2017-07-19 / Front Page

Mayor & Police Commissioner Announce New Police Precinct for Southeast Queens

BY DR. DAN MILLER AND JOYCE VETERE MILOWSKI
Mayor Di Blasio greets Queens Borough President Melinda Katz just prior to the start of the official announcement about the advent of a new  precinct coming to Queens

Mayor Di Blasio greets Queens Borough President Melinda Katz just prior to the start of the official announcement about the advent of a new precinct coming to Queens On Monday July 17, Mayor Bill Di Blasio, Police Commissioner James O’Neil, held a press briefing at the new to be 116th Precinct that will be built in the parking lot of the now 105 Precinct Satellite headquarters located on North Conduit Avenue, Rosedale. The new police precinct will cover, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens.

The meeting took place in a packed room at the 105Pct Satellite filled with media as well as local elected officials including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Leroy Comrie, James Sanders Jr., Assembly Members Alicia Hyndman and Clyde Vanel, Council Members Daneek Miller, Barry Godenchik, and Donovan J. Richards, who was very responsible for the community effort to get the new police precinct in his councilmatic district.

The mayor pointed out that he would be spending the week in Queens with his Mayor Di Blasio with police commissioner James O’Neill and Queens elected officials at his side announcing that Queens will receive a new Police Precinct, the 116 for Southeast Queens

Mayor Di Blasio with police commissioner James O’Neill and Queens elected officials at his side announcing that Queens will receive a new Police Precinct, the 116 for Southeast Queens administration as part of Queens Week in New York City. Mayor Di Blasio has already spent a week each in the Bronx and on Staten Island with Queens being his third stop. The week long stays in each borough has been though by many as political campaign move to gain support for his reelection bid for City Hall. The mayor has denied that this was the case. He has indicated that getting closer to the community is what helps city government better understand the needs of New Yorkers.

Mayor Di Blasio thanked a local energetic activist community leader, Bess DeBetham for her unheralded efforts for more than a decade fighting for more police presence in Southeast Queens. Kudos also went to Donovan Richards who also has been behind the push for a new police precinct in the area.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill announces that crime is down in the borough of Queens by 5 percent mainly attributed to his community policing tactics.
Photos Dan Miller/DMD ImagesPolice Commissioner James O’Neill announces that crime is down in the borough of Queens by 5 percent mainly attributed to his community policing tactics. Photos Dan Miller/DMD ImagesPolice Commissioner James O’Neill announced that crime is down in Queens by more than 5 percent at the same time that arrests have dwindled to an all-time low in the city. Response time to 911 calls has decreased as well. The commissioner and the mayor both attributed to the reduced arrests and crime in Queens to the success of their community policing policy that involves improved community relations in each part of the Borough of Queens. While the opening of the new 116th Precinct is years away the commissioner said, “Once it’s staffed this command will effectively cut in half the coverage area of the existing 1-0-5 Precinct which geographically is the fourth largest command in the city.” He went on to add, “ The 1-0-5 covers nearly 13-square miles, 354 miles of roadway including seven major highways.”

When the 105 Satellite opened in 2017 is was operated from 7:00am to 11:00pm when in February 2016 is went to 24-7 including adding 18 additional police officers to man the command post.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz welcomed everyone to Queens for the start of Queens Week and said she was thrilled with the announcement of a new police precinct especially coming during the start of Queens Week. She was appreciative that the Mayor included in this year’s budget more than $70 million dollars for this capital project.


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