Thursday, January 28, 2010

Schmitt is Just a HUGE Liar

He has this gem on the Long Island Press website "I saw no moral indignation on their part when they voted to give a 60-percent raise to Suozzi and a 60-percent raise to [former Nassau Comptroller Howard] Weitzman, and a 60-percent raise to DA [Kathleen] Rice, all Democrats.”

See, the problem with this is that the raise was also for Maureen O'Connell the County Clerk WHO IS A REPUBLICAN!

Oh, and while we are at it, why hasn't REPUBLICAN Accidental County Executive Ed Mangano refused the increased salary?
Mangano can direct the Legislature to return his salary to pre-2007.
Why hasn't Schmitt done it either?

From Peter Schmitt's Opponent Last Year

Actually, that would be me.
I just want to go on the record and say that if Schmitt can't handle the salary, I'd be more than happy to take the job.



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oh, and the Schmitt Raise was Retroactive

Nice to make your own raise retroactive to get some more cash from the County.

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Dump Schmitt. It's Time for Peter Schmitt to Go

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More On Schmitt

Schmitt is saying that the resolution for the raises were "...put it forth in the full light of day . . . and I stand by my decision."
The truth is that it was clocked in at the clerk’s office at 9:44 a.m. on Monday and the vote was held at 10:15am. It may have been light out but there was no time for discussion, debate or public input.
If Schmitt believes he deserved the raise he should have had the guts to hold a public hearing on it.
What was he so afraid of?

Oh, right.... He'd get raked over the coals and his spineless republican cohorts would re-think voting yes.

Happily the public is not taking this blatant money-grab so Schmitt is trying whatever he can to make excuses for why he is right. For years he has been attacking Democrats for what he perceived to be grave transgressions and in suggests he will be better than the Democrats. So why does Schmitt's excuse for the raises boil down to "Bu... bu...but... the Democrats"?
Schmitt says "All I did was what former presiding officer Judy Jacobs tried to do three times. I didn't see the Democratic legislators holding news conferences against her. . . . Nor did I see Democratic indignation when they voted to increase former County Executive [Thomas] Suozzi's salary by 60 percent."

Legislator Jacobs shines the light of truth and slaps Schmitt down "
I never put any raise proposal for legislators to a vote. And the proposal for Suozzi and others came from a [recommendation by] a bipartisan, blue ribbon panel when the economy was better."
In fact the reason why the idea for raises never went far was because Democrats opposed it. Schmit was angry then because he really needed the money. Now he feels he gets what he deserved.


Monday, January 25, 2010

HOLY SCHMITT!!! Peter Schmitt Gives Himself a 47% Raise.

Less than a month after taking over the Nassau County Legislature, Peter Schmitt and his republican cohorts have voted for a raise for Presiding Officer Schmitt and Deputy Presiding Officer John Ciotti.
Schmitt goes from from $67,500 to $99,500 and Ciotti goes from $62,500 to $84,500, a 35% increase.
It has been a long time since there has been a raise in the legislature and as a candidate I supported cost of living increases but this is still a part-time job.
To quote Schmitt himself from December 2003 when CE Suozzi wanted to give raises to people in his administration "These people are getting raises in excess of what anyone gets in the private industry. It's a disgrace." (Newsday Dec.30, 2003. sorry no link available)

Here is video Schmitt just three years ago when raises for County Executive, Comptroller, District Attorney and County Clerk. The budget was submitted to the Legislature and was subject to public hearings and a vote unlike the sneaky move Schmitt and his partners in crime pulled on Monday.

Schmitt is just a hypocrite. Here is Schmitt on News12 explaining why he deserves his raise.

He says that he is there everyday and if he is there everyday he should be compensated for it like it was full-time and that is the end of that.
County workers making much less than Schmitt does now and did previously when Schmitt made $63,000 went to work every day and worked a full day and never got raises like Schmitt says he deserves.

Just when you thought Schmitt was arrogant enough he keeps on going. He claims he has been "working for free."

No Peter, you have drawn a salary on the taxpayer dime for the past 14 years to the tune of $63,000/year. You have NEVER worked for free.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bruce Blakeman Declares for Senate; Nassau Republicans Overjoyed

What a happy looking bunch of republicans. Mondello has a sort-of smile while Peter King is shooting lasers from his eyes into the back of Blakeman's head. Schmitt looks like he would rather be at the Forest Inn (that's probably where he left his tie.) D'Amato is trying to figure an angle in this where he can make money and The Accidental County Executive Ed Mangano continues to look like a deer in the headlights.
It's like all that is wrong is gathered on one stage.
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Friday, January 01, 2010

Mangano Doesn't Know the Meaning of the word "Plan"

Mangano campaigned on the "Mangano Plan." He says on his website "Ed Mangano has a plan for Nassau County: stop wasteful spending; freeze and fix Nassau’s broken tax assessment system, saving $100 million dollars annually; repeal Nassau’s home energy tax; and, most importantly, create jobs and opportunities in Nassau County."

A "Plan" is defined as: "
a : a method for achieving an end b : an often customary method of doing something c : a detailed formulation of a program of action d : a detailed program"

Suddenly after the election, Manganos "Plan" is just some vague ideas.
According to Newsday, at his inauguration, Mangano "...said he would create a "team" to study how to freeze property values for a period of years as he worked to improve the assessment system..."

Now after YEARS of complaining about the assessment system while in the Legislature and campaigning on fixing it, Mangano just shows he HAS NO IDEA what he is going to do. By now he should have had an alternate plan for assessments. He kept talking about his "Plan" but turns out it's all just hot air.
How long will this "team" of his "study" the assessment system?
Why does Mangano need more time?
He ran as a know-it-all and instead we get a know-nothing.

The Accidental County Executive proves me right from Day 1.