The president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association is calling on legislative Democrats to stop blocking $275 million in borrowing, arguing that the Police Department is in “desperate need” of new patrol vehicles.
In a letter to Democratic lawmakers this week, PBA president James Carver urged the immediate passage of a bonding ordinance to equip 100 newly purchased police vehicles with computer technology, including laptops that serve as the car’s communications center.
Carver said that without the technology, the cars cannot be put into service, forcing the department to rely on an aging fleet of vehicles. The delays, he said, “potentially risk the response times to any emergency in Nassau County.”
For three months, Democrats have blocked borrowing for capital projects to force the GOP to create an inspector general to investigate county contracts.
Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said the Democrats’ strategy “is getting dangerous” and is “unbecoming of elected officials.”
But Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said Republicans are putting “Nassau residents’ hard-earned taxpayer dollars at risk every day” by refusing to hire an IG.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano recently hired a new commissioner of investigations and a director of procurement compliance and said an IG would be duplicative.