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  February 16, 2000


To assure conformity in the bicounty region, Nassau County Legislator Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) has filed legislation similar to that submitted in Suffolk County that would permit the County to place a wheel boot on the motor vehicle of deadbeat parents.

"Nassau County cannot tolerate those persons who willfully deny a court order to pay child support," said Legislator Gonsalves. "Any steps that we can take to assist parents in collecting their court ordered support should be taken.

In Nassau County, there are approximately 31,000 court-ordered child support cases in any given month. Of those cases, 20,000 are in arrears for child support for a total amount of $165 million.

Deadbeats owing more than $2500 in arrears for 90 consecutive days would be eligible for the boot. The agency responsible for implementing the policy would be the Sheriff's Office and the Department of Social Services.

"Nassau County routinely places the names of the top deadbeat parents on its Internet site as a means to help find that person. The booting of a motor vehicle is one more step in the fight to assure that court ordered child support payments are being made," concluded Legislator Gonsalves.

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