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Will Police Precinct Realignment Help Nassau? [POLL]

Was Monday's realignment a step forward in saving money or a step back in public safety?

As Patch reported Monday, Nassau legislators voted along party lines to of the county's police precincts on Monday.

In a 10-9 final tally, the Republican majority voted in favor of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's , which merges the police department's eight precincts into four.

The 10-9 vote was one of three such totals on the day – the other two coming on votes for commissioner and tabling the precinct vote until next week.

The often-heated legislative session featured a number of speakers – including residents – who were quick to voice their opinion, even when presiding officer Peter Schmitt, R-Massapequa, hadn't asked for it.

According to Newsday [paid link]:

The most dramatic scene, however, occurred as Legis. Joseph Belesi, R-Farmingdale, a retired Nassau Police sergeant, cast his vote. With tears in his eyes, Belesi quietly said, "I vote yes. I vote aye," and then stood up and walked somberly out of the chamber to catcalls and hisses. One audience member screamed out: "You are a coward."

The plan, according to Mangano, will go into effect 30 days from its approval. Each merger will then take place two months after the previous merger, until there are four remaining precincts.

www.ValleyStream.LI March 12, 2012 at 06:31 PM
According to Jim Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, the plan will drastically cut the number of officers in the precincts being closed — the 1st, 5th, 6th and 8th — and will result in unacceptable delays in the time it takes to respond to and investigate crimes.
Nassau Taxpayer March 12, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Think Mr. PBA has an axe to carve, er, grind?
www.ValleyStream.LI March 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
He probably does, but the question remains as to how the closing of the fifth precinct will affect Valley Stream residents. The Valley Stream Civilian Patrol cited the village’s proximity to the city as a cause for concern. “We believe it’s wrong because we are on the borderline with Queens and people come into Valley Stream from Queens,” said Ralph Polverino, president of the Civilian Patrol. “The 5h Precinct should always be open and we need as much protection as possible.” A couple leaving a bank ATM early Thursday morning 3/1/12 in Valley Stream were robbed at gunpoint by a man who took their cash and fled. Two men robbed a Valley Stream gas station before taking off in a getaway car early February 19, 2012. Two men entered Dashmesh Petroleum at 385 West Merrick Road at 3:35 a.m. wielding a handgun and demanding cash. One man demanded while the other stood by the door acting as a lookout. The two obtained an unknown amount of cash before hopping into their getaway car and fleeing west on Merrick Road. On Jan. 29, a skimming device at a Capitol One Bank in Valley Stream fell off into the hands of a customer who was trying to use the ATM. The darkness is acute near Green Acres Mall, leaving the impression that more lights are out than on. "It's just overwhelming how many are missing," Chris Csuti said he could identify 37 spots where lights should be shining but aren't.
anonymous March 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
these are problems that are solved with patrol cars; not buldings. The goal of the re-organization is to save costs in the precincts
Linda Armando June 23, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Although I have always had great respect for police officers I must say that the 5 th precinth has not had a positive effect on how I feel. When I have had to call them usually the experience and outcome is not what I expected. When I went into person it was even more negative. They showed little interest in my concerns and behaved rudely to me, not all the officers but one particular detective there was a night mare very nasty and discourteous , I would hope to never see his face again literally . Normally I would have gone to bat for a precinth so close to my home to stay open but in general they were not helpful or effective in things that were important to me and my neighbors . I understand there not supposed to be social workers but I expected common courtesy which I did not receive in almost every situation . I don't think we need that building because for me it didn't serve the purpose it should have,

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