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BALDWIN / $1M purchase of new land for police station OKd

Bids for construction of a new First Precinct building in Baldwin should go out in February, Nassau officials said, following the county legislature's unanimous approval Monday to purchase a parcel of land across Harrison Avenue from the existing station house on Merrick Road for $1 million.

Construction should begin by next year and should take 18 months to complete, county officials said.

County Executive Edward Mangano's plan to construct a new precinct building on the site that now houses an antique store, knock down the existing station house for parking and attach the two sites by dead-ending Harrison replaces a proposal by the previous administration to lease property on a strip shopping center on Grand Avenue for the police station.

The new plan will cost the county about $10 million less than the previous plan, officials said. Baldwin resident Jack McCloy applauded the move, saying the previous site was selected without appropriate research or candor.

"Today is a great day for taxpayers," Mangano said Monday. "The steps taken today will save taxpayers $10 million while also increasing our ability to better police local neighborhoods."

- CELESTE HADRICK


RIVERHEAD / Tradeski narrowly wins fire-district race

There's a winner in the Riverhead Fire District's contested - and very tight - Dec. 14 race for a commissioner's seat.

John Tradeski won by two votes, said Dennis Hamill, board chairman of the Riverhead district.

Tradeski's opponent was James Carey. Both "did a great job, worked very hard. It was a real close race," Hamill said Monday.

The tally was 331-329. The delay in declaring a winner came because, due to the close race, the district needed to count absentee and affidavit votes.

The Riverhead election was one of 126 such races on Long Island, where commissioners collectively control $311 million in spending and set tax levies.

- JOSEPH MALLIA

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