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Town of Islip: Reverse the decision of laying off four full time Bay Constables

    1. jonathan mentzel
    2. Petition by

      jonathan mentzel

      Patchogue

The Town of Islip Division of Harbor Police has provided and maintained safe waterways for decades. They have saved lives and property in the town of Islip and, on many occasions, put their own lives at risk without a second thought. The main function of this division is public safety in one of the busiest bodies of water on the east coast. Islip was just hit with one of the worst storms in history; leaving residents stranded and reported missing on Fire Island. The storm left emergency responders almost helpless to assist. Due to their skill, dedication and knowledge of Islip town waters, Harbor Officers were able to get a boat in the water and underway, battling gale force winds and tides 6-8 feet above normal. This was done quickly and with great personal risk to the officers involved. The officers then spent countless hours transporting and working with search and rescue teams. All victims were helped, and no lives were lost.
On Monday November 19, 2012 the Islip town board voted to eleminate the Harbor Police Division. This will result in the loss of four highly trained marine officers. At this time, Boating accidents are on the rise, Boating While Intoxicated is becoming a growing problem and boating safety courses are being mandated, Islip town cannot afford to lose this resource. Please support the Islip Town Harbor Division by signing this petition. The public's safety should not be compromised.

To:
Town of Islip, Town Council
New York Governor
President of the United States
New York State Senate
New York State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Reverse the decision of laying off four full time Bay Constables

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      jonathan mentzel
      Petition Organizer

      Sandy's gone but our Noreaster's haven't even arrived yet. This is not the time to eliminate some of the few first responders that are out there. Ask the town of Islip to leave the publics safety alone when finding cuts in the budget. Town of Islip board meeting today Tuesday 12/11 @ 2pm. Thanks

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    • Pat Vivona E. MEADOW, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I go to the beach every chance I get,I feel safe walking onthe beaches knowing the bay constables and the marine patrols are there watching over the beaches , parking lots roads and the waterways. With the bodys the police found around Gilgo,I feel safer knowing someone is out there watching things.I don't see the SCPD out around the beaches.Please keep the Marine Patrols on and around our beaches!!

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    • Paul Bodnarchuk BELLPORT, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Public Safety, Homeland Security,It's beyond comprehension to think to diband a Law Enforcement Unit,

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    • Joseph Knoetgen MOUNT SINAI, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Keeping our waterways safe and clean should be of utmost importance. If anything, these men an women deserve a raise!

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    • Naomi Friedberg MIDDLE ISLAND, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our waters need to be keep safe for all to use!

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      • almost 2 years ago

      LETTER THAT WAS SENT TO ISLIP TOWN SUPERVISOR AND COUNSIL MEMBERS

      To: Supervisor Tom Croci

      Date: December 7, 2012

      Subject: Islip Town Budget Cut to Harbor Police

      ________________________

      Dear Supervisor Croci,

      I am writing with my concern of you and the Islip Town Council's decision to eliminate the Harbor Police Unit from the town's 2013 budget resulting in eight layoffs at an estimated savings of $700,000 to Islip Town. The reduced budget also eliminates 22 full-time positions in the Town, including seven from the public safety department, four from the Town's shellfish hatchery in East Islip and two from the the Town's Assessor's Office.

      With the elimination of the Harbor Police department, there would be no marine law enforcement within the Town of Islip's jurisdiction and to assume that the workload and gap of patrolling Islip's waterways will be picked up by other marine law enforcement agencies like Suffolk Marine Bureau, US Coast Guard and adjoining townships is not a reality as all agencies are facing less funding and doing more with less. The response time from any other agency would be too long to arrive on scene of any emergency. This will ultimately put the safety of the residents of Islip Town who use the waterways for recreational boating and fishing in jeopardy due to the non-existence of patrolling Islip's waterways.

      Recently, this past June 2012, you announced a campaign to clamp down on drunken boaters:

      Police Clamp Down On Drunken Boaters, North Babylon Patch, June 26, 2012, By Ryan Bonner

      http://deerpark-northbabylon.patch.com/articles/police-to-clamp-down-on-drunken-boaters#photo-10457825

      With the elimination of the Harbor Police, how is Islip Town going to protect their residents in the upcoming 2013 summer boating season from boaters operating a vessel while intoxicated? Who will respond to boating accidents and save lives? The Town of Islip Division of Harbor Police has provided and maintained safe waterways for decades. They have saved lives and property in the town of Islip and, on many occasions, put their own lives at risk without a second thought. The main function of this division is public safety in one of the busiest bodies of water on Long Island.

      Back in October, Islip was hit with one of the worst storms in history, Hurricane Sandy; leaving residents stranded and reported missing on Fire Island. The storm left emergency responders almost helpless to assist. Due to their skill, dedication and knowledge of Islip town waters, the Harbor Police Officers were able to get a boat in the water and underway, battling gale force winds and tides 6-8 feet above normal. This was done quickly and with great personal risk to the officers involved. The officers then spent countless hours transporting and working with search and rescue teams. All victims were helped, and no lives were lost.

      It is my opinion that the decision to eliminate the Harbor Police department was made in haste and not really given thought or consideration. The consequences of eliminating the invaluable marine law enforcement unit will jeopardize the safety of Islip's boating public.

      I urge you and the council members to reconsider and reinstate the Harbor Police department into the 2013 operating budget for the good and safety of the residents of Islip Town.

      Sincerely,

      Nicholas R. Di Bari, President

      New York State Harbormaster/Bay Constable Association

      www.nyshbca.org

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