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Nassau Legislature Votes to Merge Police Precincts

The measure passed Monday, 10-9 with legislators voting along party lines.

Dubbed by some as "the most important vote in the history of the ," the plan to merge eight police precincts into four was approved Monday afternoon.

The vote to realign the precincts was expectedly passed by a 10-9 final tally, with each legislator voting along party lines.

Prior to the vote, Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams grilled newly appointed Commisioner Thomas Dale on the plan, saying that the legislature shouldn't be voting on something that is constantly "in flux."

The nine Democratic members of the legislature focused their argument against the realignment on the concept that it simply wasn't ready. Abrahams attempted to table the vote on the precinct plan until more details were made available, but the motion was voted down by the legislature and, eventually, the realignment was approved.

"I commend the county legislature for approving this public safety plan that adds more police officers to our community and protects residents from a property tax hike," Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said in a statement. "... This is a win-win for residents as it results in more safety and not more taxes."

The Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, like Abrahams, cited numerous problems with Mangano's plan to merge precincts.

Last week, it was announced that the county had  its vote on the merger after "progressive" discussions with law enforcement unions over the weekend.

PBA President Jim Carver said Monday that the PBA and county had made "a lot of strides" in the last week while negotiating. He continued by saying that the legislature should take at least another week to think the decision through and give both sides more time to negotiate.

"In my opinion, this was not ready to be voted on," Carver said. "... They were not listening to anybody's argument, they just wanted to vote 'yes' to close the precincts -- that's it."

After the vote, Carver told Patch that he will continue to work with Mangano and his administration on fixing some of the perceived errors in the county executive's plan.

Under the plan, the second and sixth precincts which work with the Glen Cove Police Department would be turned into Community Policing Centers.

Greta March 06, 2012 at 05:09 AM
"Under the plan, the second and sixth precincts are no longer there to work with the Glen Cove Police Department"???? What does that mean?
Greta March 06, 2012 at 05:11 AM
which ones are going and which ones are staying?
kenneth gutwein March 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Now is the time for Sea Cliff to negotiate for GCPD to take over enforcement.
Jeanne March 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Seems so extreme! Why not consolidate two precincts and see how it goes before consilidating all 8! Insane!
Mike Sevich March 13, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Not "insane". Cops will be taken from desks and put into the field. The only people who have problems are the people in the PBA. The unions are killing the taxpayers.

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