Bipartisan agreements may improve Elmont’s quality of life

As of October 30, 2014 – the following agreements have been made by Republican and Democratic leadership in Nassau – to improve quality of life for taxpayers:

* Creation of a new Felon Registry for Gun Crimes that requires all felons that are convicted of a gun crime, and those convicted of criminal possession of a firearm in the 4th degree, to register their residence with the Nassau County Police Department.

Conversion of the Elmont Community Policing Center into the 5th Precinct with a Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer and Patrol Supervisors to manage presently assigned patrol officers.

* Speed up the 1st Precinct construction schedule by two months.

* Establish a Police Department Anti-Gang Special Unit beginning January 1, 2015.

Continuation of Body Camera Program for Police Officers in the 5th Precinct, Baldwin, New Cassel, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury as well as the gradual rollout of dashboard cameras for all patrol cars.

* Allocation of $12 million for studying, designing and installing public sanitary sewers in Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and Glenwood Landing that are not currently connected to the Glen Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant.

* Requirements that all Nassau County Police Officers be trained to administer Narcan.

* A new ban against the acceptance of wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing from sewage treatment facilities located in, owned and/or operated in or by Nassau County. The legislation also prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing waste, oil extraction waste and natural gas waste on County property and roadways and the sale of hydrofracking waste, oil extraction waste, and/or natural gas waste.

* Requirements for future unclaimed funds to be deposited into an account used specifically for programming offered by the Youth Board, Department of Senior Citizen Affairs, Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities, as well as contract agencies.

* Increase reimbursement rate for homeless shelters from $67 to $72.

NICE Bus cash and NICE Bus app fare freeze at $2.50 for 2015 as well as Intra-County route MetroCard fare freeze at $2.50 if possible.  Four new representatives will be added to the Transit Advisory Committee (2 additional appointments by the County Executive and one additional appointment each by the Presiding Officer and Minority Leader).

* Health Department to issue amended contract language to clarify that the main priority of municipal representatives is to insure early intervention preschool special education.

* The agreement also includes plans to authorize $33 million in bonding for Termination Pay in January 2015.

A huge victory for Elmont residents and a well-deserved win for the community!

*Bold typeface denotes issues of Community Safety.


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