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CB 11 gets a crime prevention lesson

Board also hears about Throgs Neck sea gate proposal; Liu speaks

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:30 am

It’s a bad idea to leave valuable items inside your automobile, 111th Precinct Community Affairs Officer John Erdman reminded Community Board 11 on Monday.

“Please take the necessary steps to try to prevent yourself from being a victim of that kind of crime,” he told the northeast Queens advisory panel, in a frequent refrain of the NYPD.

Erdman also warned against phone scams. With one popular scheme, victims will get a phone call saying one of their relatives is in trouble and they need to pay to resolve the matter.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, these calls are scams,” the officer said.

Erdman also showed the audience a scam mailing that board member Douglas Montgomery shared with him: a check with a letter instructing the recipient about how he or she can collect the money.

Later in the meeting, CB 11 Third Vice Chairman Henry Euler updated the board on the proposed sea gate in the Long Island Sound near the Throgs Neck Bridge designed to protect New York City from storm surges. At a meeting in Great Neck, LI, he attended on Oct. 24, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it likely wouldn’t move forward with the proposal. The idea generated backlash from environmental advocates and residents of North Shore communities east of Throggs Neck worried about flooding in their areas that the sea gate could induce.

Board member Joan Garippa, of Little Neck, noted the project’s possible impact.

“It’s something that really has to be watched,” she said. “We don’t want something that’s going to cause any more damage that we would’ve had without it.”

At one point, CB 11 Chairwoman Eileen Miller told members they couldn’t text during the meeting. After one board member explained that he uses his phone to take notes during the meeting, she limited her ban to texts unrelated to official CB 11 business.

Transportation Committee Chairman Victor Dadras told the board that his panel is in talks with city officials about potentially changing Northern Boulevard between the Cross Island and Douglaston parkways — where a bike lane is — to make it more beautiful and efficient.

Board member Janet McEneaney accused Dadras of acting like the “czar of communicating with the [Department of Transportation]” and questioned whether his committee was making important decisions without the rest of the board knowing.

Miller came to his defense, saying that “The committee is acting for the organization. That’s what the committee does.” She noted that anyone can go to its meetings.

State Sen. John Liu (D-Bayside) also spoke to the board, urging residents to vote and briefly discussing his work in Albany.

“There’s almost nothing that affects our lives in one way or another that wasn’t legislated on in this last session,” said the lawmaker, who used to serve as city comptroller and before that sat on the Council.

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