Last week, County Executive-Elect Laura Curran made history and was elected the first female Nassau County Executive. Her campaign focused on the issue of corruption and trust in government after the indictments of current County Executive Ed Mangano and former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, who resigned after the scandal and Joe Saladino was appointed in his place.
After a roller coaster of a night when it was too close to call, Laura Curran declared victory over Republican Jack Martins. In the short week since becoming County Executive-Elect, Curran has already begun to show transparency. On her new website https://www.nassautransition2017.com she is accepting resumes. Her team is going to go through them and call people to fill jobs in the county. This follows one of her major campaign promises to hire based on what you know, not who you know.
According to Newsday she also requested resignations from 200 political appointees from the Mangano administration. (Source) In a not so surprising move, the presiding officer of the legislature Republican Norma Gonsalves criticized the new website as lacking transparency because it is funded by her political committee on a private website.
She has also received criticism due to her transition team being run by Thomas Gerry, the second-in-command of the Nassau County Democratic Committee. I think it is important to note that this is just a transition team and not a reflection of how she will govern. These past few months, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Laura, and she has always shown honesty and integrity.
I am still confident that it is a new day in Nassau County, and we are going to finally see transparency and a restored trust in government.