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Nassau County Lawmakers Will Vote On Controversial Plan To Reduce Police Precincts

After a vote Monday, big changes could be coming to Nassau County police precincts.

After weeks of negotiations, the Nassau County legislature is set to vote on a plan that would convert four of the eight police precincts in Nassau County into community policing centers.

The Elmont, Baldwin, Manhasset and Levittown precincts would be staffed by just two officers around the clock.

The county is currently facing a $310 million budget deficit, and County Executive Ed Mangano says the change would save $20 million a year by cutting 100 administrative jobs.

But police labor union officials and many residents say public safety would be at risk, and they are also concerned about response time.

If the plan is approved, it would be the biggest change in the Nassau County Police Department's 87-year history.

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