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NYPD taps new COs for two precincts

Cody leaves 104th for post in 115th; Manson receives his first command

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Thu Feb 14, 2013.

The NYPD’s 104th and 115th precincts got new commanding officers last week.

Deputy Inspector Michael Cody, a 27-year veteran, has moved on from the 104th, which he took over in June 2011, and now will be the commander of the 115th.

He will replace Deputy Inspector Thomas Kavanaugh, who has transferred to the Counterterrorism unit in Manhattan.

Capt. Christopher Manson, who will mark 25 years with the NYPD this year, is assuming his first-ever precinct command in the 104th. He had been serving as executive officer in the 109th Precinct in Flushing.

Manson received the commander’s pin for the 104th from Cody in a ceremony at the Jan. 30 meeting of the 104th Precinct Community Council, which was held at Maspeth Town Hall.

Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, commander of Patrol Borough Queens North, was an invited guest. She said the switches result in promotions for Cody, Manson and Kavanaugh.

“It was nice to be able to hold on to a good commanding officer [Cody], and to be able to promote another good officer to his first command,” she said.

She said Cody’s success at revitalizing a dormant community council was one of several reasons he was promoted. Cody said he had gotten a call notifying him of his reassignment less than a week before.

“I’m still in transition,” he said when asked about any difference in the challenges that await him in the 115th.

Headquarters is located on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights. The 115th covers East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights, as well as LaGuardia Airport.

Cody spent the days prior to the transfer both getting a crash course in his new command from Kavanaugh and his staff officers, and setting time aside to give Manson the same preparation.

“He blew off a meeting with me to have one with Capt. Manson,” Pizzuti said.

Cody’s background includes narcotics and the gangs unit. He placed a great emphasis on quality-of-life issues in the 104th, and is a proponent of the NYPD expanding its use of social media for reaching out to the community and for both solving and preventing crimes.

Cody received plaques or certificates at the meeting from the Community Council, Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), among others.

Manson said 20 of his 25 years have been spent in patrol, and that residents and his officers can expect to see him on the streets at any given hour of the day.

“I like to be out there,” he said. “I’m excited.”

The 104th Precinct station house is located on Catalpa Avenue in Ridgewood, and also covers Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village.

Cody said Manson will be able to rely heavily on the staff at the 104th, including Capt. John Travaglia, the executive officer, and Lt. James Lombardi, the special operations officer, both of whom received applause — and Chief Pizzuti’s endorsement — when introduced. She didn’t promise that she would not have bigger plans for them in the future, however.

“I’m leaving the 104th’s staff in place,” she said. “As of tonight, anyway.”

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