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Nassau Notebook: Community Policing Centers, Boot and Tow Program

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

Nassau Police Precinct Merger: Community Policing Centers

The community policing centers have been a topic of concern for many residents and PBA officials, who are uncertain of the role the centers will play in the county's police precinct realignment.

Click here for Patch's full report on the community policing centers.

NIFA Freezes County Workers' Wages Again

The Nassau County Interim Finance Authority voted Thursday to freeze Nassau workers' wages for a second consecutive year.

According to Newsday [paid link], NIFA cited as its reasoning "a continuing fiscal crisis and issuing estimates showing that the county could face a $100 million deficit by year's end."

Board members said at a meeting in Uniondale that they would not continue to approve county borrowing if Nassau did not achieve the $150 million in recurring labor savings promised in this year's budget.

County Announces Boot and Tow Program

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced Monday that the Nassau County Boot and Tow Program will begin on Monday, March 26, in order to collect unpaid fines from scofflaws with three or more outstanding parking tickets or three or more outstanding Red Light Safety Camera violations.

All vehicles that have three or more unresolved parking violations or unresolved Red Light Camera Notices of Liability, also known as scofflaws, will be subject to Nassau County's Boot and Tow Program. As part of the county's Boot and Tow Program, violating vehicles will be immobilized and/or may be removed from the scene. The recovering party will be liable for these expenses. The vehicle will not be released until all fines, surcharges and additional fees are paid in full.

According to the county, there are currently 7,900 vehicles with 45,099 parking tickets that have a value of $8.3 million that are considered parking ticket scofflaws. In addition, there are 8,004 vehicles that are considered to be Red Light Camera scofflaws, with a total of $2.8 million owed.

Residents can search for and pay unpaid parking tickets by visiting the county's website. Residents can call 1-866-790-4111 if they want to inquire and/or pay outstanding Red Light Safety Camera Violations. For additional information, residents can contact our Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency by phone at 516-572-2700.

Islanders Partner with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The New York Islanders are partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for a special fundraising night Thursday, March 29, when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. To go along with the donations and support of Islanders fans and all hockey fans in the area, Islanders Owner Charles Wang plans to personally match the total donation from the evening.

During the game, the Islanders will hold a variety of activities inside the Coliseum to help raise awareness and money for NCMEC's mission of helping keep children safe. America's Most Wanted Host and Co-Founder of NCMEC, John Walsh, will attend the game and drop the ceremonial puck.

During the game, the Chuck-A-Puck intermission contest will benefit NCMEC, as will as a portion of the evening's ticket sales and collection tables that line the concourse. To generate added awareness, the giant center-ice video board will feature safety tips and important video messages about child safety throughout the evening.

Nassau Awarded $100,000 State Grant to Fight Fraud in Child Care

Mangano announced Monday that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has awarded the Department of Social Services (DSS) a $100,000 grant to detect and deter child care waste, fraud and abuse.

Conservative estimates from the OCFS indicate that anywhere from 11 to 33 percent of expenditures on publically funded day care benefits are lost to fraud, waste and abuse due to the improper conduct of day care providers and recipients.

NCPD's Third Precinct to Host St. Baldrick's Event

The county announced Monday that members of the Nassau County Police Department’s Third Precinct will be hosting a St. Baldrick's event in conjunction with the Village of New Hyde Park and surrounding areas for the fourth year in a row. This year's St. Baldrick's event will take place on Wednesday, March 28, at 4 p.m. at Marcus Christ Hall located at 1420 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park. Please be a hero for kids with cancer and join in this St. Baldrick’s event, whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate. To donate to the NCPD’s Third Precinct St. Baldrick’s event, please visit their website.

Dick Blair March 25, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Yeah, I know...all the scofflaws are complaining. Boo hoo!
Art March 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Hopefully this works MUCH better than that fiasco of confiscating the cars of drunk drivers. And a deadbeat driver just has to park in his or her driveway to avoid being booted.
Joe March 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Will be interesting to see, Mangano certainly is steering services to the private sector, time will tell if it will work.
Frank March 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Guess Mungo is a fan of "Parking Wars".
Nassau Taxpayer March 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Why buy? Home Depot rents and sympathetic Vollies will probably agree to loan out their K-12 crash saws...

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