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The Poll: Gun-carrying mayor

Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick speaks during a community

Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick speaks during a community forum concerning criminal activity and violent crime in the village. (Dec. 9, 2009) Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, citing unspecified threats, has started carrying a gun, constructed a new security system at Village Hall, posted armed cops at village board meetings and had Nassau police install "panic buttons" at his home and office.

While critics, including a village trustee and police union officials, have called the security excessive, Hardwick, 53, defended the measures taken in the first two years of his four-year term.

The village board meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. Newsday's Reid Epstein will be following the events. Find him on Twitter @reidepstein.

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