MINEOLA - Democratic legislators have joined forces with the Police Benevolent Association's efforts to defeat County Executive Ed Mangano's (R-Nassau) proposed cuts to the county police department.

The proposal would eliminate two police precincts, end the Heroin Task Force and stop community outreach police.

A report by the county executive's office says that crime is down 7 percent while 49 officers were added to patrol the street last year.

Democratic legislators, however, say the reductions would threaten public safety.

Political analyst Jerry Kremer says that both sides tend to use "scare tactics" around this time in an election year.

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