Nassau Cops Sponsoring Gun Buy-Back Program

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Nassau Hosting Gun Buy-Back Program

A gun buy-back program is being held Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, located at 944 Jerusalem Ave. in Uniondale.

The Gun Buy-Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals will be paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas. Guns transported by car must be transported in the trunk of the car and must be unloaded and put in a plastic/paper bag or in a shoe box.

Forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program.

Suozzi Seeks to Reclaim Seat

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced earlier this week that he would be making a run to reclaim his seat from Ed Mangano in this year's election.

Suozzi received immediate backing from the Democratic Party, whose chairman, Jay Jacobs, said he had been pushing the former county executive to return to politics for several months.

Jacobs said Wednesday that he would do what he could to "unite" the Democratic Party in order to win the November election.

Suozzi has already received endorsements from multiple Democrats from around Nassau including Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, D-Hempstead, and Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick.

Denenberg was rumored to have been getting set for a county executive run of his own, but the legislator announced Thursday that his full support was behind Suozzi.

"If Suozzi is in, then I am out in deference to his hold on Democratic voters, fundraising prowess and my past political support for him," Denenberg said.

One Democrat who did not back Suozzi was Roslyn School Board member Adam Haber, who announced his Democratic candidacy for county executive in January.

"Tom Suozzi said himself that voters were ready for change in 2009. It's easy to understand why," Haber said. "After years of failed policies and absentee leadership, voters want and deserve better."

Jacobs said he would be talking to Haber in the coming weeks.

"If there's a primary to be had, then there's a primary that will be waged, and we will do everything that we can to win that primary," Jacobs said.

Nassau Police Win Wage Freeze Lawsuit Against NIFA

Nassau County Police won a multi-million dollar lawsuit this week after a federal judge ruled that a wage freeze issued by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) was illegal.

The lawsuit -- filed by Nassau County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Jim Carver, Gary Learned, President of the Superior Officers Association of Nassau County, and Thomas R. Willdigg, President of the Nassau County Police Detectives' Association, Inc. -- claimed that NIFA did not have the power to issue a wage freeze after the expiration of an interim finance period that ended in 2008.

"We're obviously happy with the decision," Carver told Patch. "We believe that Judge Wexler got it right. ... I'm sure that NIFA is going to appeal to the county, but our position is that the language was so clear and the judge's decision was so strong that they shouldn't continue to fund the litigation using taxpayer dollars."

The wage freeze affected more than 2,400 workers, according to Carver.

Union leader Jerry Laricchitua, president of CSEA Local 830, issued a statement Friday that he expects a similar ruling on a lawsuit filed on his union's behalf.

"Our CSEA attorneys filed the same motion as the PBA did in federal district court with Judge Wexler," Laricchitua said. "We fully expect the same decision to come for the 6,000 Nassau County employees that we represent."

CSEA Nassau Local 830 is Nassau County’s largest public service union with more than 9,000 members. It is part of CSEA Long Island Region One with 55,000 members, and statewide CSEA led by President Danny Donohue with over 300,000 members.

2013 Mock Trial Tournament Begins

The Hon. Jeffrey A. Goodstein, along with Caryle Katz, Director of Community Relations of the NCBA, Marilyn K. Genoa, Esq., and the Hon. John Marks, former Supervising Judge of the Nassau County Family Court, began the 2013 Mock Trial Tournament by welcoming more than 500 students, teachers and parents to the Nassau County Supreme Court on behalf of the Hon. Thomas A. Adams, Administrative Judge of Nassau County.

The Nassau County Mock Trial Tournament is a joint initiative sponsored by the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and is hosted by the Nassau County Court System. It has grown to be the largest single-county tournament in New York State with 47 Nassau County high schools and approximately 500 high school students participating in the competition.

Coordinated by the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County justices, judges and attorneys preside over individual trials and provide students with an opportunity to further their understanding of both the content and processes of our legal system.

The winning team from Nassau County goes on to compete for the Long Island championship and the right to represent the region in the state championship competition.

bob young February 18, 2013 at 01:01 PM
BTW your point is rather dull, go sharpen it and then get back to us, ok
Jeff Carswell February 18, 2013 at 01:09 PM
If you are in the Carolinas, why must you waste your time making comments on the PORT WASHINGTON PATCH!?
Chris February 18, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Envy, hate, class warfare have no place in reasoned debate. These tactics are used when no ideas can be used to back up any particular point of view.
bob young February 18, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Make sure you tell obama and the democrats that during the next election. as for in this debate, you are the one playing that card my friend. Most of the rest of us are discussing the issues concerning high taxes and overpaid cops in Nassau county.
bob young February 18, 2013 at 04:05 PM
But I will agree with you on one thing, however, when you (Chris) have no ideas, you revert to a meaningless arguments such as class warfare. While you're at it, why not accuse us of engaging in a war on women.
sadeto February 18, 2013 at 04:24 PM
"class warfare"?? Where? Perhaps there is some envy behind some of these posts, I can't see the hatred here but I'll concede there may be some, but I don't think you have the intellectual capacity to understand what class warfare is, never mind reference it in an argument. Another Fox News drone, no doubt. Open up a book once in a while.
bob young February 18, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Sadeto, I was thinking that if Chris watched Fox news he wouldnt be saying uninformed dumb things such as this class warfare argument.
Brent M. February 18, 2013 at 05:01 PM
funny part is.. you can all say NCPD and SUFFOLK are overpaid.. WHO CARES.. cause get what .. their salaries are not going anywhere anytime soon.. you have contracts signed with iron clad stipulations.. so why even bother arguing?? lol.. in the end who cares bc the cops dont... their pensions are already gauranteed!
bob young February 18, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Brent M. the funnies part is the joke is on the Nassau county taxpayer
Chris February 18, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Explain class warfare to us....please
Chris February 18, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Thanks again for proving my point! Personal attacks. Fox News attacks!
bob young February 18, 2013 at 05:26 PM
you raised it, you explain it
bob young February 18, 2013 at 05:26 PM
you havent made a point
marianne krause February 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Chris, you proved you own point as i do not take much from tv especially the cough, cough so called news, what i do is i read, Ii listen to others weight the facts before making a decision on how I personaly feel about things. seems to me you ought get your head out of your butt and listen, try and learn before opening your mouth and making stupid accusations about others. You jumped on the band wagon with dawn somehow getting from my posts that i wanted policemen to die, when all i was trying to say is that the local NC goverment wastes money.
marianne krause February 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Chris, you proved you own point as i do not take much from tv especially the cough, cough so called news, what i do is i read, Ii listen to others weight the facts before making a decision on how I personaly feel about things. seems to me you ought get your head out of your butt and listen, try and learn before opening your mouth and making stupid accusations about others. You jumped on the band wagon with dawn somehow getting from my posts that i wanted policemen to die, when all i was trying to say is that the local NC goverment wastes money.
Chris February 18, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I would have a battle of wits with you Bob......but it is wrong to fight with an unarmed.person.
Brent M. February 18, 2013 at 09:27 PM
NCPD and SCPD and MTA Police and PAPD and all the Villages, RVC, GLen COve, Sands Point, Kensington.. and any I missed ALL deserve their Money and Pension! The game rules were made a long time ago.. and the game has changed (tier 7).. so the taxpayers should be happy.. but until then .. Hey, keep playin the game!!
bob young February 18, 2013 at 09:46 PM
you are so witty that you retort with a middle school cliche?
Nemomon February 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Bob $3000 a month in taxes?? I know the "overpaid" cops could never afford that but I guess you are not overpaid, just the Police??
bob young February 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I dont expect anyone to cover my retirement. BTW I consider myself more over taxed than overpaid.
Nemomon February 19, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I am willing to bet you are not suffering now or at retirement but these guys who go out and see all the worst life has to offer as part of their job are overpaid. Either you have been part of the jail system, or gotten a ticket you didn't think you deserved but either way don't worry when you need help these guys and girls will always be willing to help despite your ignorance. Btw they pay taxes too.
bob young February 19, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Why is it that you libs like to run around calling people ignorant? BTW, I respect the police and think for the most part most do their jobs well. Having said that, we pay too much for police salaries in this county.
l hilden February 19, 2013 at 04:46 AM
I am appaled and disgusted from reading All the preceding comments ... & to mr bob young .. The police officer killed on the highway was a great human being.. What was your point other than making a degrading and nasty comment... Everyone of you should move off of long island and perhaps do your bitching and complaining somewhere else... You are ineffective to say the least, uninformed for the most part and feel impowered by wasting time outdoing one another... If you dont like the salaries, the taxes etc then get off your Lazy duffs and go out and Do something proactive...Stop the silly whining and grow the heck up!!
bob young February 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Your comment is the most appalling and disgusting one Ive read thus far. You make a ridiculos statement as if we dont care that an officer was killed. HOW ABSURD! Of course we care, and whoever said he wasnt a "wonderful human being." Your attitude is to suggest that we have no right to protest against high taxes and overly paid public employees, and we should put up or shut up. and move off LI if we dont like it. We are sick and tired of accepting high taxes, incompetence ot curruption amongst out elected officials, and are doing something about it. Paying more and more to live here and getting less and less in return, is not sustainable and is financially hurting every Long Islander. Sorry if it offends you that some are willing to speak the truth about bloated costs associated with Nassau county govt and that puts police officers salaries in the cross hairs since they are by far the highest paid county employees. I would suggest to you to stop your "silly whining," "grow the heck up" and add constructively to this the debate, or as you suggested to us move off LI.
Matthew Hogan February 19, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Folks, please keep things civil. Thank you. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
Chris February 19, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Maybe you should look at your tax bill and get the facts. Look at the line on your tax statement that lists police services. It is a very small amount compared to all other taxes listed in the tax break down. Even if we fired all he Police Officers and shut down all police stations we would still have high taxes! To blame the Police is silly! Read your tax bill!!! Do not buy the class warfare propaganda from our politicians. Our leaders are the enemy!! What kind of twisted logic it is to blame the people who we pay to protect us for our current state of affairs in this corrupt County. Yes.....I agree we are over taxed. But unless we recognize why we are doomed. The Police contracts have been addressed. There is a pay freeze that has been in place for 3 years now. Did my taxes go down? NO ! NYS instituted a tier 6 pension program. Very different from the last program. Huge savings to the tax payers as Officers retire. Bloated pensions are being addressed. Will are taxes go down? NO! Will are taxes freeze for many years to come? NO! Crime is going up are a rapid rate. We need our Police. How they are compensated is being addressed. Look it up. Bob....if the job is so great and safe.....how come you never took the test or pursued a career in Law Enforcement?
bob young February 19, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Chris I think its time to let this one go. At least do not drag me into your rants anymore
Chris February 19, 2013 at 08:52 PM
OK Bob....see you around the patch !!
Chris February 19, 2013 at 08:53 PM
But really.....take a look at your tax bill....Everyone !!
Nemomon February 19, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Well said Chris.


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