Curran urges ‘calm and reassurance’ as protests carry on in the county

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran praised the protesters and police for the peaceful demonstrations that occurred across the county on Wednesday in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Approximately 20 peaceful protests happened, according to officials. No arrests were made, and there was no intentional property damage reported by police.
“My cops are out there to maintain peace for all,” says Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
Ryder says about seven protests are planned for Thursday – including in Merrick where things got heated during Wednesday’s protest.
“It’s a balance, and we are achieving that balance,” says Curran. “It is important to get out the message of calm and reassurance. What I am concerned about is outside influencers, people on social media putting frightening things up.”
Faith leaders are calling for peace on both sides – officers and protesters. They urged officials across Long Island to make a statement and join the fight and listen to those who are peacefully marching in the streets.
Meanwhile, Curran says the county continues to be on track for phase 2 reopening on June 10. The reopening will back full retail, hair salons, barber shops, law firms, accounting, insurance and real estate. Outdoor dining will also be included.
Lastly, officials say the number of those testing positive for COVID-19 across Long Island continues to go down. On Wednesday, a total of 210 hospitalizations were reported.