Nassau Postpones Vote on Police Precinct Closings

Deputy County Executive Rob Walker says the administration is negotiating with police unions on issues related to the police plan.

Monday, Feb 27, 2012  |  Updated 12:17 PM EDT
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A Long Island county has postponed a legislative vote on a plan to reduce a $310 million budget deficit by closing four of its eight police precincts.     

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has delayed Monday's scheduled vote, according to Newsday.     

Deputy County Executive Rob Walker says the administration is negotiating with police unions on issues related to Mangano's police plan.     

Frustrated residents have said they

don't want budget cuts to put public safety at risk

, but Mangano insists there would be no reduction in the number of patrol cars deployed throughout the county, currently 177 per shift.     

He says the move will cut about 100 positions from the ranks and save about $20 million annually.

The department had 2,380 officers and 1,234 civilians as of Jan. 1.     

Union officials dispute the savings claim and warn of possible crime increases.

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