Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi
BY SID CASSESE
The deal between the county and most of its union employees to help close a huge budget gap and prevent layoffs is in jeopardy, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi said Monday, because of the turmoil in the State Senate.
'Our agreement was contingent upon the bonding for the [retirement] pay incentive being passed in Albany,' Suozzi said. But he said the 'circus there now' after last week's Republican coup 'can make very real life problems for Nassau County residents.'
Suozzi had hoped to close the deal this week, but the deadline has been pushed back another week. 'It would be irresponsible to the county, the employees and the residents to say the deal is dead this soon,' he said, adding that, if necessary, another week could be considered."