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Nassau Notebook: Democrats Make History With New Leader, NUMC Layoffs

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

Legis. Abrahams Named Leader of Democratic Caucus

On Monday evening, the Nassau Democrats unanimously elected Kevan Abrahams (LD1) as the leader of the Democratic Caucus in the Nassau Legislature.

Abrahams served the areas of Uniondale, Roosevelt, Hempstead and Baldwin for nearly a decade, and will be the first African American leader from either party in Nassau County. 

When first elected through a special election in 2002, Abrahams became the youngest legislator ever elected in Nassau County.

"I am humbled by my colleagues' unanimous support," said Abrahams after last nights caucus meeting. "I pledge to be a strong voice for county residents who struggle to survive a poor economy, higher taxes and a decreasing level of quality services." 

In 2000, Abrahams joined the legislature staff as deputy finance director, eventually moving up to the position of finance director. He has also served as a legislative assistant and deputy district director for Congressman Floyd H. Flake and as a district representative for Carolyn McCarthy.

Auxiliary Police Looking for Volunteers

The Nassau County Auxiliary Police are seeking motivated people between the ages of 18 and 65 interested in volunteering one night a week in the new Auxiliary Police Communications Unit now located within the new Nassau County Public Safety Center (9-1-1 center) in Westbury.

To apply, you must be a United States citizen, a Nassau County resident, in good health and willing to submit to a background investigation. No experience is necessary. All training will be provided.

For more information, qualified persons can contact Sgt. Philip L. Franckel at (516) 522-5375.

$7.5 Million Saved With Gas Contract

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced Tuesday that taxpayers have saved approximately $7.5 million in natural gas costs due to an agreement signed last year with energy service company (ESCO) Hess Corporation.

The agreement, entered into in August 2010, ended a long-standing service agreement with National Grid. This is the first time the county has not received its natural gas service from any company other than National Grid.

NUMC Announces 175 Layoffs

Due to a projected $50 million budget gap, 175 employees at Nassau University Medical Center will be issued layoff notices Wednesday.

Arthur Gianelli, president and CEO of Nassau Health Care Corporation (NHCC), also known as NuHealth, announced Monday that due to a $25 million employee pension cost increase, $15 million reductions in Medicaid Disproportionate Share hospital reimbursements and a $10 million increase in costs for health insurance, pharmaceuticals and supplies, he has made the decision to initiate a "workforce reduction" of 175 employees.

TheGreek November 20, 2011 at 07:50 PM
The hospital bed and the casket are the great equalizers. People who cannot stand to share a room with someone because of their poverty or addiction aren't really sick. When someone is truly ill, they don't have the energy to carp about who is in the next bed. I know this from personal experience. The whiners SHOULD go to the country club. I believe in reverse segregation. The rich should keep to themselves.
TheGreek November 20, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Are you so biased that you made up "libtard?" to name those you hate?
Lloyd November 20, 2011 at 08:25 PM
I've gotten into trouble with the Patch Authorities writing this, but it is true. Look how the Dems and the media IMMEDIATELY attacked Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain....two highly respected Black Conservatives. This could be my final posting herr.
Lloyd November 20, 2011 at 09:18 PM
I promised the authorities here NOT to use naughty descriptive words anymore in my posts. I should have called those female accusers, "disingenuous ladies of dubious reputations", instead.
Lloyd November 20, 2011 at 09:28 PM
I agree. NUMC is improving. And they do offer certain medical and psychiatric care that other hospitals dont. And they are a teaching hospital with interns and resident doctors, programs many hospitals dont have. They still do a better job of caring for all those who come through their doors, even the poor and uninsured. This is what scares away much of the middle and upper class patients, who dont want to be crowded in with welfare and poor people.

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