpayers by repealing Nassau County’s Home Energy Tax – the equivalent of a 5% property tax reduction for homeowners. Mr. Mangano is the first County Executive to place tax dollars back in the pockets of our residents.
Ed Mangano believes that high taxes kill jobs. That is why County Executive Mangano has held the line on County property taxes every year since taking office and eliminated a 16.5% property tax increase planned by the prior administration. The County Executive also stopped a proposed Fast Food Tax dead in its tracks.
To freeze property taxes for three straight years, County Executive Mangano cut over $290 million in wasteful spending. Mr. Mangano also implemented two successful public-private partnerships that have saved residents over $35 million annually. A public-private-partnership for Nassau’s bus system began January 1, 2012 when Veolia Transportation was selected to run day to day operations. This partnership provides riders with reliable service, maintains routes and saves taxpayers over $30 million a year. A similar successful public-private-partnership can be found at the County jail where residents are saving nearly $7 million annually by eliminating costly transportation costs through the delivery of inmate health care services in the jail.
In addition to protecting taxpayers and reining in wasteful spending, County Executive Mangano has focused on rebuilding Nassau County’s economy by creating jobs and putting people back to work. As a former entrepreneur, Ed Mangano knows firsthand the challenges New York businesses face because he has faced them too. To improve the business climate, Ed Mangano assembled a team of economic development professionals and business resource partners who are ready to assist employers who are looking to relocate or expand their business in Nassau County. The County Executive has worked tirelessly to attract homeland security jobs, high tech jobs, as well as film and television industry jobs to the former Grumman-Navy property in Nassau. In doing so, the County has experienced growth in jobs and increased revenue from these industries.
County Executive Mangano’s economic development team and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency have created and retained nearly 4,000 jobs in Nassau County. According to Camoin Associates, an independent economic analysis firm, this growth generates more than $3 billion in economic activity for Nassau County.
In an effort to prepare for jobs for the 21st Century, Ed Mangano has also made it his mission to attract green jobs and clean energy producing facilities to Nassau County, while working to clean up Brownfield sites for use by future generations.
Building on his efforts to attract new jobs and increase County revenue without raising property taxes, County Executive Mangano created the “Accelerate Nassau Now” plan. Mangano’s plan enhances the Hub’s present sports and entertainment center by addressing obstacles to redeveloping the full 77-acres site while adhering to the Town of Hempstead’s mixed-use zoning requirements for the property. The County is seeking to redevelop the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum as a sports-entertainment destination complemented by a Bioscience Innovation Center, as well as Research and Development Center opportunities. In 2012, the County Executive announced plans to construct a new privately-financed Expo Center at Mitchel Field and new privately-financed twin ice rinks in Eisenhower Park. Both projects are being constructed at no cost to taxpayers.
The development of the Hub, coupled with the development of Belmont Park to the west and the former Grumman-Navy property to the east, is moving Nassau forward.
Throughout his term as County Executive, Mr. Mangano has focused on rebuilding Nassau County without asking taxpayers for more money. Significant improvements can be found in County parks, roadways, Nassau Community College and other aging facilities. County Executive Mangano has worked to provide youth athletic opportunities by partnering with sponsors to improve playgrounds, athletic fields, streets and even our sewage treatment facilities.
In October 2012, Nassau County was hit with the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. County Executive Mangano led the charge to protect human life and advocated for Congress to pass the necessary funds for residents to begin to recover and rebuild in storm ravaged areas. Mr. Mangano ensured that shelters, meal distribution sites, hot showers, laundry facilities, insurance and FEMA assistance centers were available for residents seeking assistance.
Mr. Mangano also joined with the chaplains of Nassau’s police and fire departments to create a Hurricane Recovery Fund that assists victims of the superstorm. Businesses were also hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. To support small businesses in recovering from storm damage, County Executive Mangano opened a Nassau County Business Recovery Center.
Prior to becoming County Executive, Ed Mangano gained extensive experience as a County Legislator, where he served the 17th Legislative District for seven terms until leaving the position in 2009 to become County Executive. As a Legislator, Ed helped revitalize the former Grumman Property and attract more than 15,000 jobs to the site. From establishing a Senior Citizen and Community Center, to preserving and protecting open space, Ed Mangano has always been a strong leader for Nassau residents.
Raised in Bethpage, New York, County Executive Mangano began his professional career as a janitor while putting himself through college. A graduate of Hofstra University and Hofstra School of Law, Ed Mangano was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988. He went on to have a successful career in publishing newspapers, as well as serving as counsel to Rivkin Radler, LLP for nine years. Ed also has been active in many charitable and fraternal organizations.
County Executive Ed Mangano resides in Bethpage with his wife, Linda, and two sons, Salvatore and Alexander.