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Richards seeks sound solutions for summer

Says noise, music OK — in moderation

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Thu Jun 27, 2013.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) doesn’t mind people having get-togethers with friends, relatives and lively music during the summer months.

He and others are just asking that the revelers show a little bit of consideration for their neighbors when they set the volume on their speakers, especially late at night.

Richards on Tuesday discussed plans for a Noise Task Force at his district office on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton. The councilman met last month with officials from the NYPD’s 105th Precinct and community leaders in order to discuss strategies for combating higher levels of noise in the summer.

“While there is nothing wrong with making some noise during the summertime, it can get out of hand,” Richards said in a statement issued by his office. “When it’s 3 a.m. on a Friday morning and everyone in the neighborhood can hear each word of a song a neighbor is playing, there is obviously a problem.”

Speaking at a meeting of the 113th Precinct Community Council on Monday night, in the adjacent 113th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara also said he and his officers do not wish to ruin anyone’s good time. He asked that residents not only be considerate of their neighbors, but also work with the precinct.

“People know where they throw parties,” Marmara said. “Call us beforehand, and we can sometimes get out there to talk with people before it becomes a problem. You don’t have to wait until Friday night to call us.”

Speaking last month at the meeting of the 105th Precinct Community Council, Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle said the city has tools for dealing with commercial establishments in or near residential neighborhoods that are too loud too often.

“Most owners will work with us,” he said. “And sometimes bad things can happen to good owners.” But he also said proprietors who consistently are getting the precinct’s attention, those who are uncooperative or those who pay no attention to summonses can be shut down as persistent offenders.

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