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Nassau is No. 2 on ICE list (strangely)
One of President Donald Trump’s first actions was to sign an executive order requiring Immigration and Customs Enforcement to compile weekly reports on jurisdictions’ compliance with ICE requests to detain immigrants here illegally.
The report will rank cities and counties in levels of noncooperation, and also include sample crimes those individuals have committed, from driving under the influence to assault.
Now the first report is out, and it lists the top 10 uncooperative districts in order of number of detainers, the requests to hold immigrants for ICE. Strangely, Nassau County was No. 2 on the list, and New York City did not appear at all. Strangely, because Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato tells The Point, “We never should have been on that list,” given the department’s policy of cooperating with warrant requests. Sposato said his office received assurances from an ICE liaison that the county would be removed from the next report.
Also strange is the fact that New York City didn’t make the Top 10 “uncooperative” list at all, despite its loud sanctuary city rhetoric and long-standing laws limiting blanket cooperation with ICE.
That’s because ICE field offices don’t even bother issuing many detainer requests to jurisdictions that will ignore them, according to an ICE official speaking on the condition of background. So the number of detainer requests to New York City is artificially low to begin with. However, that will change, according to the official, as the department continues its new “public awareness” effort. That effort may put pressure on uncooperative jurisdictions.
So expect to see more detainer requests for sanctuary cities in the next report, while Nassau presumably will get off Trump’s naughty list.
Out the comptroller door
Attorney Michael Scotto became the fourth major player to leave the Nassau County comptroller’s office in the past month when Comptroller George Maragos told him on Monday that his time in the office was over.
The firing of the deputy comptroller was surprising to many, not least because last month Maragos gave Scotto a $10,000 raise to $130,000 a year and a big new office. He was hired in July. In 2015, Scotto ran for Nassau County DA, but lost the Democratic nomination to Madeline Singas.
Maragos, elected twice to his job as a Republican, joined the Democratic Party to run for county executive. However, the party power structure is supporting Legis. Laura Curran for the nomination.
In his exit, Scotto joins attorney Michael Olney, Deputy Comptroller Ray Averna and spokeswoman Carla Hall D’Ambra, all of whom recently left jobs at the increasingly deserted office either by resignation, firing or some genteel combination of the two.
Asked for comment Tuesday, Scotto, sounding quite cheerful, said he’s now busily at work on his private law practice.
Don’t worry, be happy
So the latest World Happiness Report compiled annually by the UN is out, and the United States has dropped one spot to 14th (Norway is tops, followed by the other Scandinavian countries and usual suspects like Canada, Australia and New Zealand).
Long Island, no doubt, contributed to the comparatively poor showing by the United States. After all, we are known as the Land of No.
If the nation wants to improve its standing, Long Islanders must be happier. Here is how we can start:
- Property tax bills like those in, well, almost anywhere else (other than New Jersey).
- No cash lanes to back up traffic on the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges
- No March, two Octobers
- Tom Brady’s retirement
- A real Subway Series, in October
- An expressway that stays true to its name
- Just one week without an LIRR derailment or signal failure