Sandy halts merger of Nassau's First and Seventh precincts

The planned merger of two Nassau police precincts is on hold because of Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath. (4/8/13)

WOODBURY - The planned merger of two Nassau police precincts is on hold because of Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's plan was to consolidate eight precincts into four, slashing millions off the financially strapped county's budget. Now, he's putting a hold on merging the last two precincts.

The First Precinct was supposed to be downgraded to a community policing center late last year, and many operations were scheduled to move to the Seventh Precinct in Seaford. But the Seventh Precinct sustained extensive water damage from Sandy. Mangano says moving officers from the First Precinct to the Seventh Precinct would be inappropriate now.

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Mangano says he's now reviewing policing strategies for the South Shore in Sandy's aftermath.

Police union officials say they're pleased that the two precincts won't merge.

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