MINEOLA - County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) is calling for hundreds of layoffs and police cutbacks in his 2012 spending plan that was unveiled today.

Mangano says the goal is to eliminate a $310 million deficit without raising property taxes. In an effort to accomplish that, the county executive has proposed cutting more than 1,000 jobs, reducing the number of police precincts from eight to six and closing some museums.

The county executive says it's too early for specifics, so it remains unknown which police precincts and museums are on the chopping block, and which departments could see layoffs.

As part of the plan, county employees also would be required to contribute 25 percent to their health insurance for the first time in Nassau's history.

Union leaders are fuming over what they're calling Mangano's pre-election maneuvering.

"You are seeing a destruction of the police department at the hands of this administration," says Nassau Police Benevolent Association President James Carver.

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