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Up on the Board: Influence at the Nassau PD, Hempstead principal, NSA changes

Chief of Detectives John R. Capece

Chief of Detectives John R. Capece Credit: handout

The editorial board is concerned about yet another allegation of personal influence affecting how the Nassau County Police Department enforces the law. This time, a Westbury businessman has filed a civil suit claiming that a road rage incident was dismissed because the accused had a friendship with the Nassau chief of detectives, John R. Capece.

And we’re looking at the Hempstead school board’s decision to rehire a successful former principal, Reginald Stroughn. He was the high school principal from 2003 through 2009. What could his return mean for this troubled district?

We think President Barack Obama’s promise of greater transparency at the National Security Agency doesn’t really mean the average citizen will know any more about what the government is doing.

And we’re taking a closer look at U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that the New York City Police Department adopted a policy of “indirect racial profiling” with its stop-and-frisk practices. The judge wants a federal monitor to oversee the crime-fighting tool in the future. How broad will the monitor’s powers be? That’s what we want to know.

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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 and amNew York.