UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There was an official change in management Monday for Nassau County‘s 1.4 million residents.
The oath of workplace was administered by his spouse, an legal professional.
It was a brand new day in Nassau, as evidenced by the gang contained in the Cradle of Aviation Museum, many unmasked and no proof of vaccination requested.
“Nassau is regular once more. Now we have seen the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, however we are able to now not be afraid. We nonetheless have challenges, however they’re manageable,” Blakeman mentioned.
He mentioned that features a frequent sense strategy to minimizing well being hazard whereas recognizing financial, social, and psychological well being penalties.
However with Nassau leading the state with a nearly 25% COVID infection rate, Democratic leaders blasted Blakeman for recklessly disregarding security protocols by internet hosting what they referred to as a possible super-spreader occasion.
South Shore Democrats mentioned that’s definitely not the kind of management Nassau wants now.
“That’s not our new regular the place I symbolize. We’re lined up, need to shield our aged, our youngsters,” mentioned Assemblywoman Taylor Darling.
“That is America. Folks have freedom of alternative. I selected to put on a masks. I feel individuals ought to put on a masks. It makes you safer,” Rep. Tom Suozzi mentioned.
Blakeman blasted what he referred to as “hysteria,” insisting Nassau shouldn’t be in disaster.
And he repeated the mantra that swept him into workplace in a crimson tsunami, despite a popular incumbent credited for fixing Nassau’s long-broken assessment system. He mentioned it’s nonetheless damaged.
“There isn’t any purpose why millionaires ought to pay zero taxes and that houses which are equivalent in the identical neighborhood pay vastly totally different tax charges,” Blakeman mentioned.
And he mentioned he’ll go to Albany to repeal bail reform.
“Criminals have extra rights than victims. Sufficient is sufficient,” Blakeman mentioned.
No stranger to politics, Blakemen had run for Congress and New York Metropolis mayor prior to now, however he has lastly landed an elected government function. He mentioned his purpose is for Nassau to grow to be probably the most vibrant place to reside on the earth, now that it’s again to regular once more.