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Letter to the Editor: Gonsalves Addresses Democratic Posturing

Gonsalves told legislators to stop wasting the public's time with silly antics.

Dear Editor,

How do you claim victory over a battle that has already been won? It isn’t easy, but Nassau’s police unions and the legislature’s Democrat caucus managed to do it while wasting four hours at the Legislative meeting on March 19. They felt it necessary to hold the entire legislative process hostage to have terms put into the Nassau Police Realignment Plan that were already there in the first place.

As was testified to on 3/13/12, and as was discussed by Police Commissioner Thomas Dale at various public forums throughout Nassau County, including mine in East Meadow on 3/15/12, we were assured that the following facts about the precinct plan have not changed:

  • 48 police officers will now be utilized to patrol our streets, and some serving as Problem Oriented Police officers.
  • 177 sector cars will continue current patrols, unchanged.
  • Special units will be located in each of the new Policing Centers, such as the highway patrol bureau, the robbery squad, the Bureau of Special Operations, narcotics, and others, with supervisors and detectives.
  • All services currently available at a precinct will continue to be available at the Policing Centers, except for the processing of prisoners. 

To add insult to injury, the Democrat legislators then ran to the media to hail victory as if they’d saved the precinct plan. All of the terms that they think they secured were already part of the plan.

To me, it doesn’t really matter who takes the credit as long it’s the public that wins. But, I just ask that the union leaders and the Minority legislators stop wasting the public’s time with silly antics to simply get a good media sound bite.  Focus on good government instead.   

Best,

Legis. Norma L. Gonsalves, R-East Meadow

Deputy Presiding Officer

paul March 28, 2012 at 03:20 AM
To Norma: Do you really believe the below? Q: 48 police officers will now be utilized to patrol our streets, and some serving as Problem Oriented Police officers. A: No, this is not a realistic answer. Q: 177 sector cars will continue current patrols, unchanged. A: No, this is not a realistic answer Q: Special units will be located in each of the new Policing Centers, such as the highway patrol bureau, the robbery squad, the Bureau of Special Operations, narcotics, and others, with supervisors and detectives. A: Questionable at best. Q: All services currently available at a precinct will continue to be available at the Policing Centers, except for the processing of prisoners. A: All services will not be available as explained at some of the meetings. This is not what the taxpayers wants. This is only what Mangano wants his followers to agree to..
Jon L. March 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Madam Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer: You are off the reservation, please stop shilling for Special Ed and the forced down our throats Police Closure Plan. G-d forbid the County Legislature spend more than the 22 minutes that it took to call the roll and try and fine tune the plan. You voted yes, and when your seat comes up I will be voting NO for you. Provided you don't cut me out of your district. DISGUSTED at this letter. Good government is making sure you got it right and taking time to do so, you imbecile. Good government is NOT slamming the minority in the press because Ed told you to do so.
Rebecca March 31, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I would have strongly preferred the County helping consolidate school districts, since that's where 70 percent of our tax dollars go. Whatever taxes I pay the County, I pay 7 times that many tax dollars to the school district! So stop focusing on nickels and dimes when there are thousands of dollars going to waste. But what do I know? I just read my tax bills...

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