State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has written a letter to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, urging him to send more cops to the 106th Precinct to help deal with the swell of people coming to the casino.
“I make this request with three issues in mind — the addition of over 100,000 people a week visiting the Resorts World Racino at Aqueduct Racetrack, the proposed convention center at the same location and the recent rise in crime in the area,” Addabbo wrote in his letter. “The men and women of the 106th Precinct are doing an outstanding job with limited resources, and I believe we are in dire need of additional officers at this time.”
Residents and other legislators, including Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), have been requesting additional police for months, including before the casino opened. Police have noted that while no additional permanent officers have been assigned, they routinely deploy extra cops from other areas to the 106th.
CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said more than nine million casino visitors are expected to pass through the precinct annually, and residents are bracing themselves for an even larger number once the convention center that Resorts World is expected to build opens.