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 said he hopes the county executive will also reconsider mergers that have already been executed, 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.