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Nassau County LI Contracts for Wastewater Management

July 16, 2014
By Stephanie West


Long Island, NY - Nassau County has partnered with United Water – a national wastewater systems management firm to manage and operate the County’s three wastewater treatment facilities and sewage system. The company, in their proposal, claims it will save the county $233 Million over the life of the contract. However many that monitor quality of county programs question that number as well as the need to contract-out services. In the past,  monitoring reports have demonstrated that long-term contracting of municipal operations has turned out to be more costly and less efficient than hiring county workers.

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LIRR Unions Set the Record Straight, Talks Resume Monday

July 14, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Long Island - LIRR union leaders and MTA officials head back to the bargaining table on Monday, in an effort to avoid a strike that could occur on July 20th if the two sides do not come to an agreement.

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LI Village Treasurer Guilty of Stealing

July 16, 2014
By Stephanie West


Long Island, NY - Former Long Island Village Treasurer Andrea Brosnan has pleaded guilty to stealing municipal funds from Old Field village in Suffolk County, New York . The case was heard in Suffolk County Court. Brosnan stole nearly $60,000 to shop on eBay, Amazon.com and pay divorce expenses. Brosnan also collected nearly $13,000 in unearned salary. The illegal activities was discovered during a New York State Comptroller audit.

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Unions to Prendergast:  “We Need You at the Table!”

July 9, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Long Island, NY - At 5:54a.m. on Tuesday, Dean DeVita tweeted out to his followers, “Meeting with MTA today hoping to avoid a strike NCFO is ready to work thru the nite for settlement,” but the discussions into the wee hours never manifested.  By early afternoon, they were done, and DeVita sent out another, more somber tweet:  “Talks broke down really never started no future meetings set looks like a strike.”

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LIRR-MTA Talks Break Down, Strike Scheduled

July 15, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Talks between LIRR labor unions and MTA broke down today and the unions are preparing for a strike, according to a prepared statement by Anthony Simon, General Chairman, SMART and key spokesman for the unions.

“I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with MTA, and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20,” Simon’s statement said.

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MTA and Unions Meet with Mediation Board July 8

July 4, 2014
By Stephanie West


Long Island, NY - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it intends to participate in talks with LIRR unions next Tuesday July 8th that have been scheduled by the National Mediation Board.

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