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Nassau County Legislature Votes to Close 4 of 8 Police Precincts

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 6, 2012

Since it wasn’t surprising I was at the Nassau County Legislative Building for much of the day – from before noon until after 5 PM yesterday – I should have brought more food than a small coconut bar, especially since the meals others brought in were off-limits for my gluten-free diet.

The Nassau County Legislature voted to Close 4 of 8 Police Precincts, many hours into their Monday, March 5, 2012 meeting, which was so well attended by residents and Press that it was often Standing Room Only.

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Nassau County Legislature, controlled by Republicans, votes along party lines to consolidate 8 police precincts into 4, on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Mineola, New York, USA. Thomas Dale was confirmed as Nassau County Police Commissioner earlier that meeting. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. March 5, 2012. Newly confirmed Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

The 19 legislators voted along party lines, with the 10 Republicans voting YES and the 9 Democrats voting NO to the police precincts closing and – earlier in the meeting – to confirming THOMAS DALE as Nassau County Police Commissioner.

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Nassau County Legislature, controlled by Republicans, votes along party lines to consolidate 8 police precincts into 4, on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Mineola, New York, USA. Milagros Vicente (right, pointing finger), a North Valley Stream resident, was one of those shouting out in audience after a Yes vote by one of the legislators. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. March 5, 2012. At right, Milagros Vicente, of N. Valley Stream, protests vote to close 4 Nassau County Police Precincts. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

And the pizza wafting from the waiting room outside the Legislative Chambers smelled really good.

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Nassau County Legislature Postpones Controversial Police Precinct Vote

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 28, 2012

Before heading out to Mineola yesterday to cover Nassau County Legislature’s public meeting, I checked some government and facebook pages, and found out that the controversial vote about merging police precincts was postponed. (Vote is tentatively rescheduled for March 5, 2012.)

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Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (Republican) speaks about postponing vote on controversial merging of Police Precincts, on Monday, February 27, 2012. Vote is tentatively rescheduled for March 5. (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. Feb. 27, 2012. Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R) speaks to press about postponing vote on controversial merging of Police Precincts. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

While getting verification about the postponement, I learned the “We the People Save our Waters Coalition” was holding a noon rally about stopping the long-term lease of Nassau County Sewage Treatment Plants, and it would be held outside the county’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, so I headed out to catch that first.

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