LI’s political winners and losers in 2013 – By George J. Marlin
The following appears in the December 6-12, 2013 issue of the Long Island Business News:
Here’s my take on those who gained and those who lost in this year’s game of Long Island politics.
Ed Mangano: The Nassau County executive handily won a second term with 59 percent of the vote. He was re-elected despite a NIFA control period and his failure to fix the county’s structural operating budget deficit and its broken assessment system.
Ronald Stack: The 10-year chairman of the NIFA board proved to be a statesman of the first rank who was not under any politician’s thumb. Thanks to his municipal expertise, he was a strong and fair guiding hand in tackling Nassau’s fiscal problems.
Peter King: The congressman stood up to many in his own party when he opposed the government shutdown. He was right – it was a bad tactic and took the spotlight off the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
George Maragos: By re-electing him, voters gave the Nassau County comptroller the opportunity to advertise his ignorance of public finance for four more years.
Bruce Ratner: Knowing that Mangano was desperate to get a pre-election Nassau Coliseum deal, Ratner took him to the cleaners.
LIPA: Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally gutted the Rube Goldberg LIPA structure designed by Richie Kessel.
Tom Suozzi: The man who claimed he would one day be president of the United States ended his political career not with a bang, but a whimper.
John Ciampoli: As Nassau County attorney, he lost every lawsuit he filed against NIFA and now he has lost his job. Newsday’s editorial on his dismissal said it best: “Good riddance.”
Tim Bishop: The Independent Office of Congressional Ethics finding – that there’s “substantive reason” to believe the congressman violated the law when he sought a donation from a Sagaponack resident while assisting that person in getting a fireworks permit – doesn’t bode well for his political future.
James Carver: The Nassau Police Union president’s election-eve contract proposal, which alleged to save money, was stopped in its tracks when a NIFA analysis revealed it could cost Nassau taxpayers an additional $170 million to $240 million over the next four years. Mangano’s post-election announcement that he expects the NIFA control period to last through his second term will continue to ensure Carver’s membership will receive no raises.
Long Island Senate Republicans: Their support of Cuomo’s ill-conceived gun control law earlier this year is expected to cost them dearly in next’s year’s election.
Nassau taxpayers: They are stuck with four more years of inept county officials who govern by press release and are taking Nassau down the road to fiscal perdition.Explore posts in the same categories: Articles/Essays/Op-Ed