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Alliance doles out first award to 106th captain

At meeting, Lindenwood residents also cite concerns about traffic

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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:51 pm, Thu Mar 22, 2012.

Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, was honored by Lindenwood Alliance members with their first award since the group was established in 2010 for being supportive of the civic organization.

“We would like to thank him for being a part of our community and making it a safe place to live,” Christina Gold, Lindenwood Alliance co-president, said as she presented the award to Pascale during the Lindenwood Alliance meeting on Monday night.

“This is very, very humbling and I am very appreciative — thank you,” Pascale told the group members.

Pascale joined the Police Department in 1995. His first assignment was with the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst. He was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the 106th Precinct in 2000.

After making lieutenant, he was assigned to the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights in 2004. He became a captain in 2007 and was assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau, where he supervised the Narcotics Division. In November 2010, he took command of the 106th Precinct.

Also during the meeting, concerns were raised about traffic safety in Lindenwood.

Pascale told the audience that, while traffic accidents are up within the 106th Precinct overall, current statistics showed they have declined in Lindenwood.

Several residents expressed concerns about the timing of traffic signals on Crossbay Boulevard.

One, Cathy Harrison, said the time allotted for crossing need to be longer, “so we can actually cross without having to sprint across the boulevard.”

Debra Lapadula, also of Lindenwood, said she was concerned about the timing of a traffic signal at the intersection of 88th Street and South Conduit, noting that only one car can proceed through the light before it changes from green to red. Because of this, she said many cars go through the red lights.

Pascale told Lapadula that the precinct would submit reports about the intersection to the city Department of Transportation and ask that a traffic study be conducted there.

Harrison also requested a traffic study at Liberty Avenue and Crossbay Boulevard.

Claudia Filomena, Queens director of the mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, told Harrison that she would bring the intersection to the attention of DOT. The agency just redesigned the corner in 2010, however.

Residents also expressed concerns about the intersection of 88th Street and 153rd Avenue, saying the triangle and signs that direct traffic there are confusing for drivers.

Also at the meeting, Pascale reported that the crime rate in Lindenwood is down, including the car thefts that have often plagued the neighborhood. He said that Maximas and Fords seem to be the cars of choice for thieves.

A resident observed that vandalism also has seemed to decline.

Responding to complaints by several Lindenwood residents about noise at last year’s summer weekend events, Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said the board and the city Parks Department has met with the offenders.

“There will be some procedures in place this year,” Braton said.

Bart Haggerty, chief of staff to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), also addressed a resident’s concern that some libraries, including the Howard Beach branch, are not open on Saturday.

He said that the city’s budget constraints had prompted the Queens Library to keep some locations open only from Monday through Friday.

He added that he hoped that the libraries would not be cut further in the coming budget, as the mayor has proposed.

Braton lamented the inequity in funding between the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library.

“Queens gets a lesser share of the available library dollars,” Braton said.

The alliance’s next meeting will be held on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach.

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