The National Night Out Against Crime was celebrated by the Long Island City and Astoria communities at Andrews Playground in LIC, and at Astoria Park in Astoria.
Community participation was high. This is a slice of America at its best...with the community coming together to show support and appreciation for the brave men and women of the NYPD and the Community Councils.
OurLIC participated in both community locations and presents video and photography with this article. We met with NYC City Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr., Chair of the Public Safety Committee, for an OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION in which we discuss the current status of crime in NYC as well as the recent National crisis of two slaughters by gunmen, and complexities of constitutional issues relating to gun control. OurLIC VIDEOS are being processed and uploaded. Please check back.
Press Release from NYC Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr.:
On August 7th, Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined members of the NYPD, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Congressman Joe Crowley and numerous community organizations at the Night Out Against Crime - a national crime prevention event in Astoria Park.
This marks the 29th year for the event, which drew hundreds of Astoria residents and was co-sponsored by the 114th Precinct Community Council and the 114th Civilian Observation Patrol, Inc.
"With the police force dwindling, community involvement is all the more important when it comes to preventing crime,” said Council Member Vallone, the Chair of the Public Safety Committee. “In Astoria, we are lucky enough to have many residents actively willing to do their part."
Mayor Bloomberg Proclamation for National Night Out Against Crime for NYPD.
National Night Out Against Crime 2012 in Astoria Park.