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Legis. Wink, Zausner Discuss Their Proposed Plans

Candidates express their views at a Meet The Candidates Night sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Legislative contenders of the 11th district Eric Zausner, R-Port Washington, and Wayne Wink, Jr., D-Roslyn, addressed voters concerns including redistricting and plans to raise revenue at the  event on Tuesday.

The event was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, which was hosted by the League of Woman voters.

On proposed redistricting:  Zausner began by clarifying that he is not currently a part of the legislature, so he did not have any part in this decision.

“The problem isn’t redistricting," he said. "The constitution says we need to reapportion our district every 10 years, and what we do is abide by our county charter.”

The problem lies in that the directors of charter set up three conflicting sections, the first of which implemented new district lines within six months of 2010 census data becoming available. The second and third, he stated, were “public hearings by partisan to tweak those districts over the next two years.”

His proposition was to revise the charter by making it in plain and simple language so that the apportionment of districts will not end up in confusion.

Wink agreed with Zausner about amending the charter, but the agreement stopped there. He disagreed with Zausner’s theory that the three provisions were conflicting.

“When you read them together, instead of parsing them and choosing the position you wanted to take, based upon one provision and disregarding the rest ... you didn’t have to take that position quite frankly," Wink said.

Wink added that the worry of proposed redistricting should be the least of their worries when they are facing a $3 million deficit. He then alleged that Zausner would have probably voted for redistricting despite the fact that Zausner said earlier that he would have lost his hometown.

“Eric can allege that he wasn’t there and that he wouldn’t have voted for it because he would have lost his hometown," Wink said. "The fact of the matter is, with the exception of one legislator -- who is a registered Democrat but sits with Republicans -- all the Republicans voted in lock-step to make this happen.”

On Zausner’s plan to raise revenue: Zausner proposed a plan for Nassau County to generate up to $100 million in revenue. This plan involves selling rights to areas such as the Nassau Coliseum; Zausner arrived at the $100 million by looking at what other sports stadiums rights were going for; Citifield, he said, was about $20 million.

His plan is to first sell the naming rights of Nassau Coliseum for around $20 million, to then go on to sell the naming rights of parts of Eisenhower park, such as the aquatic center.

“We can absolutely sell those naming rights while retaining ownership so we can generate the kind of revenue we are looking for; then we can absolutely not only help plug the budget deficit, but also restore our parks," he said.

Wink countered this proposal by saying, “Unfortunately, that’s not even the low hanging fruit. That’s the stuff that fell off the tree and rotted on the ground for a while before someone picked it up and thought it was a good idea.”

Wink said this plan is not plausible and is not going to happen. He mentioned that Bethpage Federal Credit Union paid the Ducks Stadium $225,000, which later decreased because of the economy, to $161,000. Wink also mentioned that the Duck stadium was in better condition than our Coliseum and our parks.

“If it sounds too easy, it is too easy," Wink said.


 

Nassau Taxpayer October 17, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Fundamentals: 1./ Fix the assessment system, once and for all times. 2./ End Mangano's warmed-over Gulotta-style one-shot and patronage system. 3./ Use data to restructure and reform NCPD staffing and expense and eliminate overlaps with village policing. Do these three things and you are way more than 2/3 of the way out of Dodge.
LaceDeliDill October 17, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Nassau Coliseum is NOT Citi Field! This entire plan is contingent upon the idea that someone actually wants to put their name on it. Why would a major company want to put their name on a venue that the VOTERS refused to pay to upgrade?
NewYorkPatriot October 17, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Wink's line about low hanging fruit was spot on. As a republican, I find myself embarrassed that my party is putting forward a candidate who repeatedly sounds like he got most of his plans for governing from a sixth grade Social Studies class. The plan Zausner outlines in this clip is wholly dependent on conditions being met, deals not falling through, and an unrealistic expectation that a wounded market is going to be able to provide all the funding he expects to have to work with. This is babble. Nonspecific numbers and fictional "buyers" who will swoop in like the chariot of Helios to give us the sun that Zausner promised us do not do much to impress me. PS. A republican who wants to exploit publicly owned resources to raise money for his pie-in-the-sky public works projects? Now I've seen it all. We've got a RINO in the running folks.
fred October 17, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Mr Wink has had 4 years to fix the assessment system and now he wants to do something about. This is the man who voted for the tax on heat and still doesn't get it I also like Mr Wink's low lying fruit remark, but I ask , why haven't we done it already? Some money is better than no money. Make fun of it as much as you want but sign me up for a guy who seeks revenue without asking it come from the taxpayers. Companies that want their named all over TV, internet and newspapers would pay to name the coliseum regardless of how the voters voted!
LaceDeliDill October 17, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Much like Mangano he seems to not have a realistic plan for revenue. We haven't done it because there is no ACTUAL company that is willing to do it. Instead of blindly proposing such ideas maybe Mr. Zausner should actually do research to find out if anyone will actually want to have their name put on such venues. His points are completely unresearched and have no realistic foundations. How can we elect someone to manage anything financially that clearly lives in fantasy land where Pepsi wants to have the rights to name Nassau Coliseum? I'm just not sure this kid has any idea what he's getting into. What has he done in the past for Nassau County? Where did he come from? Articles state that he is a "lifelong resident" but residency doesn't mean you can adequately represent the people of the 11th district and support their needs.
NewYorkPatriot October 17, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Fred: You seem to think that Mr. Zausner's idea is original and groundbreaking. I'm sorry to say that it isn't. It's an easy pitch for him to make but there's very little substance behind it until he can point to real companies who have a clear intention and interest in buying naming rights. As I said in my previous message, at this point, it's all hypothetical. Well meaning musings are best left in the classroom. I'll agree with you that I'd much rather see projects funded by the private sector than relying on burdening taxpayers. However, the notion that this plan will succeed in pulling off what he proposes is foolishness. Each time Zausner speaks, he seems like he's hugely under-qualified, ignorant as to the complexity of the ideas he discusses, and optimistic to a fault. He strikes me as having very little actual experience in dealing with any of the matters he talks about outside of a vacuum. Usually the Democrats are the party of ambitious, well-meaning fools and it disappoints me to see someone just as naive running as a Republican. His plan is dependent on several different complex events all falling into place exactly as he HOPES they should. I think people learned their lesson about voting for "hope" over actual experience back in 2008. Zausner is an empty suit and I'd sooner vote for an accomplished legislator like Wink, regardless of differing positions, than for a hopeless incompetent like Zausner.
fred October 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM
You all seem to love Wink. Lets be realistic what has the guy ever done but what the party tells him!!!! Talk about his record.There is none and for the last two years all he has done is said NO!
CueFrick October 17, 2011 at 11:23 PM
http://www.theislandnow.com/williston_park/news/article_58b4bd4a-cead-11e0-8048-001cc4c03286.html Says there at least Wink has experience in politics. Z seems to only have retail cosmetics experience. Does anyone know if he has held any other office? I'd be interested to know. Please and Thanks.
NewYorkPatriot October 17, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Cue: Thank you for posting that link. I've been trying to follow this election as closely as I can but somehow I missed that article. That's all the more alarming. I was under the impression that Mr. Zausner's previous experiences were in line with legitimate business management, but from that article makes it sound like he is what I feared: some kid with minimal experience who is in way over his head in this election. People need to be careful when they're choosing what candidates to vote for! The last thing we need during these difficult times is someone managing our money with no actual history owning a business, or at least in government. I'm not a Wink-supporter, but I'll take the evil I know before I hand over my purse strings to someone with no understanding of how finances work! PS. Is it just me or did they use the most unflattering images possible for that article? Both candidates look dreadful. Wink comes off as some sort of alien-reptile and Zausner looks like the spawn of Bradley Whitford and a Raggedy Anne doll.
NewYorkPatriot October 18, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Fred: As I said to Cue down below, I'm not a Wink supporter. I certainly don't love him, nor cherish nor admire the man. I'm a pragmatist and I would happily take someone who at least understands the position he is running for than vote in somebody with woefully few qualifications and what comes across as a second-rate intellect.
EZMoney2 October 18, 2011 at 12:03 AM
ZASNER IS TRYING TO FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE AND THEIR RIGHT TO NOT HAVE TAXES@! what DO YOU WANT TO HAVE TO PAY HIGHER TAXXES? HE'S TRYING TO HAVE US PAY LE$$ MONEY! DON'T YOU PEOPLE GET THAT? SHE EVEN SAID IN THE LAST DEBATE THAT UNION WORKERS SHOULD HAVE BENEFITS CUT SO THE MONEY THAT WOULD BE SPENT ON THEM WOULD GO TO US! PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE RUINING NASSAU COUNTY! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED! GO ZASNER! GO MANGIANO!
EZMoney2 October 18, 2011 at 12:05 AM
WE ARE ALREADY IN TROUBLE BECAUSE OF WINK! VOTE FOR ZASNER. NOW THATS CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN. HE'S GOING TO GET US $100 MILLION DOLLARS FROM PEPSI! I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I CAN USE $100 MILLION DOLLARS RIGHT ABOUT NOW!!!!!
Nassau Taxpayer October 18, 2011 at 12:10 AM
For a dollar I'll name you and your CAPS delusional.
EZMoney2 October 18, 2011 at 12:18 AM
NAUSSA TAX PAYER YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY WINK OR ONE OF HIS CROONIES TRYING TO KEEP A NICE YOUNG MAN DOWN!
EZMoney2 October 18, 2011 at 12:21 AM
IF IT IS SO EASY TO COME UP WITH CREATIVE IDEAS TO GIVE US MONEY INSTEAD OF TAKING MONEY YOU DO IT THEN!!!!!!!!! ALL I HEAR FROM YOU IS YOUR PRO-WINK PROPAGANDA! FRED IS RIGHT! WE DON'T NEED TO BE INFORMED ABOUT THE ISSUES. THATS WHY WE ELECT PEOPLE LIKE THEM TO THINK FOR US ON THESE PROBLEMS NAD MAKE SURE WE DONT HAVE TO PAY FOR THINGS LIKE TAXES. TAXES ARE BAD. DONT YOU KNOW THAT? TAXES COST MONEY YOU KNOW! AREN'T YOU IN FAVOR OF NOT SPENDING MONEY!??!?
NewYorkPatriot October 18, 2011 at 12:28 AM
EZMoney2: I sincerely hope you are not representative of Zausner or his supporters or we may be in even worse shape than I thought. While your ferocity in defending the candidate is to be admired, I can't help but think that Mr. Zausner may be better off without such uncivil and vocal defenders such as you and fred. I don't see the need for you guys to be so confrontational when everyone addressing the legitimate issues with Zausner's candidacy have managed to do so in a perfectly polite and respectable manner. I'd encourage you two as well as any other Zausner supporters to keep a cool head in your rebuttals. That said, I can't fathom any rational-minded person being able to take this candidate seriously, so perhaps that explains why his most ardent defenders behave so untoward to others when confronted with logic...
EZMoney2 October 18, 2011 at 12:42 AM
YOU DONT EVEN NEED LOGIC TO KNOW TAXES ARE BAD. ITS SIMPLE AS THAT! HE PROMOTES NO NEW TAXES! IF HE PROMISES NO NEW TAXES THEN WE SHOULD KNOW WE WILL HAVE TO PAY LESS AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST! DONE DEAL!!!!!!
Nassau Taxpayer October 18, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Since it's clear you walk the talk (and don't have any logic) perhaps this will explain taxes to you: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=htX2usfqMEs>
EZMoney2 October 18, 2011 at 02:39 AM
I KNOW MORE ABOUT LIVING AND PAYING TAXES THAN U OBVIOUSLY!!! I KNOW THAT NO TAXES MEANS I DONT HAVE TO PAY MONEY. SO WHAT IF THIS GUY HAS NO EXPERIENCE! HE HAS LIVED HERE FOR HIS WHOLE LIFE AND OBVIOUSLY IS TIRED OF PAYING HIGH TAXES TOO! THATS WHY HE IS THE CANDIDATE FOR THE PEOPLE!
NewYorkPatriot October 18, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Obviously Mr. Zausner isn't a fan of having to paying high taxes. Everyone who has ever had to file an income tax return knows what a pain in the ass it is to see a bunch of hard work and time go into paying for impractical government spending. I don't doubt that he is sincere in his aims, I just think he's too ignorant to realize how overly-ambitious and impractical his plans are. He's relying on planning as though he already has the money to work with and that's a big bet to make before even getting into office. What happens when he's elected and has too few investors step forward to support his plans? Is he going to dip into his own wallet to make ends meet? I somehow doubt it. "No new taxes" is an easy rallying cry but he's not going to get elected and then be able to swoop in and magically make it so corporations bear the burden of public works instead of the citizens. EZMoney, I am sorry to say that you are delusional. We all hate to pay taxes. You, me, Mr. Wink and Mr. Zausner. Believing that will change is as foolish as any of the wide-eyed idealism from the Dems. Be smart, and vote for the candidate who will be responsible with your money, not the one who will promise you the moon to get the job and fall short of your expectations.
fred October 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM
NY you just don't get it either. We don't have a revenue problem since we are already one of the highest taxed counties in the country. We spend way too much. Did you get your school tax bill? You view taxes in a vacuum and so you say whats the big deal if you have to pay a few more bucks. The reality is people are heading for the exits in Nassau County because they are being overwhelmed by the tax and spend democrats. Just look at the union contracts the democrats approved.Wink, who you say is responsible with other peoples money, has been part of the crew destroying this county. It is time for a change and you need to wake up and smell the roses!! Wink is yesterday-Zausner is today and tomorrow.
Nassau Taxpayer October 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Zausner's inexperience is dangerous. Clueless, today and tomorrow.
ezmoneey22 October 28, 2011 at 07:34 AM
ZASNER IS THE BEST. HE HAS A PLAN. WINK HAS NONE. SO WHAT IF ZASNER HAS NOT TOLD US WHAT THE PLAN IS?! PEPSI WANTS IN HE SAID. DONT U WANT NO MONEY SPENT AND TO HAVE PEPSI PARK?! HE MAY HAVE NO EXPERIENCE BUT MAYBE THATS WHAT WE NEED@! LOOK AT HOW WEKLL THAT WOEKD WITH GEORGE BUSH!
Question October 28, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Don't you have to own real property to pay real estate taxes?
Nassau Taxpayer October 28, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Wow, EZ, you hit it out of the park! "Just like Dumbya." Is there any greater risk or slam? Republicans "MAY HAVE NO EXPERIENCE BUT MAYBE THATS WHAT WE NEED@! LOOK AT HOW WEKLL THAT WOEKD WITH GEORGE BUSH!"
Concerned November 08, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Yes "question", Wink owns property, pays taxes and is a lawyer. Zausner is almost his 30s and I'm pretty sure I've heard he still lives in his parents house that he grew up in. So yes he is a lifelong resident. I went to school with him a while back and he was really immature and belligerent. Maybe he's matured since then, (his hairline certainly seems to have...) so who knows, we've all changed since then but that doesnt mean someone who Has no experience should be put in a position of power. Vote smart tomorrow people.
NCVoter November 08, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Wow! How can he expect anyone to take him seriously???
fred November 08, 2011 at 02:06 PM
What kind of experience does Mr Wink have? After 4 years we have a 300 million dollar deficit. He is so connected to the public unions that the only option he has is to raise taxes like he did with the heating tax!
PDubbsVikings November 09, 2011 at 03:35 AM
He has experience as an adult, a lawyer, a taxpayer, a professor and oh yeah... an elected government official... Which is much more than you can say for Eric.
mememe meme November 09, 2011 at 03:52 AM
As of 22:29 http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/BOE/results.html I know these cant be the final results, there are several districts with no results at all, but a quick skim is looking like republicans won most of the offices...however Eric lost at 1216 - 816

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