Patch asked those on the ballot for the special district election about their candidacy. Here is Angela Lawlor Mullin's response.
Patch: Why are you running for police commissioner?
Angela Lawlor Mullins: I am a retired New York City Police Detective, and for the past few years I had been interested in returning to public service. I welcome the opportunity to do something for the community and try to make a difference. Safety is imperative and as a parent it made me want to take my service to the next level. My role as a Police Commissioner in the Port Washington Police District allows me to use both my knowledge and experience in policing.
Patch: What do you see as the issues that need addressing?
ALM: Collective Bargaining Agreement – The issue of negotiating a police contract, which expires at the end of this month is very important.
Traffic – An increasing population in Port Washington brings issues of traffic and pedestrian safety, which is monitored constantly and reviewed by the District under the direction of Chief Kilfoil to provide a safe environment for our community. The safety of our community is first and foremost, to which the District is always vigilant.
Patch: What makes you uniquely qualified for the position?
ALM: My past law enforcement experience along with my ability to make decisions and to lead makes me uniquely qualified to be a Police Commissioner. I take my responsibilities as a Commissioner very seriously and am dedicated to providing the community with the best police department possible in the most economical way.
Patch: What would be your top priority as police commissioner next term?
ALM: The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is due to expire on Dec. 31, 2012, I would like to encourage the Board to negotiate a police contract at the district. For too many years, past contracts have been settled by an arbitrator. We all lose in arbitration, especially the taxpayers in the community. We need to review options that would have a long-term reductions to our taxpayers. One important issue is to look at our retirement options. One such area to look at is termination costs and to replace senior hired officers with newly hired officers at reduced wages. If we can replace tier two members with tier six members, the results will be lower costs, which will be seen in salaries, pensions and health care benefits. This will generate long term savings to each of our taxpayers.
On December 11, 2012, please exercise your right to vote. I would be honored to have your vote and serve an second term as a Police Commissioner. Thank you.
Editor's note: Special district elections in Port Washington take place Tuesday from 12-9 p.m. at the Polish American Cultural Association.