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Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The new facility, opened in coordination with the Port Authority, which operates the airport, was established to combat illegal activity by drivers of livery cars, so-called “dollar vans” and other drivers looking to make a buck off of fares from the airport.
Rolando Perez, an Elmhurst resident, was arrested last week for killing 29-year-old Carolina Cobena in their apartment.
According to police on Nov. 26, officers responded to a 911 call claiming that a female had been shot in the early hours of the morning on Nov. 26
A horrific car accident, allegedly caused by a driver impaired by alcohol, killed one man and injured two others in Howard Beach very early on Saturday morning.
The accident happened at the intersection of 159th Avenue and 98th Street at around 1 a.m. According to police, a 2006 Ford sedan operated by James Celauro, 23, of Ozone Park, was traveling southbound on 98th Street, entered the intersection and struck a 2001 Saturn, operated by James Sinisi, 38, of Glendale, who was killed.
Three men, Redinel Dervishaj, Besnik Llakatura and Denis Nikolla, have been charged with extorting money from an Astoria restaurant owner.
“The defendants told their victims they offered ‘protection,’ but in reality, they peddled fear and intimidation through the Albanian community — their community — of Queens,” said United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch. “When one victim turned to law enforcement for help, he was betrayed again by a corrupt officer on the take, who turned his back on his badge, his oath, and his friend in exchange for extortion money in his pocket.”
Of all the accomplishments of Mayor Bloomberg’s three terms in office, which this page will be examining over the next several weeks, along with his shortcomings, the most profound is the remarkable reduction in violent crime that he has achieved.
The cut in the murder rate over the last 20 or so years has been nothing short of a miracle. In 1990, homicides in the city peaked at 2,262. They began dropping the next year under Mayor David Dinkins, and continued falling under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But it was under the leadership of Mike Bloomberg that New York became, as he would be the first to point out, the safest big city in the United States, with murder rates far below comparable municipalities such as Chicago and Los Angeles.
A horrific car accident allegedly caused by a driver impaired by alcohol killed one man and injured two others in Howard Beach Saturday morning.
A cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run collision at the intersection of Borden and Maurice Avenues in Maspeth on Nov. 27.
Ever since the city started installing traffic islands on College Point Boulevard in Flushing a couple of months ago, accident rates have gone up significantly.
Officers at the 109th Precinct report numerous phone complaints from drivers about the islands because they don’t see them until it’s too late and end up hitting them. Gene Kelty, chairman of Community Board 7, says the design makes no sense, causing a problem where there wasn’t one before. Crashes are up fourfold.
The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), held a hearing on the councilman’s proposed law that would require the Police Department to submit reports of crime in all parks and playgrounds that are greater than one acre in size to the Council.
As it stands, the NYPD only discloses crime data from the city’s 31 largest parks.
Lisa Piazza, the owner of NYC Gentleman’s Club, went before Community Board 1 to apply for a cabaret license — along with an attorney and security detail — but the board was not interested in letting three bikini-clad women dance for entertainment at the same time and unanimously denied the application.
Located in Woodside at 26-50 Brooklyn Queens Expressway, in a building that also hosts a gym, the club has a maximum occupancy of 74 persons. Without a cabaret license, Piazza is allowed two dancers at a time, but when both are busy in the private or VIP areas, the stage is empty.
The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center, established in memory of the Jamaica man killed in an infamous police shooting in 2006, closed on Friday after struggling to get funding for its daycare, afterschool and other programs.
Monday, Nov. 25, was the seventh anniversary of Bell’s death.
Former Mayor David Dinkins was instrumental in securing the National Tennis Center and the US Open as fixtures in Queens.
And it was there that Dinkins attended a meet-and-greet last Friday prior to a book signing of his new memoir.
Four 112th Precinct police officers were honored as Cops of the Month at the Nov. 20 meeting of the precinct’s community council.
Officers Raymond Abear, Anthony Lomonaco, Brian Benedict and Ronald Scrimenti were celebrated for helping apprehend a notable alleged thief and recovering two loaded firearms in the month of October.
Only a little more than a month after Community Board 9 gave its approval to South Queens’ first pedestrian plaza, the space is open and functioning.
The open plaza, located on Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues and the south side of 101st Avenue in City Line, was constructed in late October.
The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center, established in the memory of the Jamaica man killed in an infamous police shooting in 2006, closed on Friday after struggling to get funding for its daycare, afterschool and other program.
Today, Nov. 25, is the seventh anniversary of Bell’s death.
The New York Attorney General’s Office reports that about 50 percent of all stops did not result in a conviction. Critics of the NYPD policy say this is proof that stop and frisk is misused by police officers.
“The ooooonly reason that I decided to come to Brooklyn was to win an NBA championship!” future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett declared to the press at Nets media day on Sept. 30. He was speaking as well for his fellow ex-Celtics, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, who came to Brooklyn in the big trade that occurred last June.
But based on what we’ve seen in the first three weeks, the Nets look to be far from a lock to make the NBA playoffs, let alone win a championship. Garnett seems to be a shell of himself as he has had trouble putting the ball in the basket while rookie head coach Jason Kidd has gingerly limited his playing minutes. The same can be said of Pierce and Terry. While it is understandable that Kidd wants to be careful how he utilizes his older players to avoid injury, they will not shake off the rust unless they start playing more minutes.
Police Officer Tawana Harvey was honored on Nov. 13 with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award for her arrest of three people who allegedly attempted to break into an Ozone Park residence.
On Friday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m., three individuals allegedly attempted to break into a residence in the vicinity of 106th Avenue and 77th Street. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said they were spotted during their attempted burglary by a neighbor who called 911.
Police officers Jose Cotto and Vianka Schuman were honored Tuesday as the 102nd Precinct’s Cops of the Month for their work in apprehending a thief who stole an iPhone.
On Monday, Oct. 28 at about 11 a.m., a woman had her iPhone stolen on a J train at the 85th Street-Forest Parkway station in Woodhaven.
An off-duty NYPD officer was beaten nearly to death Sunday, allegedly by a man who was later arrested for the incident.
The attack happened outside the St. John’s Express restaurant at 118-14 Liberty Ave. in South Richmond Hill, near the busy intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
A spike last month in robberies, larcenies and auto thefts in the 106th Precinct was confirmed by the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, at the Nov. 13 Community Council meeting.
NYPD crime statistics for the 28-day period ending Nov. 3 showed that robberies in the precinct jumped by 38 percent, grand larcenies rose 47 percent and auto thefts went up 61 percent compared to last year. However, those numbers include comparison to the week after Hurricane Sandy last year when there was very little crime.