To the Editor:
After the disastrous move by the County Executive and the Republican Majority to close half of the police precincts in Nassau County, the Democratic caucus was successful in pushing Ed Mangano's back against the wall so that he gave us a signed guarantee that there would not be one less patrol car in any neighborhood. The agreement additionally stated that there would be more law enforcement personnel in all of the policing centers.
As Newsday reported, “Democrats also demanded that the amount of borrowing be cut nearly in half from the $50 million requested by Mangano, saying the $26.5 million would cover the cost of officers expected to retire."
In simple terms, I am happy to say that I made the best out of a bad situation. Rather than have an empty building at the Fifth Precinct, I negotiated in exchange for bonding (and not $50 million, but $26.5 million) and received the following for my district/precinct: two commanding officers; two or more detectives and a guarantee that the past arbitration with the PBA would remain the same, so that means Fifth Precinct cars will remain in the Fifth Precinct and not in the Fourth Precinct; and the same number of patrol cars.
As the police precinct plan is implemented by the Mangano Administration, I welcome your feedback as to any issues that arise.
Legislator Carrié Solages, Esq.
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