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March 19th, 2015 MIDTOWN SOUTH COMMUNITY COUNCIL’S MEETING MINUTES

Officials in attendance: C.I. Edward Winski, Deputy Inspector Christine Bastedenbeck, C.O. Transit District 1; Lt. Luis Marines, Special Operations Lieutenant, MTS; Det. Paul Spano, MTS Community Affairs, Det. Jake Marino, Manhattan South Vice; Sgt. Tyrone Morris, MTS Auxiliary; P.O. Anna Arboleda, P.O. Laura Colwell, NYPD LGBT Outreach; Det. Richard Fazio, Transit District 1

MTS CC President John Mudd, Vice President Bill Otterson, Secretary Eileen Miller, Assistant Secretary Frank Kelly

PROGRAM:

John Mudd addressed the meeting with updates on the launch of the new website and said that he would welcome feedback and content.

C.I. Ed Winski introduced 6 new NYPD Academy graduates assigned to the precinct and attending the meeting as part of their field training with their officer mentors.  This is part of the traditional training program to match new officers with experienced officers

He congratulated the promotion of Capt. Christine Bastedenbeck, C.O. Transit District 1, to Deputy Inspector,

Crime is down 3% year to date in the MTS, C.I. Winski said, with the bulk of offenses being grand larceny involving personal property, such as theft of unattended handbags.

Green Dot money card scans continue to be an issue, he said, St. Patrick’s Day parade. Easter and Passover will bring extra security protection due to heightened religious tension worldwide.

The precinct has made steps to improve containment of its garbage, setting up a pen and employing covers.

Officers from MTS met with Frank, the hawker from the Cheetahs gentlemen’s club, 252 W. 43rd St.. He said his hours are 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., but his busiest hours are 5:30 to 8:30, and after that he promises to keep the volume down.

C.I. Winski noted that as the April 15 tax return deadline approaches, calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS are increasing. He reminded attendees that the IRS does not use the phone for tax collection.

Deputy Inspector Christine Bastedenbeck, C.O. of Transit District 1, described an incident where the new training protocol was effective. After a subway turnstile jumper was stopped by a new officer and his mentor, the rookie alerted his experienced partner to the fact that the man might have a concealed weapon, and one was indeed discovered.

MEETING OPENS FOR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

Residents across the street from Slake NYC brought pictures, which they said were taken at 1:30 a.m. the previous Saturday, showing people milling around in the street, to reinforce their claim that the club was doing a poor job of crowd control. They said the party that night generated a lot of noise. When club representatives countered that they were doing the best they could to minimize disturbances, C.I. Winski questioned the adequacy of he club’s security force, saying: “You are only as strong as your weakest employee.” John Mudd encouraged the neighbors to keep airing their concerns at the council meetings.

P.O. Laura Colwell, NYPD LGBT Outreach, distributed fliers announcing two upcoming events: A Young Women’s Empowerment Summit, Saturday April 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Harlem Police Athletic League, 441 Manhattan Ave. at 119th St., New York, NY 10026, 212-335-9064, Twitter: #YWES 2015, . Event is free to all young women ages 12 to 18. Also, NYPD Crime Prevention Section partners with LionCage to provide free document shredding and electronics recycling services in front of NY Sports Club, 151 E. 86th St., Sunday May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NYPD Auxiliary Sgt. Tyrone Morris noted that the auxiliary force’s activities have resumed after being suspended in the wake of the slaying of two police officers in Brooklyn last December.

Also attending:

Representative of Midtown Community Court

Alfredo Marty, Blarney Stone, 410 8th Ave

Kelly of West Garden Spa

David Rios and Nicole, Rick’s Cabaret and Vivid

Twitter account handles:  @NYPDMTS, Transit Division @NYPDTRANSIT

The next MTS Community Council meeting will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:00 p.m., at the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue between 34th and 35th streets.