Democrat Laura Curran Gets Two Police Union Approvals; PBA remains silent

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Two Nassau Police Unions backed Nassau County Manager Laura Curran for re-election on Monday, while the county’s largest police union has remained silent on its intentions in the race.

Curran, a first-term Democrat, announced the approval of the County Senior Police Officers Association and the Police Detective Association on Monday.

Curran has signed labor agreements with these two unions since taking office in 2018.

The county is still negotiating with the largest police union, the Police Benevolent Association.

PBA President Mike Spadaccini did not respond to messages seeking comment on Monday.

Nassau is also still negotiating with the county Sheriff Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

Curran faces Hempstead city councilor Bruce Blakeman, a Republican, in his bid for a second term.

The approvals in the county executive race came after the PBA, senior officers, correctional officers and the Detectives Union announced their support for Republican candidate Anne Donnelly.

Donnelly, a 32-year-old career prosecutor in the Nassau District Attorney’s Office, faces Democratic State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), a former federal prosecutor.

Kaminsky has been approved by the Long Beach PBA and the New York State Troopers PBA.

At a press conference in Mineola on Monday, senior county officers and leaders of detective associations praised Curran’s record, citing the reopening of closed police stations and increased staffing.

John Wighaus, president of the Detective Union, said Curran had worked to resolve an issue with detectives’ pay that made it difficult to recruit officers to apply for promotions.

Since the new contract was concluded, the department has promoted 120 detectives, Wighaus said.

“What County Manager Laura Curran did with this contract was good governance,” Wighaus said.

Wighaus also cited Curran’s performance during the coronavirus pandemic.

“During this dangerous time, Laura Curran was present,” said Wighaus. “She kept our residents calm and informed, while knowingly putting herself in danger.”

Ricky Frassetti, president of the Senior Officers’ Association, said that while Curran “and I may not always agree on everything, she always listens and is ready to make things right.”

Frassetti applauded Curran for opening police stations in Manhasset and Levittown which were closed in a merger under the administration of former County Executive Edward Mangano.

Blakeman, in a statement, did not directly address the endorsements.

Instead, he referred to a central theme of his campaign: Curran’s county-wide property revaluation program.

“No amount of endorsements can eclipse the massive revaluation tax increases by the county executive, which are hitting Nassau owners,” Blakeman said.

In December, members of the Nassau PBA narrowly rejected a new contract with the county.

The Nassau County Legislature has agreed to a provision allowing PBA members to receive a stipend of $ 3,000 for wearing body cameras while county and PBA leaders continue to negotiate a comprehensive labor agreement.

In his successful 2017 run against former Republican Senator Jack Martins, Curran lacked the backing of any of the county’s major unions.

Also on Monday, Nassau officials praised US News & World Report’s “Healthiest Communities Analysis” for the second year in a row.

The survey bases its estimates on per capita spending on health and emergency services.


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