Sunday, July 16, 2017

70th Precinct Community Council 
February 2017 Meeting Minutes

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Wednesday, February, 22nd 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
Nefertiti MaCauley for Assemblymember Diana Richardson
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 as he did last meeting.  He came to highlight 3 pieces of the state budget.
1.) If the ACA is repealed, it could cost the state $3.5 billion overnight if no replacement is immediate.  This would be  15% hole in our medicaid budget
2.)  The governor tried to cut 65 million from the MTA budget.  He will be fighting to get it back.
3.) There are further proposed budget cuts of $20 million from senior centers in NYC.  This would result in 65 senior centers closing.  He asked us to reach out to his office 718 788 7221.  Call even if you are not in his district.


2.  CB14s Shawn Campbell announces Youth Conference
    CB14s 10th annual Youth Conference will be on March 14th. She has flyers in various languages and related info on the website.  Around 60 organizations represent at this event.  


3.  Lise Derrick has an announcement from Assemblymember Rodenyse Bichotte
        She announced that the State of the District Address was forced to reschedule due to a snowstorm.   The new date is Monday Feb 27th, at Brooklyn College Student Center from 6 to 8 pm.  You must RSVP.


 4. Eric Kumar from the District Attorneys office  
    Mr. Kumar announced that he had fliers for their Black History Month celebration.


5.  Jacob Gold for Councilmember Williams
     Jacob explained that City Council had passed a bill called the Commuter Van Safety Act.  It cracks down on illegal vans and arranges for more vans to get properly licensed.
He also spoke about the  immigration event which had over 200 people attend. He also explained that the office has an in house lawyer available to give advice on Mondays.




6.  Nefertiti MaCauley from Assemblymember Diana Richardsons Office
  It was Ms. MaCualeys' first Precinct Meeting.  She announced an Education Council Meeting at 400 Empire Blvd on March 2nd.  There is also a monthly meeting open to all to learn about what is going on in the community.  She was particularly focused on a merging of 5 hospitals and the effect it will have on the community. 

9.) Councilmember David Greenfield speaks.
      Councilmember Greenfieldwelcomed Megan OMalley at the new XO.  He explained that he teaches at Brooklyn Law School on Wednesday nights and usually misses these meetings.   He explained that he had been involved in helping negotiate the new PBA contract.  He also wanted to remind us that the NYPD is a friend of the immigrant community.  There will never be immigration consequences for calling the police.  He reminded us that NYPD does not work in cooperation with INS.   
       
10.) Vicki Mao from the Street Vendors Project and for Equality For Flatbush
   She explained that sometimes the complicated rules and regulations for street vendors are sometimes hard to follow.  The vending laws have not been updated in 30 years.  She explained that there have a been a lot of tickets and that she feels it can amount to harassment.  She asked us to give them the benefit of the doubt about them being well meaning with  the rules.  The CO will be having a private meeting with this group so they can talk more specifically.  
  


11.) Commander James Palumbo speaks.
       He explained that today was the Sgts exam and it is very stressful.  So he did not ask the Officers to return tonight for Cop Of The Month.  He thanked Councilmember Greenfield for his help in reinitiating the PBA contract.  This new contract resulted in some Officers who had been waiting, to retire.  One of these Officers was Mike Smith who is being replaced in Community Affairs with Detective Scott Nuzzi. 
        Crime is up slightly this year.  The increase is in robbery and burglary was minuscule, literally one extra robbery and two extra burglaries.  But that driving the rise was stolen cars, particularly Honda Accords.  They had made an arrest for Grand Larceny auto and are hoping they got the guys responsible.
        There was a domestic violence homicide that made news.  An arrest has been made and has confessed.  
         Grand Larcenies are up, specifically identity theft from ATM skimming devices.  TD Bank seems to be having much more of a problem than other banks.   Car break-ins did spike but the CO acknowledged that the Shomrim had been very helpful in catching these guys lately.  They have made 8 arrests for GLA.   Shooting incidents for the year remain at zero.  
        They had a narcotics take down of a deli, including it's proprietor.  The business has been shut down.  311 issues have spiked.  He thinks it is due to warm weather street activity.  The calls are related to quality of life issues.  The Cancun Bar is next in his sights for a shutdown.  It has been a problematic location for noise, and public urination.
        The CO then took questions and comments.  Duane Joseph told him that he over heard word on the street from "not so nice characters" that the cops were being a pain in "their behinds".  Duane wanted to thank the NYPD for that and other work they have been doing.  
         A representative from Prospect Park South called out NCO Officers Sesay and Callender for just keeping everyone happy over there.    Shawn Campbell from CB14 followed that with another compliment for the NCOs regarding their role in street vendor enforcement.  It was her sense that the NCOs are approaching the issue quite sensitively.
This included in some cases reaching out to the CB office for suggestions for alternate places the vendors could sell.   The CO used this moment to re affirm that he will be having a private meeting the vendors to clarify the rules.  
         Monique Waterman from the East 29th tenants association spoke passionately.  She had brought a group of 15 people last month with a long checklist of complaints to a previous meeting.  She was here to thank them for hitting every single one of the issues.  "Words cannot describe our gratitude".   



12.)  Ed Powell Calls out NCO Sgt Blain
        He credited the Sgt for all the NCO successes and many of the compliments of the evening. 

        

Respectfully submitted,

Nathan Thompson









Minutes of February 2017
70 Pct. Community Council, NYPD 






70th Precinct Community Council 
OCTOBER 2016 Meeting Minutes

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Wednesday, October, 26th 2016
7:30 PM
P.S. 249  The Caton School 
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 Romero, Executive Officer 
Officer Mike Smith, Community Affairs
Det. Kim Walker, Community Affairs
Marty for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Mike Gregorio for Senator Felder 
Shawn Campbell and Barden Prisant for Community Board 14
Claudius Phillips for Medger Evers College CRC
Taryen O’Brien for Kings County DA’s Office
Himself 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
Herself Assemblywoman Rodensye Bichotte
Enri Robert Negae Midwood Property Owners
Penny Ringel for the Mayors Office
Reverend Blue, Mohommad Nazir Clergy Liaisons
Roz Sokol for Steve Cymborwitz
Eric Kumar and Taryn OBrien for District Attorneys Office
         



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.Eric Kumar from the District Attorneys Office.
     Mr Kumar first asked everyone to take a moment of silence for DA  Ken Thompson
who had passed from cancer earlier this month.  He thanked the NYPD, the members of the PCC on behalf of acting DA Eric Gonzales for all the support that had poured in.
Kumar gave a brief history of who Eric Gonzales is.  He is not a politician.  He was promoted for his quiet 18 hour days and had stepped in to cover DA Thompson as he became ill.  Kumars' promise is that nothing will change.   


2.   State Assemblyman James Brennan speaks
   Jim came to say goodbye.  After years of service, he is retiring and wanted to visit as Assemblyman one more time.  He said some kind words about Ken Thompson and he wished Eric Gonzales the best of luck.  He explained that he has chosen not to run for re election, but promised to come by as a citizen.   He wanted to thank Commander Palumbo, Ed Powell and the PCC for their service.  His office has donated $1,000 to the PCC as a going away present.   
   He noted that he looked at the crime stats from 1985 and today and that there was an 85% decrease in crime during his tenure in the 70th.  He spoke to the importance of the PCC and its role in our area.  Brennan remembers stories 15 years old about how Ed and Nathan got involved so long ago.  Brennans district covers the 72nd, the 66th, the 70th and the 78th precinct. 



3.  Lauren Collins ED of the Church Avenue B.I.D. and Flatbush Ave B.I.D.
        Lauren briefly acknowledged the 70th efforts along Church Ave and mentioned that 
the food (80 burgers) was provided by Checkers.


 4. Rona Taylor on behalf of Rodenyse Bichotte  
 Announced her open house and her mental health day for which fliers were available at the back of the room.


5.  Jake Gold on behalf of CouncilMember Jumanne Williams
 Jake spoke of Council Members Williams Youth Program which happens every Saturday
until Nov 19th.  Jake also described the Participatory Budgeting program in which citizens vote on how to spend a million dollars.





6.  Shawn Cambpell from CB14
Shawn announced that at the next CB14 meeting they would be hearing a report on the proposed traffic changes to be made along Church Avenue and invited locals to join the meeting.  


9.) Police Cadets killed in Pakistan.
    Ed announced that 61 Police Cadets had been killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan and that there would be a candle light vigil at 1089 Coney Island Avenue Friday the 28th at 2pm.  


         
      
       
10.) District Leader Jake Gold speaks on P.S. 217 CB decisions 
   The Community Board is trying to fight a decision that makes 217 selectively accessible to residents.  Many people Jake explained, have moved here to send their kids to 217 and will not take to being pushed out of the district.  He is committed to fighting the new re allocation.


11.) Commander James Polumbo presents.
      The CO introduced the Cop Of The Month award.  He chose to give it to Officers who have the less glorius job of catching DWIs.  They received a loud round of applause. It may not be a glory job, but it was appreciated in this room.   CO Palumbo expressed condolences to the DAs office and spoke of how well Ken Thompson had worked with the 70th.  
       He thanked those who turned out for a 20th anniversary of Det Dillon Stewarts death.
       The CO announced catching the package thief of late.  And he attributed it to the efforts of the Flatbush Shomrim who aquired a video tape of one of suspect.  This led the NYPD to a description allowing them to catch him.
        CO Palumbo announced the coat drive as Winter begins.  He also spoke of the Marines collecting Toys for young kids who cannot afford them.  
        October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  He introduced his DV officers.  He explained that the 70th has one on the highest domestic violence levels in the city.  He explained that there is help out there.  He highlighted the Family Justice Center and the Domestic Violence team at the 70th.  They can help with relocation and other services.  
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The Officers raised a $1,000 for the cause.  

12.)  Crime Stats
          Compstat numbers tell us  the index crimes are down 26% this year over last.  Having said that, the CO highlighted areas that are of concern.  Specifically he cited in increase in garage break ins for bikes and other items.   Burglary is up because of the garage issue.    The use of guns and other weapons is way down in the 70th.  
           He closed by begging us to please wait until we get home before taking that phone call on our cell.   He then took questions/comments.
            A woman told everyone that her bank suggested she use a special card holder to protect her bank card from cloning theft.  Another woman cited the new police presence along Church Ave and how the street has gotten better because of it.    Nathan Thompson added his agreement that the Church Ave presence has been great.  But he brought up speeding on Albemarle Road.  He also publicly thanked his local NCOs Officers Sean Callendar and Junior Sesay for doing a great job.  
          A man asked about the ticketing at the Parade Grounds of bikers after hours and if the policy would continue.  He asked if the CO would be amenable to a change in the rules about ticketing bikers/walkers after dark.   The CO acknowledged the complexity of the issue and clarified he still needed to cover the park and protect it.  The man clarified that we could not come to the this very meeting by walking through the park.  The CO confirmed that the Officers are supposed to utilize discretion about whether they actually write a ticket or not to evening intruders.  


        
 13.)  City Councilmember Williams speaks    
                   First Councilmember Williams asked the Officers Of The Month to come back up so he could give them citations of his own.  He then added that Jake Gold had been promoted to his community liaison officially.  Williams also explained that the they are focused on where vacant properties are so they can build out to cover the housing crises.  



 14.) Ed closed the meeting
          and announced that the next meeting would be at the United Cerebral Palsey Center on Wendesday Nov 30th.    




Respectfully submitted,

Nathan Thompson









Minutes of October 2016
70 Pct. Community Council, NYPD 







December 2016 PCC meeting minutes

70th Precinct Community Council 
December 2016 Meeting Minutes

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Wednesday, Decembert, 12th 2016
7:30 PM
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 Romero, Executive Officer 
Officer Mike Smith, Community Affairs
Det. Kim Walker, Community Affairs
Dale DeEale for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Mike Gregorio for Senator Felder 
Shawn Campbell and Barden Prisant for Community Board 14
Claudius Phillips for Medger Evers College CRC
Taryen O’Brien for Kings County DA’s Office
Jake 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
Lisas Derrick and Rona Taylor for  Assemblywoman Rodensye Bichotte
Enri Robert Negae Midwood Property Owners
Penny Ringel for the Mayors Office
Reverend Jean Bedulieu, Mohommad Nasir Clergy Liaisons
Roz Sokol for Steve Cymborwitz
Eric Kumar and Taryn OBrien for District Attorneys Office
Nicholas Guadino for NYC DDC Church Ave
Councilmember Chian Duestch for himself 
Emmanuel Vambrar for Tennis Court Tennants Association
Muhammed Sheik for Allama Igbal CC
Jacob Gold Democratic Male District Leader
Lori Knipel Democratic Female District Leader
Simcha Felder State Senator



       



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.Simcha Felder checks in.
     The senator just dropped in to wish everyone Happy Holidays. He spent a few minutes telling us about Mike Gregorio.  Mike is a retired detective who now represent Felder at meetings.  


2.   Ed Powell thanks the participants for contributing party goods
   He specifically cited Glen Wolin for Beverly Square West and the C.E.R.T. program.
Dovie Zietlin contributed watches for Santa to give out and the majority of the food for this evenings event.  He sent a note thanking the 70th. The note specifically noted Det Scott Nuzzi, Officer Mike Smith and Det. Kim Walker, Officer Ortiz, Shawn Campbell and CO James Palumbo.  He also acknowledged Nasir Muhammad for the water.  Bob Moskowitz for the headphones donated.  Mountain Fruit of Avenue M donated food.
Cheryl Addams for donating time.  He acknowledged NYPD Auxiliary and the 70th Explorers for their work on the event tonight.  




3.  Rabbi Perlman says a few words
        The Rabbi tells us a metaphorical joke about community and police officers.  


 4. Captain Ramirez filling in for CO Palumbo  
   Ramirez began by acknowledging Cheryl Adams for organizing the Toys for Tots program.  For the 28 days in all major crimes we are down 29%.  We are down 231 crimes from last year.   10 robberies less.  21 less shootings.  "Everyone here contributed to this drop" he explained.  


5.  Cop of the month
  Captain Ramirez explained that the cop of the month saved the life of a disabled child who escaped from his school.  Officer Christian Lopez found the boy on a rooftop and rescued him.  The Senator also presented Officer Lopez with an award.  An added surprise was the the little boy and his mom were present at the meeting to see the Officer get his award.

6.  One surprise presentation
Ed Powell called Officer Mike Smith and Detective Walker to the podium.  Lisa Derrick on behalf of Rodynese Bichotte had a presentation for the two. 


7.) Ed Mentions a few more acknowledgements.
    Luaren Collins from the Flatbush Avenue BID, Victor Ortiz from CB14, CAMBA, 70th PCC clergy liaisons.  Coucilmember Jumaane Williams, State Sen Simcha Felder, Assemblymember Rodynese Bichotte and our own house magician nathan thompson.

            
8.) The party/magic and Santa commenced.
   Respectfully submitted,

Nathan Thompson









Minutes of December 2016
70 Pct. Community Council, NYPD 






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