Vote Postponed In Nassau Police Precinct Closure Plan; Union Chief Optimistic

MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork) – A vote scheduled for today on Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s plan to close four of the eight police precincts has been postponed until next week.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

Aything can happen, says police union president James Carver about the round the clock negotiations over a the controversial police precinct realignment plan, but he is being tight lipped.

“I think there’s a lot of ideas that were floated around over the weekend and there’s nothing solid enough to comment at this time,” Carver told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on Monday.

Carver says the discussions have been fruitful, who is against the plan to downsize four police precincts.

Though he refused to characterize the nature of negotiations, the union leader hints at optimism.

“I think when the two sides are talking, I think that’s always a good sign,” he said.

What do you think about the cost-cutting plan? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • VY

    You want to live in the suburbs and pay all those sky high real estate taxes for the supposed safety and low crime rate. Now they want to save $20 million out of a multi BILLION dollar budget by cutting the number of police precints in half. Require a full complete outside audit of Nassau’s finances, and going forward put the county budget and income online, with evey budget line listed by department. Show everything the county pays for. No so called “off budget” financing.
    Schooling illegals or illegal non-residents is so small it’s a cheap scape goat, and anyone who says that is a lier.
    The real school funding problem is 200,000 school student in over 55 school districts, each with their own set of administators and 55 adminstrations over head costs.
    Unless the school districts are radically consolidated, the county will continue to dround in it’s own over bloted duplicative overhead costs, driving ever higher real estate taxes, until the county real estate values collapse from a giant srinkage in the number of people with the incomes to replace the people moving out or dying. At that point the entire county will eventually start look like Hempstead or Roosevelt.
    Every postage stamp sized town or village has it’s own set of adminstators paid to run that little town or village within the county.
    Nassau’s high taxes are fueled by the need to support multiple layers of duplicative administrations to run all these tiny legal towns and villages.
    If Nassau only had the 4 major townships (Hempstead, North Hempstead Oyster Bay and the City of Long Beach) and only 4 department of public works, 4 zoning boards, 4 school districts (the barrier island villages could be incorporated into one Long Beach school district) etc. the cost of local government woukld get under control as long as all the budgets were all online.

  • 2012

    I am a resident of Nassau County. I think every taxpaying citizen should demand a audit as to where all our tax dollars are going. We are the highest taxed county in the country and they don’t have enough money to keep open police precincts? This is what taxpayers are paying for. Stop schooling all the damn illegals and wasting our money on all these other entitlements and start taking care of the people that pay and support you. This is crazy!

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