Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Captain Donald Powers, the new commander of the 108th Police Precinct
Bobby from Waterfront Crabhouse, formerly NYPD, hands a crabcake to a young man.
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Part 1: 108th Precinct Hosted the 2010 Night Out on Crime 8/3/2010
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Part 1: Live at the Gantries. Gospel Singers. 8/3/2010
Long Island City, New York August 3, 2010 -
Long Island City was the host city for Queens ' 27th Annual National Night Out Against Crime'. Civic leaders joined the 108th Precinct at John Andrews Playground on 49th Avenue between Vernon Blvd. and 5th Street (behind the 108th Pct.)
Local restaurants and eateries generously provided food to show their appreciation for the local police men and women. Several of the OurLIC Featured Restaurants served their delicious menu items.
Local elected officials and community leaders thanked the police and the public for helping to reduce crime in NYC.
An estimated 500 - 600 people from the community participated.
There were pony rides, face painting, cotton candy, finger printing bouncy castles and various other activities for children. In addition the Sunnyside Drum Corps performed.
OurLIC Featured Restaurants and Eateries participating included:
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg
- Commissioner Ray Kelly
- Queens Borough Commander of Patrol the NYPD Diana Pizzuti
- Captain Donald Powers, the new commander of the 108th Police Precinct
- District Attorney Richard Brown
- Queens Borough President Helen B. Marshall
- City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer
- US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
- Community Board #2 Chair Joseph Conley
- Supplementary statements from Assembly Members Cathy Nolan and Michael Gianaris have been added below.
The Police were joined by Fire Department Officals
Highlights of Speeches
- Captain Donald Powers has 24 years of experience in the NYPD.
- Thanks were give to all the police of the the 108th Precinct, civic associations, and Chambers of Commerce.
- Mayor Bloomberg said "This event celebrates the relationship between the community and the NYPD"...and that the public is an important partner in making the city safer.
- Commissioner Kelly said call
- Call 911 emergency
- 311 for quality of life violations.
- 1-866-Gun-Stop to identify someone with a gun and earn $1,000 when an arrest is made.
- Call 311 for Counterrorism.
- Commissioner Ray Kelly said "Crime is down 36% in NYC since September 2001".
- District Attorney Richard Brown thanked the community for being supporting of law enforcement and all of the people who are in law enforcement trying to make the community safe.
- Queens borough President Helen Marshall told a story about a young man that was killed by a stray bullit, and emphasized 1-866-Gun-Stop.
- Queens borough President Helen Marshall thanked the Sunnyside Drum Corps.
- Jimmy Van Bramer told the group gathered that the City Council contributed $2.0 million to the Library and Culture Center that is going to be built in Long Island City on the East River.
- Carolyn Maloney said that the demands that have been made by the public, and the constant community involvement, has made a difference.
- Since 1990, Violent Crime in NYC has declined by 70% and New York State has become the 5th largest state "safest state over all".
- Maloney pointed out that the work of congress is part of successful crime fighting. She called attention to:
- The Bradey Bill
- The Ban on Assault Weapons
- The Debbie Smith Bill
- The Identity Theft and Enforcement Act
- Congress is trying to pass economic aide for State and City Governments
- Joe Conley thanked everyone who lives in the community and said that it was important for law enforcement and civic leaders to "listen, respect, and respond" to the community.
- Commander Powers told the event participants that it "means a lot to us" that the community came out to celebrate the event.
Assemblyman Mike Gianaris recently wrote a letter to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly about the number of violent incidents in Astoria over the last few weeks and stressed the importance of increasing the number of Police Officers on the streets.
"We have to put a priority on our Police Department and our public safety agencies. Our Police Department has been asked to do much more with much less and they have done an outstanding job," stated Gianaris, who is running for State Senate in Queens. "But it is nights like National Night Out Against Crime that we are reminded that we all must play our part in keeping the community safe."
Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan's calls attention to importance of the work that Diane Ballek is doing, and that we must be ever stronger against crime as the community continues to grow. She writes:
"The 108th Precinct Community Council, led by President Diane Ballek, did a wonderful job hosting National Night Out on Crime in Long Island City with special guests Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Crime is still a top priority in Western Queens; as our community continues to grow. It is important that we all work together to keep our communities safe and inviting to all residents and visitors. I want to congratulate Diane and the rest of the 108th Precinct Community Council on hosting an outstanding event and thank the Mayor and Commissioner for coming to Western Queens. I look forward to continuing to work with all local officials and community groups to keep our neighborhoods safe."
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108th Precinct's National Night Out Against Crime (2009)
For more information contact:
Diane Ballek, President of the 108 Pct. Commnity Council