Tuesday, July 27, 2010

May 2010 Meeting Minutes

70th Precinct Community Council
May 2010 Meeting Minutes

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
7:30 PM
United Cerebral Palsy New York
175 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, New York

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
Det. Dominick Scotto, Community Affairs
P.O. Kim Walker, Community Affairs
Lt. Jacqueline Bourne, Community Affairs
P.O. Timothy Mercer, Community Affairs Bureau
Captain Tom Pascal, Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit
Delsie Lawson for Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Roz Sokol for Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz
Joe Basso for Community Board 14
Jake Oliver for Council Member David Greenfield
Eli Slavin for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Ed Powell for Assembly Member Rhoda Jacobs
Pinny Ringel for Public Advocate Bill Diblasio
Elaine Beal, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
Joseph M. Burke, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
Georgette Ebanks, Target Security
Shaun Campbell for Assembly Member Jim Brennan
James Sannon for Council Member Jumanne Williams
Mark Dicus, Church Avenue BID


The regular monthly meeting of the 70th Precinct Community Council was called to order at 7:45 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).

1. Message from Council Member Mathieu Eugene – Delsie Lawson
Council Member Eugene gave proclamation to the police department with the dog that rescued a little boy in Haiti.

2. Message from Nottingham Association - Connie Koenig announced that the Nottingham Association is very appreciative of everyone working and coming together in all our neighborhoods and work so well with our council people and our wonderful police. On behalf of Nottingham Association she presented a donation of $100.00 to the Community Council in memory of Marsha Edell who was an outstanding member of the Community Council for so b many years. She suggested we put in a PA system.

3. The nominating committee was appointed and was asked to present the slate to the members. Agatha reported that the officers who currently hold office; Ed Powell as President, Beverly Kilpatrick as Vice President, Rosanne Boland as Treasurer, Mary McRae as Secretary, Nathan Thompson as Assistant Secretary and Mavis Theodore as Sergeant-at-Arms have elected to run again. However, notwithstanding, the floor was opened for nominations. Joe Basso made a motion that the nomination be closed and it was seconded by Roz Sokol. Elections will be held at our June meeting.

4. Message on Church Avenue BID – Mark Dicus
On June 5th, 2010 the Flatbush Development Corporation, Church Avenue BID and the 70th Precinct Explorers is sponsoring a Graffiti Clean Up. They will supply paint, paint brushes and everything you need. There will be two locations 1660 Newkirk Avenue and 1701 Church Avenue corner of East 17th Street. The clean up begins from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00. At the end of the afternoon, Nathan Thompson, Secretary of the Community Council will have a barbeque. If you have a youth group, friends etc. please come and participate.

5. Message from Flatbush Development Corporation - Sandra Harris announced on June 13th they are sponsoring the Victorian House Tours. Tickets are on sale and you can call the office to reserve your tickets. The number is 718.859.3800.

6. President Powell announced that before he came to the meeting he attended the wake of a relative of a very dear friend of his and a very good friend of this community. He continues to make this a safe and equitable community to live in. Geroge Dames’ mother passed away. The funeral will be held tomorrow at the Blair-Mazzarella Funeral Home on Coney Island Avenue between Cortelyou and Beverley Roads.

7. Report from the Commanding Officer. Commander Monteforte announced if you want to know how the precinct is doing in crime you can go to www.nyc.gov and navigate through the system to get to the 70th Precinct. He made a power point presentation and showed that we are down by 5% in crime whereas the city is down by 3 ½% to 4%.

Stolen Cars
Commander Monteforte explained that they try to analyze all the cars that are being stolen and put all their efforts into those spots to see who is stealing cars. Vehicles that are targeted this year are Nissan Maximas and Sentras. If you have those cars please call the crime prevention officers so they can do some crime prevention work on your car. Such as put a sticker on the car so if it is driven after midnight they can pull it over without that car committing any violation. He stated that he would like to get in touch with everyone in the precinct that owns a Nissan Maxima. There are over 1500 people that own a Nissan Maxima in our precinct. There is also a rise on Crown Victoria and Vans. The reasons they are targeted are for parts. Now it is motorcycle season so far there have been six (6) motorcycles, all of them very new models. He suggest you put it in a garage rather than keep them off the streets.

If you find your vehicle stolen, do not enter your car because we are taking DNA from vehicles now. If you recover your vehicle and take it home you can contaminate the vehicle. If there is a car on your block that you think is stolen, call the precinct and we will go and check. If kids are playing near the car, keep them away from it because they will be checking for fingerprints.

An area where there usually aren’t in burglaries but there was five (5) in a matter of three weeks around Rugby and Cortelyou Roads. Days of the week are usually when burglaries when no one is at home. One burglar went through a small window and stole 10 bottles of wine. He was arrested because of a fingerprint kit. The next burglar was 14 years old and responsible for three (3) burglaries in the neighborhood. He was arrested. Please let people know if their home is burglarized to leave everything alone and call the precinct so that they can use a fingerprint kit in hopes to apprehend the burglar.

The southern part of the precinct is where cars were broken into, tires and rims were stolen especially from Nissan Maximas. If you don’t know how to secure your car the crime prevention officer will come and take a look at your vehicle and let you know what you can do to prevent someone from stealing. The crime prevention officer will come to your house for burglaries even if your home has not been burglarized and will talk to you. The number to call is 718.851.5504, this is a free service the precinct offers.

The northern part of the precinct teenagers would call Chinese food stores and robbed them. These guys have been arrested.

Commander Monteforte explained that one of the crimes that went up this year is felony assaults, family members are getting assaulted. This year it is a rise in intimate relationships, young intimate relations (ages 18 to 24). He said that many of the incidents had no previous history and urged the crowd to get involved earlier rather than later. His domestic team now does 200 visits a month on people with histories of disturbance calls. This has brought about a 20% decrease in incident calls.

You can get up to a $1,000 if you give any information on anyone with a gun. You can call 1.866.GUNSTOP. If you bring any gun to the precinct you will get a voucher for $100.

Commander Monteforte said he would like to get all fireworks from out of the precinct. If there is anyone out there with fireworks call 911 or the precinct. The only thing it can do is harm a child.

Cops of the Month
Officer Giuseppe Giuca
Officer Robert Campbell
Officer Nancy Ferber
Officer Michael Szczeckinski

They received notations for recovering guns without ever drawing their own.

A volunteer asked for suggestions as to places to put up "Missing or Exploited" children posters. Commander Monteforte assigned an officer to work with the group to find appropriate places.

Commander Monteforte gave an update on a homocide at 555 Ocean. It appeared to have stemmed from a personal dispute. No arrests had been made at that time.

The 70th Precinct reminded us that they have a "Phone registration" program where you can get your cell phone marked for future identification by the NYPD.

7. Open Forum with Inspector Monteforte.

A resident asked about how long a response one could expect from a house alarm going off. The answers ranged but the Commanding Officer assigned someone to deal with the issue in question.

A representative from Prospect Park Association recognized the 70th Precinct efforts to maintain a presence in the Parade Grounds on weekends during the soccer season.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary McRae
Nathan Thompson