The change includes funding for a new police academy and investments in infrastructure
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced the Nassau County Legislature has approved an amendment to the 2016 Capital Plan and funding several important county-wide infrastructure projects, including a new Nassau County Police Academy on the campus of Nassau Community College.
“My thanks to the Nassau County Legislature for their bipartisanship action on the new police academy and our changes to the 2016 capital plan,” said Curran. “We will build a first-class facility to train our police recruits and continue Nassau County’s highest standards for policing. Our police department personnel deserve the best training possible. We will provide that opportunity in this new state-of-the-art academy. The 2016 plan will also allow changes to keep the county’s buildings, highways and parks in good repair well into the future. This is a tremendous step for Nassau County and its residents.”
This plan will fund a number of important improvements throughout Nassau County including several roadways with streetscape and road improvement projects, critical traffic studies, safety improvements, and traffic signal expansions; $35 million in sewer projects; park improvement projects; important information; technology projects; several projects at Nassau Community College; the funding of a master plan for the improvement of the Nassau County Correctional Center; and a feasibility study for the construction of an opioid treatment facility that will support increased treatment and service options and provide additional services as well as $5.7 million in community improvement projects.
“The unanimous vote in favor of the Capital Plan shows that this Legislature recognizes the need to improve our crumbling infrastructure and move this County forward,” said Nassau County presiding officer Richard Nicolello.
The largest project funded new 89,000-square-foot police academy will be located on the campus of Nassau Community College and will include an asset forfeiture and intelligence lead development center; a 500-seat auditorium; a recruit center; an emergency vehicle operations course; a physical training and defensive tactics warehouse; 10 multi-purpose classrooms that can be combined into 5 larger 70-person rooms for training; and a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF—pronounced ‘skiff’) to process classified information. It will be the only such location on Long Island.
The project is expected to cost $54 million bond for both the construction and project management. Groundbreaking is expected to be in late fall as well as the presentation of a multi-year capital plan.
“The capital plan is for the people,” said Curran. “Government is responsible for investing in and repairing infrastructure. This is responsible, ethical government.”