(February 28, 2018 – East Islip, NY) In an email to Suffolk County Acting Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron and newly elected Sheriff Errol Toulon, Legislator Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) asked the officials to, “ensure that law enforcement personnel are on hand at each [school polling place] throughout the school day” to ensure the safety of students, teachers and staff, during a special election scheduled for April 24.
The election is scheduled to fill the New York State Assembly seats vacated by Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and District Court Judge Al Graf. Cilmi said he didn’t know how many schools in Assembly Districts 10 and 5 would be used as polling places but that Suffolk County should allocate “sufficient resources…to ensure security at polling places.” He said, “In light of the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we need to reassure parents that their students are safe. We can mitigate any vulnerabilities created by the election process with police presence.”
Cilmi asked the officials to coordinate their efforts with Board of Elections officials and school personnel. He said he hopes to hear from police officials within the next few days.