VALLEY STREAM - Days before the Nassau Legislature is set to vote on a plan to downgrade half of the county's police precincts, some residents were angry and confused about the details at a public forum tonight. Dozens of residents asked questions and voiced their concerns at the meeting in Valley Stream. It was hosted by a panel that included Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, Public Safety Deputy Victor Politi, Nassau PBA President James Carver and two county legislators. As News 12 Long Island has reported, County Executive Ed Mangano has proposed downgrading four of the county's eight precincts. Mangano says the move will save an estimated $20 million by eliminating about 100 desk jobs. Some doubtful residents say they're worried that the plan will jeopardize public safety or drive up police response times.PBA President Carver says the public needs more time to digest the details of the plan that he has vociferously criticized. The Legislature is set to vote on the precinct plan on Feb. 27.
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