By Sophia Hall

MINEOLA, NY (WCBS 880) – Two police precincts may be shut down as Nassau County faces a $310 million budget gap.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Nassau County PBA president James Carver says that if two precincts close their doors, there could be more crime.

“Worst case scenario, yes, I believe that not having a precinct, the presence of having a precinct in an area, gives the appearance that we have given up, that the police department has given up in that area,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Carver said under the proposed county plan, to save $15 million dollars, two of the eight precincts would close and 81 people, including detectives and commanders, would be laid off.

“It’s very upsetting. Nassau County has been known for its low crime rate and one of the things is that having a police precinct in the neighborhood gives security of that community,” he said.

Carver believes Nassau County should be hiring more police officers, not firing the ones it already has.

It is not known yet which two precincts would be closed, but the plan would not call for any officers to be taken off the street.

How would you feel about this plan? Sound off in the comments section below.

Comments (6)
  1. Lawn-Guy Land says:

    Why doesn’t Nassau County simply bill New York City for the budget shortfall? Long Islanders are the REAL New Yorkers, and the best way to prove it is by taking NYC’s money.

    1. Dennis Jones says:

      You are an idiot and shouldn’t comment. We are facing real issues here. If you want to play go find an xbox or something.

  2. John says:

    Terrrible idea. Crime is up and there going to close 2 of 8 staions. 25% is to much. If I need to get a report I dont want to go 45 mins to the next staion over to do so. What is closing 2 stations going to really save. Are they going to sell the land now it worthless? Theres got to be better ways to save money. How about telling mangano to stop creating 100k+ a year jobs for his friend al damatos daughter in law.

    1. Mike says:

      Sell the property? lol
      The county just closes the doors and leaves the buildings vacant. If they decided to sell all there properties than maybe they wouldn’t need to close any precincts. Fire Mangano and you may have a chance to save the many many people from moving out of the county.

  3. Scott says:

    Good comment. However, If it’s more corrupt that Rockland County (which I doubt but it could be close) I would pack as soon as possible. The politicians with the give the police department any salary and benefit they want phlosophy is crashing in on them all over the state and country. And of course they don’t feel the effects, WE DO.

  4. Mike says:

    Time to revamp the county. This is the most corrupt county in the nation. As taxes go up the services become less. New York City police get paid much less and have more people to protect. My precinct, the1st, has the worst police patrol that I have ever seen. I wouldn’t notice if they did close it down. I am thinking its times to relocate, just fed up with the crap.

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