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Nassau Notebook: New LI Bus Operator, Aquatic Center Remains Open

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

The following is a look back at some of the top stories in Nassau County over the past week:

County Selects LI Bus Operator

On Friday, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that the county has selected Veolia Transportation, Inc. to take over the Long Island Bus system from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

The company operates in both the United States and Canada; its bus systems transport over 400 million people each year.

Veolia Transportation, Inc. and the county still must negotiate a contract, which would be subject to approval by the Nassau Legislature. If authorized, the company would take over effective Jan. 1, 2012.

In April, the MTA voted to end its operation of the county-owned LI Bus system, maintaining that it could not continue to fund the system without a greater financial contribution from the county.

Nassau Aquatic Center to Remain Open

The Nassau County Aquatic Center will remain open through the summer, Mangano announced this week.

The county had been planning renovations on the facility beginning early next month, but decided to wait after a number of requests from residents and local swim teams looking to use it this summer.

The work will not begin until the spring of next year, Mangano said.

Nassau Holds Job Fair

On Wednesday, thousands of residents came out fora job fair at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The job fair was hosted by Nassau County.

Almost 100 employers were on hand, as well as officials from the county Department of Social Services, Office of Minority Affairs, and Coordinating Agency of Spanish Americans to help with career training and counseling.

Gerald Cymbalsky June 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM
As soon as Coumo was elected, the privatization was a done deal. It is a big money making scheme by the politicians, for the politicians and that was my opinion then, and my opinion will be proved correct over time,
Phil Healey June 11, 2011 at 02:24 PM
The deferring of the repairs to the rather important part of the County's infrastructure might be a costly mistake,however hopefully the County Executive now has a better oppoutunity to seak out grants and other sources of construction revenue to off set the repair bond. The Aquatic center is used by teams throughout the State, at both Collegiate and schloastic levels, knowing that , the State and the Empire State development Agency need to get the big name events back to the aquatic center ( time for team work).
Fish Hunter June 11, 2011 at 04:21 PM
WHAT !?!?!? YOU CARE ABOUT A STUPID SWIMMING POOL? HAVE YOU SEEN THE STATE OF ROADS IN NASSAU COUNTY? HAVE YOU SEEN THE WAIST DEEP WEEDS DOWN SOUTH OYSTER BAY ROAD?? YOU ARE BLIND!!!!
Barbara J Lee June 11, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Does anyone else besides me object to the D'Amato connection in all of this privatization? not that knowing it and objecting to it means a hill of beans in the way of political shennigans. Which came first: the idea of privatization or the winning candidate's link to the political machinery? Let's see? is that the same D'Amato who lambasted about "entitlements need to go" in this weeks Long Beach HERALD? guess all those working poor who use buses to get to work better hope they don't count on such programs to survive!
Jim H June 11, 2011 at 08:33 PM
death of bus service as we know it. A private operator, low bidder. you thought it sucked now, just wait till this time next year.

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