Cecilia DowdJan 1, 2018, 7:10 pmJan 2, 2018, 4:55 pm

Nassau’s first female county executive takes oath of office

Laura Curran vows to restore people’s trust in government and push economic development


MINEOLA — History was made Monday as Laura Curran became Nassau's first female county executive.

Curran was sworn in by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New Year’s Day is normally a day of reflection for Cuomo, who lost his father on Jan 1. 2015, but Cuomo says his father would've wanted him to be in Nassau.

“Because this is a special day and these are no ordinary times and Laura Curran is no ordinary person,” Cuomo said.

“We have to restore trust in government. We have serious financial issues as well and I am very committed to creating a vision and implementing a vision for true economic development,” Curran told FiOS1 News following the inauguration.

In her campaign Curran, a Democrat, largely focused on ridding the county of corruption. As FiOS1 News has reported, her predecessor, Republican Edward Mangano, is facing federal corruption charges. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Curran is optimistic about working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. But she's facing a Republican led legislature and, in recent years, the Democrats have had difficulty getting legislation passed. This is something Curran is aware of as a former county legislator herself.

“I think we're off to a great start. We have a Republican legislature to work with, but I think we are all committed to working in a truly bipartisan manner to deliver for the people that we represent,” Curran said.

In addition to economic development and restoration of trust, Curran spoke of breaking free of NIFA's control, fixing the assessment system and keeping young people in the county.

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