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Jack Martins pledges Sixth Precinct reopening

Nassau GOP county executive nominee Jack Martins rolls

Nassau GOP county executive nominee Jack Martins rolls out his ethics reform and anti-corruption plans on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Mineola. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Republican Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins is pledging to reopen the Sixth Police Precinct in Manhasset, seizing on an issue that has been championed largely by Democrats and police unions.

Citing resident complaints, Martins, a former state senator from Old Westbury, said Friday there were “compelling reasons” to decouple the Sixth Precinct from the Third in Williston Park and restore it to a full precinct.

“Government should be responsive and accountable to the community,” said Martins, whom the county Republican Party is backing over GOP incumbent Edward Mangano.

In 2012, Mangano enacted a plan to merge eight precincts into four to save $20 million a year. Though the plan was never fully realized, the Sixth Precinct was merged and, after most staff was relocated, the building fell into disrepair.

Last year, after an increase in the number of burglaries in some surrounding communities, union and Democratic county legislators held rallies to restore the Sixth to a full precinct with detectives and community police officers. Mangano at the time said he would consider it, and called for repairs to the building, which contained asbestos, broken tiling and sewage leaks.

“I never say never,” Mangano said then.

A spokesman for Mangano, who has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges and hasn’t said whether he will run against Martins in a primary, referred a request for comment to Nassau County police.

Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a department spokesman, said that the Sixth Precinct merger “has had no impact on crime or police operations, and has resulted in savings of over $5 million per year.” He noted that crime, overall, is down more than 20 percent countywide since 2009.

— Paul LaRocco

Republican Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins is pledging to reopen the Sixth Police Precinct in Manhasset, seizing on an issue that has been championed largely by Democrats and police unions.

Citing resident complaints, Martins, a former state senator from Old Westbury, said Friday there were “compelling reasons” to decouple the Sixth Precinct from the Third in Williston Park and restore it to a full precinct.

“Government should be responsive and accountable to the community,” said Martins, whom the county Republican Party is backing over GOP incumbent Edward Mangano.

In 2012, Mangano enacted a plan to merge eight precincts into four to save $20 million a year. Though the plan was never fully realized, the Sixth Precinct was merged and, after most staff was relocated, the building fell into disrepair.

Last year, after an increase in the number of burglaries in some surrounding communities, union and Democratic county legislators held rallies to restore the Sixth to a full precinct with detectives and community police officers. Mangano at the time said he would consider it, and called for repairs to the building, which contained asbestos, broken tiling and sewage leaks.

“I never say never,” Mangano said then.

A spokesman for Mangano, who has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges and hasn’t said whether he will run against Martins in a primary, referred a request for comment to Nassau County police.

Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a department spokesman, said that the Sixth Precinct merger “has had no impact on crime or police operations, and has resulted in savings of over $5 million per year.” He noted that crime, overall, is down more than 20 percent countywide since 2009.

— Paul LaRocco

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