I was happy to see many familiar faces at our September meeting as well as a few newcomers. It was a very informative meeting. Thank you to our program speakers. Lt. John DeMarco from the Brooklyn South Counterterrorism Unit gave a presentation and answered questions raised by those in attendance. He stressed that "If you see something, say something" and provided the counterterrorism hotline number 1-888-692-7233. He stated all reports would be kept confidential.
Also on our program were representatives from the Taxi and Limousine Commission - Deputy Chief Marcus Pagan, Alan Fromberg (Public Affairs Division) and Kala Wright (Director of External Affairs). We had a lengthy discussion regarding "dollar vans", bike lanes and parking rules. Our politicians need to address the Marine Park communities concerns especially since the death of one our Marine Park residents and serious injury of his wife because of a dollar van incident. This has been an ongoing problem for many years without resolution. Our police force is monitoring the situation and doing their best but they can’t be on site 24/7. We hope to continue the dialog with the Taxi and Limousine Commission and will keep you updated at future meetings.
Thank you to Council member Alan Maisel and Anthony Testerverde from Senator Goldens’ office for their updates and attending our meeting. Police officers from the 63rd precinct gave a status report on recent burglaries in the community and answered questions. One suggestion that was made is very important – please make sure that your house number is large enough and visible for emergency personnel to see, especially at night in the event of an emergency.
Our 90th Anniversary was a fun night for all. Congratulations to our community members who received citations and awards from Senator Marty Golden and Borough President Eric Adams. We hope to highlight their biographies in future newsletters.
Don’t forget – Senator Marty Golden will be hosting our annual Fall Festival with the combined efforts of the MPCA, NYC Parks Dept. and Police Dept. on Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 2016. The location is Avenue U between E. 36th & E. 38th Streets. Time: 12:00-3:00pm. We hope to see you there.
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