Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
On Monday March 5, I cast a vote against County Executive Ed Mangano’s plan to close half of the police precincts in Nassau County. Public safety is an essential government function and my fear is that this plan, which was approved by a 10-9 party line vote, will jeopardize the safety of our community.
Over the last month we have heard constantly changing and very sketchy details of this plan regarding cost savings, staffing levels and the impact it will have on the police’s ability to effectively patrol our neighborhoods. Sadly, these details were still changing while the legislature was considering the vote and on that fact alone I could not in good conscience support this proposal without the opportunity to review a finalized and completed plan.
After hearing from the administration, the police and the public, it was my belief that this proposal will not achieve the $20 million in savings that the county executive projects (in fact, the independent budget review office estimates only $12.2 million in savings), but that it will dramatically alter the way in which we police our county and protect our citizens.
Additionally, there were no assurances put in writing to prevent County Executive Mangano (or any future county executive) from further slashing the number of cars on patrol or even eventually closing the new community policing centers.
We pay some of the highest taxes in the country, but unfortunately even now, after this plan has been passed, your tax bill will stay the same, while your level of police service will be cut in half. At the end of the day, I will continue to listen to the concerns of our residents and do whatever I can to address any and all issues related to our safety and security.
Judi Bosworth, Legislator, 10th L.D.