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Sun, 26 Sep 2004

DEBATE OVER NASSAU PRECINCT PLAN FINDING A NEW HOME FOR OLD STATIONHOUSE - Daily News

DEBATE OVER NASSAU PRECINCT PLAN FINDING A NEW HOME FOR OLD STATIONHOUSE;

LAURA WILLIAMS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Sep 26, 2004. pg. 5

Copyright Daily News, L.P. Sep 26, 2004

NO MONEY has been set aside, and no final decision made, but Nassau County’s plan to move the First Precinct from Baldwin to Roosevelt has angered both communities.However, one county legislator says there is a way to please everyone - and finally give 1st Precinct cops a decent stationhouse.The old, dilapidated stationhouse on Merrick Road could move to a new location in Baldwin, suggested Kevan Abrahams (D-Uniondale), and a small satellite police station could be set up in Roosevelt."Roosevelt should have some kind of police presence to deal with violence and crime," said Abrahams, whose district includes the town. "But people in Roosevelt are also concerned with economic development."Roosevelt community leaders said their vacant spaces should be developed into taxpaying businesses, not additional government buildings. A satellite police office would take up a fraction of the space a full precinct would, and allow businesses to move into larger, now-vacant spaces.Baldwin residents, meanwhile, insist that they feel safer with the 1st Precinct on their turf.The plan to move the precinct to Roosevelt - part of a county plan to revitalize the low-income area - is mentioned in County Executive Tom Suozzi’s 2005 budget. But no money has been set aside yet for the project, which would cost about $15 million, Abrahams said.County officials said they are considering moving the stationhouse to 380 Nassau Road.But the Town of Hempstead owns that property, and has pledged that it - along with several other empty sites on Nassau Road - will be converted into businesses, Abrahams said.Space is at a premium in Roosevelt, which is just 1 square mile in area."The biggest concern I have is, where is a precinct going to be put?" said Abrahams. "The Roosevelt community is so small, I don’t think it could handle a full-blown precinct."Everyone seems to agree that the officers of the 1st Precinct need a new building. The 1920s-era structure - it originally was a farmhouse - has been rundown for decades, and has become too small to adequately serve one of the biggest police precincts in the county.But Abrahams cautioned that it is too soon to get worked up about any plan."This is in the infancy stages," he said. "I can’t rally for it until I see money."Currently, just one of Nassau’s eight precincts has a satellite. The 3rd Precinct has a small stationhouse near the Source Mall in Westbury.


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