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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Legislator Drucker to Take Legislative Measure to Increase Police Monitoring in Nassau County

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Nassau County Legislator Drucker to Take Legislative Measure to Increase Police Monitoring in Nassau County Due to Recent Threats on Religious Community Centers & Houses of Worship

Nassau County Legislator Drucker to Take Legislative Measure to Increase Police Monitoring in Nassau County Due to Recent Threats on Religious Community Centers & Houses of Worship

Nassau County Legislator Arnie Drucker files his maiden legislative action to better protect Nassau residents by securing the continued protection of houses of worship and religious community centers after increased targeting and threats have occurred both in Nassau County and Nationwide.

(Mineola, NY) - Nassau County Legislator Arnie Drucker will be joined by local religious leaders to unveil the Police Duties bill that will reform and improve the safety and well-being of Nassau County residents by enhancing police protection to decrease hate crimes and other dangers local congregants face.

Houses of worship, which have been recently under threat, would receive increased routine policing and be prioritized by necessity and threat. The legislation is being proposed in response to recent threats to Jewish Community Centers and synagogues, attacks at churches, and intimidation of worshippers of all faiths.

It is Leg. Drucker’s belief that the safety of congregants should be considered not only during holy days, but as part of a regular, routine approach. The bill takes a two-pronged approach to public safety and would also expand police duties along Roslyn Road, where multiple fatalities have occurred.

“Fighting hatred and keeping Nassau citizens safe are my main concern,” Leg. Drucker said. “Alleviating fear and protecting the community against heinous acts of intolerance should be a top priority.”

Though these threats are worldwide, they also recently hit close to home in Nassau County. A bomb threat made against the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center in February at the same time more than 100 anti-semitic threats were aimed nationwide at Jewish institutions.

The Nassau County Police Department serves and protects Nassau County each and every day, but this bill would amend the County Administrative Code to expressly include a duty to require Police to concentrate some resources to prioritize protection of houses of worship and religious institutions.

For more information, please contact Lauren Corcoran-Doolin at (516) 571-6280 (office) LCorcoran@nassaucountyny.gov (email).

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