Monday, April 24, 2017

70th Precinct Community Council 
MARCH 2017 Meeting Minutes

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Wednesday, March, 29th 2017
7:30 PM
P.S. 249  The United Cerebral Palsey Center 
175 Lawrence street, Brooklyn, New York  Officers 

Ed Powell, President
Mary McRae, Vice President
Maria Hazelwood, Treasurer
Nathan Thompson, Secretary
Giselle Nakhid, Sergeant-at-Arms

NYPD, Elected Officials & Other Guests

DI James Palumbo, Commanding Officer 
Captain OMalley, Executive Officer 
Detective Scott Nuzzi, Community Affairs
Det. Kim Walker, Community Affairs
Dale Degale Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Mike Gregorio for Senator Felder 
Shawn Campbell for Community Board 14
Renee Luciano (new member) for Community Board 14
Becky Stern for Councilmember Greenfield
Taryn O’Brien for Kings County DA’s Office
Bob Moskowitz for Flatbush Shomrim
Jacob Gold for Council Member Jumaane Williams
Walter McQueen for East 21st Street Tenant
Emmanuel Venbruan for Tennis Court Tennants Association
Soumia Chraibi for Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Ramona Cabreja for Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Himself Assemblymember Robert Carroll
Rona Taylor for Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
Vicky May for  The Street Vendor Project
Imani Henry for  Equality for Flatbush
Pinkus Hikind for  Comptrollers Office
Penny Ringel for the Mayors Office
Reverend Jean F. Beaulieu, Mohommad Nazir, Rabbi Perlstein, Minister John Williams and Yahuda Eps Clergy Liaisons
Roz Sokol for Steve Cymborwitz
Tovah Chasinough for Councilmember Duetsch 
Wayne Lamont and Walter Mqueen  for East 21st Block Association
Eric Kumar and Taryn OBrien for District Attorneys Office
Valentin Morales  Vamos Unidas
Aziz Hutt and Javed Khan for Pakistani Merchants Assoc


The regular monthly meeting of the 70th Precinct Community Council was called to order.  PCC President Ed Powell greeted all and invited everyone to join him in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  

He then acknowledged the various representatives of public officials and other distinguished guests present at the meeting (see above). 


1.  Jake Gold from City Councilmember Jumaane Williams office.
     Jake announce a town hall meeting at the Nostrand Community Center on Kings Highway.  The meeting is centered around and area that borders 3 precincts.  Many agencies to let you know about their services.  April 5th info session on lean sales. The session is designed to let you know how to protect yourself from lean threats.  He also mentioned that they have immigration legal advice.  


2.  Dale Degale from Yvette Clarkes Office
  She announced a Community Town Hall on Immigration, Healthcare and gun violence.
It takes place on Wednesday April 19 at 8pm.  4905 Avenue D.  Everyone is invited.



3.  Eric Kumar from the District Attorneys Office
        On April 14th is their signature event now being copied all over the country. the legal aid attorneys are present to clean up open warrants.  Regarding immigration, Kumar stressed that they do not ask for immigration status when chronicling crimes.  He clarified that this is not the district attorneys interest.  They want to catch criminals. He brought up the importance of a new real estate fraud unit.  Then he introduced Taryn Obrien to say a few words about the loss of Officer Mike Smith on behalf of the whole green zone at the District Attorneys Office.


 4. Ben Seigel from Councilmember Greenfields Office 
    Ben said a few words about Mike.  Then moved to business.  He explained that Not For Profits ought to contact his office if they are having landlord problems.  He also explained that "Councilman" Greenfield is doing Participatory Budgeting.  He urged his constituency to pick up a ballot from him and submit.


5.  Commanding Officer Palumbo speaks
      The CO started by explaining that he had planned to use the "Cop Of The Month" award for Mike Smith had we not lost him unexpectedly.   He expressed his appreciation for PCC members support at this time.  He then invited Rabbi Perlstein up to say a few words about Mike Smith.




6.  Rabbi Perlstein speaks about Mike Smith
Rabbi Perlstein chose to use a metaphorical story about marriage to illustrate his appreciation for police in general.  "A police officer never expires, their memory goes on forever"  




9.) Commanding Officer Palumbo Speaks.
    The CO started off with the bad news. There was a gang related shooting (our first for the year) for which the NCOs had been helpful in identifying the shooter.  The victims also are cooperating (something which we do not take for granted) and they expect to pick up the perpetrator soon.  This appears to be a Crips/Bloods exchange.  
     At this point last year, we had 3 shootings, so this being our first for the year is a step in the right direction.  Over all crime is down 21% in the 28 day period for index crimes statistics.  We are only showing increases in grand larceny.   Year to date we are down 7.5% for the average in all index crimes.
  Grand Larceny auto is the biggest uptick.  Hondas and Nissans are being taken from Parkside to Kinds Highway all over the precinct.  Ford Econoline Vans and Hondas are vehicles of choice.  


      
       
10.) The CO takes questions/comments from the PCC Group
   Paul Littman with a grassroots group in support of the ACLUs "Freedom Cities Campaign".  They wanted to go over the 9 point program that the ACLU has put out regarding the rights of immigrants.  They introduced the list.  The CO acknowledged that he received the list and explained he did not want to go through all of them at the meeting.  The group requested a meeting with the CO later to go over specifically the information.  The rep also asked the group how many people were there in support of the this point and at least 20 people raised hands.  The CO agreed to a meeting and went on to clarify that the Commissioner had specified that "they are not assisting ICE on immigration enforcement."  "We are not inquiring about status.  Any services they need are at their disposal, no questions asked."  He explained that the NYPD are also working with local religious institutions to communicate these rules.  
  He also pointed out Dominic Scotto who happened to be visiting from 1 Police Plaza and is in charge of dealing with just such issues.  Dominic introduced himself.
   Another citizen asked about a car that was regularly parked on the sidewalk by his home.  The CO told him to let the Community Affairs Officers know where the problem was.  
   A woman explained that her Trump sign was torn down and her house egged.  She heard that the police could not do anything.  The CO explained that the country is very divided right now.  And that they would follow up on any such crimes, especially if there is video.  "We are not going to spend tonight getting into politics." he explained,  and moved on to real crime issues.  
     A woman identified herself as living on the block where the shooting (mentioned earlier) was.  She wants to know what is being done that is causing the drop in the crime.
The CO explained that he feels it is "precision policing" and cited the NCOs as a new source of information.   "It's a partnership" he explained.   The woman asked if there was an age range of likely criminals.  The CO explained that the age range statistics change depending on the crime.  Robbery is mostly juvenile driven, 13 to 16 years old. "But when you look at burglary, you are looking at 26 to 45." the CO explained.  Grand larcenies have a wide range.  And shooting incidents are 25 to 30 years old.  
    The woman was specifically asking about having a party on Ocean Avenue and wanted to have a realistic place and time.  The CO agreed to meet with her privately to set up a time.
     The ACLU team spoke up again to re-iterate that they want a sit down to go over the ACLUs 9 point plan.  The CO said to set it up with Community Affairs. 
      A resident from 55 Lenox Road wanted to compliment the NCO's on their attention of late.  But she wanted to draw attention to the end of school coming and her concern that music would be blasting soon.  The CO told his NCOs to get on it.  It was the last question.

11. Ed Powell introduces Minister John Williams
      The minister invited us to a meeting about "sanctuary churches", attendees would include a range of public servants and legal attorneys.   For instance he highlighted the increase in sobriety stops.  His concern is that the stops are a cover for asking questions that usually could not be asked.
   He then brought up the "island of Flatbush" that includes CB14 down to Kings Highway.  He cited a new form of Diabetes that specifically affects Afro/Latino people.  It is actually called the "Flatbush Diabetes'.  The good news is that is can be reversed if caught early.  They are having an EXPO with 120 churches to get the word out.  

Ed Powell closed the meeting.  

Respectfully submitted,


Nathan Thompson

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

70th Precinct Community Council JANUARY 2017 Meeting Minutes

70th Precinct Community Council 
JANUARY 2017 Meeting Minutes

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Wednesday, January, 25th 2017
7:30 PM
P.S. 249  The United Cerebral Palsey Center 
175 Lawrence street, Brooklyn, New York  Officers 

Ed Powell, President
Mary McRae, Vice President
Maria Hazelwood, Treasurer
Nathan Thompson, Secretary
Giselle Nakhid, Sergeant-at-Arms

NYPD, Elected Officials & Other Guests

DI James Palumbo, Commanding Officer 
Captain OMalley, Executive Officer 
Officer Mike Smith, Community Affairs
Det. Kim Walker, Community Affairs
Marty for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Mike Gregorio for Senator Felder 
Shawn Campbell for Community Board 14
Becky Stern for Councilmember Greenfield
Taryn O’Brien for Kings County DA’s Office
Jacob Gold for Council Member Jumaane Williams
Walter McQueen for East 21st Street Tenant
Soumia Chraibi for Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Ramona Cabreja for Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Himself Assemblymember Robert Carroll
Rona Taylor for Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
Vicky May for  The Street Vendor Project
Imani Henry for  Equality for Flatbush
Pinkus Hikind for  Comptrollers Office
Penny Ringel for the Mayors Office
Reverend Jean F. Beaulieu, Mohommad Nazir, Rabbi Perlstein and Yahuda Eps Clergy Liaisons
Roz Sokol for Steve Cymborwitz
Tovah Chasinough for Councilmember Duetsch 
Wayne Lamont and Walter Mqueen  for East 21st Block Association
Eric Kumar and Taryn OBrien for District Attorneys Office
Valentin Morales  Vamos Unidas
Aziz Putt and Raja Azid  Pakistani Merchants Assoc


The regular monthly meeting of the 70th Precinct Community Council was called to order.  PCC President Ed Powell greeted all and invited everyone to join him in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  

He then acknowledged the various representatives of public officials and other distinguished guests present at the meeting (see above). 


1.Robert (Bobby) Carroll.
     Bobby introduced himself as the replacement for Jim Brennan.  He has been on the job only 3 weeks.  He grew up in the neighborhood.  He invited us to call 718 788 7221, (his number) with any issues.  His office is on 7th Avenue between 13th and 14th street.  He explained that 1/3 of our state budget is connected to federal dollars.    He took questions and got one about Senator Felder's bill to undermine the City Council's Plastic Bag fee.  Bobby strongly supports getting rid of bags.  He reminded us that nyc generates a billion bags a year.  And that we can all avoid paying anything extra if we only carry a bag.  


2.  Jacob Gold for Jumaane Williams 
   Invited anyone with immigration issues to a forum on February 8th.



3.  Eric Kumar from the District Attorneys Office
        Announced their Human Trafficking event.  He explained that the traditional definition of "trafficking" is not the only one.  He spoke of local residents who are used for labor at far below minimum wage.  Attending the event will educate us on this subject.  January 26th.


 4. Tovah Chasinough for Councilmember Chaim Duetsch  
    Tovah announced that the Councilmembers office will provide free tax service every Sunday from now until tax day.  She also reminded us that they offer free legal service twice a week, every week.  Just give them a call.


5.  Rona Taylor for Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
 Rona announced Assemblymember's State of The District Address, on Feb 9th at Brooklyn College.  She also announced that the office is moving.  By March first they plan to be at 1312 Flatbush Avenue.  




6.  Valentine Morales from Vamos Unidas (and interpreter Gretchen Begley)
Valentin presented a speech about how much he appreciates the NYPD and asked us all to say a prayer.  It became clear that he had a longer message for the CO which he pursued after the meeting.

9.) Ed Powell introduces the newest Executive Officer (XO) Megan OMalley.
      
       
10.) CO Palumbo Presents
   The CO introduced Captain OMalley and highlighted that she has history in the 70th and should be abled to hit the ground running.   He then introduced the Cop of Month Honorees.
   But first he told us about a robbery in progress at a local jewelry store.  He explained that a local citizen (who was present) got involved and helped two Officers capture the robber.  The CO called up Officers Tamir Raja, David Vasquez, and citizen Shameel Ahmed and presented each with awards.
    The CO then went through a few recent statistics.  For the year 2016, the precinct ended the year down 14% in major index crimes.  Murders went down 71% (5 vs 17 the previous year).  Rape saw an increase (25 vs 18) but out of the 25, 24 were cases in which the victim and perpetrator were known to each other.  Robbery is down 33% (237 vs 351), Felony Assaults down (down 1%).  Burglary is down 37%. (180 vs 284).  Grand Larceny down 1%.  Grand Larceny Auto is down 14%.  Shootings are down 50%.
     The CO attributes this success to community relations between the liaisons, DAs office, NCOs.  They analyzed trends over the last 4 years and focused on those areas. 
  


11.) CO highlights some of present Team.
       The CO introduced Officers Barrieli and Galloti who were there to register cel phones on the spot through Operation ID.  He introduced NCO's who were present, citing that program as one reason the numbers look so good. 



12.)  Recent Updates
         In the Northern area of the precinct, there was a man randomly assaulting people.  He was arrested and was clearly unstable.  They connected 9 assaults to him. He admitted having no idea why he did it.  Video surveillance was helpful.  An Officer recognized his photo.  
         The single stranger rape attempt was solved also by an Officer who recognized an image from video.
          He added that their had been a homicide today but an arrest was made immediately.
         The CO also cited a horrible traffic fatality in which a victim attempted to hop a ride on the back of a truck.  The truck left without even knowing.  But they caught up to him in the next precinct.   Traffic fatalities are a focus of CO Palumbo this year.
          And last but not least, he thanked everyone who participated in the Coat giveaway.

        
 13.)  CO Takes Questions    
                   Duane Joseph asked about the protocol for getting video from building owners to help solve crimes.  The CO said either individuals or Officers can do it.  They try to have someone who is knowledgable.  They have technical people who will come out.  
                     Walter McQueen thanked Officer Smith for reaching out and keeping him in the loop on local events.  He is a Community Liason and he is supposed to be updated.  But Mr. McQueen had to take a moment to comment on how well the program was working.  He pointed to CO Palumbo and said "I have been here a long time.  This guy is a step above." 
                      A man pointed out that he has an ongoing problem of harassment.  He is concerned that the landlord is using a device to shake his apartment to harass him to get him to move out.  He noted that older people are moving out.  The CO explained that he gets inundated with noise complaints.  He agreed to meet privately with the man after meeting.  
                     A woman wanted to thank Sgt Blain (head of the NCOs) and that she was pleased with the support coming from her NCOs Officer Sesay and Callendar.  
                     Another woman asked about what they are to do with Officers who are not being good community builders.  She acknowledged a change since CO Palumbo took over.  But she said there were incidents of false arrests, threats, and abusive language from some Officers.  The CO responded that his Officers are supposed to treat people as if they were their family.  But he acknowledged that in a 35,000 person force, some trouble will slip through the cracks.  He cited, transfers, mediation, and training as some of the methods they use for dealing with complaints.
                     The CO explained that when he arrived in the 70th last year, there were 167 Officers in here.  Today the number is 284.  And the civilian complaints have gone down.
                     A store owner on Coney Island Avenue who had been a victim a couple of years ago, explained that NYPD beefed up the presence for a while but then it went down.  She claimed crime is going up in the area.  The CO pointed out this does not go with the figures.  She wanted to hear about the long term plan.  She owns three stores and is there 10 hours a day.  She was looking to talk big picture.  They agreed to continue the talk after the meeting.
                      
  




Respectfully submitted,

Nathan Thompson









Minutes of January 2017
70 Pct. Community Council, NYPD 






Thursday, April 19, 2012

2012 Patrol Borough Brooklyn South (PBBS) Showcase Festival

Greetings from the 70th Precinct,

We are sorry to announce that this year's Patrol Borough Brooklyn South (PBBS) Showcase Festival, which was scheduled for this Sunday, April 22 in Prospect Park, is Officially cancelled due to the predicted rain. There is no rain date for this event. Please call us at (718) 851-5557 if you have any questions in regards. Thank you.

70th Precinct Community Affairs

Patrol Brooklyn South News

The Patrol Borough Brooklyn South would like to extend greetings and salutations to our community members of Brooklyn South. The members of PBBS hope you had a safe and healthy winter and are looking forward to a beautiful springtime. As the seasons change so do the happenings within the Borough of Brooklyn South. We wish to take this time to inform you of the recent personnel movement within our Borough.

We start by welcoming the addition of Deputy Chief John E. Essig to the Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Deputy Chief Essig arrives from the Patrol Borough Brooklyn North and is designated to serve as one of two Executive Officers within the Borough. We embrace his arrival to Brooklyn South and wish Deputy Chief Essig nothing but success in his new position.
With equal parts excitement and sadness we announce changes occurring on the precinct level as well. Inspector Peter Simonetti, long time Commanding Officer of the 71st Precinct, is newly designated as the Operations Commander of the Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. We wish him success in his future endeavors as he will be missed by many amongst our community. Replacing Insp. Simonetti is Captain John Lewis. Capt. Lewis comes to the 71st after stints as the Commanding Officer of the 76th Precinct and within the Detective Bureau. He has also held executive positions in the 67th and 69th Precincts.

Captain Lewis's transfer brings Captain Jeffrey Schiff to assume the helm of the 76th Precinct as the new Commanding Officer. Capt. Schiff arrives from his past assignment as the Executive Officer of the 67th Precinct. We also see changes in Boro Park as Deputy Inspector John Sprague departs to command Staten Island's 120th Precinct. He, too, will be missed and we wish him continued success in his new command. Succeeding D.I. Sprague in the 66th Precinct is Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo. D.I. Deddo returns to the 66th after most recently commanding the 63rd Precinct. He has also been previously assigned as the Commanding Officer of Brooklyn South Task Force and Executive Officer of both the 66th and 68th Precincts.

Brooklyn South would also like to introduce Captain John Rowell as the new Commanding Officer of the 63rd Precinct. The Captain arrives to us from the Patrol Services Bureau where he served as the Operations Commander. Capt. Rowell's prior assignments include serving as the Executive Officer of the 110th Precinct and the Commanding Officer of the 108th Precinct. We congratulate the Captain on his arrival and anticipate a fine working relationship with him.
PBBS also wants to remind our community members of the upcoming Showcase Festival on April 22nd in Prospect Park. It's a fine day to enjoy the splendors of Brooklyn with our families and friends. We hope to see you there and wish all our community members a safe and healthy springtime.

Respectfully,

Patrol Borough Brooklyn South

April 2012 Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 25th, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Flatbush Reformed Church located at 890 Flatbush Avenue at Church Avenue.

Monday, May 23, 2011

April 2011 Newsletter

70TH PRECINCT NEWSLETTER
Greetings from the 70th Precinct, April, 2011

Happy Easter and Passover to our 70th Precinct Community. Additional police coverage was provided to our local Churches and Synagogues throughout the command which ensured a safe holiday to all. The 70th Precinct attended the Pre-Passover Briefing at 1 Police Plaza which was very successful and very informative to all who attended.

Photos below were taken at this year’s Pre- Passover conference.





Photos include: (L-R) Det. Scotto, Dov Zeitlen, Inspector Monteforte, and Moshe Schonfeld.











Photo include: (L-R) Dov Zeitlen, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, P.O. Walker, Det. Scotto and Moshe Schonfeld.








After a long cold winter, Spring has arrived and all the shopping centers and surrounding streets are swarming with people. Please stay alert and be mindful of your surroundings.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be having their 17th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Competition for Residential and Commercial Blocks. Deadline is June 1, 2011. Call 718-623-7250 for more information.

CAMERAS: After a recent shooting which took place inside of the Parade Grounds, the 70th Precinct along with the New York City Parks Department conducted a follow-up security survey which resulted in the installation of NYPD Cameras with large poster signage to inform the community. They were additional Police personnel assigned to the Park and additional lighting will be installed at a later date.

SAFETY TIPS:
In an effort to reduce crime at our local fitness gyms, we are asking the community to
leave valuables (i.e.credit cards and jewelry) at home. Please do not put these items in your
locker due to the recent locker break-ins.

As the weather gets warmer, we know that everyone would love to open their windows in
order to let in some fresh air, but if your window is located on the lower level make sure lock and secure them prior to leaving your home or going to sleep.

FYI: The 70th Precinct offers free Crime Prevention Security Surveys for residents and commercial establishments. Anyone interested in receiving a survey, Please contact: PO’s Demarco or McGuiness at 718-851-5504.

PEDESTRIAN SAFTEY:In an effort to ensure both pedestrian and motorist safety, the 70th Precinct would like to
remind motorist to remain alert and refrain from talking and texting on their cell phone
while driving.

BICYCLE INITIATIVE
Bicycle accidents and bicyclist injuries have seen a dramatic increase in the past
year. Please be advised that in an effort to reduce these types of accidents, the 70 Precinct will be holding bicyclists more accountable for their actions, as they already do motorists, by issuing traffic violations. Bicyclists must adhere to many of the same rules of the road as motorists do. For example, stopping at red lights, obeying traffic devices, etc... In addition, to reduce serious injuries to bicyclists, the 70 Precinct will have "zero tolerance" towards bicyclists who utilize headphones while riding a bicycle, and do not utilize a bicycle lane when it is available. It is the 70 Precinct's mission to keep the roadways safe for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Thank you for your compliance.

**FYI*** Recent business from Transit District 34 reports that there has been an increase in electronic devices being stolen from passengers on board the subway system. Be aware, as train door are closing, property is being removed.

Help stop Terrorism, if you see something, say something!

Community Board 14 will be having a 2011 4th Annual Youth Conference at
4:00 pm located at Brooklyn College Students Center

70th PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCILThe Community Council holds their meetings every last Wednesday of the month. The next Community Council Meeting is Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm at 175 Lawrence Avenue. Next months meeting is Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:30

UPCOMING EVENTS
* On Sunday, May 1, 2011, The Church Avenue Bid will be hosting The Church Avenue Street Festival on Church Avenue from Coney Island Avenue to Marlborough Road, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

* On Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9:00am-4:00pm, 70th Pct Community Council President Ed Powell is having a Community Outreach Program at 3114 Glenwood Avenue.

* On Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:00am-6:00pm, Flatbush Avenue Business District will be hosting their Annual Flatbush Avenue Street Fair on Flatbush Avenue between Parkside Avenue and Cortelyou Road, from 11:00am to 6:00p.m.



70th Precinct
154 Lawrence Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 851-5511

March 2011 Newsletter

70TH PRECINCT NEWSLETTER
Greetings from the 70th Precinct
March 2011

The 70th Precinct along with NYPD Transit Districts has been working in conjunction with each other to keep crime down within this command. We are working with the highest integrity to keep our community safe.

After a long cold winter, Spring has arrived and all the shopping centers and surrounding streets are swarming with people. Please stay alert and be mindful of your surroundings.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be having their 17th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Competition for Residential and Commercial Blocks. Deadline is June 1, 2011. Call 718-623-7250 for more information.

Borough President Marty Markowitz invites all Block Associations to attend the Annual Assembly of the Federation of Brooklyn Block Associations, April 12, 2011 at 5:30pm located at 209 Joralemon Street.

SAFETY TIPS:
In an effort to reduce crime at our locale fitness gyms, we are asking the community to
leave valuables like credit cards and jewelry at home. Please do not put these items in your
locker due to the recent locker break-ins.

As the weather gets warmer, we know that everyone would love to open their windows in
order to let some fresh air in, but if your window is on the lower level make sure no
individuals can enter your premise if your sleep or leave your house.

For further inquires, please contact the 70th Precinct at 718-851-5511.

PEDESTRIAN SAFTEY:
In an effort to ensure both pedestrian and motorist safety, the 70th Precinct would like to
remind motorist to remain alert and refrain from talking and texting on their cell phone
while driving.


BICYCLE INITIATIVE
Bicycle accidents and bicyclist injuries have seen a dramatic increase in the past
year. Please be advised that in an effort to reduce these types of accidents, the 70 Precinct will be holding bicyclists more accountable for their actions, as they already do motorists, by issuing traffic violations. Bicyclists must adhere to many of the same rules of the road as motorists do. For example, stopping at red lights, obeying traffic devices, etc... In addition, to reduce serious injuries to bicyclists, the 70 Precinct will have "zero tolerance" towards bicyclists who utilize headphones while riding a bicycle, and do not utilize a bicycle lane when it is available. It is the 70 Precinct's mission to keep the roadways safe for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Thank you for your compliance.

***FYI*** Recent business from Transit District 34 reports that there has been an increase in electronic devices being stolen from passengers on board the subway system. Be aware, as train door are closing, property is being removed.


Help stop Terrorism, if you see something, say something!


Community Board 14 will be having a 2011 4th Annual Youth Conference at
4:00 pm located at Brooklyn College

70th PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The Community Council holds their meetings every last Wednesday of the month. The next Community Council Meeting is Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm at 175 Lawrence Avenue.

The 70th Precinct Community Council has received many inquires regarding jobs, so we want adults and youths to know that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will be having a JOB FAIR at 1 University Plaza located at Flatbush Avenue & Dekalb Avenue. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. www.brooklyn-usa.org

70th Precinct
154 Lawrence Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 851-5511

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 2011 Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 7:30 PM in the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City's Community Room at 175 Lawrence Avenue.

February 2011 Meeting Minutes

70th Precinct Community Council
February 2011 Meeting Minutes

E-mail: 70PctCC@gmail.com
Blog: http://70PctCC.blogspot.com
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
7:30 PM
United Cerebral Palsy New York
175 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, New York
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Officers Present

Ed Powell, President
Rosanne Boland, Treasurer
Mary McRae, Secretary
Nathan Thompson, Assistant Secretary
Mavis Theodore, Sergeant-at-Arms


NYPD, Elected Officials & Other Guests

Inspector Ralph Monteforte, Commanding Officer
Captain Peter Venice, Executive Officer
Captain William Taylor, Executive Officer
Det. Dominick Scotto, Community Affairs
P.O. Kim Walker, Community Affairs
Lt. Jacqueline Bourne, Community Affairs
Det. Roberto Diaz, Community Affairs
Reuven Lipkind for Senator Eric Adams
Delsie Lawson for Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Roz Sokol for Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz
Nelli Chervyakova for Council Member David Greenfield
Eli Slavin for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Ed Powell for Assembly Member Rhoda Jacobs
David Kliestik, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
Shawn Campbell for Assembly Member Jim Brennan
James Sanon for Council Member Jumanne Williams
Lauren Collins, Church Avenue BID


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The regular monthly meeting of the 70th Precinct Community Council was called to order at 7:40 p.m. President Ed Powell greeted all and invited everyone to join him in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. President Powell then acknowledged the various representatives of elected officials and other distinguished guests present at the meeting (see above).

President Powell announced that Auxiliary Chief Tony Christo contacted him and wanted him to mention that on March 13th, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. there will be a memorial service for Auxiliary Police Officers which will be held at the East Midwood Jewish Center at 1625 Ocean Avenue.

On this Friday (February 25th), the Auxiliary Officers will be doing a high visibility turnout at Flatbush Junction. This means that a large number of auxiliary officers come out and make a public showing at one location to assure people that they are well covered and well protected in that area.

1. Message from Reuven Lipkin – Senator Eric Adams
Mr. Lipkin announced that our state senator would like to hear personally from you and you can email him at eadams@senate.state.ny.us also he has a website that gives updates on different events and for honoring individuals in the community. If you know of anyone that you want to be honored, his website is adams.nysenate.gov. The Senator is working in conjunction with another Senator because there is an issue coming up. On June 15th, 2011 rent stabilization/rent control guidelines will be terminated, if not put back. Almost every apartment building will have no control and the landlords can raise the rent to what they want it to be. The Senator is fighting to bring back rent stabilization laws and is fighting to make them stronger.

He also announced that summer is coming and he brought flyers for the New York Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society and stated that information is on the bottom where you can go and apply for a summer job.

President Powell stated that he attended a meeting at 25/35 Tennis Court whereas he was one of the speakers. He stated that the tenants are fighting a good fight for descent housing, good quality of life where they live because they are up against very strong odds. However under the leadership of Brother Emmanuel they are doing a fantastic job.

2. Message on Church Avenue BID – Lauren Collins (New Director)
The Church Avenue BID encompasses Church Avenue between Coney Island and Flatbush Avenues. What the BID does is look out for the marketing, promotion, government relations of Church Avenue businesses, and try to bring people to Church Avenue to shop. They work with the merchants so that they have the resources that they need. She stated that they have a wonderful beat cop (Officer Glendo) and that the 70th Precinct has been pretty receptive and seemly very open to work with them to make sure that the BID is very safe and clean and that everyone gets what they want out of that shopping district.

3. Reports from the Commanding Officer. Commander Monteforte greeted everyone with Happy New Year because it was the first meeting of the year. Due to increment weather in January the meeting was canceled. He stated that he would show a power point presentation that would show what’s going on in the Precinct regarding crime and quality of life issues.

He asked if anyone had any questions or issues in the community:

Someone asked how you go about making a recommendation for the precinct Cop of the Month.
You can call the Community Affairs Office (718) 851-5557, which is headed by Lt. Bourne, or you can write a letter. If you write a letter it will go into the officer’s personal folder which is always good, or if you don’t want to write a letter, call the office, give them the information and they will bring the officer in and let him or her know that the people in the community appreciate what they are doing.

A representative from Prospect Park South complimented the 70th on a tempered response to an aggressive person who seemed determined to bait the officers into aggression. He extended his gratitude to the officers on their restraint in dealing with the situation whereas nobody got hurt.

A representative from a building on East 21st Street brought narcotic complaints but continued the conversation privately after the meeting.

Commander Monteforte announced that there are new Impact Officers. The first week of January the Impact Officers that were there for the past two years have been transferred to other precincts.

A resident from Martense Street expressed frustration at having been redistricted into the 70th precinct. He voiced complaints about police response in his area. Commander Monteforte will look into the complaints.

He then went through a Power Point presentation addressing various demographics, statistics and incidents of note in our area:

A breakdown of who’s living in the 70th Precinct: African Americans 39%, White 36%, and Hispanic 13%. The Houses of Worship: Mosques 9, Churches 67, and Synagogues 75.

The city was down by 1.6% by the end of the year; we were down by 6%. We did a little bit better than the city in percentage of crime reduction. In 1993 there were 142 victims of shootings, in 2008 there were 24. In 1993 there were 46 homicides, in 2008 there were seven. It continues to get lower, however we still have to get guns off the streets. If you know of anyone with an illegal handgun you call 1 866 GUNSTOP, you will remain anonymous. We will get the person, take the gun off the streets and you will get $1,000.00, no questions asked. They will give you an ID number so that you can collect your money.

In a similar program, if there was someone in the house that passed away and was in the military and had a registered gun that would be illegal after the person passed away. You can bring the gun into the precinct and get $100 for it. Or if you find a gun somewhere, you can bring the gun to the precinct and get $100.00. We want to get the guns off the streets. We don’t want anyone using these guns to commit robberies, or a child using it and accidentally shooting himself. We don’t want children out there carrying these guns and something bad happens such as a police encounter issue.

Gun Arrests: Last year we took 66 guns off the streets. Personnel in the precinct took 47 of them. Police Officers didn’t shoot their guns once in the 70th Precinct. To take 66 guns off the streets, most of those guns are on somebody’s body usually in their waistband. To take that many guns off the streets, not one cop getting hurt, not one civilian getting hurt, not one bad guy getting hurt, that is tremendous restraint and a lot of guns off the streets. With the help of the community, we can get even more guns off the streets.

The murderer from the August 19th liquor store incident was caught.

There was a slight increase in robbery in the 70th last year from 382 to 400. Friday night was the most common evening for robbery last year. In 1990 there were over 2,000 robberies in that year. We are getting lower. Hopefully we can get lower this year.

Last year there we had 28 crimes in transit. On Church Avenue subway station, the 70th Precinct Officers not the Transit Officers were there 1,300 times to make sure that everyone was safe.

Felony assaults were up 7% from last year (337 to 362 this year.) Almost a third of our felony assaults are domestic related. A felony assault is not a slap or a punch it is usually getting hit with a stick or a very serious injury.

Commander Monteforte showed different objects that kids were carrying in the streets such as a marker with a sheetrock screw, also a marker with a razor at the end of it which is extremely dangerous.

Commander Monteforte reminded building dwellers that they could sign up for the FTAP program that allows officers to randomly patrol the hallways of their buildings. They currently have 398 active locations. Interested tenants can contact Officer Joanne Fundaro at 718-851-5556. A lot of inside crimes have decreased because of this program.

Domestic Violence is a big issue. The 70th precinct also now has a Domestic Violence Drop In Program. They made over 1,000 visits last year to families, to let them know of the services they offer. Call 718 851-5569 for more information. Commander Monteforte stated that he did not want any one becoming a victim of a crime without knowing how the police department can help them. Last year there were 120 victims of domestic violence.

Commander Monteforte explained Grand Larceny. For example, if someone snatches a phone from your hand it is considered a grand larceny. 67 times last year people were on their cell phones and not paying attention and someone runs up to them and snatches their phones and runs away. People are also getting pick pocketed on trains and buses.

Last year 114 people left property in their car worth more than $1,000.00. He stressed, you have to properly secure your property. Put things that are valuable in your trunk.

The Precinct offers services to come into your home to find ways to make it more secure. Contact Community Affairs at (718) 851-5557.

Burglary is down 13%. In 2009 there were 370 burglaries, in 2010 there were 322. DNA left behind was cited as a factor in the increased burglary arrests.

Etching Program for electronic devices: Come into the Precinct and they will put a number on your device with invisible ink.

Most frequently stolen Cars: Maxima, Sentry, Camry, Civic. (In 2010 185 cars were stolen, in 2009, 200 cars were stolen and 1990, 3,298 cars were stolen.)

Commander Monteforte announced that we have great youth programs. If you know anyone out there who is getting into trouble, call the precinct and they will come to the house and speak to the youth and let you know what is going on. Let us help these kids. We also do Scared Straight Programs so that inmates can speak to them. We take them to youth courts and mediations. There are a lot of things the Precinct can do to help out troubled youths.

Last year we had over 6,000 311 calls. The majority were noise complaints, 911 calls averaged 300 calls per day. The 70th Precinct is the second busiest precinct throughout the city.

Two people just graduated from the Civilian Police Academy. If anyone is interested in participating please speak to Det. Dominick Scotto at (781) 851-5557.

In terms of Graffiti we are doing a lot better, the streets are a lot cleaner. If you see anyone doing graffiti please call 911. If you want something cleaned up you can call the Mayor’s office and speak to Mr. Smith and see if he can arrange a clean-up for you. The Precinct also does clean-ups as well.
Year Graffiti Arrests
2010 103
2009 86
2008 47

Commander Monteforte emphasized that you must wear your seatbelts; if not you will get a summons. He showed a demonstration of what happens if you don’t have your seatbelt on.

Last year we locked up over 100 people who were driving while intoxicated.

4. Message from Council Member Jumanne Williams
In June or July this year there is a possibility that rent stabilization could be lost in the state of New York. A lot of people aren’t aware and he wanted to make sure people know about this. It happened at the state level and they have a real rent reform effort, where people are trying to fight to make sure that rent stabilization and rent control stays in the state of New York. Rent stabilization not only keeps the rent low but there are other things that are important, such as the right to remain in your apartment, the right to lease renewal, the right to go to court if you have problems or violations. You will lose those rights if you don’t have rent stabilization. People who want to get involved can call his office (718.629.2900) and they will connect you to people who are doing it.

Council Member Williams announced that he was having a youth march on March 14th, 2011. Not In My Hood March. They are trying to get 5,000 young people to walk on antiviolence. It is not just going to be a march. It is going to be an affair after in hopes of connecting some of the young people with services.

Anyone wanting funding must call his office 718.788.7860. In order to get funding from his office you must attend a community meeting as to discuss ways to improve the community.

5. Message from David Kliestik - Kings County District Attorney’s Office
The 70th Precinct is a very productive precinct. Since January the 70th Precinct has two separate convictions. One was a burglary and the other was attempted assault 1. In addition, before we go to trial, a judge determines if the police acted properly. There were seven hearings since January whereas the judge did determine they acted properly on gun cases, burglary cases, and robbery cases.

Cops of the Month
Sgt. Gary Louissant
Officer Hiram Riffas

On New Year’s Eve on Ocean Avenue the officers observed a small group of people hanging out in front of a building. As they approached them the officers saw a guy with a gun. They gave chase, the guy with the gun runs into a building. They caught him on the second floor stairway with a loaded firearm on him. They took the gun off him and no shots were fired. He had five shell casings in the bag, which meant he shot five times before they got there. After arresting him they discovered that he was arrested in 2004 for shooting two people in the 70th Precinct.

The next meeting will be held on the last Wednesday, March 30th, 2011. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Mary McRae
Nathan Thompson

Thursday, March 24, 2011

70th Precinct February 2011 Newsletter

Greetings From The 70th Precinct
February, 2011

The 70th Precinct would like to thank everyone for attending our annual 2011 Clergy meeting. We had the opportunity to meet many members of the community that can assist us in getting vital information out to the community and we are grateful for that partnership.

Our very own School Crossing Guard, Velda Louison was honored on Valentines Day by the Ditmas Park community for watching over the corner of Cortelyou and Argyle Road since March 1980. Velda’s a dedicated employee of this department and this precinct is delighted to have her as part of its staff.

SAFETY TIPS:
In an effort to reduce crime at our locale fitness gyms, we are asking the community to
leave valuables like credit cards and jewelry at home. Please do not put these items in your
locker due to the recent locker break-ins.

As the weather gets warmer, we know that everyone would love to open their windows in
order to let some fresh air in, but if your window is on the lower level make sure no
individuals can enter your premise if your sleep or leave your house.

For further inquires, please contact the 70th Precinct at 718-851-5511.

PEDESTRIAN SAFTEY:
In an effort to ensure both pedestrian and motorist safety, the 70th Precinct would like to
remind motorist to remain alert and refrain from talking and texting on their cell phone
while driving.

BICYCLE INITIATIVE
Bicycle accidents and bicyclist injuries have seen a dramatic increase in the past
year. Please be advised that in an effort to reduce these types of accidents, the 70 Precinct will be holding bicyclists more accountable for their actions, as they already do motorists, by issuing traffic violations. Bicyclists must adhere to many of the same rules of the road as motorists do. For example, stopping at red lights, obeying traffic devices, etc... In addition, to reduce serious injuries to bicyclists, the 70 Precinct will have "zero tolerance" towards bicyclists who utilize headphones while riding a bicycle, and do not utilize a bicycle lane when it is available. It is the 70 Precinct's mission to keep the roadways safe for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Thank you for your compliance.

***FYI*** Recent business from Transit District 34 reports that there has been an increase in electronic devices being stolen from passengers on board the subway system. Be aware, as train door are closing, property is being removed.


New Truck Delivery Windows To Help Alleviate Congestion on Church Avenue
The Department of Transportation has implemented the new truck delivery “windows” along Church Avenue from East 16th to East 21st streets. The new parking regulations set aside 40 metered spaces for weekday truck deliveries from 7 a.m. – noon, plus the North side of Church Ave. from E. 18th to E. 19th Street from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.. This plan will ease congestion along the busy commercial corridor, improve parking opportunities for all motorists and enhance deliveries for the many businesses in the area. Please be aware of the hours to avoid receiving a ticket at this location.

If you have questions, please contact Lauren Collins at the Church Avenue BID at 718-282-2500, x 234 or email laurenc@churchavenue.org.

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