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Nassau chief of department nixes retirement
Nassau Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki is no longer making retirement plans.
Skrynecki, Nassau’s top uniformed cop, filed retirement papers in April in response to the department's retirement-incentive program. He was later granted a deferral to stay a few extra months. But two weeks ago, he told police brass that he wanted to stay permanently.
“I love what I do,” Skrynecki said following a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola on Thursday. “This is a big decision for me at this point in my career.”
Skrynecki concedes that Police Commissioner Thomas Dale asked him to stay. He was also influenced by a vacancy among the senior leadership at the department. Assistant Commissioner John Quinn left the department in May and has yet to be replaced.
Skrynecki has been with the department for 38 years.