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Midtown South Community Council’s January 18, 2018 Monthly Meeting  

(MSCC) Eileen Miller, Frank Kelly, February 15, 2018 — Midtown South Community Council’s January 18, 2018 Monthly Meeting

PROGRAM:

The new commanding officer, Deputy Insp. Brendan Timoney, began the meeting by introducing himself and detailing his nearly 20 years with the NYPD. Starting out as a patrolman in the Bronx’s 52nd Precinct, his assignments have included Midtown North, where he was a sergeant, the 9thPrecinct, as captain and executive officer, and the 1st and 13th precincts, as commanding officer. He was promoted to deputy inspector in August 2015. His predecessor, Russell Green, has been reassigned.

Inspector Timoney cited precinct crime statistics (crime down 6% in 2017 and 11% year-to-date) and mentioned a key burglary arrest by Lt. Marines.Grand larceny continues to drive crime in the precinct, with 70% of it involving unattended property.

John Mudd and Sharon Jasprizza introduced the evening’s first speaker:

Josephine Ishmon, Recording Secretary, Community Education Council, District 2.

100,000 students living in temporary  housing in NYC.  One of the biggest crises with temporary housing is children from kindergarten-2nd grade who have no facilities to wash their clothes. The District has applied for funding through Council Member Corey Johnson’s office for laundry services. Children displaced from Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Florida by Hurricane Maria are given temporary shelter but have to move with in 30 days. This puts a strain on the education and  emotional well-being.

Second Speaker:

Craig Twiggs, DOE Fund Counselor- joined DOE Fund upon his release from prison after 27-1/2 years on 8/10/2016. He described his journey, the services and training he received, and his role as a counselor for the DOE Fund. “I am here to serve and give back”

MEETING OPENS FOR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

 Resident, 331 W38th St requested help with disruptive conditions caused by employees of Mercado Restaurant who are housed there. These residents party till 5:a.m., he said  Possible solutions offered: call #311 constantly to document conditions, call Building Dept, as they could pull permits if illegal work in being done and follow up with calls to Council Member Corey Johnson’s office.

Serge Hannett, 29th St Association asked how to oppose granting a liquor license for new ownership at 150 W 30th St, NY, NY. Follow-up with Community Board 5 was suggested.

Street closings were provided for the Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden, Sunday, 1/28/18

and Women’s March, 1/20/18

Craig Primus, security, Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Firth Ave, NYC thanked Sgt. Bastides and the homeless outreach team for removing abandoned shopping carts which were chained to a pole at his school.

Gerard McNamee reported the demise of American Beauty/Slate, 251 W30th St, NYC, Landlord bought out the club’s lease.

Natalie Reyes introduced herself as the new Deputy director of Midtown Community Court, 314 W54th St, NY, NY

 

MTS CC President John Mudd, Vice President Bill Otterson, Community Service Director Sharon Jasprizza, Beautification Director Eugene Sinigalliano, Secretary Eileen Miller, Assistant Secretary Frank Kelly,

Officials in attendance: Deputy Insp. Brendan Timoney, Lt. Louis Marines, Special Operations,

Det. Paul Spano, Community affairs, P.O. Thomas Byrnes, Community Affairs, P.O. Brian Kelly, MTS Crime Prevention, P.O. Martin Reyes, Auxiliary Coordinator, Cpt Brian O’Sullivan, CO, and P.O. Richard Fazio, Transit District 1

Also attending:

David Rios, Rick’s Cabaret and Vivid

Kevin Jeanbaptiste, Community Coordinator, Community Partnerships Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, 1 Hogan Pl, NY, NY 10013

Alfredo Marty, Blarney Stone, 410 8th Ave.

Noelle Mooney, Molly Wee Pub, 402 Eighth Ave.

Twitter account handles:  @NYPDMTS, Transit Division @NYPDTRANSIT

The next MTS Community Council meeting will be held on Thursday, February, 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue between 34th and 35th streets.