2015-10-21 / Front Page

Honoring Officer Cardillo

By Jason D. Antos


NYPD Commissioner William Bratton was joined by Councilman Paul Vallone, Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Melinda Katz, Congressmembers Joe Crowley and Peter King, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and Phillip Cardillo’s son, Todd Cardillo for the street co-naming Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Way along 28th Avenue in front of the Police Academy. 
Photo Jason D. Antos NYPD Commissioner William Bratton was joined by Councilman Paul Vallone, Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Melinda Katz, Congressmembers Joe Crowley and Peter King, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and Phillip Cardillo’s son, Todd Cardillo for the street co-naming Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Way along 28th Avenue in front of the Police Academy. Photo Jason D. Antos It was a day of remembrance more than 43 years in the making.

Hundreds of uniformed officers of the NYPD, elected officials, friends, and the family of Phillip Cardillo came to the NYPD Academy in College Point to honor the patrolman who was slain on April 14, 1972 in the infamous Harlem mosque incident with a street conaming.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton was joined at the ceremony by Councilman Paul Vallone, Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Melinda Katz, Congressmembers Joe Crowley and Peter King, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and Cardillo’s son, Todd Cardillo.

On that fateful day, Cardillo, an Astoria resident was lured to a Harlem mosque with a false report of a “10-13,” an officer in need of assistance. Upon entering the mosque, the officers were overwhelmed and attacked. During the fray, Cardillo was shot and killed with his own gun by a member of the Nation of Islam. In a decided break with tradition, neither Mayor John Lindsay nor NYPD Commissioner Patrick Murphy attended Cardillo’s funeral. His death remains the only unsolved police killing in modern NYPD history.

“Today our city has finally recognized Patrolman Cardillo’s sacrifice, co-naming 28th Avenue and College Point Boulevard, in front of the new Police Academy, in his honor,” said Vallone, who helped bring about the name change. “Now, generations of new officers will look to the sign and know his story and legacy to the department.”

For decades, many have fought for recognition for Patrolman Cardillo and his sacrifice, but previous efforts to dedicate a street in his honor were unsuccessful. With the unanimous support of Community Board 7 and the perseverance of retired police officers Timmy Motto and Randy Jurgensen, who authored the book on the Cardillo murder entitled Circle of Six, the Councilman’s legislation was approved so that the long-awaited recognition has finally become a reality.

The co-naming of College Point Boulevard and 28th Avenue, outside of the new NYPD Academy, was officially unveiled as Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Way.

“This street naming has been a long time coming,” said Todd Cardillo. “It is a great honor to have the Cardillo name become a permanent part of New York City. This is not only an honor for me but it is an honor to all who have served with the NYPD.”

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