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Jacobs Blasts 'Pie in the Sky' Precinct Plan

Democratic Legislator says plan needs more research; cites concerns over workload for Second Precinct.

wants answers concerning 's new plan to consolidate county police precincts.

Jacobs, D-Woodbury, cited lack of research and an unresourceful Mangano administration as evidence the consolidation plan is simply a bad idea. Mangano claims the merger would increase police efficiency while saving $20 million.

"Is it really good governing to decrease police presence in our communities, especially when we are ," said Jacobs, citing a concern for excess workloads and wider jurisdictions.

, which could take up to six months to implement, would consolidate Nassau's eight precincts into four. The Second Precinct, which covers Woodbury and Syosset, would remain intact and extend its territory south of Old Country Road in Plainview well into Massapequa.

The Eighth Precinct, based in Levittown, would be converted into a "community policing center," manned by two officers.

"I am pleased the Second Precinct is to remain open and concerned that the Eighth Precinct is being closed," said Jacobs. "There will be more responsibilities given to the sergeants at the Second having to function with fewer people processing a larger volume."

"Keeping residents safe is my number one priority," Mangano insisted Monday. "This plan keeps all 177 patrols cars in their current neighborhoods, assigns more cops to POP and opens four new community policing centers throughout the county while increasing efficiencies."

Many questions need answering before the proposal goes into effect, said Jacobs.

"What are the associated costs with these supposed savings?…How does this really affect residents who pay high taxes and value their excellent police services?…We need answers which are accompanied by documentation, not just 'pie in the sky' statements."

The proposal would require the approval of the Nassau County Legislature and is likely to cause heated public debate.

Howie February 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
And then Judy plays games like renouncing her Democratic status just to try and pull an end run on who is going to be majority leader resulting in everybody getting a paid vacation for a couple of months on the taxpayers dime. Then all of sudden lo & behold, she's a democrat again, on her merry way, getting her picture taken 1000 times a day for the newspapers to print so it looks like she's actually doing something for us. But when it comes to the ONE issue that all of OBVIOUSLY feel is affecting us the most, the outrageous, corrupt manner in which the school system is picking our pockets, Judy is suddenly deaf and dumb, or at a photo shoot. I guess it's time to close the comments now.
Gone February 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
My answer is I’m moving in a few years when my kids graduate HS. I’ve had enough of Nassau county and school politics. I believe Simba said it best – “Are my school taxes only to make them rich and to pay for expensive pensions, or are my taxes to support my Childs learning”. The answer is to make them rich. I’m not sure if this is true, but I heard that the teachers pension is guaranteed to make 7 ½% per year (Nice). If not, you guessed it – more taxes or they take it from another part of the budget. Does anyone know if this is accurate??
Joe February 03, 2012 at 07:30 PM
So less police services and more money for Carole Hankin and company? Just doen't make any sense....We are so screwed..
Bev Macuk February 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I must assume C Hawkins has powerful political allies-did you not notice that the Governors cap on Superintendent's pay was up to 6,500 students and CH has 6,700- Is it true that her contract was extended without anyone knowing it was coming-???
Bev Macuk February 05, 2012 at 01:04 AM
This is not accurate.

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