Public News Service - NY
Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY
May 13, 2011
NEW YORK - A fired Nassau County lawyer is charging that hundreds of New York children are being put at risk of abuse and neglect because of firings and hirings there.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has cut 400 jobs since taking office, and claims future cuts and a hiring freeze will save the county $70 million in 2011. However, former Family Bureau attorney D.J. Rosenbaum doubts there are any savings in the Family Bureau, because she says almost all of the 10 fired lawyers have been replaced by attorneys with political connections but no experience trying child-welfare cases.
"Now, you have a Family Court Bureau in Nassau County that is overburdened with inexperienced people. Children can be hurt because they are not going to be protected by the court system which was set up to protect them."
Rosenbaum calls it a scary situation for both the children and people of the county.
....Mangano has emphasized his efforts to cut labor costs, but Rosenbaum says evidence suggests the county executive is putting politics ahead of children's safety.
"I'm very clear that a number of people that have replaced us have no experience, no training or background for this work, are making very good salaries and have connections to the Republican Party." FULL STORY
SNIFF. It's about one batch of political hacks being replaced with a different batch of political hacks to terrorize families. And it sounds like Rosenbaum is a royal hack.