(WOODBURY, N.Y.) – Nassau County Legislators Arnold W. Drucker (D – Plainview) and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D – Glen Cove) joined with their colleagues in law enforcement, labor, and government on Monday, Nov. 13 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new home of the Nassau County Police Department’s Second Precinct. Its service area encompasses portions of Bayville, Hicksville, Jericho, Oyster Bay, Plainview, Syosset and Woodbury.
Monday’s groundbreaking came approximately one year after the Second Precinct was rendered “not salvageable” after being badly damaged by fire last November. In August 2023, the Legislature approved emergency amendments to the 2023-2026 capital budget and authorized a total of $33.575 million in bonding to rebuild; thereafter, in early September, Legislative committees authorized a $26,099,980 construction services agreement with VRD Contracting, Inc. and $1,483,520 for a construction management contract with Jacobs Project Management Company. County officials said work is expected to take approximately 16 months.
“Since the time that the men and women of the Second Precinct were abruptly displaced by this fire, I have been gratified to watch as the Legislature worked in a bipartisan manner to fund and expedite the rebuilding of this precinct – a facility that is crucial to public safety,” Legislator Drucker, whose district includes the site of the Second Precinct, said. “I am looking forward to the completion of the Second Precinct’s new home and all the benefits our community will derive from this state-of-the-art facility. “
“At every step of the way, I have been proud that the Minority Caucus and the entire Legislature have unanimously supported the reconstruction of this vital public safety facility,” Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton, ranking member of the Legislature’s Public Safety committee, said. ”We are all thankful for the professionalism that the men and women of the Second Precinct have demonstrated since being displaced nearly a year ago. Although this was a truly unfortunate incident, we are glad to have the ability to provide a new, state-of-the-art building to these outstanding law enforcement professionals.”
PHOTO CREDIT – Office of the Legislative Minority