James B. Duncan
James B. Duncan, a lifelong Port Washington resident and successful local business owner for 35 years, is seeking his third term as commissioner on the three-member Board of Police District Commissioners. Commissioner Duncan's goal is to continue utilizing his experience as a Captain in the US Army Corps of Engineers and a retired, decorated Nassau County Police Officer, with two life saving awards. In addition, James B. Duncan has served as a captain in the Port Washington Fire Department and will be celebrating 40 years of emergency service to the community in January.
Throughout his second term, he has continued to utilize his law enforcement background to contribute to the Port Washington Police District's increased productivity and enforcement activities, resulting in improved quality of life for the residents of Port Washington. He has persistently initiated improvements in numerous public safety programs, including the Children's Fingerprinting Program and the creation of a Public Safety Committee - a diversified group of administrators from various local agencies (including Nassau County, Town of North Hempstead and NYS Dept. of Transportation) that meets periodically to identify and implement changes and improvements regarding traffic and pedestrian issues within the boundaries of Port Washington.
Coordinating closely with his fellow commissioners and the School Resource Officer, Commissioner Duncan organized the first Port Washington Police District Bicycle Giveaway Program - ensuring that local youths were given the opportunity to benefit from the district's inventory of stolen and recovered bicycles. In the past, these bicycles were returned to the Nassau County Police Department for distribution at their annual auction. The Port Washington Bicycle Giveaway Program was a huge success and many youngsters were thrilled with their good fortune!
Commissioner Duncan continues to promote opportunities within the department for women and minorities, ensuring that civil service exams and deadlines are publicized within the police district, and he continues to offer his expertise through the application process. "It is important that the community be made aware of the opportunities for employment through the Nassau County Civil Service Commission," states Commissioner Duncan. "It greatly benefits the community if the police district can draw from a qualified and diverse list of candidates for future police training and advancement."
The police department is experiencing fiscal stability through responsible management an increased grant funding. He has helped to bring the district into the 21st century by using his valuable business skills to streamline the district's business practices. With the addition of MDTs (Mobile Data Terminals) in all patrol vehicles, aggressive hiring and training practices and open dialogue with the public, the police district continues to provide superior law enforcement services to the community. Commissioner Duncan has been a driving force in taking steps to seek federal and state funding for various capital needs projects being undertaken by the Police District, including a new headquarters facility and upgrades to the district's computer capabilities. The Counter-Terrorism Network recently installed at police district headquarters is the first of such communications improvements.
"I am hopeful that I can continue to participate in the growth and enhancement of this fine department," states Commissioner Duncan, "We have experienced tremendous challenges in the past few years, and I believe my experience and understanding of law enforcement gives me a unique perspective to continue to be an asset as Police Commissioner of the Port Washington Police District."
Frank Scobbo Jr.
Continuing a proud family tradition of public service, I am seeking election to the Board of Police Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District on Dec. 10. Port Washington has one of the finest police forces in the nation, and I want to do my part to maintain its superior position.
Because I was born and raised in Port Washington, I've had an excellent vantage point to observe the changes and growth that have taken place in our town over the years. I'm pleased to note that the basic qualities that make Port Washington more than just a dot on the map remain. It's still a great place to live, work and raise a family.
The quality of life in our community is what brings and keeps people here. And that quality is dependent on our schools and services, especially our emergency services such as our fire and police departments. I have firsthand knowledge and understanding of the importance of these. My wife and sister are public school teachers in New York City. I, myself, went through the Port Washington School System from K through 12. No one has to tell me how important a strong and safe educational system is. As police commissioner, I will work with the administration to protect the learning environment that has made our school system one of the best on Long Island. And I know the value of the ethnic and cultural diversity that is a part of Port Washington.
From my father, who is a retired Port Washington police commissioner, and my brother who is a Port Washington police officer, I know how important our police department is to our community. Our response time of 60-90 seconds makes a life-saving difference to people in need.
As an active and decorated member of the Port Washington Fire Department, I know we have one of the best fire departments on the island; our training, equipment and response time makes it an invaluable asset to the community.
The Port Washington police commissioners have a very special job. In addition to oversight and budget, the commissioners set the taxes for the district, they are in direct control of the financial levies placed on homeowners within the district, a task that requires consideration of the services provided. As commissioner, I will work with the two other commissioners to find the most efficient means of delivering police services. My primary concern as police commissioner will be using the resources we currently have within the police district to provide the optimum service to the community without increasing the budget.
We live in a different world today and certain aspects of the community cannot be taken for granted or overshadowed by politics. This town, and most immediately, the police department, needs to be proactive an prepared. If elected, I will work tirelessly for your safety and the community.