Lavine Meets with Yatauro and Colleagues on Budget Gap Aid

March 9, 2009

Pictured are State Assemblywoman/Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper, State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine, Legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) and Nassau County Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro.

On March 4, State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) was visited in his Albany office by Nassau County Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) and a delegation of county legislators who came to the State Capitol to meet with state lawmakers in an effort to win support for three initiatives which would help the county with its dire financial situation. The initiatives include a cigarette tax, the installation of red light cameras and surcharges for traffic/parking violations. Collectively these items would add approximately $30 million to Nassau County revenue.

Assemblyman Lavine stated, “In these last few years we have begun to see a greater spirit of understanding and cooperation between Albany and Nassau County. Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro’s successful effort to organize a bipartisan group of Nassau County legislators and lead them to the State Capitol is yet another step in the right direction. Thanks to her leadership, our county legislators met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, along with other members of both Houses. The goodwill flowing from these meetings will go a long way toward enhancing the continuing cooperation between our State and County governments.”

Presiding Officer Yatauro stated that the feedback the delegation received was highly encouraging, adding, “Our message was well received. I feel certain Nassau County will be bolstered with State legislation to help us through this time.”