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Letter: Nassau not keeping up properties

An old sign attached to the building that

An old sign attached to the building that houses the 1st Precinct of Nassau County Police Department located on Merrick Road in Baldwin. (April 7, 2013) Photo by Steve Pfost Credit: Steve Pfost

It took a superstorm to make Nassau County reconsider the consolidation of police precincts as a fool’s errand.

So what happens next? What is to happen to the First Precinct building and the property the county bought for a new building? Looking at the condition of the current building, it is obvious that the county has not properly maintained it. It stands as a blight in Baldwin.

This is not the only county property that is not maintained. Many of the county’s parks, office buildings and other properties are in equally poor condition. Fortunately, the towns have done a much better job maintaining their properties.

Nassau has demonstrated it can’t properly manage its own finances, let alone the properties. Perhaps it is time to reconsider the need for a county government. The public would benefit greatly by removing this useless layer of government and allowing Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay towns — along with the incorporated villages — to manage the public lands. Just think of savings in salaries, benefits and office space.

Gary Peckett, Baldwin

Editor’s note: The writer is a former employee of Nassau County’s Office of Management and Budget.