Officials in attendance: Capt. Chris McIntosh, Executive Officer, MTS, Det. George Manning, MTS Community Affairs, MTS, P.O. John O’Reilly, Crime Prevention Officer, MTS, Lt. Louis Marines, Special Operations, MTS, Capt. Ellen Chang, commanding officer; Capt. Rosalind Knox-Ritter, executive officer; Sgt. Michelle Martindale; P.O. Laura Colwell; P.O. Mohamed Amen, NYPD Community Affairs; P.O. Marin Reyes, Auxiliary Coordinator, MTS; Aux Lt. Jammal Squires, MTS; Aux Officer Jason Capalbo, MTS,; P.O. Richard Fazio, NYPD Transit District 1; officers from 81st and 84th Precincts,
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
MTS CC President John Mudd, Vice President Bill Otterson, Secretary Eileen Miller, Assistant Secretary Frank Kelly
Capt. Chris McIntosh, Executive Officer MTS gave an overview of 2014 precinct crime statistics: overall crime down 4.3%. no homicides, no shootings, rapes and robberies were up. Crime is down 14.9% since the end of the year. Precinct officers were deployed to deal with protests, which were well organized. There were no incidents and no lawsuits.
John Mudd greeted the gathering and had his fellow council officers introduce themselves.
MEETING OPENS FOR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
Resident owner, 160 Madison Ave, praised NYPD’s Graffiti Task Force.
Amanda Rivera, Senior Case Manager, Midtown Community Court outlined new initiatives and services available.
Resident, Times Square Hotel, 255 West 43rd St said that many of the tenants in his building were disabled and reluctant to leave their apartments due to congestion and noise in the area, much of it coming from the Westin Hotel, 270 W43rd St and Cheetahs Gentlemen’ Club, 252 w 43rd St. Det George Manning said he would meet with him after the meeting for more details.
Resident owner at 26-28 W. 38th St. gave an update about continued excessive noise from Salsa Club dance parties at Ballroom off Fifth, 37 W37th St.
Lt. Louis Marines, Special Operations, MTS, reminded the group that car speed limits have been reduced through “Vision Zero” and enforcement is being increased.
P.O. John O’Reilly, Crime Prevention Officer, MTS, demonstrated a purse hook to use in restaurants to keep valuables safe. This hook can be purchased at several retailers for about $8. Precinct offers a program where officers go to bars and restaurants to train the staff on how to approach and monitor suspicious persons entering the establishment.
John Mudd reported on the progress of the Community Council’s website and said that he will release details at the next meeting. He envisions it as a marketing tool for businesses in the precinct.
Jeff Wice, NYPD Auxiliary Traffic Task Force
John Clancy, Foley’s 18 W. 33rd St.
Alfredo Marty, Blarney Stone, 410 8th Ave
Aaron Neugarten, Gold Medal International, 19 W34th St, NYPD Clergy Liaison
Kelly of West Garden Spa
Ken Bicknelle, Herald Towers, 50 W34th St
Noelle Mooney/ Stout and Failla
Gerard McNamee, Michael Morelle, Tom Ballinger, Slake NYC, 251 W30th St
David Rios, Rick’s Cabaret and Vivid
Representatives of Shadow Boxers Restaurant & Bar, 215 W40th St
Twitter account, #NYPDMTS.
The next MTS Community Council meeting will be held on Thursday,
February 19, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets.