Union: Nassau police vehicle fleet unsafe, puts lives at risk

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The Nassau Police Benevolent Association claims the county's fleet of police vehicles is unsafe and puts the lives of officers and the public at risk.

PBA President James McDermott on Wednesday shared pictures of dented and run-down police cars, including one he says shows jagged edges on the inside of a door.

He says there are 120 cars with more than 100,000 miles each, 52 vehicles with over 150,000 miles and eight with more than 200,000 miles.

McDermott points the finger squarely at Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who he claims won't allocate the necessary funds to fix the fleet.

"Once again the county executive has failed the residents of Nassau County by allowing the police fleet to fall apart," he says.

Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder sent News 12 a statement saying: "Our fleet service Bureau is working diligently to replenish and repair any vehicle that is in need of maintenance."

A county spokesperson says additional police funding is included in the 2019 capital budget. If approved, it would include more than $12 million over the next several years. The spokesperson continues in a statement: "We would have been happy to inform the PBA of this, but they preferred to hold a press conference before picking up the phone."

On Wednesday evening, the director of communications for the Republican majority issued a statement saying: "The Republican Majority has been waiting since last October for the County Executive to file an amendment to the Capital Plan to increase the money needed for the Nassau County Police fleet of police cars. The failure to do so endangers our Police Officers and the public safety in our County."

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