The latest 100th Precinct Community Council meeting featured introductions to new officials, crime stat updates and concerns shared among the community.
On Wednesday, September 22, the Council, officers from the 100th precinct, representatives from local elected officials offices and community members joined for the monthly meeting on Zoom. Council president Kathy Heavey spoke about the precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime being a success in August. The precinct is planning to hold a Halloween event at the end of October. This event will likely be a trunk-or-treat as done in the past.
Heavey also announced that the precinct’s community affairs officer, Maurice Moore, was recently promoted to sergeant and was transferred. The new community affairs officer is Officer Victor Boamah. Boamah, who introduced himself, is a longtime Far Rockaway resident. He is a former 101st Precinct Community Council president who went on to become an officer himself and has been with the 100th Precinct for more than three years.
Heavey had also just received the news that Deputy Inspector Ronald McCall, the former commanding officer of Transit District 23 on Beach 116th Street, recently transferred to a district near Central Park. McCall introduced the new commanding officer of Transit District 23, Captain Edison R. Gutierrez. The captain explained that he came from Manhattan North’s 28th Precinct and assured the attendees that he is there for them. “Customer service for the community is extremely important to me. Anything transit related and even off transit, my door is always open and I’m always willing to help the community in any capacity,” Captain Gutierrez said.
Keisha Cunningham, corresponding secretary for the Council, provided information about a new Youth Coordination Officer program to provide culinary education. The program will provide lessons on various ethnic recipes, plus other kitchen tips like how to set a table. The program will be for kids ages 12 and up. Cunningham is looking for local chefs or local residents to come by once a week to teach kids how to make different dishes. They’re also seeking donations of old pots and pans and other kitchen tools, plus dry foods. Donations can be dropped off at the 100th Precinct on Beach 94th Street and anyone interested in the program or volunteering can call the YCO’s at (718) 318-4206.
Captain Odelia Lee of Parks Enforcement Patrol was on hand to provide updates from the summer. She explained that her unit will be on duty through mid-October, patrolling the beaches to make sure people are staying out of the water. PEP recently participated in a rescue with the precinct, of a 74-year-old man who got caught on a jetty. PEP and the NYPD were able to rescue the man and transfer him to a hospital in Staten Island.
Jean Beauvoir, executive officer of the 100th Precinct, provided the crime stats for the 28-day period, saying crime was down overall by 36%. “No murders, no rapes, but one robbery of an elderly male on Shore Front Parkway,” he said. The man was sleeping, and someone attempted to steal his bike, injuring the man in the process. Officer Beauvoir said the most concerning issue lately is grand larceny, involving phone scams. “Elderly people are getting scammed from their money. People are getting calls saying their grandkids are arrested and they need money to bail them out. We had at least five incidents in the last 28 days, including one where a scammer was able to get $36,000 from one person,” he said. He advised everyone to pass along the word about these scams.
Several residents brought up concerns about quality of life issues and smaller crimes taking place around the vicinity of Beach 116th Street. Beauvoir said they now have an NCO posted on the block to try to deter such issues.
The next 100th Precinct Community Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 27 on Zoom.
By Katie McFadden
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