Nassau County Legislative
Majority Leader Peter Schmitt
died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack, a spokeswoman for the Legislative Majority said.
Schmitt, 62, who had a health scare last year
, had a heart attack in the office of County Executive Ed Mangano.
He was taken to Winthrop Hospital
, where he could not be revived, according to spokeswoman Christina Brennan.
He died at 11:55 a.m.
Legis. Norma Gonsalves, R-East Meadow, will take over for Schmitt as presiding officer.
Funeral arrangements for Peter Schmitt are as follows:Viewing:
Massapequa Funeral Home
4980 Merrick Road
Massapequa Park, NY
Saturday, Oct. 6; 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7; 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.Funeral Mass:
Saint Rose of Lima
2 Bayview Ave.
Monday, Oct. 8; 11 a.m.
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.Maragos: Audit of the County’s 2011 Federal Awards Finds Compliance Deficiencies
An independent audit prepared by the Office of Nassau County
Comptroller George Maragos, known as the single audit, found two-thirds
of the 2011 federal funds programs tested had deficiencies, some
dating back to 2007, with the federal compliance requirements or
internal controls surrounding compliance.
Upon learning of the audit’s findings, the Mangano administration
submitted a corrective action plan that focuses on comprehensive
education and training of employees that will result in improved
checks and balances, monitoring and oversight. According to a release
from Maragos, this is important as the county is awarded millions of
dollars in federal money for various programs on an annual basis.
Compliance by the county is a major factor in determining whether
municipalities will receive future awards.
"The future federal funding of these programs depends on the county
implementing corrective actions immediately," Maragos said. "The
numerous programs our residents rely upon will no longer be in jeopardy
if compliance issues are fully addressed. I commend County Executive
Mangano for already taking corrective steps to eliminate these
deficiencies, some of which date back to 2007, to ensure the future
funding of these programs."
County Executive Ed Mangano said an arrest of at least one long-time
Department of Housing employee was made after his administration
notified federal authorities of suspected improprieties and a lack of
compliance with Federal requirements.
"With assistance from the Comptroller, District Attorney and HUD
Inspector General, we have implemented corrective actions and will
increase oversight and employee training to prevent neglect and abuse
from occurring again," Mangano added.
The Department of Housing had issues with three of four programs
tested, noting both non-compliance and significant deficiencies in
internal control over compliance. The major programs with audit
findings were the Community Development Block Grant, Lead Hazard
Reduction Demonstration Grant, and Homeless Prevention and Rapid
Rehousing. Deficiencies generally included: errors in federal reporting
of expenditures to the Comptroller’s Office, lack of supporting
documentation, lack of employee training, inadequate checks and
balances and poor cash management.
The Comptroller’s office is responsible for annually preparing an
audited report on the county’s compliance with the requirements of the
U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Circular A-133 regarding
expenditures of federal funds.
The audit selected 31 federal programs from which the county
received awards during the 2011 calendar year. The selected grant
awards were received by the county departments of Housing, Health,
Social Services, Public Works, and Human Services.
Hofstra Presidential Debate to Affect Travel
Hofstra University will host the Presidential Debates at its
Hempstead campus Tuesday, Oct. 16. Because of the highest level of
security surrounding this historical event, NICE bus service in the
surrounding Nassau Hub area will be greatly impacted.
road closures and detours will severely restrict travel in the area
around the university. NICE bus riders traveling in the area may
experience major delays and detours and should plan accordingly.
The Nassau County Police Department and the Secret Service will lock
down the area surrounding Hofstra University in phases beginning at 5
a.m. on the morning of the debate and continuing through approximately
11 p.m. that evening.
Because of the high level of security, NICE bus will not know
specifics about closures until just prior to the shut down, but will
make every effort to keep passengers apprised of changes to the
schedule and when and where buses are running.
Routes: n16, n23, n24, n27, n43, n45, n51, n70/71 and Able Ride. Bus
stops in the lock down areas will not be serviced at those times and
security demands that specific information regarding service suspension
cannot be made available in advance. Able Ride passengers that may be
affected will be contacted directly.
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