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Friday, April 24, 2015
1st Precinct in limbo
Merger suspended; station house open for now
Julie Mansmann
Sue Greico/Herald
Police Commissioner Thomas Dale has defended precinct mergers, maintaining that Nassau County’s on-the-street police presence is unchanged.

Maureen Beccaris has been an officer in the Nassau County Police Department’s 1st Precinct for 26 years, but for the last six months, she said, she came to work every day not knowing where she would be the next week. She explained that her office’s supplies and papers were still in boxes, waiting to be moved to Seaford when the scheduled merger of the 1st and 7th precincts took place. 

But when Beccaris returned to work after a weekend of visiting colleges with her daughter two weeks ago, her coworkers greeted her with news that the 1st Precinct in Baldwin would remain open. After months of uncertainty, she said, the mood in the station house shifted to a sense of relief.

“When you work somewhere for an extended period of time, it becomes home, regardless that it’s work,” she said. “A camaraderie exists here that is hard to explain. Merging would have changed all of that.”

While some officers, elected officials and local residents were also pleased to hear that the 1st Precinct would not be absorbed by the 7th for now, the future of the department’s station house in Baldwin is still unknown.

A re-evaluation

Inspector Kenneth Lack, commanding officer of the NCPD’s public information office, said that the department’s experiences when Hurricane Sandy hit the South Shore were a contributing factor in the decision to suspend the last of four scheduled precinct mergers.

Lack explained that the 7th Precinct, at 3636 Merrick Road in Seaford, was sandbagged during the storm, and floodwaters reached the area around the station house. Although the building sustained no damage other than several shingles being blown off the roof, Lack said that the station house was inaccessible at the height of the storm. This prompted officials to reconsider the merger.

“It was mostly the storm that put things in a different light and caused the county executive and the police commissioner to re-evaluate,” he said. “The greatest storm the county has ever seen is just making us re-evaluate combining the 1st and the 7th and the location of those precincts.”

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KevinLadden

Ok - we don t need a new building - we need new windows, repair to the sidewalk and railing - and of course some new signs. Sink $150,000 into to it an your good to go for another decade. All these plans to renovate the building across the street or build a new building for millions is crazy. Renovate and continue to maintain a police station. Its in a good central location were it is.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Report this
feegss

Our men and women in blue bust their tails daily-next time you see an officer on the street go over and say thanks.

Whether there are 8 buildings or 4 buildings these officers are heroic by putting their lives on the line for us daily-sure they are compensated well but when you thank an officer for his/her service to us it makes their day!!!!!!

God bless Mr. Carver and his entire force.....Keep politics out of our safety and protection.....

Friday, April 26, 2013 | Report this
JohnRowe

Nassau County finds itself getting less for more: fewer services for more tax dollars. With the obvious lack of a cogent plan for the police precinct merger, why is the county even considering the building of a new station house in Baldwin? And given the confusion and indecision, why is there a sign on the purchased property announcing the "new home of Precinct 1" across the street from the existing station house?

Friday, April 26, 2013 | Report this
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