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Ex-Homeland Security Czar To Oversee Nassau County Crime Lab Restoration

Nassau County Crime Lab (credit: File Photo)

Nassau County Crime Lab (credit: File Photo)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP / WCBS 880) — Former state homeland security czar Michael Balboni will lead a board overseeing the restoration of the Nassau County crime lab.

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County Executive Edward Mangano said Wednesday that the board will oversee the lab’s move to a new facility, the hiring of civilian scientists, and accreditation efforts.

The state inspector general has found systemic problems at the lab. A report last month found problems went largely undetected, were ignored, or were not properly addressed.

The lab was closed in February when problems with evidence were detected.

Evidence in hundreds of drug cases is being reviewed. At least one drunken driving conviction was vacated because of issues with lab evidence.

A national accrediting agency placed the lab on probation in late 2010 for failing to meet national standards.

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