Community Board 6 members gathered on Wednesday in Kew Gardens for their final monthly meeting in 2013. Speaking were City Comptroller John Liu and 112th Precinct Capt. Thomas Conforti, the commanding officer.
Liu, who said he was attending the meeting for the first time in a couple of years, discussed his accomplishments at the end of his four-year term.
“We have saved just about five billion dollars to our audit and contract reviews, as well as refinancing our outstanding debt,” he said. “We are making sure that the money is going to good hands and being used for the right reasons.
“We also created thousands towards capital construction plans and taking advantage of very low interest rates in today’s environment,” the comptroller added.
“Your money has been in good hands,” Liu continued. “On a personal note I have been thrilled and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve and as I always say ‘I am far beyond anything I imagined would happen in my lifetime.’”
Liu promised to remain active in the Queens community even after his term is up at the end of the year.
“Though I may not be in office next year, I’m not going anywhere,” said the Flushing resident. “I’m going to be fully involved and engaged in what is going on in Queens and this great city.”
He then went on to thank CB 6 and the members not only for allowing him to speak, but for all they do in the Queens community.
Conforti spoke about some good statistics from the 112th Precinct.
“Crime in the 112th Precinct is down dramatically,” he said. “To give you an idea, citywide crime is down roughly one percent. We have roughly just under three more weeks to go [in 2013] and crime is down over eight and a half percent, which translates to roughly 80 less crime victims in this precinct.”
Conforti went on to explain why he thinks the crime in his precinct is down so much.
“A lot of this has to do with aggressive policing and the majority of it has to do with the partnership with the residents of the communities,” he said. “Attending meetings, hearing complaints, getting the phone calls of things that look out of place. When you put that together with a little dedication you can really achieve some good things.”
Conforti noted that rapes are down 16 percent, felonious assault robberies are down 22 percent, felonious assaults are down 37 percent and grand larceny is down six percent.
“Here is a very interesting number, grand larceny autos are down roughly 20 percent. But at the rate, if nothing major happens in the next three weeks, we’re on pace to have the lowest amount of car thefts ever in the 112th Precinct,” Conforti said.
The precinct has seen just over 50 car thefts this year, he added. The only crime that increased is burglaries, which are up 20 percent.
CB 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio shared that the board area received one of the highest grades in Queens and the city in regards to parks. He gave a lot of the credit to the volunteers who help keep the parks safe and clean.
Gulluscio and Chairman Joseph Hennessy said that the board asked the Department of Transportation for a traffic light at a specified Broadway intersection. Gulluscio added that the DOT is supposed to remove the parking meters in front of the TD Bank located on Metropolitan Avenue and 71st Avenue to make it a turning lane for cars.
Renne Reopell, from the New York State Health Marketplace, was in attendance to share with residents the many different types of insurance coverage they were eligible to receive, if they choose to sign up.
Lastly the board warned residents to be careful of scams going on this holiday season. One scam is when someone calls your house claiming to be from Microsoft and asking for personal information and money to help fix an issue on your computer. The board warned that Microsoft does not make house calls.
The second scam residents should be wary of is people claiming to be contractors working on a neighbor’s house and willing to fix their roof or windows for cheap, if they put down a deposit.