The final meeting of the 113th Precinct Community Council before summer break was the final one as president for Vivian McMillian, who decided not to seek another term at the helm after 23 years as a council member.
Tributes poured in Monday night for “Miss Vivian,” as she has become known throughout the community, including those from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown; City Council members Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica); state Senators James Sanders (D-Jamaica) and Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis); and Assembly members William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) and Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village).
The post-meeting barbecue and celebration, which took place outside the Baisley Boulevard station house, saw McMillian posing for pictures with everyone from the group’s Youth Council to the men and women in uniform who patrol the streets of the 113th.
“I’m not really stepping down; I’m stepping aside,” McMillian said, adding that she will continue to work with her first love, the children of the Youth Council.
Vice President Earl Roberts Jr., who has been active on the council since 1990, was sworn in as president effective July 1, along with the entire slate of officers.
He said McMillian is owed a debt of gratitude.
“Her faith and confidence have been essential ingredients to enable the 113th Community Council board to grow and prosper,” Roberts said.
Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara, commanding officer of the 113th Precinct, said he first met McMillian years ago when he served in the precinct as its executive officer.
“She has done so much to improve relations between the community and the police,” he said. “I wish more residents could be like her.”
The slate of officers, which was sworn in by Queens Civil Court Judge Cheree Buggs, includes Vice President Garfield Towler, Secretary Karen Clements, Chaplain Renita McMillan, Correspondence Secretary Yvette Sledge, Sergeant at Arms Ace Frazier, Financial Secretary Yvonne Reid, and members Beverly Young and Gertrude Gonesh.
In regular council business, Marmara said the precinct was shocked on May 18 by the fatal shooting of D’aja Robinson.
Since then, he said, reports in most categories of major crime have gone down, with the exception of robberies, which increased by six in the last month as opposed to the same time period in 2012. Overall crime for the 28-day period was down 12 percent.
Marmara said shootings year to date have plummeted in the last year, with 10 in 2013 as of June 16, as opposed to 27 this time last year.
“That’s a 63 percent decrease,” he said. “Of course, just outside that 28-day window was D’aja Robinson.”
Robinson is believed to have been an unintended victim of a gang-related incident. Kevin McClinton of Rosedale was arrested for the shooting on June 4 in South Carolina.
Marmara believes the incident has forced residents to take a long, hard look at gang activity in their neighborhoods.