Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Chris Boyle.
The South Merrick Civic Association welcomed Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano as guest speaker at its monthly meeting Tuesday, where he spoke on procuring federal aid for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Civic Association President Joe Baker introduced Mangano and numerous members of his administration to a packed house of Merokeans, including Nassau Police Chief Steven Skrynecki.
Mangano spoke about his recent work in Albany in regards to procuring funding to assist Nassau County residents whose homes, property and businesses have suffered damage or outright lost due to Hurricane Sandy.
“I was discussing directly with [New York State] Governor Cuomo our needs here in anticipation of the supplemental appropriation now being passed by the House and the Senate,” Mangano said. “In anticipation of President Obama signing it into law, there’s a significant amount of work to be done to program those dollars and get them back to those in need.”
“I want to make certain that, in our planning process, that we hear from each community that the individual issues are addressed,” Mangano continued. “We’re not just going to rebuild Nassau County, but we’re going to rebuild it stronger and smarter.”
While Mangano applauded the imminent approval of Federal aid, he lauded the time it took to happen.
“It took 80 days when it should have taken eight,” he said. “It’s appalling.”