Jack Martins, the Republican candidate for Nassau County executive, joined with law enforcement and first-responder unions Wednesday to call for increased county police resources following Tuesday’s terror attack in lower Manhattan.
Martins, a former state senator from Old Westbury, faces Democratic County Legis. Laura Curran of Baldwin in Tuesday’s election.
At a news conference in Mineola, Martins called for the hiring of additional county police officers. He cited Tuesday’s terrorist attack, which left eight dead and 11 injured, and the recent murders of several Nassau children that authorities have linked to gang violence.
“Crises come in many forms, from attacks like yesterday to the scourge of MS-13 to natural disasters like superstorm Sandy,” Martins said. “It is critical that law enforcement and our first responders have the resources they need to be ready to act.”
Martins suggested the county could afford to hire additional police officers to protect “soft targets” such as houses of worship if police overtime were cut in half.
Martins, who has called for the hiring of a gangs czar inside the Nassau Police Department, called the threat of MS-13 “domestic terrorism” that represents a “public safety crisis” for county residents.
Curran said, “I am grateful for the heroism and bravery of our police officers and first responders, who constantly put their lives on the line to protect us. I am focused on creating and enhancing policies and solutions that keep our communities safe, whether it be combatting terrorism, gang violence, or the effects of climate change - that’s what Nassau taxpayers deserve from their next County Executive.”