108th Pct. CC Honors CB2 Chair
There was no Cop of the Month award at the 108th Police Precinct Community Council’s last meeting of the season, but there was a considerable award ceremony for a man completing two decades with the community board that contains the bulk of the precinct’s territory. Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley was honored with awards from the community council and state Senator Michael Gianaris’ office.
The council’s award was created by artist Pat Dorfman and was a framed illustration of Conley, enhanced by the artist’s eloquent description of his civic qualities and achievements.
Conley said he has a brave and concerned populace within the board district’s boundaries. Among the persons around him he cited Deputy Chairman Steve Cooper, District Manager Debbie Markell-Kleinert and his office staff, saying that, “they let me think I’m the one in charge.” He also hailed Gert McDonald as a fiercely determined board member, who though well on into her 90s led a fight a couple of years ago to rescind a Metropolitan Transit Authority directive removing a bus stop from its place at 39th Street and Queens Boulevard, where it had been conve- niently located down the street from the senior center at Sunnyside Community Services. Her fight succeeded when Conley appealed to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, present at a CB 2 meeting in March 2011, to have the bus stop restored. Quinn replied, “Done”, and the bus stop was back in place the next day. Finally, he hailed his brother Patrick Conley, in attendance at the meeting, as a much-decorated veteran of the police force.
Commander Captain Donald Powers read the crime report for the most recent weekly and monthly periods, saying that in both times index crime occurrences were down between 15 and 20 percent, compared to the same period of 2011, though for the year the decline was only three to four percent. Burglary occurrences, though still heavy, were down by more than half during May, from 27 to 12. In the year to date, grand larceny auto occurrences dropped off remarkably, from 95 to 69. A woman in the audience thanked the police for coming to her rescue after she lost a day of work because someone had parked an SUV across half her driveway, preventing her from getting her car out. The police responded by ticketing the SUV, allowing her to call a private tow truck to haul the vehicle away. The mystery of the unburied body in Old Calvary Cemetery was brought up again by Carol Terrano, Woodside resident, but Capt. Powers could add nothing to the story, which has been fascinating many since the body was discovered in March.
Executive Director of Woodside on the Move Adrian Bordoni, was present to announce the concert of Irish music to be held July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Windmuller Park Bandshell, 52nd Street and 39th Drive. Chris Campion, Ben TK, Sean Henshaw & Cathy Maguire, Steve Reilly and the Dang-it Bobbys are performing at the free event, sponsored by several local restaurants, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the 108th Precinct. Bordoni had to announce that further summer music has been cut back, but after-school programs have been refunded.
Al Volpe, another Woodside resident, asked those present to notice the colorful flag and bunting display on the north side of Skillman Avenue at 53rd Street. He said it was put up for the Independence Day celebration by Maria Manning, a policeman’s wife.