Commanding Officer Captain Rachael Kosak and Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) were called away from the monthly meeting of the 63rd Precinct Community Council, held at the Flatlands Reformed Church, 3931 Kings Highway, on Wednesday night, November 30th, to assist at a horrific crime scene nearby.
Community Council President Greg Borruso explained that Kosak and her NCOs were at the scene of a hit-and-run accident involving a mother and her four children (see “Hit-and-Run Injures Five, Including Four Children,” on page 3).
As a result, the captain was unable to give her monthly report or present Cop of the Month awards; however, NCO Supervisor Sergeant Joseph Piscatella was there to answer any questions and there were several speakers.
Vehicular problems continue to plague the large Community Board 18 (CB 18) district. “We go from Louisiana Avenue, right near Starrett City, Canarsie, the Breukelen and Glenwood Houses, Flatlands, Georgetown, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Bergen Beach, all the way from Marine Park to East Flatbush,” CB 18 District Manager Sue Ann Partnow said.
“We know that everybody wants speed bumps or a speed camera, a stoplight on every corner, a traffic light – we’d love to oblige, but in order to go through my office you have to start with the DOT website,” she said, explaining that once residents enter their request on the site and get a reference number, they can then call or email her office for assistance.
Piscatella said that the 63rd Pct. conducted tow operations regularly, but most recently of double-parked cars at the Plaza Mall on Nostrand Avenue and the Jeep dealership on Flatbush Avenue. Twenty vehicles were towed and 26 parking summonses were issued to them.
Piscatella said that the 63rd Precinct conducted tow operations regularly, but most recently of double-parked cars at the Plaza Mall on Nostrand Avenue and the Jeep dealership on Flatbush Avenue. Twenty vehicles were towed and 26 parking summonses were issued to them.
Fifty summonses were issued throughout CB 18 to businesses for not keeping their property clean. “If you own a business or know anyone that does, please tell them they have to keep it clean because eventually they are going to get summonses because Sanitation is cracking down,” Partnow said. “Homeowners must also keep their property clean 18 inches out into the street.”
In other news, 63rd Precinct Auxiliary Police Inspector Jeff Zweig announced that the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps lost their captain, Joseph Marcellino, who passed away the week before.
Ruth Guillaume, representing Councilwoman Farah Louis, announced the loss of community member Ethan Holder, a 19-year-old from East 45th Street, who died last month due to gun violence (see canarsiecourier.com/flatlands-doe-employee-dies-day-after-being-shot-in-head-suspect-charged-p8758-1.htm).
Guillaume stated that Louis could not be present because she was in Israel, as she was selected for an education mission for diplomacy and international relations for the City Council.
She announced that the 2022 redistricting process is officially complete and the NYC Districting Commission has posted the final maps for all 51 districts in the City of New York. While District 45 has lost the entire Remsen Village, they gained additional areas in Flatlands and Marine Park within the confines of the 63rd Precinct.
Upcoming meetings and holiday events were also announced. Please see the Canarsie Courier’s Community Guide on page 2 for more information.
Guillaume invited volunteers to participate in any of the holiday toy drives and parties. She can be reached at Rguillaume@council.nyc.gov.
The next 63rd Precinct Community Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 28th at 7 p.m. at the John Malone Center, 2335 Bergen Avenue.