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Nassau County has approved a controversial plan to close four of its eight police precincts to reduce a $310 million budget deficit.
Ten Republicans voted for the plan and nine Democrats opposed.
County Executive Edward Mangano says the consolidation will save taxpayers up to $20 million annually.
But opponents insisted the precinct changes will lead to higher crime and reduce police response crimes.
Mangano says there will be no reduction in the number of patrol cars deployed throughout the county.
He says the move will cut about 100 positions from the ranks. 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.
It is not clear when the plan will be implemented.