Nassau County to restore 5th Precinct
Nassau County is fully restoring the 5th Precinct.
Starting next year, the 5th Precinct will be fully restored. Nassau County's eight police precincts were consolidated back in 2012, and the 5th became a "community policing center" that was not fully staffed. County Executive Ed Mangano promised the plan would reduce costs by $20 million a year.
This week, the Nassau County Legislature and Mangano struck a deal to bring back the 5th Precinct after the budget review office found consolidation savings had been eaten up by overtime costs.
Legislator Carrie Solages, who fought the consolidation plan, says it's the right move.
"Under the consolidation plan, we were not saving money," he says. "Overtime went through the roof, $60 million or above this year."
A spokesman for the county executive disputes Solages' statement that the consolidation plan led to more police overtime. He says that was a result of police officers retiring and the county not hiring new officers until a labor contract was settled.
There are no known plans yet to restore the 6th Precinct in Manhasset, or the 8th Precinct in Farmingdale.