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QUESTIONS 4 MANGANO

 

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12 QUESTIONS FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE EDWARD MANGANO

      PAX CHRISTI ~  Long Beach Island  chapter                                                                                        Box 304, Point lookout Ny 11569 * peacelongbeach@optonline.net

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EDWARD MANGANO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE * 

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE

1550 FRANKLIN AVE. MINEOLA NY 11501

 

DEAR COUNTY EXECUTIVE  MANGANO,

 

1. THE NASSAU COUNTY CHARTER MANDATES A VISITOR'S BOARD TO OVERSEE THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT & THE COUNTY JAIL. THE ACLU HAD TO GO TO COURT TO FORCE COUNTY OFFICIALS TO IMPLEMENT THE VISITOR’S BOARD!

WHAT STEPS ARE YOU TAKING TO ENSURE THE MINORITY COMMUNITY THAT THEY BE ADEQUATELY REPRESENTED ON THIS BOARD?

 

2. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO RESPOND TO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY’S DEMAND THAT THE ICE (IMMIGRATION) TRAILER BE REMOVED FROM THE COUNTY JAIL?

DO YOU SUPPORT CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS FOR BILINGUAL OFFICERS AT THE JAIL

 

3. WHY DOES THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAND OVER UNDOCUMENTED HISPANIC INMATES TO THE IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES FOR DEPORTATION EVEN WHEN THEY’RE FOUND INNOCENT OF THE CHARGES AGAINST THEM?

HOW WILL YOU TO STOP THIS INJUSTICE?

 

4. THE NASSAU COUNTY SHERIFF’ BUDGET IS APPROXIMATELY 180 MILLION WITH 2000 INMATES & 1000 OR MORE UNION & NON-UNION JOBS? THERE HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED SUICIDES, BEATINGS, SEXUAL SOLICITATION OF INMATES AND MULTIPLE LAWSUITS BROUGHT BY AFRICAN AMERICAN EMPLOYEES AT THE JAIL.

DO YOU SUPPORT MAKING THE OFFICE OF COUNTY SHERIFF AN ELECTIVE OFFICE?

 

5. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS DECLARED THAT SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IS TORTURE. THE NASSAU COUNTY JAIL USES SOLITARY CONFINEMENT (SPECIAL HOUSING) TO WHICH SUICIDES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL BREAKDOWNS HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED.

WHAT RESTRAINTS WILL YOU PUT ON THE SHERIFF WITH REGARD TO SOLITARY CONFINEMENT & WOULD YOU REQUIRE THE SHERIFF TO SUBMIT THE INMATE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT PRIOR, DURING & AFTER CONFINEMENT? 

 6. MICHELLE ALEXANDER’S THE NEW JIM CROW DOCUMENTS THE MASS INCARCERATION OF YOUNG BLACK MEN? ONE OUT OF THREE YOUNG ADULT AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN ARE SUBJECT TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY WITH REGARD TO THE MASS INCARCERATION OF YOUNG BLACK MEN?

 

7. OVER 50% OF THE INMATES IN THE NASSAU COUNTY JAIL ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN, 15% OR MORE ARE LATINO, MANY SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO POOR TO AFFORD BAIL, OTHERS FOR MINOR OFFENSES.

DO YOU SUPPORT A FREE BAIL BOND PROGRAM AS CONDUCTED IN THE BRONX TO PROVIDE FREE BAIL TO THE INDIGENT & POOR CHARGED WITH NON-FELON ACTS?

 8. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT RECIDIVISM RATES OF NEW YORK INMATES GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ARE SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER & IN SOME ZERO! CONSIDERING THAT IT COSTS AS MUCH AS $50,000 A YEAR TO HOUSE INMATES.

 WOULD YOU SUPPORT NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN PROVIDING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR QUALIFIED INMATES ON A COLLEGE LEVEL?

 9. HOMELAND SECURITY PROVIDED FUNDS FOR A VISITOR CENTER AT THE COUNTY JAIL. IT HAS NEVER BEEN USED FOR THAT PURPOSE BUT AS A MOVIE SET & CURRENTLY AS A MAIL ROOM. AS A RESULT FAMILY MEMBERS ARE DISCOURAGED FROM VISITING AS THEY HAVE TO STAND OUTSIDE IN ALL TYPES OF WEATHER WITHOUT SHELTER, THEREBY ENDANGERING THEM & THEIR CHILDREN WHO ARE THERE TO VISIT THEIR IMPRISONED PARENT.

DO YOU SUPPORT RETURNING THE VISITOR’S CENTER TO ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE & WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO SEE THAT IT HAPPENS?

 

10. DO YOU SUPPORT RESTORING SATURDAY VISIT HOURS AT THE PRISON SO WORKING FAMILIES CAN VISIT THEIR IMPRISONED FAMILY MEMBER.

WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO SEE THAT THIS HAPPENS?

 

11. THE OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS IS MANDATED BY THE COUNTY CHARTER TO SUBMIT REPORTS ON A TIMELY BASIS THE AWARDING OF ALL COUNTY CONTRACTS AND THEIR FAIR ALLOTMENT TO MINORITY BUSINESSES. THERE HAS NOT BEEN AN OMA REPORT ON THE DESIGNATION OF CONTRACTS IN OVER 10 YEARS. THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS IS APPOINTED & ANSWERS TO THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE. THIS IS THE CASE WITH OTHER AGENCIES SUCH AS THE NASSAU COUNTY COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS.

DO YOU SUPPORT MAKING THESE AGENCY DIRECTORS MORE INDEPENDENT OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS BY REQUIRING THE LEGISLATURE TO APPROVE THEIR TERMINATION JUST AS THE LEGISLATURE MUST APPROVE THEIR APPOINTMENT?

 12. DESPITE BLACK SUCCESS STORIES & THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS BLACK, STUDIES HAVE DOCUMENTED THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR BLACK MEN AT A STAGGERING RATE. FORTY TWO TO SIXTY-FIVE PERCENT OF BLACK MEN ARE UNEMPLOYED, THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THOSE UNDER EMPLOYED IN LOW PAYING JOBS OR WORST YET IMPRISONED. WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO ABOUT THIS WAR ON THE POOR!

ARE YOU IN SUPPORT OF EXTENSIVE EFFECTIVE COUNTY SPONSORED REHABILITATION & TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR INMATES THAT WILL STOP THE CYCLE OF POVERTY & PROVIDE  EVERY CITIZEN OF NASSAU THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A JOB AND A LIVING WAGE THAT ENABLES HIM OR HER TO SUPPORT A FAMILY.

 

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY,

 

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Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
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