(Hicksville, NY - December 7, 2011) The Nassau County Sheriff Officers Association (ShOA), the union representing the county's more than 1,000 Correction Officers, announced today that 2 inmates from the Nassau County Correctional Center were arraigned this week on charges stemming from attacks in separate incidents that left four Correction Officers injured.
On September 9, 2011 a Nassau County Correction Officer was bitten on the wrist by Anthony Trentacosta, 45, of Boundry Road in Bellmore. Trentacosta attempted to push past staff in an effort to get out of his assigned cell. During the struggle, the Correction Officer was bitten. The Officer was treated and released from North Shore University Hospital in Syosset. Trentacosta was charged with assault in the second degree. Trentacosta is currently serving a 180 day jail sentence for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana.
On October 24, 2011 three Nassau County Correction Officers were assaulted when David Page, 37, of Atlanta, Georgia suddenly and without warning began to punch a correction officer in the face until other Officers arrived to help. During the ensuing struggle Page head-butted one Officer and repeatedly kicked and punched another resulting in injuries to his shoulder and lower back. The Officers were treated at Winthrop University Hospital and released. Page was arraigned in Hempstead District court and held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Page is currently serving 25 years in an upstate prison on robbery charges.
"These are the type of incidents Correction Officers are up against every day they go to work. Correction Officers are constantly under the threat of attack, which reinforces how important proper staffing and supervision are. I commend our Officers handling of these incidents to prevent any further injuries to Officers or inmates. Correction Officers have the toughest job in law enforcement, and we are working to ensure our membership is protected and has the resources available to them to carry out their job safely and effectively," said Brian Sullivan, President of the Nassau Sheriff Officers Association.
The Sheriff Officers Association is the union representing more than 1,000 Correction Officers in Nassau County. The Sheriff Officers Association is recognized by the County of Nassau as the exclusive and unchallenged negotiating representative for collective negotiations with respect to rates of pay, salaries, hours, grievances and other terms and conditions of employment for all employees in the negotiating unit. For more information, visit www.ncshoa.org.