2016-08-10 / Front Page

Annual National Night Out

De Blasio, New Commissioner Attend Night Out
BY JASON D. ANTOS


Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, 114th Precinct Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, President of the 114th Precinct Community Council Ann Bruno, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton look on as newly appointed NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill speaks at the National 
Photo Jason D. Antos Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, 114th Precinct Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, President of the 114th Precinct Community Council Ann Bruno, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton look on as newly appointed NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill speaks at the National Photo Jason D. Antos The annual National Night Out at Astoria Park was the perfect setting for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s introduction of the newly appointed NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. De Blasio, accompanied by the President of the 114th Precinct Community Council Ann Bruno and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who will leave in September for a private sector job, spoke about current crime rate statistics saying that the city is safe, while making mention of the new 1,257 officers who graduated on July 1 from the academy.

“What we want to achieve is a city that is safe and fair for everyone, everywhere,” said the Mayor.


President of the 114th Precinct Community Council Ann Bruno, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton and incoming NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill pay tribute to America, singing the National Anthem. 
Photos Jason D. Antos President of the 114th Precinct Community Council Ann Bruno, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton and incoming NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill pay tribute to America, singing the National Anthem. Photos Jason D. Antos To further illustrate his point, Mayor de Blasio described a new program introduced last year by O’Neill called the Neighborhood Policing Plan (NPP). The program is now in 20 precincts and has expanded to 31 as of this summer. The NPP model divides precincts into five fully staffed sectors that correspond, as much as possible, to the boundaries of actual existing neighborhoods.

The 114th Precinct has added 13 officers to the NPP program.

Commissioner Bratton added that NPP will allow the officer to become more involved with the community and even compared the NPP to old days of the so-called “beat cop” who canvassed an area for years and everyone in the neighborhood knew their name.


Mayor Bill de Blasio awards a City Proclamation to 114th Pct. Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune at the annual National Night Out Against Crime. Mayor Bill de Blasio awards a City Proclamation to 114th Pct. Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune at the annual National Night Out Against Crime. “Throughout New York City, the goal is to reduce crime and engage community,” said O’Neill.

The ceremony ended with the awarding of a City Proclamation to 114th Pct. Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune.

The several hundred in attendance at the August 2 event enjoyed popcorn and hot dogs with soft drinks. Elected officials were also on hand, including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Councilman Costa Constantinides.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown made an appearance as well.

“This event is free for everyone to enjoy and learn about ways to stay safe,” said Bruno.



Mayor de Blasio spoke at National Night Out, saying that his administration aims to make the city safer and more fair for everyone. Mayor de Blasio spoke at National Night Out, saying that his administration aims to make the city safer and more fair for everyone.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown is warmly greeted by NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. 
Office of Queens DA Richard A. Brown Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown is warmly greeted by NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. Office of Queens DA Richard A. Brown

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