Nassau Democrats blast traffic, parking ticket fee plan
Nassau Democrats blasted the Republican legislative majority for getting on board with a proposed public safety fee that would tack an additional $105 on to all parking and traffic tickets issued in the county.
Nassau Executive Ed Mangano proposed the fee last month as part of his 2017 budget.
"They're just going to try at all costs to push this down Nassau County residents' throats," said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.
Deputy County Executive for Finance Eric Naughton said in a statement, "Funding public safety is necessary to keep Nassau one of the safest large counties in the nation and not raising property taxes helps keep it affordable."
The administration says the revenue would pay for about 80 police civilian jobs, as well as 150 new police officers. Critics say that creates an uncomfortable situation with officers in effect being asked to help subsidize their department.
"We saw with the [red-light] cameras a lot of skepticism about enforcement," said Alec Slatki, of AAA. "We don't want to see that skepticism apply to the police when they're doing their jobs out on the street. We want to build trust between police and the community."