Upcoming Nassau County CEO Bruce Blakeman sits down with Eyewitness News to discuss future plans

NASSAU COUNTY (WABC) – Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne sat down with upcoming Nassau County CEO Bruce Blakeman to talk about his plans for his term, which begins in the new year.

“It was a big job, and there were a lot of problems,” he said. “I’m really excited to be working for the people of Nassau County.”

Blakeman, a Hempstead Town Councilor, said the top two things on his agenda were fighting crime and reducing taxes.

“We need to keep the tax burden as light as possible,” he said. “But we also have to strengthen economic development.”

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Blakeman, a Republican, said he will not enforce New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s requirement to wear a mask in the home because he thinks Nassau County’s high vaccination rates and large hospital beds are not enough. ensure that.

In June, Blakeman — as a candidate — stood with parents in Massapequa Park, who are asking school districts, not the state, to decide if their child should wear one. mask to school or not.

He said he was on that side.

“I think it should be optional,” he said. “It depends on the local school board. I have not seen any science that justifies making children wear masks.”

Blakeman said he wouldn’t suggest any mandate on a vaccine either.

“I got vaccinated myself,” he said. “I have a lot of healthcare professionals around me. But I also don’t think it’s right for me to force you to get vaccinated or you’re fired.”

Blakeman is scheduled to be sworn in on January 3 at the Cradle Aviation Museum in Garden City.

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