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Monday, March 30, 2015
1st Precinct in limbo
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Sue Greico/Herald
Police Commissioner Thomas Dale has defended precinct mergers, maintaining that Nassau County’s on-the-street police presence is unchanged.

The Baldwin-Seaford merger, the final installment of the county’s plan to reduce the number of precincts in the department from eight to four, had been postponed several times in the fall and winter of 2012. Lack attributed other delays to the high demands on the department before and after last October’s presidential debate at Hofstra and several deaths of officers in the line of duty, in addition to issues associated with Sandy.

The 5th Precinct, in Elmont, was absorbed by the 4th, in Hewlett, on Sept. 14. The first merger was completed last May 1, when Levittown’s 8th Precinct moved into Woodbury’s 2nd. The 3rd Precinct, in Williston Park, was absorbed by the 6th, in Manhasset, on July 1.

Lack said that the merger of the 1st and 7th precincts has only been suspended, and that an official decision on the status of the 1st Precinct would be made within a year. He explained that because county officials are considering aligning the South Shore under three precincts rather than two, they are exploring the option of building a new precinct house at another location. Such construction could take up to a year, he said, but he did not say where it might take place.

In their re-evaluation process, Lack said officials are also considering renovating the current 1st Precinct, at 900 Merrick Road in Baldwin, or building a new station house at property on Harrison Avenue and Merrick Road that Nassau County lawmakers purchased in 2010. James Carver, president of the Police Benevolent Association, said he expects to sit down with County Executive Ed Mangano in the coming weeks to discuss the future of the 1st.

Carver added that hopes the county executive will also reconsider mergers that have already been completed, but Mangano has said he feels that the consolidation plan has proven to be fiscally successful. In spite of this, he said, the final merger has been suspended indefinitely.

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KevinLadden

Ok - we don t need a new building - we need new windows, repair to the sidewalk and railing - and of course some new signs. Sink $150,000 into to it an your good to go for another decade. All these plans to renovate the building across the street or build a new building for millions is crazy. Renovate and continue to maintain a police station. Its in a good central location were it is.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Report this
feegss

Our men and women in blue bust their tails daily-next time you see an officer on the street go over and say thanks.

Whether there are 8 buildings or 4 buildings these officers are heroic by putting their lives on the line for us daily-sure they are compensated well but when you thank an officer for his/her service to us it makes their day!!!!!!

God bless Mr. Carver and his entire force.....Keep politics out of our safety and protection.....

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JohnRowe

Nassau County finds itself getting less for more: fewer services for more tax dollars. With the obvious lack of a cogent plan for the police precinct merger, why is the county even considering the building of a new station house in Baldwin? And given the confusion and indecision, why is there a sign on the purchased property announcing the "new home of Precinct 1" across the street from the existing station house?

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