JACK MARTINS CALLS FOR GANG CZAR, PROPOSES PLAN TO WIPE OUT MS-13
Martins: “When we are focused on finding bodies, it’s too late. Laura Curran has surrounded herself with groups that demand Sanctuary Cities, oppose deportation for illegal aliens who are violent felons and attack law enforcement. She can’t be trusted to protect our families.”
FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (October 30, 2017) – At an event showing the depth of support he has earned from 21 law enforcement associations from Long Island, New York State and New York City, and standing with supporter Rep. Peter King, Nassau County Executive candidate Jack Martins today proposed a three-point plan to address gang violence and said that when elected, he will appoint a Gang Czar who will be responsible for coordinating all county resources to wipe out violent gangs in Nassau County and ensure our families and communities are safe.
“The first responsibility of government is to keep our residents safe. We are now facing a public safety crisis with the growing presence of MS-13 gang violence that is affecting our communities, and we must treat it as such,” Martins said.
“When I am County Executive, I will create an Inspector-level position in the county police department who is responsible to the County Executive and the Police Commissioner who will have the resources necessary to wipe out these violent gangs preying on our communities,” Martins said. “This officer’s focus would be marshaling resources across the county and working with state and federal agencies in a targeted approach to share intelligence and combat the gang violence crisis we have in this county. The Inspector will have all the resources needed to get the job done.”
“Unfortunately, Laura Curran is being supported and funded by radical special interest groups who have been working to enact Sanctuary laws and block the efforts of federal law enforcement to arrest members of the MS-13 gang. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Corruption Team is running her campaign and he has made preserving NYC’s Sanctuary City status a priority of his ultra-left progressive platform,” Martins said.
“Other Curran friends and allies include Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who called for New York to be a Sanctuary State, the Working Families Party, who campaigned for her just yesterday, Make the Road, 1199, 32BJ and many others,” Martins said.
In stark contrast, Martins has received the support of every law enforcement organization on Long Island and in New York that has endorsed in this race.
“Whatever she says, it is clear that these radical groups will have a tremendous influence on her decision-making if elected. The role of County Executive is not ‘Chief Diplomat’ as she likes to say, when it comes to fighting violent gangs who are killing our children. These radical influences show her true colors: she cannot be trusted to handle this crisis,” Martins said.
Martins’ proposed three-point plan, which would be coordinated by the Gang Czar, would include:
“We must not let political correctness get in the way of public safety,” Martins said. “We can not allow Nassau County to become a Sanctuary County.”
Work closely with federal partners for the removal of undocumented and identified gang members and continue to share intelligence among local, state and federal partners.
Increase patrols, enforcement for gang units.
Prevention and education
“If we can prevent our young people from joining these awful gangs, we will snuff out their ability to grow, and save lives,” Martins said.
Increase the county’s commitment to youth programs that provide after school help to at-risk youth throughout the county.
Go into Nassau County schools with an educational and awareness program designed to alert students to the hazards of joining a gang and to provide advice on what to do when approached by a gang.
Improve the environment around gang hangouts so they can’t hide
“Let’s make it impossible for these violent people to gather in our public spaces without being seen by law enforcement,” Martins said.
This includes: restructuring fence lines and cutting back the overgrowth of hedges and adding lighting and cameras where appropriate.
“We can do all of this with minimal cost. We need only to reorganize and appoint one person to have the responsibility to coordinate this effort. The only way to get ahead of this issue is to start moving this process forward, go right at these gangs and make a concerted effort coordinating local, state and federal authorities and resources,” Martins said. “We are spending way too much time playing catch-up. When we are focusing on finding bodies, it’s too late.”
Martins has secured deep support for his candidacy, in particular with law enforcement unions, because they trust in his integrity and ability to lead Nassau forward. His union support includes: the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, Patrolman’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the Correction Officer Benevolent Association, the Uniformed Officers Association, the Superior Officers Union, Nassau Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Detectives’ Association Incorporated, Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association, Inc., the Port Authority Benevolent Association, Police Medic Benevolent Association, Fire Marshal Benevolent Association, the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc., The National Treasury Employees Union, Local 237 Teamsters, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the NYC District Council of Carpenters, the Civil Service Employees Association.
Martins has also earned the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, former New York Governor George E. Pataki and Congressman Peter King.
Jack Martins is the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party nominee for Nassau County Executive. Jack is a former three-term New York State Senator, the former Mayor of Mineola, and he lives in Nassau with his wife and four daughters. Jack Martins is focused on making Nassau County a better place to live, work and raise a family. As Nassau County Executive, Jack will be committed to ending the corruption that has compromised the public’s trust in government, protecting local property taxpayers and creating an economic renaissance to provide a brighter future for the middle class. The election is November 7, 2017.