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Up on the Board: Central Islip gangs, texting drivers, DA Rice's johns list

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said the

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said the "Rollin' 60's" gang moved into Nassau about 2001, as federal law enforcement resources turned away from domestic street gangs and toward the international fight against terrorism. (Nov. 16, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The editorial board is concerned that Suffolk County pulled out of two anti-gang efforts, given that the two fatal shootings in Central Islip appear to have been gang-related. What were Suffolk County’s motives for disbanding the police department’s centralized gang unit, and for leaving the Long Island Gang Task Force? Was it money or policing strategy? We’re looking into this.

We’re confused by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to levy tougher penalties on people who text while driving. The board favors a crackdown on texting, but we’re unclear on whether this creates a two-tier system where new drivers face harsher consequences.

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice this morning has released the names of 104 clients of prostitutes. The editorial board wonders, with so many corruption stories surfacing in Nassau, whether Rice has the right priorities as DA.

Finally, the board is pleased that New York City has adopted a more objective, numbers-based teacher evaluation plan, even if it had to be imposed by the state Department of Education. This has been a 12-year battle in NYC. We hope it will give schools more power to get rid of ineffective teachers.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.

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