On Monday, the Nassau County Legislature voted 10-9 to restructure the Nassau County Police Department precinct system. Four of the precincts, including the Eighth, will be converted into "community policing centers."
On Tuesday, Legis. Dennis Dunne, R-Levittown, explained to Patch why he voted for the plan. He said that he supported the plan because the majority of his constituents supported the plan. "I'm doing what the people of my district ask, whether [they ask] at church [or] whether [they ask] at Domenico's," he said.
Legis. Joseph Belesi, R-Farmingdale, was one of the last legislators to cast a vote on the plan.
"We are bringing the Nassau County Police Department into the 21st Century," said Belesi, whose 14th district includes portions of south and east Levittown. "There will be no reduction in Nassau’s public safety, and I look forward to working closely with Commissioner Dale on the successful implementation of this plan."
Levittown civic leaders were a little more mixed about the plan. Levittown Community Council president Bob Koenig said he was unsure how the plan would work out.
"There's too many sides of good and bad," he said. "Perhaps if it works, we'll be happy with the savings. If not, something else will have to be changed to make it work. I do hope the Levittown community gets the protection it needs, regardless of the vote."
Chamber of Commerce president Dean Baer was willing to give the plan a chance.
"I actually don't think it's a bad idea," he said. "There's a lot of excess administrative duties that can be handled elsewhere, so I think it's going to work out. But it's like everything else, we'll have to wait and see."
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