Mineola - (WALK) A three-year wage freeze is over for county employees is over in Nassau, but questions remain about how the county will pay for raises totaling more than $129 million.
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), Nassau's state-appointed financial control board, approved new contracts with four unions representing about 4,000 workers early Saturday morning, then set a limit of 60 days for County Executive Edward Mangano to make changes in his proposed four-year budget and explain how he plans to cover the additional labor costs. If Mangano fails to meet the mark, NIFA will make the changes for him, according to board members.
One option for raising revenue is privatizing Nassau's sewerage system. The plan would permit the county to save millions of dollars in labor costs while permitting the county to set system-rates, according to budget analysts.
Ending the wage freeze also creates an opportunity for Nassau to field a new class of police recruits. Mangano is expected to swear in 150 recruits Monday morning.