As the Nassau County Police Department and thousands of NYPD officers living on Long Island continue to battle an anti-police sentiment coupled with calls to “defund the police,” the Nassau County Legislature joined with local community members and law enforcement officials to unveil a countywide Blue Ribbon Campaign to show our support for our hardworking police officers.
The campaign, spearheaded by New Hyde Park resident Diane Bentivegna, encourages residents and businesses to display a blue ribbon on their home or business to show their support for the men and women in law enforcement. The ribbons can be displayed on trees, poles, railings, or wherever people can see them. On South 14th Street in New Hyde Park where Diane lives, 43 houses have put up a blue ribbon.
As Nassau County Police drive by, they will see that they are appreciated for the good work they do in keeping Nassau residents safe. The same for retired police officers, and the many New York City police officers that live in Nassau County with their families.
On July 1st, members of the Majority Caucus of the Nassau County Legislature joined with local New Hyde Park residents and members of Nassau County law enforcement and New York City law enforcement to unveil this Blue Ribbon Campaign.
“Thank you to the Nassau County Police. You are always there when needed, even when a situation is potentially dangerous or life threatening,” Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello said. “Thank you for protecting the families of Nassau County residents. Thank you for protecting our children and keeping us safe. This campaign is a way for residents to show their appreciation for the work officers do every day, and to say that they stand behind them and support them.”
“Here in Nassau County we’re dealing with multiple issues: gang violence, the opioid crisis, the possibility of school shootings, counterterrorism, and more”, Nassau County PBA President James McDermott said. “We also offer service-oriented policing to our residents, where if you call 911 you get a police officer to help with whatever problem you have. Our officers in Nassau County reflect the very best of our communities and are dedicated to protecting and serving. We appreciate what this blue ribbon means, and we appreciate the support from the residents.”
“In my 27 years as a police officer, this is the most difficult time I’ve ever seen,” Patrick Hendry, Treasurer of the New York City PBA said. “We know the people in the neighborhoods support us, but you don’t see that part of the story on the news. This is a great initiative and I encourage everyone to tie your blue ribbons and show your support.”